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What Is Keto Flu? (plus 6 Ways To Cure It)

You’re tired and dizzy, you crave sugar, bread, pasta, and your mind wanders like crazy. You just started a ketogenic diet (or a Paleo or other low carb diet) and you’re suspicious if your new diet is making you feeling this crappy. Removing carbohydrates from your diet all of a sudden may well be the reason why you’re barely able to concentrate on this sentence! This can happen even on a Paleo diet if you remove too many carbs from your diet. And all this feeling of crappiness is due to something people call Keto Flu (or Carb Flu). Read on to find out what is keto flu, how long keto flu lasts, and of course, how to cure keto flu. (CARB FLU = KETO FLU) KETO FLU INFOGRAPHIC – please pin! Please feel free to pin and share this infographic about the keto flu. WHAT IS KETO FLU? Keto flu describes the flu-like symptoms that people starting a low-carb diet often experience. These symptoms are caused by your body being too used to receiving carbohydrates from the food you eat and not being able to change your body’s energy source when you stop eating carbs. (If you’re interested in the science, then this article provides a very detailed explanation of why keto flu happens.) So Continue reading >>

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  1. Tj_Slattery

    I'm 8 days in and steadily progressing. Other than some small foot cramps on day 2, I have not experienced and of the headaches or other less desirable symptoms of Keto Flu. However, day 7 and day 8 (today) I seem to be a bit foggy, sluggish and less focused.

    For those of you that have experienced the brain fog piece, on average how long does that last.

  2. BillJay

    I didn't get serious about being ketogenic to the point of testing blood ketones for positive confirmation of ketosis, so I can't comment on my initial adaptation and the elimination of brain fog, but I can address the time periods when I've gotten out of ketosis and back in, which takes a solid 24 to 36 hours for the fog to clear up.

    I'd say that if you're 8 days in and only now experiencing brain fog, it might be coming from something else such as stress in any form such as lack of sleep, etc. and abnormal cortisol levels. That's as long as you've been keeping your carbohydrates below 20 grams - if not you might still be adapting. You could also be getting sick or just not sufficiently hydrated.

  3. Daisy

    Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. You might also need to up your salt and I would think about taking some magnesium too (citrate or glycinate best IMO).

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