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Here Are The Keto Flu Symptoms And How To Beat Them

Here Are The Keto Flu Symptoms And How To Beat Them

Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard from a few low carbers who had questions about some issues they experienced. They all say that they had rapid weight loss, but some had severe headaches, some had joint pains, one even claimed they had diarrhea. One lady thought that I didn’t know these diets can do this, but alas I was fully prepared. These people were suffering from dreaded keto flu symptoms. Not only was she wrong in assuming I didn’t know about these pains, I’ve actually experienced all of these over the last few years. Some of these are easier to manage than others, but any one of these will send you running to the nearest fast food restaurant. That’s why I wanted to write everything I know about the keto flu and how to get over each of these common symptoms. Update: If you take a look at the comments section, you’ll see that MCT oil is my recommendation for many of the issues people ask about. So, I decided to write a few posts on what it is and why you HAVE to include MCT in your diet. Here’s the first post! Keto Flu Symptoms The format for this post will be where I list each of the common symptoms and I’ll describe it as best as I can. After that, I’ll write everything I know about how to beat the pain. Most of my recommendations come from my own experience while others will be from trusted sources. Also, I’ll continue to update this page as people reply with more symptoms. The Ketosis Headache Often describe as a migraine, the ketosis headache is one of the most painful of the keto flu symptoms – in my opinion. This mostly occurs in the first 24-76 hours of an LC diet. People suffering from this describe the pain as being in the head but hard to pinpoint it to any particular region. The entire outer head feels stuffy and the pain is ofte Continue reading >>

What Is The Keto Flu & How To Remedy It?

What Is The Keto Flu & How To Remedy It?

Adapting to the ketogenic diet can feel like the flu. Tiredness, fatigue, stomach pains, and dizziness are common symptoms that the ketogenic diet beginner can experience, but these symptoms don’t come from a ketogenic virus or an infected mosketo (like “mosquito” — sorry, I couldn’t resist). In fact, the symptoms for keto flu are not even caused by ketosis, ketogenesis, or the flu at all. The keto flu is caused by the body’s response to carbohydrate restriction. Carbohydrate Restriction Can Be Difficult Carbohydrates are like your body’s version of your first love. They provide so much comfort, sweetness, and easy energy that we spend most of our time with them. It feels so right, it feels like true love, but it is mostly lust. The kind of lust that increases our risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. This is why breaking up with carbohydrates is a good idea for many people. But — just like with any breakup — it is difficult at first. You crave them and yearn for them. It is so heart breaking — not because you needed them, but because you are so used to living with them. However, after a couple weeks to months, you begin to adapt to life without your first love. With the help of your friends, protein and fat, you begin dating your new love interest: ketones. And suddenly, life is much better than before. This is what is going on inside of your body when you restrict carbohydrates. Most of your cells prefer to burn sugar for fuel and are adapted to using the carbohydrates that you eat. For your body to adapt to carbohydrate restriction, it must make many changes from the cellular level to the hormonal level. This process is synonymous with the adjustment period we go through after ending a relationship with someone we love very much. And just Continue reading >>

Keto Flu

Keto Flu

Hello, how are you all doing? Myself, I’ve been feeling a little under the weather. I’ve had an annoying case of the Keto Flu. For any who are not aware of what the Keto Flu is, here’s the short answer, it’s an adjustment period when your body switches over from burning carbs for energy to burning fat for energy. Here are the symptoms I’ve been experiencing; * headache * tiredness * nausea * jitters * sugar and carb cravings * excess thirst * excess urination Others may experience; * brain fog * dizziness * insomnia * diarrhea * constipation * muscle soreness and/or cramping If you’re considering going on a Keto diet, don’t let the Keto Flu stop you. Not everyone experiences it, and not everyone who has symptoms, have severe symptoms. My symptoms were intermediate. Somewhere between feeling my normal self and the real flu. My most prominent symptoms were tiredness and headache, nothing an ibuprofen and a short nap didn’t clear up. The jitters and excess urination were somewhat problematic at work and in the middle of the night. I wouldn’t say I had insomnia but I have had to get up several times to pee during the night. I only had carb and sugar cravings for the first couple of days. From what I understand, your body has enough carbs stored to last a couple of days. I’m guessing that when my supplies were running low, my body was nagging me to eat lots and lots of cookies! I resisted but just barely. After that first few days my cravings disappeared and my appetite drastically decreased. This makes sense to me because of the way simple carbs spike insulin levels, they really are like a drug. I’ve been feeling much better the last couple of days. The only symptoms I’m still experiencing are excess thirst and urination. If you’re interested in a Continue reading >>

