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Keto Flu And Electrolyte Imbalance [so Important!]

Keto Flu And Electrolyte Imbalance [so Important!]

Keto Flu and Electrolyte Imbalance [SO IMPORTANT!] Keto flu! If youve been following a very low carb diet and any of the following sound intimately familiar, theres a good chance you have the dreaded keto flu. Im shaky today, and my head hurts. Im feeling pretty weak today. I have a terrible headache!! And feeling shaky What have I done?! More than a few times I have felt like shaky and dizzy like I was going to pass out. Im shaky, headache, heart is fluttery is this normal? Severe leg cramps while sleeping? Calf muscles are constricting and waking me up! Been keto for four weeks now. The last couple weeks Ive been getting Charlie horses at night. What can I do to fix this?! You may be wondering, What kind of medieval torture is this? Why would anyone subject themselves to this willingly? All of the above are comments seen on the daily in keto forums. Doubleplusungood AF right? If I were a newbie, seeing this would likely make me run for the hills. Yes, all these symptoms are normal when youre experiencing whats commonly referred to as keto flu. However, for the sake of all thats ACTUALLY flu, Ill refer to it as what it actually is: electrolyte imbalance. Im petty like that, #sorrynotsorry. Luckily for you, there is a way to avoid all this yuckiness and lead a cramp-headache-shaky-flutter-brainfog-free keto lifestyle. Electrolytes are minerals present in your body, necessary for the proper functioning of your heart, muscles, and nerves and to carry out and regulate a number of processes such as maintaining your bloods chemistry and muscle action. They are obtained from either food or drink. What happens to electrolytes when you restrict carbohydrates in your diet? Your kidneys shift from retaining water and sodium to dumping both at a faster rate! Due to homeostasis, o Continue reading >>

Keto Flu: What It Is And How To Beat It

Keto Flu: What It Is And How To Beat It

You may have heard of the keto flu – you may even have experienced it! But for anyone who is, for the first time, transitioning to a low-carb, high-fat diet, the keto flu can hit you pretty hard. And if you don’t know what’s happening it can easily knock you off your stride. For me, the keto flu lasted for about 3 weeks. I think this is actually longer than most people experience it – the average is about 1 week. I was a total carb addict before hand though so that could explain it! The keto flu is also known as the low carb flu, and although there are plenty of lucky people that barely notice it, for others it can really feel like you have genuinely got the flu. For a few days you are miserable and want nothing more than to lie on the sofa with a blanket and Netflix. With symptoms such as: brain fog irritability headaches lethargy body aches anxiety a general feeling of ‘unwellness’ I mostly experienced an overwhelming feeling of exhaustion and lack of motivation to do, well, anything, accompanied by intermittent nausea and hot flushes. What Causes Keto Flu (aka Low Carb Flu)? I haven’t been able to find any actual scientific explanations of what is actually happening during keto flu. Most people believe it is a combination of withdrawal from sugars and carbohydrates plus detoxification symptoms. Marks Sissons from ‘Mark’s Daily Apple’ has this to say: If your body is used to employing easy glucose carbs and now must create glucose from fats and protein (a slightly more complex but entirely natural mode of operation), it can take some time to get up to speed. Rest assured that our bodies can and are doing the job. It simply takes time to work efficiently. The transition actually shifts metabolic related gene expression, increasing fat oxidation path 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 >>

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 >>

5 Easy Steps To Beat Keto Flu

5 Easy Steps To Beat Keto Flu

Beware the ketosis boogeyman, The Great Keto Flu! It’s really not that scary, as long as you know how to fight it. And fight it, we will. Five simple moves to put keto flu on its back for good. “Ye who forgo carbohydrates shall suffer,” is what I imagine is written on the tomb of the slumbering keto flu boogeyman. I know you’ve come across this fact of the ketogenic life. It’s likely the first thing you ever heard about ketosis. For some, it’s the last – they get so scared that they never go the distance. First of all, keto flu is a good sign. Secondly, it’s completely natural. And lastly, it is eminently beatable. With knowledge and a simple plan of action on your side, you’ll be able to stomp out the abject terror that The Great Keto Flu has come to herald. If you’ve come to the keto flu crossing and turned back, if you’ve been getting your tuckus kicked by the beast for way longer than you should – this video will give you clear-cut moves to finally ascend victorious. Part of overcoming keto flu is balancing electrolytes, which I talk about in length in today’s video. The easiest way to balance electrolytes on keto is with bone broth. Either make your own (or if you’re lazy like me) buy it! My favorite is Kettle & Fire. And, because we’re talking all about electrolytes today, Kettle & Fire put together a special offer for us! Get 20% OFF + free shipping on your first order of Kettle & Fire’s bone broth. For video transcript PDF, scroll down. Your Mini Guide & Transcript A 5-10 page PDF with the transcript for this video, resources, and exclusive steps to taking your fat burning to the next level. Download to your device and access anytime. Simply click the button above, enter your details, and the guide will be delivered to your inbox! Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet Benefits For Weight Loss, Fighting Disease & More

