What Is Ketosis And Is It Harmful?

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Is Ketosis Safe And Does It Have Side Effects?

Some people think that ketosis is extremely dangerous. However, they might be confusing ketosis with ketoacidosis, which is completely different. While ketoacidosis is a serious condition caused by uncontrolled diabetes, ketosis is a natural metabolic state. In fact, ketosis and ketogenic diets have been studied extensively and shown to have major benefits for weight loss (1, 2). Ketogenic diets have also been shown to have therapeutic effects in epilepsy, type 2 diabetes and several other chronic conditions (3, 4, 5, 6). Ketosis is generally considered to be safe for most people. However, it may lead to a few side effects, especially in the beginning. First, it's necessary to understand what ketosis is. Ketosis is a natural part of metabolism. It happens either when carbohydrate intake is very low (such as on a ketogenic diet), or when you haven't eaten for a long time. Both of these lead to reduced insulin levels, which causes a lot of fat to be released from your fat cells. When this happens, the liver gets flooded with fat, which turns a large part of it into ketones. During ketosis, many parts of your body are burning ketones for energy instead of carbs. This includes a large Continue reading >>

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  1. Killer_Spleen

    Thought I'd post this for anyone who may search later like I did, since this is a common problem.
    Once I started working out on keto (light jogging and weight lifting), I started having real bad insomnia. It seems like everyone is different, so YMMV, but this is what worked for me:
    I installed f.lux on my tablet to reduce blue light in the evening. Lights off in the room of course.
    I take 3mg of liquid melatonin about 45 mins. before bed. The liquid is nice because you can vary the dose (each dropper is 1 mg.).
    I use a magnesium spray on my legs and the bottoms of my feet at night (muscle relaxer, magnesium is the active ingredient in Epsom salts and most people are deficient).
    If I feel particularly wired and/or have worked out that day, I add a cup of warm whole milk 30 mins. before bed. Some people might not prefer to do that, but for me, I absolutely prioritize sleep over carbs. Not even a question.
    Sleeping like a baby, and able to continue working out.
    Good luck to anyone who has keto insomnia, it suuuucks.

  2. Steakman1971

    I've never heard of insomnia from keto? Are you consuming caffeine?

  3. Killer_Spleen

    That was the first thing I stopped. Didn't help. Lots of people get insomnia on keto. I know this from hours of desperate googling in the middle of the night :)
    Edit: most likely caused by elevated cortisol.

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