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Keto With A Cold

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

The Dreaded Keto Flu

The Dreaded Keto Flu

For all the excellent benefits of the ketogenic lifestyle, getting there can be a physically rough road. The primary reason for this is what is known as the “keto flu”. Almost everyone who has changed their life to the healthy ketogenic lifestyle has had to deal with the keto flu, and some have had a worse deal than others. Background The keto flu is the common name for the induction phase of ketogenesis. That means it’s the period of time when your body is getting used to the changes you have made to what you eat. When you change what you eat, you change everything about how your body operates and functions. Inside your gut (where close to 70% of your immune system lives) are billions of bacteria, and they are all battling for dominance. If your diet consists of highly refined carbs, the types of bacteria that thrive in your gut (e. coli, h. pylori, candida a, etc.) will be inflammatory and detrimental to your immune system. By changing your diet to be high in fat, those same bacteria die off rapidly, because they don’t have their preferred energy source. This massive bacteria death has consequences. These consequences are typically: Diarrhea Headaches Nausea Lack of mental focus and clarity Fatigue In short: You feel like you have the flu. That’s because, in a way, you do. Your immune system is taking a beating when you make the change, because it has grown accustomed to the way things have been. But once you get through the induction phase, and you start to feel better, your immune system will be several times stronger and more efficient. That’s one of the reason that Ketovangelists don’t get sick (and when they do, it’s not nearly as bad as it could have been). Changing Fuel Sources The best way to think about what you’re doing to your body is to i Continue reading >>

Can Colds Enhance Immunity?

Can Colds Enhance Immunity?

We all d read getting sick, it slows us down, keeps us from fun activities, and we worry about sharing it with loved ones and co-workers. In short, getting a cold is a drag! But, could there be some immune benefits? Could the sniffles, the cough, the fever and the chills actually strengthen our immune system? Can you enhance immunity by getting a cold? First of all, a virus does not cause the symptoms of a cold. Our immune system fighting back cause the symptoms we experience. Sniffles cause mucus, which acts as a barrier to viruses going deeper into our bodies. A fever increases white blood cells to attack the cold causing virus. We suffer from fatigue, malaise, and body aches because our body needs to rest to effectively eradicate the virus. Listen to your body, go lay down and rest so it can quickly eliminate the virus. What are the immune benefits of getting sick? One of the ways to enhance immunity is to get a cold. When we get sick our immune system creates memory immune cells to a specific virus. As adults, we have a pretty good repertory of immune memory cells to specific organisms because we have gotten sick in the past from a large variety of viruses. We expand that repertory every time we get sick. Re-exposure to a virus taps into those memory cells. Our immune system is educated in how to specifically knock that virus out before it exponentially expanded its viral load. Because there is a very low viral load, we wipe it out before we experience the usual cold symptoms. How often should you get a cold? Probably about once a year. I like to think of it as “flexing” our immunity, while building our immune repertory. When you do get sick, support your immune system with vitamin C, A and D, immune herbs such as Oregon grape, licorice, and elderberry, eat warm Continue reading >>

Cold And Flu Tea

Cold And Flu Tea

Last week, I got the flu- or something else nasty. I had a sore throat that developed into a cough, blocked sinuses and felt feverish. And here’s the problem when you’re following a low carb or keto approach and you get sick: Most of the remedies you get in the pharmacy are full of sugar, especially the cough/throat lozenges. Quite often, there’s some “soothing honey” or other sweetener to make those remedies tolerable (because we don’t want to add unsweetened misery to an already miserable patient…). While I give raw honey to my kids when they’re sick (and yes, it works really well), I have to resort to other tricks to fight a flu, cough or sore throat. And this is why I want to share with you my cold and flu tea that you can experiment with to your heart’s content until it reaches your favourite flavour. Do make sure you add ginger- not only for flavour, but it really helps a lot with both sore throats but also soothing a stomachache. I remember it being one of my favourites when I had the odd bout of morning sickness with my 2nd child. Cinnamon and liquorice root can add some natural sweetness, camomile is really nice before going to bed because of its relaxing effects and during the day, I like using green tea for all its numerous benefits. But it’s not just about the soothing and healing effects of all the herbs and spices in this “cold and flu tea”. It also makes it a lot easier to stay well hydrated if you’re not well, and that’s often half the battle on your road to recovery! Ingredients 500ml filtered water 2 tea bags (e.g. camomile, ginger/lemon, green tea or any other you like) 3 cloves 1 thumb ginger, grated 1 tsp lemon zest You can also add marshmallow extract, fenugreek seeds, liquorice root extract or cinnamon sticks for a soot Continue reading >>

