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Keto Flu 101: Everything You Need To Know

Keto Flu 101: Everything You Need To Know

In Keto Flu 101 my goal is to answer the questions I get asked on a daily basis about the Keto Flu. Many people who are interested in going into ketosis are afraid that they will get the keto flu and are looking for ways to avoid getting it all together. While every person’s experience is different, knowledge is power, so prepare to arm yourself with as much information about the keto flu as possible before you start the diet, so you know what to expect. ~ This post contains affiliate links to help you find the products we use. Already started Keto? Don’t worry; this post will still give you the tools you need to prepare yourself as well. Look, this is the rest of your life we are talking about. As my favorite author, C.S. Lewis said “Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” and that is true even in the case of the keto flu! Keto Flu 101: Everything You Need To Know The “keto flu” is what we commonly call carbohydrate withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms usually occur in people who start a low carb diet that alters their hormones and causes and electrolyte imbalances. Don’t let this alarm you; this is a GREAT thing. In other words, it describes a cycle in the body adapting to a newly started low carb diet. Think about the keyword here, which is withdrawal. The same way an addict withdrawal from any drug. Your body is so used to living off of carbs that both your body and your mind think you need these to survive. On most diets you’ve tried in the past, your mind was probably much harder to fight than your body. Maybe you’ve never been on a diet that caused you to go through any form of withdrawal, and that’s where you’ll find the greatest source of power when it comes to Keto! With Keto, once your body goes through w Continue reading >>

Got Brain Fog? These Are The Best Mind-clearing Tips On The Internet

Got Brain Fog? These Are The Best Mind-clearing Tips On The Internet

No matter where you are on your wellness journey, whether you're a seasoned yogi or just ran your first 5k, one thing remains true: Clearing the mind isn't easy. If you've ever tried meditating—or anything remotely meditative, like a long run or sitting down to write—you're familiar with watching your to-do list unfurl, seeing thoughts buzz by begging to be tended to, even experiencing an unprecedented amount of itches on your face as you start to transition from your outer world to the inner one. The mind will do almost anything to prevent you from settling into yourself, at least at first. For most of us, the truth is that our inner landscapes don't get the attention they deserve because our lives have infinite appealing distractions. But spending time with yourself is one of the best ways to feel centered and less anxious about what's going on around you. Plus, stress has been shown to cause inflammation, which we know is the root cause of many diseases. It doesn't have to be meditation, by the way: It can be mindful walking, doing something repetitive like knitting, flowing through asana—really anything that quiets the mind for you. So we curated the crème de la crème of tips from experts who have figured out ways to quiet the mind efficiently, fusing science and pleasure in a way that makes accessing the quiet mind more enticing. If you have only three minutes in the morning to dedicate to your yoga practice, this simple exercise is the one I recommend most to eliminate brain fog and fatigue—two of the most common symptoms of thyroid disorders and hormone imbalances. The movement of cat-cow, known as spinal flexion, increases the circulation of the spinal fluid. This contributes to greater mental clarity, according to Kundalini yoga, because all 26 verteb 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 >>