Keto Flu Symptoms, Low Carb Headache And Fatigue In Ketosis

Keto Flu Symptoms, Low Carb Headache And Fatigue In Ketosis

I would have it as a guess that more than half of the people I have seen on the Ketogenic Diet have experienced to some degree what is known as Keto Flu or Low Carb Flu. Mostly a feeling of fatigue, slight headaches or nausea overcomes them. The symptoms of Keto Flu / Low Carb Flu usually occurs in the first two weeks of a person beginning a ketogenic diet and entering into ketosis. They can come and go if you’re not getting the right nutrition. Share the Infographic above on your site! The other half follow what is recommended and replenish themselves with essential minerals and electrolytes that are being depleted. These electrolytes are flushed from their bodies as they rid themselves of the water retention and sodium their old high carb diets made them hang on to. What are the symptoms of Keto Flu or Low Carb Flu? The symptoms of Keto Flu as you begin to restrict your carbs and enter into a state of ketosis varies from individual to individual. They differ in duration and severity, dependant on what high fat, low carb foods you include in your ketogenic diet and their mineral content. The Most Common Keto Flu Symptoms Experienced are: What is known as a Low Carb Headache, Diarrhea Fatigue Weakness Nausea Dizziness Low Blood Pressure Brain Fog What Causes Keto Flu / Low Carb Flu, Fatigue, Headache and other Symptoms of Ketosis? Firstly I’d like to bring this away from the technicalities of minerals and nutrients for a second and get people thinking laterally about what they are embarking upon. Essentially when going into a Ketogenic Diet, Ketosis or most Low Carb Diets, we are breaking an addiction. Most western populations are drawn to carbohydrates, or put even more simply sugar! Sugar gives us an instant rush and satisfaction as it flows through our bodies, co Continue reading >>

Keto Flu – What Is It And What Can You Do About It?

Keto Flu – What Is It And What Can You Do About It?

What is the keto flu? Keto flu is a natural reaction that the body undergoes when it starts burning fat as a source of energy instead of burning carbohydrates (sugar).The flu occurs once you drastically stop introducing carbs into your diet. Who is affected by keto flu? All people who’ve started a low-carbohydrate diet are on the verge of developing keto flu. Following the withdrawal of carbs from the diet, the body becomes profoundly affected by the sudden changes and starts developing keto flu symptoms. Various hormones in the body also get affected as a result of low carb effect, altering their normal functioning. Once the hormones are affected, an electrolyte imbalance takes place in the body. Different people experience different sets of symptoms once keto flu kicks in. Keto flu can’t be described as the real flu, this is because it’s not contagious. Despite the fact that it’s not contagious, the symptoms that you go through are quite similar to those of the real flu. Once the symptoms develop and nothing is done, the condition can shift from mild to a full-blown flu condition. You’re recommended not to let the condition get to its full blow stage because it’s tiring. Symptoms What are symptoms? “These are signs or features that indicate certain changes in the body.” Well, now let’s take a look at the symptoms that ketoic patients develop. They include: Headache Nausea Cramps Lightheadedness Diarrhea Cough Sniffles Fatigue Irritability Sugar cravings Brain/mental fog Muscle soreness Insomnia These symptoms start to manifest within the first and second day that you withdraw carbs from your diet. For a regular person, this flu can last an average of one week. Sometimes the flu can last up to a month depending on the person’s body. The severity of Continue reading >>

