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Curious about keto? Dr. Brett Osborn gives you a quick overview in this video, Five Things You Need to Know about Ketogenic Diets. Learn what to expect from your results, why fat is not your enemy and what to be prepared for when it comes to the keto flu. This is the need-to-know info youve been looking for before starting your ketogenic diet. Dr. Brett Osborn is a board-certified neurosurgeon, nutrition specialist and BPI Sports expert.

Ketogenic Diets And Migraines: What You Need To Know

The links between diet and migraine are well established. Most migraineurs recognize certain foods that either trigger an attack or make an episode worse. Avoiding personal food triggers soon becomes a lifestyle choice that’s vital in managing the condition. Research into diet and the ways in which what we eat affects our bodies is constantly evolving, with new or alternative ideas appearing all the time. The ketogenic diet, while not new, has been found to have a beneficial effect for some migraine patients, and research into how this diet works provides interesting links to migraine causes that may encourage sufferers to experiment. How Does a Keto Diet Work for Migraines? At its most basic level, a ketogenic diet is one that stimulates the liver to produce ketones. But what does that mean? Ketones are produced when the body burns fat for energy instead of carbohydrates (glucose). A ketogenic diet is very low in carbohydrates, and has several alternative names including the low-carb diet or a low carb high fat (LCHF) diet. DOWNLOAD OUR FREE MIGRAINE DIARY TODAY! » In a normal regular diet, one that contains a high amount of carbohydrate, the body uses glucose as the main form Continue reading >>

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  1. Blackgold86

    Just wanted to say thank you to this forum in general. I have been keto-ing since the end of May (CKD and then switched to SKD when I found this forum)... Now into week 3 of no refeeds and have been struggling with a PERSISTENT headaches and foggyness. Thought my body was struggling without the refeeds, was about to plan one for this weekend!
    Tried Gatorade Zero, Tried adding salt, tried fat bombs... Nothing worked until this morning..
    I usually have a coffee when I get to work with a small amount of butter and coconut oil and salt in it. Then today, I doubled the amounts of it all, and now I have no headache and more energy than I know what to do with.
    TL;DR : I came THIS close to doing another refeed because I thought it was my body telling me I needed carbs. Took your advice about fats and feel better already... THANK YOU!

  2. Cheesius

    Awesome! Nothing is more disheartening than "But I am sure I'm doing everything right, and NOTHING is working!" It almost always turns out I'm not doing everything right after all.
    That's the thing that I learned, when I get out of keto, I spend a day eating SO much fat, and SO much salt (and plenty of potassium salt), and it really helps me get back in. But fat is really the key.

  3. JTfromOKC

    Nothing is more disheartening than "But I am sure I'm doing everything right, and NOTHING is working!" It almost always turns out I'm not doing everything right after all.
    This part of your post really stood out to me. I'm only 5.5 weeks into Keto but I'm also 3.5 weeks into zero weight loss. Yes I've read about PISS and most people say it resolves in 1-2 weeks. However going this long without weight loss is starting to make me wonder if I am indeed doing it right or not.
    I see conflicting information even here on /r/keto. Some say don't worry about calories just eat more fat, others say it's critical to keep calories below X. It's hard to know what the right things to do are.
    I dunno, I'm ketoing on but disheartening is a word that perfectly describes my mood this week.

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Low Carb Diet Side Effects

Low carb diet side effects are manageable if you understand why they happen and how to minimize them. Understanding your physical reactions will help you avoid the worst of the symptoms, and keep you from quitting before you get out of the chute, so to speak. After several weeks, these side effects will subside as you become "keto-adapted" and able to burn fat instead of glucose for fuel. The list below includes the most common low carb diet side effects, and I've included tips on how to handle them. The only caveat is that you have no contraindicated health conditions. I have detailed here who should NOT follow a ketogenic diet. Frequent Urination After the first day or so, you'll notice that you are in the bathroom urinating more often. Your body is burning up the extra glycogen (stored glucose) in your liver and muscles. Breaking down glycogen releases a lot of water. As your carb intake and glycogen stores drop, your kidneys will start dumping this excess water. In addition, as your circulating insulin levels drop, your kidneys start excreting excess sodium, which will also cause more frequent urination. (see this reference). Fatigue and Dizziness As you start dumping water, yo Continue reading >>

