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Keto With A Cold

What To Do With A Cold On Keto

What To Do With A Cold On Keto

Day 11 – 191 lbs. I have caught it from my children. They have some pretty full blown action. So far, it’s just a little filling of the sinuses and I believe I had a fever last night. Should I drop this thing to take care of the cold? What supplements should I take, etc? I am deciding to take a generic phlegm pill (mucinex). I will up the Vitamin C with a couple Emergen-C packs. That will add a few carbs to the equation. Add a little apple cider vinegar to the mix. I have a feeling that I will be feeling better than your average bad feeling dude. Have you ever had a cold on Keto? I’m not talking about the Keto Flu. That’s snot what we’re dealing with here. Sorry, I could not help. I’ve been waiting years to bring that back into a conversation. Continue reading >>

Remedies For Keto Flu Sore Throat

Remedies For Keto Flu Sore Throat

My throat started hurting a couple days ago. Until today, I considered a sore throat as a sign of success. I’ve gone through keto induction four times. Every single time I’ve gotten a rotten, awful sore throat. It’s pretty much like, “oh! my throat hurts! must be in ketosis!” Pee on a keto stick. Confirmed. But it still hurts like hell, and today I connected the dots and realized that it’s a symptom of a bigger keto problem. Searching through the internets will give you a bunch of people who will ask “does keto give you a sore throar?” Followed by a bunch of keto-ers and low-carbers who will tell you going on keto won’t give you a sore throat, and neither will keto flu. I can’t blame them, they’re just speaking from their personal experience. But they’re a little wrong, and that’s the puzzle piece I figured out today. A keto diet naturally lowers your pH, which can do a whole host of bad things to your body. Last year I went to a natural health clinic where they tested my blood and pH. This was about a month after being in ketosis. One major red flag that came up was my pH. My pH was around 6 when it’s supposed to be between 6.4 and 7.4, ideally closer to the 7.4. In fact, they say Cancer dies at a pH of 8. A pH of 6 might not look far off, but it is. A reading of 5.5 is acidosis. Guess what one of the side effects of having a pH around 6? Oh you know, just a SORE THROAT, amongst lots of other issues, like being a magnet for infection and sickness. Did you know that when your pH is low, you also absorb 20% less oxygen, too? So regardless of whether your sore throat comes from your low pH balance directly, or because you got sick based on your low pH balance – this is something to watch. It’s not healthy, in fact I think eating bread and s Continue reading >>

Keto Through Colds

Keto Through Colds

Hey all, Today I was going to very happily post how well Soren is doing. And then he had a big, awful seizure during breakfast. Poor kid. What a way to start the day! Still, the boy is doing great. Especially considering he's been sick for about a month! He caught a cold Mother's Day weekend. Despite that, he didn't have any seizures. Until the NEXT weekend! That seizure marked the end of a 6 week stint with no seizures! Not to shabby! Especially since just a few days later, I found out that Soren's cold had led to a raging ear infection in his left ear. So the fact that he only had 1 seizure through that was very impressive. So Soren went on antibiotics to clear the ear infection. (And probiotics to help his tummy) But then on the day of his last dose, last Friday, he caught ANOTHER cold! We went in for an ear recheck this past Tuesday and while the infection in his left ear was better, he now has one in his RIGHT EAR!!! So another round of antibiotics was started. Soren is clearly feeling better. Still, this has taken quite a toll on him, so it's no wonder he had another seizure. We're hoping with this round of antibiotics we'll get him all cleared up and healthy going into the summer. (Of course, I just caught my 3rd cold of this year. Ugh!) A note on getting through colds on the Keto Diet. We can't use regular, children's meds because they have sugar in them! So, no Dimatap or Motrin. Instead he got Tylenol suppositories, nasal decongestants, and Vicks Vapo Rub. And for his antibiotic, we can't do the liquid stuff. Instead, I crushed up non-coated pills and put them in his food. Yuck! And then there was the challenge of getting fluids in him. Turns out, Soren loves warm chicken broth, which is allowed on the diet and really seemed to sooth him. All in all, though, S Continue reading >>

Keto No-noodle Chicken Soup

Keto No-noodle Chicken Soup

1 servings USMetric Melt the butter in a large pot. Slice the celery stalks and mushrooms into smaller pieces. Add dried onion, celery, mushrooms and garlic into the pot and cook for three to four minutes. Add broth, carrot, parsley, salt, and pepper. Simmer until vegetables are tender. Add cooked chicken and cabbage. Simmer for an additional 8 to 12 minutes until the cabbage “noodles” are tender. Continue reading >>