Why The Ketogenic Diet May Help Fight Diabetes, Cancer

Why The Ketogenic Diet May Help Fight Diabetes, Cancer

A growing body of research is showing that a diet extremely high in fat and low in carbohydrates, the hallmarks of a ketogenic diet, is not only good for weight loss, but might also help to prevent disease. (And yes, there are also those who caution against this diet and we suspect for as many people as there are who support it, there are those who do not. Check out the video at the very bottom about the dangers of a keto life.) RELATED STORY: “The ketogenic diet, or keto, relies on using your fat as fuel, instead of glucose from carbohydrates or protein. Simply put, the daily ketogenic diet consists of 75 percent fat, 20 percent of protein, and a teeny allotment of carbohydrates, about 5 percent. This balance of macronutrients is intended to put your body in a state of ketosis, which suppresses the release of insulin and blood glucose levels. The benefits of ketosis to your health are improvements in biomarkers like blood glucose, reduction of blood pressure and decreased appetite due to fullness linked to consumption of fats.” 1 Your body’s preferred fuel of choice is glucose. So, anytime you eat a carbohydrate, like potatoes or a Mars bar, your body turns it into glucose or sugar. Those who favor a keto diet “say the problem with a high-carbohydrate diet is that it induces high insulin levels and keeps the body burning sugar and carbs instead of fat. In contrast, on a low-carb diet, the body learns to burn fat preferentially. When this happens, acids known as ketones are released from fat into the body, while insulin levels go down. Ketosis can occur after several days on a low-carb diet.”2 RELATED STORY: Some might not find this diet very easy to follow (something many people also say about the plant-based lifestyle) but if you are dealing with obesity, ch Continue reading >>

Why The Ketogenic Diet May Help Fight Diabetes, Cancer

Why The Ketogenic Diet May Help Fight Diabetes, Cancer

A diet extremely high in fat may not seem like the best way to lose fat. But there’s a growing body of research showing that the high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet is not only good for weight loss, but also may help in preventing disease. The ketogenic diet, or keto, relies on using your fat as fuel, instead of glucose from carbohydrates or protein. Simply put, the daily ketogenic diet consists of 75 percent fat, 20 percent of protein, and a teeny allotment of carbohydrates, about 5 percent. This balance of macronutrients is intended to put your body in a state of ketosis, which suppresses the release of insulin and blood glucose levels. The benefits of ketosis to your health are improvements in biomarkers like blood glucose, reduction of blood pressure and decreased appetite due to fullness linked to consumption of fats. You might think this sounds a lot like the Atkins diet — it’s not. The main difference lies in the protein content of the diet. Atkins tends to be very high in protein, while ketogenic is moderate. Getty Images stock It's not the easiest plan to follow, but the theory of ketosis as a possible prevention against disease is gaining attention from cancer specialists. Tumor immunologist Dr. Patrick Hwu, one of the leading cancer specialists in the U.S., has followed the keto diet for four years, although he prefers to call it the fat-burning metabolism diet, or fat-burning diet. More research is needed to prove its benefits, but Hwu, the head of cancer medicine at MD Anderson in Houston, believes in it after seeing improvements in his own health. Why keto works The body’s first and preferred fuel of choice is glucose — stored as glycogen. Anytime you eat a carbohydrate, be it lentils or licorice, the body turns it into glucose, or sugar. B Continue reading >>

What Is Keto Flu ?

What Is Keto Flu ?

