First Week: Top 3 Keto Conundrums
The low carb lifestyle is known to sculpt some serious fat off your body. Many followers of the keto diet experience rapid weight loss, low hunger levels, and good energy levels. Since you cut out most of the high sugar foods, controlling your calories becomes a breeze. Sounds like an easy plan to success, right? Those who joined the ketogenic army can attest that the early weight loss comes with a toll. The first week of low carb living can be daunting, both mentally and physically. As your brain and body are adapting to a life without glucose, you may become outright miserable. Don’t go shoving cake down your neck just yet – the misery passes. To have an idea what you’ll go through, check out these common side effects that most go through when switching to a keto diet. Usually they only last for the first few days to a week, but preparing yourself for what might come will always help. Mental and Physical Fogginess The first major sign – coming 2 or 3 days into your ketogenic transition – will be the fogginess. You’re brain likes to take it easy and it if had a choice, would run on only glucose. As your body is switching from glucose to ketones as its main source of energy, your body will continue to burn the last stores of glycogen. This results in a foggy haze that might make it hard to concentrate. You might find yourself staring into space or feeling lethargic, but have no fear – it will pass. Headaches might pound at your door, nausea can pit in your stomach, muscle cramps can ruin your day and irritability can spark arguments, but knowing this can help you plan. Switch your diet in the middle of the week, so you will have the weekend to fully rest and recover from your transition. What we suggest is to go super low carb for the first week, which mea Continue reading >>
My Ketogenic Diet Has Worked For Me For 4 Years.
This last week I have had some fasting BGLs that are elevated for no apparent reason. Last night I came to the realisation that I might have a UTI. A couple of strong pain killers helped me eventually. I headed into the A&E as it is the weekend and my GP's practice is closed. The triage nurse took my info asking all the relevant questions and asked if I was prone to UTI's. I told her that I had had one. She asked in what time frame that was and I said in my lifetime so she was happy with that. She agreed that I probably did have a UTI and sent me off to produce a urine sample. Didn't mention diabetes as she didn't ask. A doctor eventually called me in and asked all the questions that the triage nurse had laboriously entered in the computer on my records. I told him about my elevated BGLs and he asked what they were 6.2, 6.3 and asked if I was a diabetic. He asked what medication I had taken and I told him about the pain killers I took. He asked what diabetes meds I was on and I told him that I wasn't. He again asked me and we clarified I was on no meds for any condition. He agreed to prescribe an antibiotic and asked what I had last time. I guessed a name and he said that was what he would recommend so I hope that was it. He went off to find my urine test results and came back and informed me that there were ketones present in my results. (YESSSSSSSSSS. I had confirmation that that was where I wanted to be!! Didn't tell him that... too difficult to explain) He then said that he wanted a check done on my BGLs and if they were under 8 I could go home!!!!! I told him that they would be and if they were anywhere near 8 I would have to check in! The nurse came to do my blood and he triumphantly told me I was a legend, 4.9. I told him that was what I expected and was shown th Continue reading >>
Your Diet May Be Causing Your Urinary Tract Infections
TIME Health For more, visit TIME Health. Tough-to-treat urinary tract infections (UTI) that are resistant to antibiotics are on the rise. Now, in a new study looking at human urine published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers say they’ve discovered why some people are more prone than others to the infections. Intriguingly, diet may have something to do with it. Early on in an infection, cells produce a protein called siderocalin that blocks bacterial growth, including the growth of E. coli that often causes UTIs, says Jeffrey P. Henderson, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and senior author of the study. (It does this by keeping iron away from the bacteria, which need it to thrive.) The researchers wanted to see how the protein worked differently in various samples of urine at restricting the growth of E. coli, so they analyzed the urine from about 50 men and women. “We found, kind of to our surprise, that there was a really wide range between individuals and how well this protein worked, just depending on that individual’s urinary composition,” says Henderson. Two common factors emerged in urine that had a better ability to resist bacterial growth: it had a high pH—one that’s more alkaline, in other words—and higher levels of certain metabolites formed by gut microbes. That metabolite isn’t made from human cells, Henderson says; rather, they come from the diet or are metabolized by bacterial cells from dietary sources. “It looks like this protein that’s part of your immune system is able to use metabolites in the diet as grips to hold onto iron and keep it away from pathogenic bacteria,” Henderson says. In some people, that system is set up really well, he says, but i Continue reading >>
Ketosis: What Is Ketosis?
Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body. Some people encourage ketosis by following a diet called the ketogenic or low-carb diet. The aim of the diet is to try and burn unwanted fat by forcing the body to rely on fat for energy, rather than carbohydrates. Ketosis is also commonly observed in patients with diabetes, as the process can occur if the body does not have enough insulin or is not using insulin correctly. Problems associated with extreme levels of ketosis are more likely to develop in patients with type 1 diabetes compared with type 2 diabetes patients. Ketosis occurs when the body does not have sufficient access to its primary fuel source, glucose. Ketosis describes a condition where fat stores are broken down to produce energy, which also produces ketones, a type of acid. As ketone levels rise, the acidity of the blood also increases, leading to ketoacidosis, a serious condition that can prove fatal. People with type 1 diabetes are more likely to develop ketoacidosis, for which emergency medical treatment is required to avoid or treat diabetic coma. Some people follow a ketogenic (low-carb) diet to try to lose weight by forcing the body to burn fat stores. What is ketosis? In normal circumstances, the body's cells use glucose as their primary form of energy. Glucose is typically derived from dietary carbohydrates, including: sugar - such as fruits and milk or yogurt starchy foods - such as bread and pasta The body breaks these down into simple sugars. Glucose can either be used to fuel the body or be stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen. If there is not enough glucose available to meet energy demands, th Continue reading >>
Protein, Ketones And Kidney Stones
Kidney stones may not be on your mind when beginning a weight-loss diet, but if you plan to follow a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet plan, they should be. While many popular low-carb commercial diet plans encourage your body to shift into a fat-burning state called ketosis, the production of ketones that results can alter your urine chemistry and raise the risk of kidney stones. Understanding the risks to your kidneys can help you decide whether the weight loss promises of a high-protein, low-carb diet are worth it. Video of the Day Kidney stones develop when a hard mass of crystals develops in the urinary tract. Kidney stones are often extremely painful, especially when they pass through the thin ureter to exit the body. There are a few different types of kidney stones, each made up of different materials. The cause of kidney stones remains unknown, but some people seem to be more prone to developing them than others, so there may be a hereditary component. Ketones are compounds formed by the breakdown of fat as the body shifts from burning carbohydrates to burning fat for fuel. During a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet, ketones become the main source of energy in the body. After a few days or weeks on this type of diet, the brain begins to use ketones as fuel instead of glucose. However, when too many ketones build up in the bloodstream, the pH of the urine changes from neutral to slightly acidic, which can put stress on the kidneys and potentially raise the risk of developing kidney stones. A 2002 study published in the "American Journal of Kidney Diseases" found that a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet raised the acidity of the blood over a six-week period, a condition known to contribute to kidney stones. The study found up to a 90-percent increase in acid Continue reading >>
The Ketogenic Diet In The Treatment Of Infections Of The Urinary Tract
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Ketosis symptoms are a result of the way the body gets rid of the excess ketone bodies which build up in the blood stream when a person eats a low carb, ketogenic diet. In short, the body has three ways of dealing with excess ketone bodies: First, the muscles liver and brain can burn them for energy in the cells. Second, the body can breathe ketones out through the lungs. And third, the body can flush ketones out through the kidneys and urine. Legionella Testing Lab - High Quality Lab Results CDC ELITE & NYSDOH ELAP Certified - Fast Results North America Lab Locations legionellatesting.com The ketosis symptoms associated with the benign dietary ketosis caused by eating a low carb, ketogenic diet are not dangerous. They may differ for each individual, with the most common symptoms being: Ketosis breath, which has a fruity odor, and the person in deep ketosis may feel a sort of slight burning in the nose and a slight smell of ammonia. Dry mouth, which is alleviated by drinking more regular tap or bottled water. (Reverse osmosis water will make this worse.) In the first week of beginning a ketogenic diet, most people experience frequent urination followed by fatigue, as insulin levels come down, and the kidneys release extraneous water stores. Minerals such as sodium, magnesium and potassium are also lost with excreted urine, and it is the mineral loss that causes the fatigue. This can be offset by eating more salt, drinking more fluids, and increasing the intake of magnesium and potassium containing foods. (Dairy foods and avocados are high in potassium, and you can drink broth for more sodium.) A slight headache at first which goes away in a few days. This is usually a sign of not getting enough salt. Ketone bodies become detectable in the urine. Ketone bodies are molecu Continue reading >>
