Why Is My Heart Pounding On Low Carb?
I'm on a very low carb diet for the first time in my life, and right now I feel almost normal. I'm not dizzy or light-headed, my muscles aren't cramping - but I feel my heart beating really hard, feels like it's shaking my whole body. 1 Worst Carb After Age 50 If you're over 50 and you eat this carb, you will never lose belly fat. HealthPlus50 What is this? Should I be worried? Continue reading >>
The 11 Most Common Keto Side Effects
The 11 Most Common Keto Side Effects The ketogenic diet is a powerful new tool to hit the mainstream recently. This style of eating has substantial data behind it showing that it can boost fat-burning, reduce inflammation, boost cognitive performance, and more. What has not been covered quite enough are common keto side effects and how you can avoid them to make the best of this powerful eating style. Although there can be many different side effects that manifest while becoming keto-adapted, many of them stem from similar underlying issues. In this article, I outline what those underlying issues are, their related side effects, and simple strategies to overcome them so you can become keto-adapted as smoothly as possible. Three Primary Causes Although there are a variety of symptoms that can arise during keto adaptation, they mostly manifest from the same three underlying causes. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction, and electrolyte/mineral deficiencies. While these three causes are seemingly different, they are actually all related. When becoming keto-adapted initially, your body has been running on sugar for years. When you suddenly switch to fats, your body has to essentially build the cellular machinery necessary to generate and utilize ketone bodies as a fuel source. This means that instead of generating tons of ketones from the very beginning, most people experience hypoglycemia for a period of time. With hypoglycemia comes a disruption in cortisol signaling which is what accounts for the HPA axis dysfunction. Finally, HPA axis dysfunction leads to an increase in secretion of minerals from the body in the urine. Together these three causes can create all kinds of side effects. Once you understand them, though, a lit Continue reading >>
Low-carb Side Effects & How To Cure Them
Are you struggling while starting out on a low-carb or keto diet? Do you get headaches, leg cramps, constipation or any of the other more common side effects? Use the information on this page to avoid them – and feel great while losing weight. The main solution to most common problems when starting low carb is to increase the intake of water and salt. It’s even better to do it preventatively during the first week. If you do, you’ll most likely not experience any of these problems, or they’ll only be minor. Use one of the shortcuts below for specific problems – or just continue reading for all of them. Top 6 common problems when starting Less common issues on low carb Low-carb myths Leg cramps Leg cramps are not uncommon when starting a strict low-carb diet. It’s usually a minor issue if it occurs, but it can sometimes be painful. It’s a side effect of the loss of minerals, specifically magnesium, due to increased urination. Here’s how to avoid it: Drink plenty of fluid and get enough salt. This may reduce loss of magnesium and help prevent leg cramps. If needed, supplement with magnesium. Here’s a suggested dosage from the book The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living by Drs. Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney: Take 3 slow-release magnesium tablets like Slow-Mag or Mag 64 a day for 20 days, then continue taking 1 tablet a day afterwards. If the steps above are not enough and the problem is bothersome, consider increasing your carb intake somewhat. This should eliminate the problem. The more carbs you eat though, the weaker the impact of the low-carb diet. Bad breath On a strict low-carb diet some people experience a characteristic smell from their breath, a fruity smell that often remind people of nail polish remover. The smell is from acetone, a ket Continue reading >>
7 Most Common Ketosis Side Effects And Solutions
The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate, and moderate-protein diet that has been proved to be an effective treatment among patients with epileptic conditions, such as glucose transporter 1 deficiency, pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency, tuberous sclerosis complex, Rett syndrome, Dravet syndrome, and specific mitochondrial disorders (1, 2). Keto diet is also associated with reduced body weight and insulin resistance, thus it can be beneficial with obesity and diabetes type 2 patients (3). There are also many major benefits of ketogenic diet such as improving cardiovascular health, brain function, and having therapeutic effects in several other chronic conditions. What you should be aware of is the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis because they are two very different things. Ketosis is a natural metabolic state whereas ketoacidosis, also known as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), is a