Mineral Supplementation On A Keto Diet Is It Necessary?
Introduction Contrary to conventional thinking, keto diets can be very healthy. Meat, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts and vegetables are rich in several key nutrients that your body needs on a daily basis. For most people following a well-balanced keto diet, a vitamin supplement usually isn’t necessary. However, in some cases, supplementing with minerals known as electrolytes may be beneficial because your body processes them differently when carb intake is very low, as discussed in this paper by Dr. Steve Phinney, one of the foremost experts in ketogenic diets. 1. Nutritional ketosis: effect on electrolytes According to many health organizations, most people should cut back on sodium in order to prevent high blood pressure and other health problems. On high-carb diets, this might be true. However, on a keto diet, your sodium needs actually increase. When carb intake is dramatically reduced, blood insulin levels decrease. A 2007 review by Tiwari, et al, suggested that under conditions of low insulin, the kidneys absorb less sodium and excrete more into the urine. However, according to Dr. Phinney, the precise reason for increased sodium loss during ketosis appears more complex and isn’ Continue reading >>