8 Low-carb Conundrums
Thinking of making the switch to low carb? Here's the lowdown on eight low-carb diet side effects. The good news? They're temporary. Low-carb diets are known to burn serious blubber. Many followers of the low-carb life experience quick fat loss, lower hunger levels, and stable energy. Since low-carb lovers cut out most "cheat" foods, like donuts and candy, they also have a fairly easy time controlling total caloric intake. Sounds like fat-loss paradise, right? As those who have undergone the "low-carb switch" can attest, the early fat loss often comes at a price. The first few days or weeks of low-carb living can be a bear, physically and mentally. As your brain and body struggle to adapt to post-glycogen life, you might be downright miserable. Don't pound a Mountain Dew in despair—the misery is often temporary. Before you pay thousands to have that "ketogenic 4 life" tattoo removed, check out this list of common short-term side effects that accompany the switch to low-carb. You won't necessarily suffer from them all, but knowing the signs can help you prepare. The first major side effect that you'll likely experience—usually about 2-3 days into your low-carb "induction"—is a mental lethargy often called "brain fog." You may find yourself staring at the wall for extended periods of time, feeling half-drunk, and unproductive at work. What gives? The primary reason this occurs is because your brain, if given the opportunity, will run almost entirely on glucose. Once your body makes the switch from burning carbs to burning fat, your brain will begin to use ketones as fuel—but not until you've burned up your body's glycogen stores. This is why people often go super-low carb at first: To use up that dwindling glycogen as quickly as possible. In the meantime, you are Continue reading >>
Any Connection Between Uti And Diabetes Or Low Carb Diet?
Any connection between UTI and diabetes or low carb diet? Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Any connection between UTI and diabetes or low carb diet? I'm just recovering from a horrendous UTI (urinary tract infection). I have only had one once before in my entire life and I can tell you UTIs are incredibly painful. I'm wondering if there is any connection between getting a UTI and diabetes or perhaps a connection with being new to a low carb diet. I've been very low carb-ing (less that 30 g per day) for about a month now and prior to this past month I was keeping carbs under 60 g per day. I'm just wondering if ketosis brings on bacteria in our bodies for a short time? Any thoughts? I have the UTI problem if my BG is too high. A major symptom of untreated diabetes is/are infections that won't seem to go away. So....YES, there possibly is a connection. Get tested. Or simply buy a Glucometer and test yourself. And if all else fails see a doctor. From what I have heard is when your bgs are high, bacteria all over your body starts to thrive. Plus diabetics with high bgs are slow to heal. UTIs and diabetes go hand in hand for some people. I transcribe in a urology office, and we see many diabetics who have UTIs and other bladder issues. Long-term diabetics often have more incontinence issues as well due to the neuropathy affecting the bladder. However, there are other things that can also cause them, so if you weren't prone to them before diagnosis and your blood sugars are in good control, you might want to go see your doctor and have a urine culture run to determine what type organism may be causing your problem and to determine Continue reading >>
Ketosis And Uti-like Symptoms
Every time I go into ketosis for more than I a week or two, my bladder gets irritated and I experience UTI-like symptoms. The last time I experienced this in ketosis, I ended up doing a round of antibiotics (big mistake), seeing a urologist, and getting my kidneys checked via ultrasound. The antibiotics didn't cure the discomfort, the urologist couldn't even find bacteria in my urine, and my kidneys checked out fine. The only thing that finally helped was when I discontinued my all meat and fat diet and took a month off from tea. I suspect that my bladder is just getting irritated by the ketones. Has anyone else experienced this? Any idea how to treat this? Continue reading >>
Hematuria: 10 Causes Of Blood In The Urine