So What is Keto Flu Anyways!? I posted this What is Keto Flu article below back in the summer of 2013 when I had no idea what I was doing or what keto flu was. All I knew is that I was sick as a dog! I’ve learned so much since then and so many people manage to find this article, so I thought I should update it with the solutions that work! The Keto flu is also called Ketosis Flu, Ketogenic Flu, Induction Flu and Carb Flu depending on what groups you hang out in. It normally is what happens after your first couple of days without carbs. Not to every single person, but most people go through some sort of carb withdrawal and/or carb detox. What actually causes the Keto Flu Symptoms? Keto flu happens when our bodies shift from glucose or sugar burning mode to fat burning mode. It is basically an electrolyte imbalance. On a keto diet we need more magnesium, potassium and sodium. Luckily, this is a pretty easy problem to solve and I wish I had known about this 3 years ago! Can You Stop Keto Flu ? You know, for some of us, the keto flu is something we just have to go through for a few days. Think of it as a detox because bottom line, that is what is happening. You are detoxing from sugar, carbs, wheat, all those things that are holding you back from optimal health. But even though you likely can’t stop keto flu, you sure can minimize the symptoms! Drink lots of salty chicken broth. Use a magnesium supplement. You will be amazed at how helpful this will be! I recommend using Lo Salt or any similar blend that has potassium and sodium. My other go to remedy is a nightly drink of Calm. This is a magnesium drink that I swear by and I still use it almost every night. Not only does Calm prevent leg cramps but it also keeps me regular, which can be an issue for low carbers. It is Continue reading >>

3 Thoughts On “insomnia On Keto”

3 Thoughts On “insomnia On Keto”

I hope you are reading this during normal waking hours and not at 3:30 in the morning like the title might imply. It is a somewhat common occurrence for people to report having insomnia in the first two to four weeks of starting a ketogenic diet. It can be hard to stop thinking of how great you’ll look when you can fit back into your favorite jeans or how happy you’ll be to see your doctor and get a good report next time! But the reason for your insomnia is likely not just mental. There may be some biological reasons for this as well. I had a brief bout with insomnia about 2 – 3 weeks in to first starting to eat keto. I had gone through the couple days of keto flu like I shared in Dealing with the Keto Flu, and about a week later I started to feel wired at night and had a hard time getting to sleep (or getting back to sleep if I awoke in the middle of the night). Some people attribute this to the additional energy you start to feel having cut out the sugars and carbs that dull your senses and cause you to breakout. This is probably partially true. However, you are probably also dealing with some other issues. One key factor could be that you are low on a particular electrolyte (as I shared in the Keto Flu post…click on the link above to read it I started taking a magnesium supplement and immediately felt an improvement. Some people report doing an Epsom salt foot bath at night that really helps. It makes sense as magnesium is a key ingredient in epsom salt and how could a foot bath not be relaxing? Another key factor is that many increase their intake of coffee as they have cut out sodas and other flavored beverages and are getting bored just drinking water all the time. You may consider scaling back if this is you. It’s best to keep to one to two cups of coff Continue reading >>

The Dreaded Keto Flu... How To Treat It And How To Prevent It!

The Dreaded Keto Flu... How To Treat It And How To Prevent It!

Hi, there, my fellow Keto enthusiasts or anyone else who is maybe just dabbling with an idea of pursuing this way of eating. If you've been around fellow "Ketoers", you probably heard the dreaded term "KETO FLU". It sounds nasty, and can be pretty discouraging. Sure, it's understandable, why would you want to subject yourself to such torture?!? People online report that the dreaded Keto Flu symptoms include: Dizziness, headaches, indigestion, fatigue, insomnia or inability to get out of bed in the morning (feeling of needing to pry open your eyes), severe mood swings, heart burn, muscle twitching, racing heart, anxiety, nausea, crazy sugar cravings (where you just want to kill someone for that piece of cake!), etc, etc. Doesn't sound fun at all! I get it, I've been there reading about all this before embarking on my journey 2.5 months ago. I definitely dreaded it, but I was also so fed up with not feeling well, carrying around that extra weight, not functioning well enough on a daily basis that I was willing to take this "torture" for a few weeks if on the other end of it would be the promised land of increased mental clarity, improved energy levels and most importantly having my body back after having a baby a year and a half ago! If you have concerns about the dreaded Keto Flu, or if you are experiencing those symptoms now, you are in the right place! I went through a few torturous weeks until I finally figured things out, and I now want to pay it forward and make sure that you don't have to experience those awful symptoms! If you follow the steps I outline below to a T, you will NOT suffer through this horrible transition period! (yes, you might still need to play around with what works for you, but it will NOT be nearly as bad as it's described above and as I've exp Continue reading >>