Ketosis Carbohydrates And The Brain – Q&a

Ketosis Carbohydrates And The Brain – Q&a

Question: I’ve been doing the CKD effectively. However, I have a major exam on Friday. Is there any effect on limited carbs on cognitive processes? Does limiting carbs ( 20g / day) have a negative effect or could it retard my performance on a major exam, i.e. MCATs, Series7, etc? Is there any study or suggestion you could give based on your research? Answer: First a quick definition for anyone who isn’t familiar with the abbreviation: as discussed in the Comparing the Diets Series , a CKD refers to a cyclical ketogenic diet. This is simply a diet that alternates between periods of very low-carbohydrate eating (typically 4-6 days) and very high-carbohydrate eating (1-3 days). Dan Duchaine’s Bodyopus, Mauro DiPasquale’s Anabolic Diet and my own Ultimate Diet 2.0 are all examples of CKD’s. My first book The Ketogenic Diet discusses CKD’s generally in mind-numbing detail. Now back to the question: does ketosis negatively impact on cognitive function? And the answer is one huge it depends. Certainly early studies found that, in the short-term (first 1-3 weeks), low-carbohydrate diets tend to cause some problems. For this reason short-term studies (usually a week long) tend to report decrements in a lot of things including cognitive performance. Empirically, as well, many report fatigue, lethargy and a sort of mental ‘fog’ until they adapt to the diet (the brain adjusts to using ketones for fuel over those first 3 weeks). I’d note that supplementing with sodium, potassium and magnesium seems to go a long way towards limiting or eliminating that feeling of fatigue. So, for most I certainly wouldn’t recommend starting a very low-carbohydrate/ketogenic diet right before some major test or cognitive challenge. Odds are it’s going to cause problems. But what Continue reading >>

20 Effective Ways To Overcome Brain Fog

20 Effective Ways To Overcome Brain Fog

I used to suffer from massive brain fog, especially after I suffered multiple concussions in 2010. I had to drop out of school temporarily because it was so bad. I couldn’t read. I had trouble writing. And my memory was impaired. I walked around all day with a cloud over my head. But since then, I’ve learned that there are a number of ways to overcome brain fog, and you can implement them so that brain fog doesn’t slow you down and chip away at your quality of life. Below are 20 steps that will help you clear away brain fog and regain your mental clarity. What Is Brain Fog and What Causes It? Researchers describe brain fog symptoms as “an interaction of physiological, cognitive, and perceptual factors” (1). People suffering from brain fog describe it as feeling “forgetful,” “cloudy,” and “difficulty focusing, thinking and communicating” (2). Brain fog symptoms are actually quite common, but that doesn’t mean they are normal and you should accept them. They are an important sign that something is wrong. Brain fog can be caused by a number of things, including medication, poor diet, too much exercise, not enough sleep. But the underlying mechanism is usually the same – inflammation. Datis Kharrazian, author of the book “Why Isn’t My Brain Working?”, says that brain fog is often a sign of underlying brain inflammation and oxidative stress, which slows down neuronal communication. A number of studies also demonstrate this (38, 39). When you experience brain fog acutely, it’s because your body is experiencing an increase in inflammation and oxidative stress. If you experience persistent brain fog, it’s because your body is chronically inflamed. Chronic inflammation is also linked to a number of mental disorders, including depression and de Continue reading >>

You Can Grow New Brain Cells. Here's How

You Can Grow New Brain Cells. Here's How

Helen - just to add to your theory about saturated fats - I come from a family where high cholesterol has been a major problem (from both parents). I have been on cholesterol-lowering medication for most of my adult life and my levels have hovered around 8, no matter what I did. I used low-fat margarine, restricted how many eggs per week, avoided animal fats in every way - still hovered around 8. About a year ago I started restricting grain to a small bowl of natural muesli in the morning, removed dairy, removed processed sugars, and am eating good quality animal protein (fat and all) and fruit, veges and nuts - what many would call a "modified Paleo diet" to give it a shorthand name. I drink black or green tea, water, natural mineral water or a fruit smoothie made with nut milk. Quite apart from the many other health benefits I have seen occur since changing my diet in this way (average blood sugars down to 7.1, improved kidney and liver function, skin clearer, accelerated new hair growth, loss of 10 kilos without even trying, reduced arthritic pain), my cholesterol has dropped to 4.8 - normal for the first time in my life. Yes, I am still taking medication, but such a dramatic change in my overall health year on year can ONLY be attributed to how I have changed my diet. My hope is that I have new neurons growing like crazy too. I am 68, still work full time, and am currently engaged in a MOOC as well as my other activities outside work - so something is working for me! Given that I had a stroke 3.5 years ago, I think that is pretty good. Continue reading >>

Of The Keto Diet?

Of The Keto Diet?