Home Your Health Men's Health News Hematuria: 10 Causes of Blood in the Urine Hematuria: 10 Causes of Blood in the Urine By: Dr. Gerald Morris on Monday, January 4th Blood in the urine is medically referred to as hematuria. There are two main types of hematuria: gross and microscopic. Gross hematuria can be seen in the urine with the naked eye. Microscopic hematuria is visible only under a microscope. Blood in the urine can come from anywhere in the urinary tract. The urinary tract includes the kidneys (where urine is made), the ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder), the bladder (where urine is stored), the prostate (in men), and the urethra (tube through which urine exits the body). The following are ten causes of blood in the urine Blood in the urine, or hematuria, may be a symptom of a urinary tract infection (UTI). A UTI can occur in any part of the urinary tract. Bacteria entering the urethra and multiplying within the bladder cause the majority of UTIs. The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse estimates that UTIs account for greater than 8-million doctor visits annually in the US. Women are more likely to develop UTIs due to the short length of their urethra and its close proximity to the anus. Other symptoms of a UTI may include frequent urination, pain or burning with urination (dysuria), and foul-smelling urine. A UTI is most commonly diagnosed by analyzing a urine sample (urinalysis) followed by urine culture to identify the causative organism. Oral antibiotics are the mainstay of treatment for UTIs. When treated promptly and accurately, urinary tract infections rarely lead to complications. Do you ever find yourself sweating it out on the treadmill in mid-February while dreaming of the wind in your hair a Continue reading >>
Help For Urinary Tract Infections | Drdeborahmd.com
It starts as a twinge right after you urinate. Then you notice a burning during the next trip to the bathroom, which happened painfully soon after the last trip, and yielded little urine. Pretty soon you are automatically drinking more water so that at least something happens when you respond to the constant feeling of urging in your bladder. And then you realize, "Ahah, a bladder infection!" We know that more than half of all women will experience the burning urgency of a urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime. Although men also suffer from these infections, the occurrence is much less frequent due to anatomical differences. For both women and men, UTI symptoms are uncomfortable, and it can be frightening to experience cloudy, bloody, and painful urination. Because bacteria are frequently the cause of UTIs, doctors almost always prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. Although antibiotics will knock out the bacteria, they set a woman up for two potential complications. A rebound vaginal yeast infection is likely because antibiotics destroy all bacteria, even the beneficial microbes that protect intestinal and vaginal health. The link between urinary tract and yeast infections is so well established that many doctors simultaneously prescribe antibiotics and a vaginal antifungal cream. Eradicating helpful bacteria can even set the stage for a vicious cycle of urogenital infections, leaving a woman prone to recurring UTIs and yeast infections. The second likely complication is interstitial cystitis (IC), or chronic inflammation of the bladder wall. IC occurs if antibiotics outlast the bacteria they target and their presence inflames the bladder lining. Appropriately prescribed courses for UTIs are as short as possible to avoid this problem. There's a bette Continue reading >>
Urinary Infection Symptoms | Treatment | Inflammation Of The Bladder
Ketogenic diet menu for easy weight loss health Urinary infection symptoms | treatment | inflammation of the bladder Urinary infection symptoms | treatment | inflammation of the bladder Urinary tract infection symptoms and treatment Urinary infections such as inflammation of the bladder - cystitis, urinary tract - urethritis affect any woman at least once in life. From these problems suffer men as well but much less frequently than the fairer sex. Problems in some cases are completely absent, and can range from very mild to extremely painful and unpleasant, accompanied by mild fever. Symptoms of bladder infections usually begin with sudden pain and a feeling of heaviness in the bladder. Frequent urination usually occurs, which is actually a defensive reaction of the organism which wants to get rid of bacteria, as well as a burning sensation when urinating. What scares the patients is the presence of blood in the urine, then whitish or cloudy urine. The fever can be a sign that the infection has spread to the kidneys, and in this case, is often accompanied by pain in the lumbar part of your back, vomiting and nausea. Mostly because of the anatomic structure of the urogenital system, women are far more susceptible to infections than men. Inflammation of bladder most often affects young women who only have sexual relations, as well as older postmenopausal women. Although complaints can be very unpleasant, this infection lenses quickly and easily using appropriate medications and herbal teas. However, if the treatment is not carried out in time, a bladder infection can spread to the kidneys and cause serious health problems. It is often thought that urinary tract infections are transmitted only through sexual intercourse with an infected partner, but this is not true. Howe Continue reading >>
Bladder Pain From Ketosis?