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  1. rozska

    So last night, pretty much out of nowhere, I got hit with a migraine.
    I know what my triggers are. They boil down to eating the wrong thing or hormones.
    It's the wrong time of the month for hormones. I haven't eaten the wrong thing since Saturday. And everything I had yesterday I've eaten before without issue (eggs for breakfast, BAS for lunch, leftover lamb for dinner.)
    The only thing that's different is that I think I'm in ketosis -- carbs have been at or below 50g per day for the last three days.
    Is it possible the ketosis caused the migraine? Suggestions on how to prevent that? I really need to lose some fat, so am working hard at keeping the carbs low. . .
    Thanks!

  2. earthspirit

    hm. i didnt/dont have any migraines while in ketosis, but everyone's experiences are different. did you by any chance miss a cup of coffee or something with caffeine in it that might be causing withdrawals? i get reaaaaally intense migraines if i dont drink coffee for a day. i hate that...feeling all addicted to something to the point of having withdrawals. at least i cut down from 4-5 cups to 1 cup a day tho!

  3. joshua76

    yeah i have the same problem if i miss my afternoon coffee, i hate i have become addicted to caffeine. i dont get migraines from being low carb, i can go days eating 50g of carbs or lower, but let me miss a cup of coffee and my body lets me know.

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Common Ketosis Side Effects And Treatments

There are many awesome benefits with come with adopting a low-carb ketogenic diet, such as weight loss, decreased cravings, and even possibly reduce diseases risks. That being said, it’s also good to talk about possible ketosis side effects so you know fully what to expect as you start this new health journey. Not everyone experiences side effects when starting a ketogenic diet, and thankfully, those who do don’t usually experience them for very long. It varies with the individual, but just to make sure all your bases are covered, we’re going to breaking down each possible side effect and go over ways to manage and alleviate them if needed. KETOSIS SIDE EFFECT 1 – Frequent Urination As your body burns through the stored glucose in your liver and muscles within the first day or two of starting a ketogenic diet, you’ll be releasing a lot of water in the process. Plus, your kidneys will start excreting excess sodium as the levels of your circulating insulin drop. Basically, you might notice yourself needing to pee more often throughout the day. But no worries; this side effect of ketosis takes care of itself once your body adjusts and is no longer burning through the extra g Continue reading >>

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  1. WesternPilgrim

    I've been on a low-carb diet for almost two weeks. For the past week I've experienced a localized headache that comes and goes, and ibuprofen doesn't do much for it. Otherwise I feel better than I've felt in years. Does ketosis cause headaches?

  2. springfieldva

    I've never gotten headaches from eating lower carb. But your diet is much more strict than any I've been on.
    You mentioned in another thread that you have stopped drinking coffee. Could it be a caffeine withdrawal headache? How's your BP?
    I suppose low blood sugar might be an issue...you might want to mention the headaches to your doctor.

  3. WesternPilgrim

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    Originally Posted by springfieldva
    I've never gotten headaches from eating lower carb. But your diet is much more strict than any I've been on.
    You mentioned in another thread that you have stopped drinking coffee. Could it be a caffeine withdrawal headache? How's your BP?
    I suppose low blood sugar might be an issue...you might want to mention the headaches to your doctor. I'm allowed coffee, but no sugar or sweetener and only a little bit of milk. So I'm drinking coffee right now. I've had to reduce my coffee intake from five or six cups per day to just one or two, for other reasons, but I adjusted to that a couple of years ago.
    BP is great.
    I'll definitely ask the doctor about headaches later this week.

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