The Ketogenic Diet And Mental Health

The Ketogenic Diet And Mental Health

Inflammation is one of the most powerful factors which determines health and illness. Levels of inflammation in the body are very strongly influenced by dietary choices. In my holistic practice of psychiatry, one of the most important conversations which I have repeatedly with my patients, is the fundamental importance of following a non-inflammatory diet. This conversation must be had repeatedly, because diet is one of the very hardest things for most people to change. For optimum health, I believe that a Ketogenic Diet, one that is high in fat, adequate in protein and low in carbohydrate, exerts the most anti-inflammatory effect. This combination changes the way energy is used in the body; instead of deriving energy from carbohydrates which convert to glucose, energy is sourced from fats which convert in the liver into fatty acids and ketone bodies. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, is correlated with myriad health benefits. In contrast, elevated levels of glucose leads to inflammation, insulin resistance and accelerates aging. Research on the impact of a ketogenic diet for Cancer, Autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Sleep Disorders, Headaches, Bipolar Disorder, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease is emerging, and I anticipate that we are going to be hearing much more about its health benefits and novel applications. The ketogenic diet was used very effectively to treat epilepsy in the 1920’s, until anti-convulsant drugs were introduced in the 1940’s, when it fell out of favor. It’s easier to take pills than to follow a restrictive diet, and the pharmaceutical industry’s lobby is very influential. Pharmaceuticals, as opposed to dietary changes, remain the standard of care Continue reading >>

Best Magnesium Supplement To Take On A Ketogenic Diet

Best Magnesium Supplement To Take On A Ketogenic Diet

Did you know that an electrolyte imbalance is common when eating keto? At least there is an easy fix for it. Magnesium deficiency is common for people who have cut their carbs and are deep in ketosis, but it can be fixed with an easy supplement. Magnesium is one of the minerals in our bodies that we are most often lacking. We need it for energy production, to synthesize DNA and RNA, and to help transport calcium and potassium ions across our cell membranes, which helps our nerve impulse conduction, muscle relaxation and contraction, and to regulate our heart rhythm. I’d definitely recommend it especially if you have symptoms of the keto flu. Magnesium is a macro-mineral that is important to your body, especially when attempting a keto diet. Below, we’ll outline a few supplements that can keep you feeling your best. I’ve found a few different magnesium supplements to help you stay keto plus feel good. 2017’s Best Magnesium Supplements to take on a Ketogenic Diet – Comparison Top Rated Magnesium Supplements Life Extension has been researching and recommending minerals and supplements since 1983. In fact, they were the first to recommend a daily low-dose aspirin to help prevent vascular disease. The pride themselves in making pharmaceutical-grade level products. (ref) The Life Extension magnesium capsules are part of Life Extension’s range of wellness products including vitamins and minerals, supplements, herbs and botanicals, hormones, skin and personal care, diet and lifestyle products, and even supplements for your canine or feline family member. The recommended daily allowance of magnesium is different for each person based on their age and gender. So that means that a male that is aged 19-30 is recommended to take 400 mg per day while a female the same age Continue reading >>

Day 4: Keto Flu Is Gone.

Day 4: Keto Flu Is Gone.

Today’s Weight: 156 (yes, I went down a pound or almost a pound I guess) Feeling: Great! Let me just start by saying I never knew that this would take such a short time. After 3 (miserable) days, I am feeling wonderful! I still don’t have any sugar cravings (the only reason I made dessert today was because MyFitnessPal yelled at me and said I am not eating enough calories). So far the pros of this diet: no more sugar cravings no more carb cravings feeling of fullness more energy weight loss (even if it was just a pound) doesn’t feel restricted learning to eat better And now the cons of this diet: Keto-or-Carb flu (icky) a little insomnia constipation (which goes with the keto flu I guess) Anyways, on to the food. I didn’t do well starting off though. I wasn’t very hungry for breakfast. I mean, I was hungry and the pains were there but the thought about eating made me feel sick to my stomach. I ate an already opened Quest bar (thanks to my fiance who didn’t realize how much fiber was in the bar and put it back in the cupboard) and a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese because I forgot I bought three of those containers. My lunch was pretty meh too. I could have eaten way more protein but I wanted to incorporate more vegetables into my system since yesterday I didn’t eat one green thing at all. The great thing about cooking at home (other than saving money!) is that all these meals I’ve been making I’ve been putting in the fridge as leftovers. People who know me know that I absolutely HATE leftovers (unless it is spaghetti and pizza). When I go to a restaurant I will never take food home. I never grew up on leftovers either. My mom always cooked enough dinner for the night (unless it was spaghetti night) and we would eat out on a Friday or Saturday night (usual Continue reading >>