There are many awesome benefits that come with adopting a low-carb ketogenic diet, such as weight loss, decreased cravings and even possibly reduce disease risks. With that being said, it’s also good to talk about possible ketosis side-effects when ingesting these specific ketone supplements, so you know fully what to expect when you get started on this mission. If you’ve already heard about some of the side-effects that come with this special diet and are starting to freak out, don’t panic. We’re going to break down everything you need to know when it comes to what your body will experience when using these supplements for the first time. It’s important to remember, not everyone experiences side-effects when starting a ketogenic diet and thankfully, the symptoms are all very temporary and it can pass very quickly. It varies with the individual, but just to make sure all your bases are covered, we’re going to break down each possible side effect that you could possibly experience. 1. Flu Symptoms Within the first 2-4 days of beginning this diet, a common side-effect is known as the “ketosis flu” or “induction flu” because it mimics the symptoms of the actual flu. This means you might experience: Headaches Lethargy Lack of motivation Brain fog or confusion Irritability​ Although these symptoms typically go away completely within a few days, they are also completely avoidable if you stay very hydrated and increase your salt intake and like always, be sure you're eating enough fat. 2. Dizzyness & Drowsiness​ As you start dumping water, you'll lose minerals such as salt, potassium and magnesium. Having lower levels of these minerals will make you tired, lightheaded or dizzy. You may also experience muscle cramps, headaches and skin itchiness. Fatigue Continue reading >>

Today’s Show Is About Secrets To A Healthy Brain. Memory Loss, Brain Fog, Brain

Today’s Show Is About Secrets To A Healthy Brain. Memory Loss, Brain Fog, Brain

Secrets of a Healthy Brain
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The Fat Burning Brain: What Are The Cognitive Effects Of Ketosis?

The Fat Burning Brain: What Are The Cognitive Effects Of Ketosis?

41 Comments Although mainstream sources still mistake “the brain needs glucose” for “the brain can only run on glucose,” regular MDA readers know the truth: given sufficient adaptation, the brain can derive up to 75% of its fuel from ketone bodies, which the liver constructs using fatty acids. If we could only use glucose, we wouldn’t make it longer than a few days without food. If our brains couldn’t utilize fat-derived ketones, we’d drop dead as soon as our liver had exhausted its capacity to churn out glucose. We’d waste away, our lean tissue dissolving into amino acids for hepatic conversion into glucose to feed our rapacious brains. You’d end up a skeletal wraith with little else but your brain and a hypertrophied liver remaining until, eventually, the latter cannibalized itself in a last ditch search for glucose precursors for the tyrant upstairs. It would get ugly. That’s adaptation. But is there an actual cognitive advantage to running on ketones? Maybe. It depends. It certainly helps people with neurodegeneration. People whose brains suffer from impaired glucose utilization see cognitive benefits from ketones. In Alzheimer’s disease, aging-related cognitive decline, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease, brain glucose uptake is depressed—even before any actual cognitive decline appears. Despite high glucose availability, the aging, epileptic, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s brain can’t utilize enough of it to handle cognition. Enter ketones. Ketones act as an alternative energy source for the glucose-starved brains. It’s no coincidence that ketogenic diets can improve symptoms (and in some cases abolish them) and cognitive function in all four conditions. Okay, but those are in unhealthy people with existing (or looming) neurological d Continue reading >>