dangerous condition in people with diabetes. Nonetheless, keto diets are also related with some adverse effects, most of them are temporary side effects and easily treated. Here we have a list of negative side effects of ketogenic diet, mostly occur at the beginning and some of them will go away on their own once you are fat-adapted. Remember these are only temporary and small side effects and not everyone will get these. In fact, a lot of people thrive on keto without experiencing these effects at all. 7 Most Common Side Effects #1. Keto Flu One of the most frequent adverse effects of the keto diet is the “low-carb flu” or “keto flu”, sometimes known as the induction flu. Symptoms usually include headache, weakness, brain fog, increased hunger, and fatigue. This happens usually because your body runs on glucose for energy, which derives from carbohydrates. By reducing Continue reading >>
Ketogenic Diet 101: A Detailed Beginner’s Guide
A ketogenic diet is also known as a low carb diet that enables the body to produce ketones particularly in the liver that can be utilized as energy. A review that was published in 2014 showed that this diet plan is supported by biochemical and physiological basis that can induce weight loss effectively (1). What is a Ketogenic Diet? Have you heard about ketogenic diet? It is a diet plan that has low carb content and was designed for patients suffering from epilepsy. This is supported by a research conducted at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. They found out that fasting for an extended time can help reduce the frequency of seizure attacks. Likewise, diet that is low in carb positively impacts the cholesterol level, blood sugar and body fat (2). The keto diet mimics the concept and the effect of fasting by eliminating glucose in your diet that is naturally present in carbohydrate foods. Keto stands for ketosis that refers to the metabolic state of your body when most of the energy is derived from the ketones present in the blood and not from the glucose. If the level of the ketone presents in your blood increases, your body is in the state of ketosis. With this, you can experience consistent and rapid weight loss. Following a ketogenic diet, your body will rapidly burn excess fat even if you’re taking lots of fat and calories. Different Types of Ketogenic Diets Health experts have been saying that carbohydrates are not essential to build muscle. In fact, even if you’re into ketogenic diet you can still build muscle due to the protein present in this diet. Although building muscle is slower on a keto diet, but you can ensure that total body fat isn’t increasing. Ketogenic diet has three variations as listed below: Standard ketogenic diet (SKD) The standard ketogenic di Continue reading >>
Ever felt like your heart was skipping a beat? A lot of us have from time to time. Interestingly enough, arrhythmias can result from a rapid heart rate (tachyarrhythmias) or slowed heart rate (bradyarrhythmias). Atrial fibrillation is another common term and is the most common type of arrythmia and means "irregular heartbeat". So is a heart palpitation, or arrythmia, a big deal? It is definitely something that you don't want to play around with as it can be a sign of serious conditions such as heart disease, thyroid problems, anemia and changes in the heart muscle itself. Better safe than sorry when it comes to the organ that is supplying oxygen and nutrients to the brain, don't you think? Plus, arrythmias are associated with long term health issues such as stroke and mortality, i.e. death.  This is an involved subject, but below I list 14 Research-Backed Causes of Arrhythmia, some of which are quite common and yet not that well-known: CAUTION: If you have a arrhythmia, always discuss any changes with your physician first. 1. Minoxidil (Rogaine). Minoxidil, the common hair loss formulation for men, has a fairly common side effect of arrthymia and can actually change the heart. See my link on Hair Loss for details. Need to boost your Nitric Oxide naturally through food, drink and supplements? Check out Lee Myer's book here: The Peak Erectile Strength Diet Or do you need the most comprehensive testosterone book in Amazon? Here it is: Natural Versus Testosterone Therapy 2. Caffeine. Heart palpitations can occur in people sensitive to caffeine. If you're one of them, I would still recommend decaf green tea because of the many health benefits. 3. Nicotine and Alcohol. Both of these are risk factors for arrhythmias. 4. Excitotoxins and Free Glutamine. A couple of studies o Continue reading >>
Keto Talk (episode 1): Kidney Stones, Gout, And Heart Palpitations On Keto