Surviving Wheat Withdrawal

Surviving Wheat Withdrawal

Wheat withdrawal can be unpleasant business. Read the many thousands of comments on this blog describing the physical and emotional turmoil that develops in the first few days of wheat avoidance and you will come to appreciate just how awful it can be. It is important that wheat withdrawal is recognized for what it is, as some people say, “I feel awful. It must mean that I need wheat.” Nope. It is a withdrawal syndrome, a good thing, a transitional phase as your body tries to return to its normal state. Wheat withdrawal has been labeled by different names over the years–“Atkin’s flu,” “Paleo flu,” “keto flu,” “low carb flu,” etc. Because this only happens with the various forms of carbohydrate restriction (there is no corresponding “low-fat flu” or “Ornish flu”), it has often been attributed to the delayed conversion of a glycogen/glucose-dominant metabolism to that of fatty acid oxidation. This is true . . . but only partly. Yes, forcing the conversion from a constant flow of carbs from “healthy whole grains” and sugars to increasing the enzymatic capacity to oxidize fats does indeed cause several weeks of low energy–but how do we explain the depression, nausea, headaches, lightheadedness, dehydration, emotional outbursts, intensive wheat cravings, bloating, constipation, even intensification of joint pain, effects that are not likely attributable to hypoglycemia or poor mobilization of energy? Delayed ramp-up of fatty acid oxidation is indeed part of the reason for the phenomena of wheat withdrawal, but does not explain all of it. Most of these phenomena are caused by withdrawal from the gliadin-derived opiates in wheat, the 4- to 5-amino acid long polypeptides that increase appetite and cause addictive eating behaviors. You can a Continue reading >>

Got The Keto Flu? Here’s 7 Easy Ways To Deal With It

Got The Keto Flu? Here’s 7 Easy Ways To Deal With It

Diets can be ideal for shedding weight or kickstarting healthier habits. But, sometimes making significant changes can have a real impact on your body. Among the popular diets around today is a Ketogenic Diet (Keto Diet). A low-carb diet designed to help you lose weight, give you more energy and reduce the amount of acne you might be suffering from. If you’ve started a ketogenic diet recently, perhaps even for the first time, there’s a good chance that you might be feeling a bit tired and lethargic. If you’re curious as to what this is, these are symptoms of a collective experience known as the keto flu. What is the Keto Flu? Essentially, it’s your body’s reaction to dealing with a low-carbohydrate diet. When starting out on the Keto Diet, due to the minimal carbohydrate intake, your body is effectively adapting to burning ketones instead of glucose writes Lilja in a post on Lilja’s Low Carb Food List. Although not everyone will experience the Keto Flu, if you’re used to filling up on foods with carbohydrates it’s likely you will experience symptoms of the Keto Flu. One of the main reasons for this is because carbohydrates (carbs) are like drugs. Besides, who hasn’t been a little addicted to bread and cake? The problem is, when you take them away, your body probably won’t be very happy for the first few days—or even weeks while you’re adapting to it. These carb withdrawal symptoms are not the actual ‘flu,’ but it will certainly feel like it. Just ask the people voicing their discomfort on Twitter. Nobody warned me about keto flu. Nobody. — Lucy (@LucyMuckyKnees) January 15, 2017 Keto flu is the worrrrst — Doug Chipponeri (@dougigem) December 20, 2016 The keto flu phase can last from a few days to a week or even longer. But, rest assured, Continue reading >>

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