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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 >>

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  1. doug684

    Ketosis can cause damage to kidneys and liver

    So I'm about to fire up a keto regiment (again, I always fall off the wagon after about 2 months). Just searching around as it seems the other two times I started it I tend to have diarrhea a lot. Anyway, came across this. Any truth to this?

    When protein is deflected in this manner, it releases nitrogen into the blood stream, placing a burden on the kidneys as they try to excrete excessive urinary water due to sodium loss. When fat is likewise deflected, the breakup releases fatty acids, or ketones, into the bloodstream, further burdening the kidneys. If ketosis continues for long periods of time, serious damage to the liver and kidneys can occur, which is why most low-carbohydrate, or ketogenic diets recommend only short-term use, typically 14 days.
    http://www.holisticonline.com/remedi...nd-ketosis.htm

  2. Eileen

    I don't know where to start.
    Okay, I'll start with the assumption that keto is high protein. No, it's not, it's moderate protein compared with standard BB diets. The dangers of protein to the kidneys would apply far more to a 40/40/20 diet than to a keto one. If they applied. But they don't. People with damaged kidneys can not tolerate high levels of protein. So some "experts" have extrapolated this to mean that high levels of protein can damage healthy kidneys. Except there has not been one single case of this ever, in the history of recorded medicine.
    Most keto diets do not recommend 14 days or less, that's the classic way to do it wrong. Most low carb diets recommend making it a lifestyle.
    And again, where is the evidence that ketones do any damage to liver or kidneys or any other organ? Not a single case. The closest to damage from a low carb diet comes from the odd nutcase who tries to combine keto with no liquid, which does put stress on the kidney (just like any other diet which does not include liquid) but because keto is slightly diuretic, you'll see the effects a little quicker.

  3. doug684

    Originally Posted by Eileen
    The closest to damage from a low carb diet comes from the odd nutcase who tries to combine keto with no liquid, which does put stress on the kidney (just like any other diet which does not include liquid) but because keto is slightly diuretic, you'll see the effects a little quicker.

    There are people who try that? I don't see how. Keto makes me thirsty and will often drink constantly as long as my glass of water is full.

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