WORLD’S 1ST REUSABLE BREATH KETONE ANALYZER NOTICE OF DISCLOSURE: Paid sponsorship Today we officially kickoff this brand new podcast dedicated to answering listeners questions about the low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat, ketogenic diet. It’s called Keto Talk with Jimmy Moore & The Doc (now available to listen and subscribe on iTunes) featuring 10-year veteran health podcaster Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” and Arizona osteopath and bariatric physician Dr. Adam Nally from “Doc Muscles.” These two are a keto power pair ready to take on your most pressing questions about this way of eating. This is Episode 1 and we get started off with a bang. ENJOY! KEY QUOTE: “If you cheat on your ketogenic diet, then you are at risk of a kidney stone or gout. The point is if you’re gonna cheat, you’re gonna pay for it.” — Dr. Adam Nally Here’s what Jimmy and Adam talked about in Episode 1: – The beginning of this new podcast devoted to keto – How Adam uses ketogenic diets with his patients – Adam’s father who died early from diabetes issues – Follow Jimmy and Adam on Periscope – Whether keto creates or prevents kidney stones – Why it’s not a good idea to cheat on your low-carb diet – How cheating, not keto, is what leads to gout – Whether a ketogenic diet causes heart palpitations – How to best balance your electrolytes starting keto – The problem with caffeine on your cortisol levels NOTICE OF DISCLOSURE: Paid sponsorship There are three ways you can listen to Episode 1: 1. Listen at the iTunes page for the podcast: 2. 3. Download the MP3 file of Episode 1 [25:30] WE NEED YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF THIS PODCAST! Adam and I are committed to answering all of your questions about low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diets on this p Continue reading >>
Signs and Symptoms of Cardiomyopathy Some people who have cardiomyopathy never have signs or symptoms. Others don't have signs or symptoms in the early stages of the disease. As cardiomyopathy worsens and the heart weakens, signs and symptoms of heart failure usually occur. These signs and symptoms include: Other signs and symptoms may include dizziness; light-headedness; fainting during physical activity; arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats); chest pain, especially after physical exertion or heavy meals; and heart murmurs. (Heart murmurs are extra or unusual sounds heard during a heartbeat.) NIH - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute This guideline is a partial update of ‘The epilepsies: the diagnosis and management of the epilepsies in adults and children in primary and secondary care’ (NICE clinical guideline 20, 2004). It updates the pharmacological management sections of the 2004 guideline and also includes the use of the ketogenic diet. Atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a chronic inflammatory itchy skin condition that develops in early childhood in the majority of cases. It is typically an episodic disease of exacerbation (flares, which may occur as frequently as two or three per month) and remissions, except for severe cases where it may be continuous. Certain patterns of atopic eczema are recognised. In infants, atopic eczema usually involves the face and extensor surfaces of the limbs and, while it may involve the trunk, the napkin area is usually spared. A few infants may exhibit a discoid pattern (circular patches). In older children flexural involvement predominates, as in adults. Diagnostic criteria are discussed in Chapter 3. As with other atopic conditions, such as asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever), atopic eczema often has a genetic compo Continue reading >>
Arrhythmia, Heart Palpitations, Ketosis, And Low-carb Diet – An Update
My post “Arrhythmia, heart palpitations, ketosis, and low-carb diet” has been consistently popular since I published it back in April. It of course helps that it is generally around the top of my top posts, and people who explore the blog tend to go there first. More interestingly however I get a steady traffic from Google to this page, with keywords such as “low-carb+palpitations” or “ketosis+arrhytmia” so clearly this is an issue for a number of people. First the good news: I am mainly fine now, and clearly (as you can see from my WOD’s) palpitations are no longer an impediment for me to exercise. I did however never get back to Roman’s hormone-focussed training that had been interrupted by those palpitations – maybe at a later stage… I have seen a cardiologist at one point and I was wearing one of those long-term ECG boxes for a day. Funny story first: when I saw the cardiologist to discuss results she seemed very worried, as she had identified two episodes of tachycardia (around 180bpm) and she asked me whether I was alright. She was relieved when I told her that this was me doing some metcon stuff – I wanted to see whether during the de-loading phase there was a higher occurence of palpitations than usual – there wasnt. In any case she could identify what exactly were those palpitations that I’d feel every couple of minutes: those were extra systoles coming from the atrium. She then explained me that those are actually rather normal and nothing to worry about, and that in particular they are often a reaction to stress. Now I was reasonably stress free in my personal life at this point in time, there were nevertheless a couple of stressors I had increased my squat from 0 to 125kg; in this process however I had developed some permanent pain Continue reading >>
Can A Low-carb, Low-calorie Diet Cause Heart Palpitations & Low Blood Pressure?