I've done a few google searches on this, and it tends to crop up a bit for people who are doing low carb. I eat alot of veggies with my meat and fat~ I'm getting quite a few carbs, but apparently not enough to keep my bladder from hating me. *sigh* Any tips to helping the inflammation in my bladder? I'm sure its because my body is throwing acid out like no tomorrow. (now if it would throw out the damn body fat!) Waiting to do my workout.. *sigh* maintenance man is here trying to scare out the birds that have been living in my wall. I have insulin resistance and chronic bladder, kidney, and urinary tract infections. I have gone to the urologist and had all the tests, thankfully I got a clean bill of healthy BUT he did say that i had two things going against me 1) I am a woman the "holes" tend to be "too close" together (sorry if tmi but that's why women get these more than men) 2)Diabetes/insulin resistance is a known common denominator. He suggested I start either drinking cranberry juice whcih I can't do bc of the insulin probs BUT I found some really awesome Cranberry pills it's bottled by AZO and it's just the cranberry supplement. I take 2-3 pills DAILY I love them!! I don't wanna jinx myself but for someone who had these infections monthly I haven't had one in 6 months. P.s. I am completing Day 2 of south beach diet phase 1. It'll be my last day doing it the low carb of it is really messing with me b/c I take insulin meds anyway (metformin) and I'm getting ill b/c hte carbs are too low. Hope this helps. JustBirdy, I'm thinking that I need to lower protein, though my charts show that I'm pretty even with it daily~ about 20% protein, 10% carbs and the rest is fat. Something was pissing off my UT BUT~ I drank 7 quarts of water yesterday and today I dont have such pai Continue reading >>
Combining Alkaline And Ketogenic Diets For Greater Health
I hope you had a chance to read my previous blog on the many health benefits of an alkaline diet and my blog on the benefits (and potential drawbacks) of a keto diet... If you haven’t, I would suggest that you do so prior to reading this blog, as this information builds upon that material. In this blog I’ll be talking about the benefits of combining a ketogenic diet to your alkaline diet and lifestyle. First some history. While research studies overwhelmingly showed benefits to a ketogenic diet (you can see a lot of this research in the previous blog here), I had found a lot of patients and clients had had side effects. Here’s just one example: “Nausea and fatigue overrode any benefits like weight loss or improved health,” 47-year-old Liz told me about her massive misfire trying a ketogenic diet for three months. For a long time I weighed the benefits and frankly, some of the negative feedback from clients, relating to a ketogenic diet. But after a good deal of research I still became a huge supporter of keto. Why? Well, read on! Traditional ketogenic diets neglect alkalinity Over the years guiding patients through ketogenic diets, I eventually discovered the missing component creating many of these roadblocks and negative reactions. Traditional ketogenic diets neglect alkalinity, which for women this can especially become disastrous. After years combining research with empirical evidence from hundreds of patients, I juxtaposed a ketogenic diet and alkalinity with my Keto-Alkaline ™ Diet, which becomes the perfect plan for fat loss and optimal health by allowing your body to use fat for fuel while staying alkaline. Ketogenic proponents got it partly right by utilizing fat as fuel. So did alkaline-diet folks by recognizing how crucial staying alkaline becomes Continue reading >>