Mental Clarity In Ketosis

Mental Clarity In Ketosis

As a cognitive scientist, I’ve been fascinated by the concept of mental clarity ever since I started experiencing it as a major benefit of living in a state of ketosis. Since no scientific definition of mental clarity exists and I don’t intend to invent one, here’s a bad analogy: Ketosis is to consciousness what glasses are to myopia, bringing blurry images into focus. Thus my first hypothesis: Mental clarity augments the vividness by which you see cognitive structures in your mind, enhancing your conceptual lucidity, your focus on the elements of thinking, your ability to discern mental representations. When I have a meal that contains over 250 grams of carbohydrates, the effects on my mind are striking. Thoughts start buzzing, making me feel dizzy, and I find myself becoming too tired to think straight. With my brain running on carbs, thinking becomes more effortful, and it’s more difficult to imagine ideas and concepts distinctly; like reading in dim light, it’s strenuous and exhausting. This was less of an issue back when I was used to carbs. I was following a high-carb meal plan with 600-700 grams of mainly complex carbs a day for half a decade and, despite the typical tiredness after a large meal, I did quite well, both physically and mentally. So my mental performance depends mostly on what I’m used to eating, as long as I get enough calories from high-quality foods. However, my experience of mental performance—let’s call it “mental life”—seems to have been positively affected by my brain running on ketones. From my personal experience, I’d say that more mental clarity doesn’t necessarily mean that I can use my brain better, but it’ll feel better when I’m using it, as my mind is in a perfect balance between sleepy and hyperalert, bet Continue reading >>

Brain Fog: Worse Beore It Gets Better On Paleo Diet?

Brain Fog: Worse Beore It Gets Better On Paleo Diet?

I've been paleo the past 2 weeks, and things are definetly improving for me in the bloating and digestion department, but the mental symptoms are not getting better. Before switching to paleo I was already gluten free/dairy free/soy free the past year with minimal sugar and no processed foods, so I really only cut out brown rice, quinoa, peanuts, beans, gluten free bread, etc. But the past few days, my brain fog has been so bad I have felt like a walking zombie and could not focus on anything. Is this just my body readjusting? Or am I doing something wrong? In ketosis? I am exercising, getting enough Vitamin D, Magnesium & Calcium, taking probiotics and eating fat and staying hydrated. I am sleeping 8 hours a night (not soundly though, I wake up at least once during the night). How long did it take for you to see your mental symptoms (brain fog, depression, anxiety) improve after going paleo? For me, the mental symptoms are more debilitating than the digestion problems! Does it get worse before it gets better? Continue reading >>

How To Get Into Ketosis For Optimal Cognitive Performance

How To Get Into Ketosis For Optimal Cognitive Performance

Contents Here’s a sample protocol. I’ve given more options below for you to tinker with, but if you just want clear and simple instructions, here you go. I think this is simple enough and doable. You don’t have to follow everything here, but it’s just a sample protocol. A bright light device by the workstation. Keep it about a foot away and use for 15-30 minutes, if you aren’t exposed to a good amount of bright light in the day. Before supper You can eat whatever you want for supper. Follow a diet that you can keep to and that suits your individual health needs. I recommend 20-50g of carbs depending on your individual needs. I’ve gotten into ketosis before but it didn’t work out very well. This protocol is my attempt to make it work more quickly. Getting into “Ketosis” is considered a state where your brain uses ketones for fuel. The most common fuel for your brain is glucose. Recently, I thought about what went wrong and thought about how I could change this. I’ve been experimenting with a modified ketosis version for about a month on and off. This protocol will be updated as I do more experiments and tweak it. This modified version solves most of the problems I had with ketosis when I previously tried it. I had a lot of issues with low carb diets in general, but this protocol is NOT a very low carb diet. I don’t do this protocol anymore because I need more carbs. I still recommend that you try this or a variation of it if you want to get into ketosis. These days I do a lectin avoidance diet, with carbs. But I may revisit ketosis later. My protocol doesn’t rely on ketones for fuel only. I like to get brain fuel from 4 different sources. This is one way in which this protocol is unique. I find if I get too much of one of these four fuels then it Continue reading >>