Low-carb diets restrict the daily intake of carbohydrates, but allow an unlimited intake of fat and protein. If you observe a low-carb diet strictly, this could lead to an increased secretion of stress hormones. In excess, stress hormones can give rise to heart palpitations and low blood pressure. Video of the Day The Atkins diet is a popular low-carb diet. It restricts carbohydrates to 20 grams daily during its induction phases but allows for 100 grams of carbohydrate a day during later phases. Because a diet that consists mostly of fat and protein normally controls appetite better than a high-carbohydrate diet, the diet will ideally restrict the daily intake of calories, which leads to weight loss. When you consume high quantities of carbohydrate, the main source of glucose, glucose may accumulate in the bloodstream. The excess glucose can give rise to plaque formation in the blood vessels, insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. Plaque formation in the blood vessels can also make it difficult for blood to circulate, which can lead to high blood pressure. As low-carb diets severely restrict the intake of carbohydrates, it may lower the blood glucose levels, which could clear blood vessels and lower blood pressure. When followed correctly, low-carb diets should not give rise to heart palpitations. However, some dieters experience a loss of appetite or purposely limit portion sizes, thereby severely restricting their daily calorie intake. This dietary state is similar to fasting or starvation and is an internal source of stress. The body reacts to stress by secreting the stress hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline binds to receptors on the heart, and in high amounts, it can cause heart palpitations. To avoid the adverse effects of a low-carb diet, Continue reading >>
Arrhythmia, Heart Palpitations, Ketosis, And Low-carb Diet
UPDATE 14/NOV: A FOLLOW ON POST ON THIS TOPIC IS HERE I have recently tried a period of very low-carb diet, and I had some pretty unpleasant side effects in the form of palpitations bordering on an arrhythmia of the heart, and I finally got around collecting my thoughts on this. To put this in context – palpitations are not entirely unusual for me. Funnily enough I suspected for a long time that they are at least in part related to not eating (as sometimes I got them whenever I had not eaten for a long time, and as soon as I ate something it became better). Thanks to my recent experiment I think I now understand it better: I am pretty sure that they are related to not eating enough carbs, and more precisely to a situation where my body is in ketosis (which does make sense, as the heart can only run on carbs or on ketone bodies). It all started maybe two weeks after I had gone low-carb paleo, with 50-100g carbs per day whilst training pretty heavily, both HIIT and weights. At one point I started having palpitations, and they were particularly heavy during periods of max heartrate (and/or when the heartrate came down to quickly in fact). So if ever you wondered why I stopped the testosterone “density” workouts (or any of the other hormone specific workouts for that matter) – the reason was simply that they did not feel right with palpitations becoming too strong, especially on high frequency overhead-pressing exercises for some strange reason. I had read somewhere that palpitations could be related to a VLC diet (I did start a thread on Mark Sisson’s forum at the time) and I learned that a VLC diet could lead to a potassium / magnesium imbalance, so I decided to (a) eat loads of bananas, and (b) supplement K & Mg. Unfortunately to no avail. Then along came Kurt Continue reading >>
Can Hunger Cause Heart Palpitations?
Source If you're hungry and have had heart palpitations, there could be a direct correlation. Heart palpitations can occur during times of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which can happen when you're hungry. This is especially true if you're taking diabetes medications. The Hunger-Heart Connection PubMed Health confirms low blood sugar can lead to heart palpitations. Dehydration and low potassium, which may occur when you're hungry or thirsty, can also cause palpitations, says Harvard Health Publications. However, just because you're hungry doesn't mean you'll experience heart palpitations. Causes of Low Blood Sugar Low blood sugar can happen in people with diabetes who take medications like insulin (or oral medications) to lower blood sugar. These medications are designed to help decrease high blood sugar levels in diabetes patients. But you can experience low blood sugar even if you don't have diabetes. MedlinePlus and Mayo Clinic say causes of low blood sugar in people without diabetes include: Drinking alcohol (drinking heavily on an empty stomach) Lack of thyroid or cortisol hormones Insulinoma (pancreatic tumor that produces too much insulin) Severe kidney, heart, or liver failure Anorexia Sepsis (whole body infection) Some weight loss surgeries Certain antibiotics, heart medications, and kidney mediations Nesidioblastosis (overproduction of insulin due to pancreatic beta cell enlargement) Adrenal or pituitary gland disorders, resulting in hormone deficiencies Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar How do you know if palpitations are happening during times of low blood sugar? Watch out for additional signs of hypoglycemia, such as: Headache Weakness or tiredness Fast, pounding heartbeat Irritability Nervousness Feeling hungry Trembling or shakiness Sweating Unclear thinking Continue reading >>