8 Ways To Blast Through Low-carb Flu And Dive Into Ketosis

8 Ways To Blast Through Low-carb Flu And Dive Into Ketosis

Have you just started a low-carb diet? Do you find yourself feeling exhausted and overcome by tiredness? Perhaps you are thinking that going low-carb wasn’t a good idea after all… You might already know that these symptoms are not uncommon, especially if you are doing low-carb for the first time. Also known as “low carb flu” or “Atkins flu”, this phase is completely normal – although by no means pleasant. This condition occurs when you cut your carb intake sharply, to about 20-30g a day, in order to induce ketosis. What is low-carb flu? Your body is used to running on carbs. It’s been operating this way for decades. Cutting carbs in favour of fat is a huge change for your metabolism. Your body needs some time to adjust to this change. This period of adjustment can sometimes cause flu-like symptoms. Fatigue is the most common one, but you could also get muscle cramps, headaches, dizziness and mental fog. Some of these symptoms are markers of sugar withdrawal. Sugar addiction is real and common, so trying to break away can be difficult. Low-carb flu is not actual flu Please note that “low carb flu” does not include fever or respiratory cold-like symptoms such as coughing or sneezing. If you are experiencing any of these, it means that you might have actually caught an infection! So it would be a good idea to postpone starting your diet until you are all clear. How can you fight tiredness and other symptoms of low-carb flu? First of all, remember that it won’t last forever. Low-carb flu usually lasts around 3-5 days (although could be 1-2 weeks for some unlucky people with high metabolic resistance). Here are some simple tips on making this transition easier. 1) Eat more fat Fat is the key to this whole issue. You must eat lots of it – a lot more th Continue reading >>

Ketosis And Cold Hands

Ketosis And Cold Hands

Just trying an experiment and I am 3 days into a ketogenic diet. Planning on sticking with if for 30-60 days and longer if I dig it. So I know it is "normal" to have cold hands in ketosis but I had two questions - 1- What is the cause/mechanism behind this? 2 - For those who have been keto for a long-time, with NO re-feeds does this go away after adaptation? Edit - This is not a starvation diet, I am not significantly hypo-caloric, I am not suffering from a disease and I am not looking for a diagnosis. At 75gm + I have warm hands no matter what. On a ketogenic diet, so far, I feel great and am having no issues other than my hands being cold (not numb). Due dilagence on google shows this is common in Ketosis. However, it doesn't say A - Why people in ketosis have this symptom or B - Whether this symptom abates as keto-adaptation occurs. So for those who have been keto- or are keto- do you have this? Did it go away? Is there any study or consensus on the cause. For instance - Light-headedness on Keto- is almost always related to Potassium and Sodium issues. That is the sort of data I am asking about. Continue reading >>

Cold Green Tea

Cold Green Tea

A cold green tea drink with keto benefits. Ingredients 2-3 Teabags Organic Green Tea 2 Tbsp. Grassfed Unsalted Butter 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil 1 Tbsp. Heavy Cream 3 Cups Ice Cubes Instructions Brew your favorite cup of tea, but double it. Add your coconut oil and butter and blend it well, making it frothy. Chill the tea in the freezer for a few hours (overnight if you are making it for the next morning) In a blender, add your ice cubes and tea. Blend for 3-5 minutes, until it is well incorporated. Servings: 1 Nutritional Info (Per Serving) Calories Fats (g) Protein (g) Net Carbs (g) 247.0 28.5 0.0 0.5 Ready to Lose 10-21 lbs in the Next 28 Days? If you're really serious about losing weight and want to create a new lifestyle for yourself then the 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge is for you. The Ketogenic Diet has changed our lives. It has turned our bodies from sugar-burners to fat-burners. We wake up with more energy, less cravings, and a better mood throughout the day. Our 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge walks you through how to incorporate the Ketogenic Diet into your lifestyle so you no longer have to worry about giving up on diets and gaining back the weight you keep on trying to lose. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it isn't and we are happy to teach you all about it with the 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge. 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 >>

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

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.) Some people explain keto flu as symptoms resulting from withdrawal from carbohydrates (think drug addiction here). And indeed, there are studies showing that sugars (which are a form of carbohydrates) can cause drug-like additions. But don’t panic if you think you have keto flu. I’ve listed several ways to shorten that period of feeling crappy below. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF KETO FLU? If you just started a low carb or ketogenic diet, then you might experience keto flu symptoms like: Fatigue Sugar cravings Dizziness Difficulty focusing (or Brain Fog) Nausea Difficulty Getting To Sleep Irritab Continue reading >>

Symptoms Of Ketosis:

Symptoms Of Ketosis:

