From piecing bits and pieces together i've concluded it's hyperkolemia that causes the problem - basically the rapid increase in potassium levels. The chromium suggested probably helps because if insulin is increased then the potassium winds up in the cells instead of hanging about outside causing trouble.
You can avoid/improve things by consuming celery (higher in sodium to balance things out) or putting some sea salt in your water and drinking that prior to your meal. Hope that helps
Thanks for the info :)
I'm a recent victim. Argh! I thought I had a perfect solution. I did fine for 3-4 days then stomach aches started kicking in.
I spent at least an hour eating half a watermelon, it went fine yeah baby!
So I was wondering about this myself, because I found myself with crippling pain in the fetal position after eating watermelon for breakfast the other day. Lucky for me, I work in an endocrinology lab that studies sugar metabolism. I asked some of my colleagues, and our consensus: sorbitol/fructose intolerance/sensitivity. A lot of people experience upset stomachs when ingesting more than 10 grams of sorbitol in a sitting, which watermelon contains, along with high levels of fructose. Turns out fructose and sorbitol sensitivity coincide, so if you are ingesting large amounts of fructose (which we 801010ers are) it will amplify your sorbitol sensitivity. Many of the doctors in my lab will give sorbitol to patients who are constipated, because it tends to have a... clearing out... effect on the body, so those with unhappy bowels might be more sensitive and more likely to experience stomach pain when eating foods containing sorbitol.
So my question is: are we hurting our bodies by ingesting sugars we are sensitive to, namely sorbitol and our good friend fructose? I'm not sure yet. I'm going to spend some time researching this, so if anyone knows of any studies done about this, let me know!
I hope it's good for you because melons are my favorite healthy food, period. I would start a website, "30 melons a day" if such a thing were feasible.
Please keep us informed of anything you find out Gina. It went fine for me today, slowed way down.
Chromium saved me!! I have this same problem, mines more of a burning, stabbing pain in my stomach from eating watermelon. Been taking 200 mg everyday, today was the third day and no pain!!!! I'M SO HAPPY!!!
Taylee, when do you take the Chromium and when do you eat the melon?