Have you ever experienced or sensed your heartbeat? Although such a feeling is usually completely normal, it may be unpleasant. For instance, people often describe hard beats, fast beats, irregular beats, skipped beats, fluttering, “flip-flopping” or a pounding sensation in the chest or neck. Palpitations are defined as an unpleasant awareness of heart muscle contractions in the chest. Although palpitations are very common and usually completely harmless, they may occasionally be a manifestation of underlying heart disease. Palpitations are a very common reason people visit their doctor. This is not surprising as symptoms associated with the beating of the heart are likely to get our attention and they often make us anxious. However, it is important to keep in mind that palpitations are more often caused by the anxiety itself than an underlying heart disease. The key thing is to understand that palpitations are a sensory symptom, an experience or a feeling. As such they may be difficult to grade or measure. The description often varies a lot between individuals. While some people seem to be aware of their heartbeat at all times, others have almost never felt their heart beating. Obviously, the latter group is less likely to complain of palpitations. What Causes Palpitations? The term arrhythmia describes disorders of heart rhythm. All types of irregular or abnormal heart rhythm fall under this term. It may be an irregular rhythm or rapid or slow beating of the heart. The term tachycardia describes rapid beating of the heart whereas the term bradycardia describes slow heart rate. Although palpitations are often caused by arrhythmia, they are frequently associated with psychiatric causes such as anxiety and panic disorders (1). Other underlying disorders such as thyro Continue reading >>
How To Stop Heart Palpitations
Heart palpitations. Don’t these two words make you shudder with anxiety? Well, maybe the words don’t, but the sensations caused by heart palpitations certainly do scare people. In fact, it’s the main topic of emails that I get from people who contact me with questions. And given that this anxiety symptom is so common among anxiety sufferers, I thought it would be helpful to do a “how to” article on palpitations. First, a few basics. A heart palpitation is an abnormal beating of the heart AND your heightened awareness of your heart beat. Palpitations can cause your heart to beat fast (tachycardia), slow (bradycardia), flutter, or to even have ‘skipped’ heart beats (PVCs). Heart palpitations can be caused by electrolyte imbalances, adrenaline, anemia, heart disease, arrhythmias, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and of course, anxiety disorders. There are more causes, but the ones listed are common. Now, because heart disease could be involved, it’s always a good idea to see your doctor if you’re experiencing new or ongoing heart palpitations. No need for fear, this is mainly a precaution to safeguard your health and your sanity. When you go to your doctor he/she will run an ECG and take some blood. If the results come back negative, then you can start your efforts to stop your heart palpitations without having to worry about having a heart attack. How Palpitations Work When related to anxiety, heart palpitations are triggered by the fight or flight response. If you’ve had problems with anxiety for any length of time then I highly recommend that you get acquainted with this term. This is because the fight or flight response is the source of much of your misery, and a detailed understanding of it can help you to reduce stress. Because with knowledge comes Continue reading >>
Of The Keto Diet?
There are many awesome benefits that come with adopting a low-carb ketogenic diet, such as weight loss, decreased cravings and even possibly reduce disease risks. With that being said, it’s also good to talk about possible ketosis side-effects when ingesting these specific ketone supplements, so you know fully what to expect when you get started on this mission. If you’ve already heard about some of the side-effects that come with this special diet and are starting to freak out, don’t panic. We’re going to break down everything you need to know when it comes to what your body will experience when using these supplements for the first time. It’s important to remember, not everyone experiences side-effects when starting a ketogenic diet and thankfully, the symptoms are all very temporary and it can pass very quickly. It varies with the individual, but just to make sure all your bases are covered, we’re going to break down each possible side effect that you could possibly experience. 1. Flu Symptoms Within the first 2-4 days of beginning this diet, a common side-effect is known as the “ketosis flu” or “induction flu” because it mimics the symptoms of the actual flu. This means you might experience: Headaches Lethargy Lack of motivation Brain fog or confusion Irritability Although these symptoms typically go away completely within a few days, they are also completely avoidable if you stay very hydrated and increase your salt intake and like always, be sure you're eating enough fat. 2. Dizzyness & Drowsiness As you start dumping water, you'll lose minerals such as salt, potassium and magnesium. Having lower levels of these minerals will make you tired, lightheaded or dizzy. You may also experience muscle cramps, headaches and skin itchiness. Fatigue Continue reading >>