3 Reasons Why Keto Is Better For The Brain

3 Reasons Why Keto Is Better For The Brain

The rigors and stress of life often leads us astray when it comes to our diet. Whether it’s a lack of proper nutrients or consuming either too few or too many calories – this can put our bodies out of equilibrium. With a failure to maintain an equilibrium, the body’s energy levels decline and performance on day to day tasks can suffer. We also observe deterioration in more complex tasks. Plus, as we age, it becomes more important to maintain a balance to perform and succeed in daily life. The keto diet is the answer to this! We’ll go over three reasons why the ketogenic diet is great for you and your brain. Increased Energy A lack of energy is an all too familiar feeling for most of us. As many of us try to squeeze more time out of each day, we find ourselves constantly running on fumes, nearing the end of our “tank”. As each day passes, we progressively become more fatigued and sluggish – we see that our mental performance and physical drive declines. But, there’s good news! Research has shown that those who follow a ketogenic (ketone) based diet can develop an increase in mitochondrial function and a decrease in free radicals. (1) What does this mean for you? In a nutshell, the major role of mitochondria is to process the intake of food and oxygen and produce energy from that. An increase in the mitochondrial function equates to more energy for your cells – which leads to more energy for you. Free radicals are formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules in the body. They are highly reactive and the danger comes from the damage they’re able do to our mitochondria. When this occurs, cells may function poorly or die. Reducing the production of free radicals can lead to better neurological stability and cellular performance, leading to more ene Continue reading >>

End Fatigue Naturally With Ketosis

End Fatigue Naturally With Ketosis

Needing less sleep, having a clearer mind and being in a better mood have one thing in common: these are benefits of ketosis – and they happen fast. How ketosis energizes When keto clears the brain fog Why good moods happen on keto A main benefit of ketosis is lower insulin levels. Tiredness disappears and energy increases. Is Food Making You Tired? Low carb diets end fatigue simply because they are low in sugar. It’s that easy. Toss the sugar / starch, and toss the naps. Traditional diets are centered around sugary, starchy carbs. These carbs increase and spike insulin levels, resulting in high blood sugar. A rapid rise in insulin causes sluggishness and increases lethargy. The rise in insulin is why we feel tired after a carb-filled meal or have ‘afternoon slumps.’ By the end of the first week of your new diet plan, you should start to reap the rewards of low carb eating. Many people begin to experience increased energy, better mental concentration, less compulsive eating and few or no carb cravings. Of course, everyone’s experience is variable, and it takes longer with some than others. Goodbye Brain Fog Many people begin to experience better mental concentration, less compulsive eating, and few or no carb cravings. Some experience it as a “fog lifting” that they didn’t even know was there. Low carb dieters often report elevated moods, heightened feelings of alertness and less of a need for sleep. Believe it or not, glucose (found in carbs) is not the preferred fuel source for the brain and body. The body and brain run most efficiently on fat. After a few days of severely decreasing or banishing carbohydrates from the diet, most ketogenic eaters report improved moods and a sudden increase in energy to the point where they are bouncing off the walls. H Continue reading >>

All About Brain Fog

All About Brain Fog

Even if you’ve never experienced brain fog, the word gives you a pretty good idea of what it is, and exactly how much fun it isn’t. This study found that the most popular terms people picked to describe the sensations of brain fog were “forgetful,” “difficulty thinking/focusing,” “cloudy,” “difficulty finding the right words/communicating,” and “mental fatigue.” Brain fog is when you suddenly get lost driving a route you’ve driven a million times before. Brain fog is when you need to think way too hard to remember things you should know automatically, like the names of your coworkers or the time you need to pick your kids up from school. Brain fog is when you forget what happened at the top of a page before you get to the bottom. Brain fog is not just being tired, and it can show up regardless of how much sleep you got (although sleep deprivation certainly never helps!). If you have trouble focusing because you didn’t sleep, you’re tired. If you have trouble focusing even though you slept plenty and your body isn’t tired at all, it might be brain fog. It’s not fun. Unfortunately, it’s also very hard to pin down – brain fog is a symptom, not a disease, and it’s such a vague symptom that underlying cause could be almost anything. Sometimes it’s caused by serious diseases, like Hepatitis C infection, (in this case, the technical term is “hepatic encephalopathy”) or Lyme Disease. It can also be caused by harsh treatment regimes, most famously chemotherapy. Sometimes it’s menopause or pregnancy, or any number of other physical conditions that are perfectly healthy but just very demanding. That’s way too much to tackle in just one article, so here’s a look at what you should know just about brain fog and Paleo. Some people f Continue reading >>

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