If you are considering the ketogenic diet or have already started down this carb-free road, you may wonder what you can expect. Here’s the thing. Ketosis looks different for everyone, but I will share many of the most common symptoms with you today. If something other than what’s listed here is happening to you, just do a quick Google search for that symptom and keto. You should be able to find what you’re looking for! The Early Signs: The early signs of ketosis vary from person to person. The biggest impact on how quickly you notice the symptoms of ketosis will have a lot to do with how you ate before you started the diet. If your diet was very high carb, you might get hit pretty quickly and furiously with what we like to call the “Keto Flu.” This can last anywhere from 3 days to a week or more. Once your body has adapted to burning ketones for energy instead of glucose, you’ll be golden so don’t give up! Here’s what you can expect within the first 2-3 days of starting the Ketogenic Diet: Fatigue & Weakness (lack of concentration) Headaches Metallic taste or sweet taste in your mouth (I experienced this, and it tasted like blood in my mouth) Lightheaded / Dizzy upon standing Heightened Thirst Hunger / Sweet or Carb Cravings Dry Mouth possibly paired with “Keto Breath.” Stomach Discomfort / Mild Nausea / Cramping Trouble Sleeping or Staying Asleep (early waking) Water weight loss (perhaps an excessive loss of weight within the first two weeks) Frequent Urination Allergies or cold like symptoms may flair up For the ladies: Period issues: You may experience a longer, shorter, earlier, later period because of Keto. Seriously it causes all of that. Each woman is different, and I have experienced every one of those issues with my period since starting ket Continue reading >>

Diy Natural Cold And Flu Remedies

Diy Natural Cold And Flu Remedies

Being sick is no fun, and I for sure don't want my kids or me to suffer any longer than necessary when they get sick. But since I had way too many antibiotics in my childhood, and it caused many issues for me including gut health problems, I am all about finding natural flu remedies and cold remedies so we can avoid the prescription drugs and OTC meds. Over the years I've found that it's a good idea to try different remedies and see what works for you and your family. Plus, there might be some that just aren't palatable for you or your kiddos, so you'll need to be armed with other options to. Making your own natural remedies is very satisfying. First of all, you have total control over the ingredients so you can keep everything natural and avoid ingredients that you might have an allergy or intolerance too. It also saves money since not only are the DIY versions less expensive than the store bought, but you can use so many of these ingredients for different applications, so you'll find yourself shopping less. Here are the natural cold remedies and flu remedies including some very yummy ones. I'm sure you'll find several that you are eager to try. Most have low carb options so they can be incorporated into a low carb / keto lifestyle. 1. Elderberry Jam – Spread this Immune Boosting Jam on your favorite gluten-free bread or put a dollop on hot cereal or eat off of a spoon. 2. Coconut Orange Smoothie. According to Green Thickies, this will help you avoid getting sick, plus can reduce the duration should you succumb. This does not have a low carb alternative. 3. This DIY Antibacterial / Antiviral Essential Oils Blend has many applications but one of my favorite is to fight off an illness. 4. Elderberry Syrup from my site. We use this every time we get a “bug” and it r Continue reading >>

Ketosis Symptoms & Low Carb Flu Explained

Ketosis Symptoms & Low Carb Flu Explained

What does Ketosis mean exactly, and what are Ketosis symptoms? There are a lot of questions about the Low Carb Flu, also known as “Induction Flu” (based on the Atkins Induction Phase). If you’ve just started eating low carb and you feel miserable, you’re experiencing the low carb flu. Ketosis symptoms include: Headaches, bad breath or a metallic taste in your mouth, irritability (like PMS on steroids! lol), leg cramps, insomnia, nausea, etc. It basically feels like you’ve been hit with a nasty flu. Symptoms vary from person to person. The good news is, it means you’re doing it right! The even better news is… it only lasts a few days. What Is Ketosis? It is a state in which your body burns fat for energy instead of carbs/sugar. A keto state means you are fueling your body on healthy fats instead of carbohydrates. So that saying that “You need carbs for energy!” is untrue. But you DO need either carbohydrates OR healthy fats for energy, which is why you can’t (or shouldn’t) eat “low carb, low fat”. See Low Carb, High Fat Diet Explained Your body and your brain actually operate much better on healthy fats. A ketogenic diet is known to reduce seizures, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, control diabetes and chronic pain issues (fibromyalgia, arthritis, etc) and remedy many other common health issues. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fuelling brain function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pas Continue reading >>