7 Things To Do At The First Sign Of A Cold

7 Things To Do At The First Sign Of A Cold

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If there is one thing I can not stand it’s getting sick. It’s so frustrating to not be operating at your optimum level. You know that feeling when your throat gets a little tickle and you feel a cold coming on? Maybe you feel a bit tired, flushed, achy or your nose starts dripping. At the first sign of a cold there are a number of things you can do to help kick it before it turns into a full blown cold. Sometimes when I feel a cold coming on I am able to get rid of it before it turns really nasty. Here is a list of 7 tactics you can try to kick a cold before it gets you down. 7 Things To Do At The First Sign Of A Cold 1. Sleep: The first day you start to feel symptoms, get to bed as early as possible that night, aim for 8 hours. If you can’t get a full nights sleep (which is common for moms) try and squeeze in a 30 minute nap! Giving your body ample sleep will help give you the energy you need to fight off the germs. 2. Water: I’m a water drinker to begin with but when I feel a cold coming on I really start chugging. This helps to soothe a sore throat, break up congestion, and get lymph and fluids flowing which will help carry the germs out of you. 3.Light Exercise: Taking a gentle walk or doing yoga can help boost your immune function. Since your symptoms are mildest at the onset of your cold, take the time to squeeze in some light exercise, like brisk walking for 15-30 minutes. If it’s cold bundle up really well. If it’s too cold do some yoga inside. 4. Probiotic Foods: If you aren’t already making probiotic foods part of your daily diet (which I highly recommend) you should at least when you feel a cold coming on! The easiest thing to do it purchase some plain yogurt from the store, sweeten with honey or ad 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Keto Flu: Symptoms And Relief

Keto Flu: Symptoms And Relief

Many people (not everyone!) who start a low carb diet experience what’s called the “keto flu” or the “induction flu” in the first few days while the body is adapting to burning ketones instead of glucose. What is keto flu? The basic symptoms are: headaches nausea upset stomach Lack of mental clarity (brain fog) sleepiness fatigue It’s called the “keto flu” for a reason: you feel sick. I’ve gone through it, and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. Fortunately, it only lasted four days (2 of them were pretty bad) but then suddenly I woke up feeling much better, less hungry and my energy level was high and consistent throughout the day! While at one point (or three or four) I thought to myself: “what the serious F am I doing? I’m going to die!” but I plowed through it, and when it was over I didn’t regret a thing because what I gained mentally and physically was 100% worth it. Keto and autoimmune disorders I have an autoimmune disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis, and Fibromyalgia to top it off. So, I’m no stranger to brain fog and fatigue, but the fatigue and brain fog that comes with keto flu is a little different, and feel much more like having the regular flu. How long will the keto flu last? It depends. Some people don’t experience any symptoms at all, but some suffer anywhere from a day to a week. In rare cases up to 15 days. Everybody’s bodies are different, and some people handle switching over better than others. You might consider starting keto on the weekend or sometime when you’re able to get good rest deal with the symptoms. For those of you that are going through the keto flu, don’t give up! I know you feel like it’s never going to get better but stick with it and you´ll be so happy you did! I’m telling you, waking up r 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 >>

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 >>

Keto Cold Buster Tea

Keto Cold Buster Tea

When you start to feel a scratch in your throat or a drip from your nose, it is time to heat up a good old fashioned Keto Cold Buster Tea. Ok, it is something I made up, so there is nothing old fashioned about it, but it works. That’s my point, it works! I try to drink daily for 3 reasons: Helps to maintain pH balance on a ketogenic diet Aids in digestion Provides extra high quality sea salt for hydration I recommend drinking daily for maintenance of pH or drinking 2-3 times daily when you feel a cold coming on. Keto Cold Buster Tea: 8 oz hot water 1 tbls apple cider vinegar 1 tbls lemon juice 1/2 tsp celtic sea salt Stir ingredients together and sip QUIT DIETING! To learn how to stop yo-yo dieting FOREVER, click here. Work with your body, not against it! Click Here to Join My Facebook Group Natural Reference Supplements: Practitioner Code: nissahelpsme Follow Me: Continue reading >>

45: Very Low Ketones While Fit, Cold Hands & Feet, Sleep Raising Ketones, Salt, Excessive Calories

45: Very Low Ketones While Fit, Cold Hands & Feet, Sleep Raising Ketones, Salt, Excessive Calories

LISTEN AND DOWNLOAD AT ITUNES If you are interested in the low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat, ketogenic diet, then this is the podcast for you. We zero in exclusively on all the questions people have about how being in a state of nutritional ketosis and the effects it has on your health. There are a lot of myths about keto floating around out there and our two amazing cohosts are shooting them down one at a time. Keto Talk is cohosted by 10-year veteran health podcaster and international bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” and Arizona osteopath and certified bariatric physician Dr. Adam Nally from “Doc Muscles” who thoroughly share from their wealth of experience on the ketogenic lifestyle each and every Thursday. We love hearing from our fabulous Ketonian listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at [email protected] And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes and listened to the past episodes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Adam offer of words of wisdom for their Ketonian friends in Episode 45. **Special THANK YOU to Jane, Sandra, Maria, Erika, Mary, Angela, and Brook** KEY QUOTE: “A calorie simply is not a calorie. I’m not saying the laws of thermodynamics don’t apply–they do! But they only apply when the hormones are balanced correctly. If the hormones aren’t balanced, the calorie hypothesis isn’t valid.” — Dr. Adam Nally Here’s what Jimmy and Adam talked about in Episode 45: – I’m in great shape but my ketones are in the tank. Why? Hi Jimmy and Adam! I am a 34-year old male in great shape and have around 12% body fat. I’ve been eating LCHF for about 2 years now and was doing IF for the first 14 months. I decided to tr Continue reading >>

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