Solutions For Head Colds

Solutions For Head Colds

“Oh, it’s just a cold” makes it sound so minor, yet a stuffed nose leads to a congested heavy head and often to sleepless nights as well. Knowing that the symptoms aren’t serious doesn’t prevent them from ruining a perfectly good day. Fall and winter are especially challenging times for colds because that’s when viruses and other microbes tend to become airborne. Head colds are easily transmitted from person to person, so don’t try to be a trooper and show up at the office even though you’re sick. Here’s how to stay healthy during cold season and how to remedy a cold, if you get one. Head colds - and indeed most acute winter illnesses - are caused by viruses. Conventional medicine offers no prevention and little real treatment. No matter how bad the cold feels, antibiotics are completely useless for viral illness, and unnecessary antibiotics can do serious harm to your overall health. Recent discussions have focused on whether the injury lasts for months or years. When you get sick with a head cold, your main interest is in relieving your symptoms as quickly as possible, ideally with as few side effects as possible. A sensible approach focuses on providing you with several natural methods of interfering with virus production. You can arrest viruses by using homeopathic remedies, foods, vitamin and mineral supplements, and herbs. More importantly, you have the power to greatly reduce the frequency of catching colds and to reduce a head cold's symptoms and duration by following the simple recommendations below. For the greatest improvement with the fewest steps,do the following: Thorne Research OPC's, taken as a double dose twice daily. Zinc lozenges, such as Zand's Herbal Formula Zinc, taken frequently (break in smaller pieces or taken whole) to provide Continue reading >>

Iced Ketoproof Green Tea

Iced Ketoproof Green Tea

Despite having tons of health benefits, ketoproof tea fits right on in with my breakfast and lunch schedule. I do intermittent fasting, and ketoproof tea gives me plenty of energy along with satiation through the morning fasting hours. I decided to take on an iced approach since I really like a cold drink in the morning and it helps me get it down much quicker in my morning eating window. Since I don’t do a full day fasting, drinking ketoproof tea in the morning really ramps up my metabolism with the fats, amino acids, and caffeine. Keep in mind that even if you don’t fast, this is still a wonderfully healthy and filling breakfast. I started using Numi Organic Tea and I love it. I got myself a sampler set on amazon, and it’s only $23. You get 9 flavors, with 5 teabags of each flavor. It’s a great way to test for what you like, and what you don’t and then order them much cheaper in the single packets. In fact, they’re around 27 cents a teabag if you start ordering individual flavors. So far I’ve actually enjoyed all of them, but I have a preference toward the Golden Chai and Gunsmoke Green. I figured since this is ketoproof tea, gunpowder green was a very fitting name for the tea of choice! Heck, we should start calling it Gunsmoked Ice Tea – has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Main Components for ketoproof Tea Coconut Oil or MCT Oil – Coconut oil technically is MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) oil, well about 65-80% MCT anyway. MCT oil is just more concentrated than coconut oil, but both have been shown to aid in fat loss. I use coconut oil because, to me, it gives it a nice taste and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper! Grass Fed Butter – Cows that have a diet of fresh grass yields butter that has improved consistency and nutritional properties. The Continue reading >>

Cold Brew Coffee & How To Make It Easily

Cold Brew Coffee & How To Make It Easily

Feeding Your Coffee Addiction! It’s a given that everyone has different tastes in coffee. Some people prefer a dark roast served pure black, while others will pour everything imaginable into their cup, from sugar, to cream to cocoa or even peanut butter! The varieties are endless when it comes that perfect cup o’ Joe. But what’s even more interesting are all the variations that come with actually brewing the coffee to begin with! We’re probably all familiar with the standard “drip” method. Most coffee makers use this method to brew up some quick coffee using only ground coffee, some water and coffee filters. These are most commonly found in homes and offices, and while they’re quick and handy, the stuff that comes out can be bitter and bland. Perhaps that’s why most people prefer their coffee with sugar and cream. The problem with this drip method is that water is pushed through the coffee grounds quickly and doesn’t have a chance to actually brew! Think of how you make tea: pour boiling water over tea leaves and leave it to mingle for some time! We leave our tea leaves in our cup until we’re done drinking. Compare this to the 20 seconds or so it takes to get some coffee from a coffee maker; it’s no comparison. Subscribe for a FREE copy of our 14-Day Keto Meal Plan Coffee Needs to Brew! It takes a little bit of time, yes, but the results are worth it. You get stronger coffee from less product and the taste is more flavorful and aromatic. We like to brew Bulletproof coffee using a Turkish coffee pot and, of course, coconut oil and butter. We let the coffee brew in the pot until boiling and then about 2 minutes longer on low heat. This lets the coffee grinds steep with the boiling water to develop flavor and strength. The unique shape of the pot, by Continue reading >>

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