Ketogenic Diet Benefits For Weight Loss, Fighting Disease & More

Unlike many fad diets that come and go with very limited rates of long-term success, the ketogenic diet (or keto diet) has been practiced for more than nine decades (since the 1920s) and is based upon a solid understanding of physiology and nutrition science. Rather than relying on counting calories, limiting portion sizes, resorting to extreme exercise or requiring lots of willpower (even in the face of drastically low energy levels), the ketogenic diet takes an entirely different approach to weight loss and health improvement. It works because it changes the very “fuel source” that the body uses to stay energized — namely, from burning glucose (or sugar) for energy to dietary fat and, critically, your own body fat after the stage of “ketosis” is reached. Meanwhile, beyond its outstanding potential to help people lose weight and burn off fat stores, research shows that the ketogenic diet helps to fight serious diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer’s. Table of Contents 1. What Is the Keto Diet? What Is Ketosis? How to Get Into Ketosis What Are the Stages of Ketosis? Does the Keto Diet Work for Women? 2. Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet 3. What Is the Ketogenic Diet Plan? 5. Keto Side Effects and the Keto Flu What Is the Keto Diet? The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb diet plan that was originally designed in the 1920s for patients with epilepsy by researchers working at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. (1) Researchers found that fasting — avoiding consumption of all foods for a brief period of time, including those that provide carbohydrates — helped reduce the amount of seizures patients suffered, in addition to having other positive effects on body fat, blood sugar, cholesterol and hunger levels. (4) Unfortunately, long-term fasting is not a feasible op Continue reading >>

Quick Guide To Keto-flu Remedies

Quick Guide To Keto-flu Remedies

Hi Everybody, Together with out talented designer Ola, we created yet another infographic for you. It explains what keto-flu is, who may experience it and how to lessen the common symptoms like headaches or muscle cramps. I've had keto-flu myself so I know how bad it can make you feel. Once you give up most carbs, make sure you include foods like avocados (potassium), nuts (magnesium), bone broth or sauerkraut (sodium) in your diet. If you want to learn more, have a look at my post here: "Keto-flu" and Sufficient Intake of Electrolytes Please, feel free to pin it and share it with your friends. You can find the Carbs vs Fat infographic here. Have any comments? Let us know! :-) Do you like this post? Share it with your friends! I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight. That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food. Continue reading >>

Keto Flu: An In-depth Guide To Beating It

Keto Flu: An In-depth Guide To Beating It

When starting a ketogenic diet, some people experience initial side effects from carbohydrate restriction known as ‘keto flu.’ These symptoms can have some mild and potentially severe effects on the body. While the condition is popularly known as keto flu, people also commonly refer to it as induction flu, low carb flu, and Atkins flu. This article will explain what it is, why it happens, and the best strategies for avoiding or beating it. What is the Keto Flu? Firstly, it is not the real flu. It just shares the name because it has several of the same symptoms. Coming from a high carbohydrate diet, the body is well-adapted to using glucose for fuel. However, when restricting carbohydrate, the supply of glucose falls before the body has adapted to burning fat for fuel. In other words, your body is in ketosis but not fully keto-adapted. If you are curious about this, you can find out your level of ketosis by using ketone strips. The liver and gall-bladder need time to upregulate the number of fat-burning enzymes to burn larger amounts of fat efficiently. Severely restricting carbohydrate is a massive change to the way the body works and your body needs time to adjust to the metabolic changes. When Does it Start? There is no exact timeframe, but symptoms may appear as quickly as 10-12 hours after starting to restrict carbohydrate. For some people, it might be slightly earlier or later. Of course, there are also people who won’t experience the dreaded keto flu at all. How Long Does it Last? Based on anecdotes, this induction flu lasts somewhere between two days and about two weeks. The worst symptoms appear in the first few days and then taper off. Regarding the intensity of the symptoms, this likely depends on the previous diet, hormonal state, and prior carbohydrate Continue reading >>

Keto Flu Symptoms + 7 Remedies (low Carb Diet Beginners Guide)

Keto Flu Symptoms + 7 Remedies (low Carb Diet Beginners Guide)

I thought going low carb was meant to be good for me, but I feel like Sh#&t! Don’t worry I’ll try help you feel better ASAP with the tips below. First off though – Congrats, you did it! You finally took the leap & started a low carb, ketogenic, LCHF or Atkins diet. However, are you feeling sick and horrible only a couple of days into your new way of healthy eating & you think that you might have caught some kind of cold? The truth is, you have caught something- it’s called keto flu (a.k.a induction flu, ketosis flu, Atkins flu) Now you’re probably wondering: “What is it?” “Is it contagious?” “Is it fatal?”, and of course, “How do I get rid of it?” Not to worry; it’s neither contagious nor life-threatening. I’m going to explain exactly what is keto flu, what are the common symptoms, and my top recommended fixes to get you feeling normal again ASAP. What is Keto Flu? Keto flu is also commonly known as the ketogenic flu, carb flu or induction flu. In simple terms, it is a carb withdrawal response. That means, it is your body’s way of changing from using carbohydrates as a primary fuel source (glucose) & converting across to using fat for fuel (ketones). What Causes Low Carb Flu? There are probably two primary reasons for most people. #1 Electrolyte Imbalance The first is that the sudden change in your diet has caused an electrolyte imbalance. When you switch to a ketogenic diet, you are cutting out processed fortified foods in exchange for more organic, wholesome, real foods. This can lead to an electrolyte deficiency. (see which ones commonly below) #2 Keto-Adaptation Period The second issue is that your body is trying to become keto-adapted. The easiest way to look at it is that you are trading one source of fuel (carbohydrates) for anothe Continue reading >>

7 Ways To Prevent Keto Flu

7 Ways To Prevent Keto Flu

7 Ways To Prevent Keto Flu Have you ever started a ketogenic or low-carb diet only to find that you feel sluggish and brain fogged? What happened to the promise of rapid weight loss, mental clarity, and endless energy? Well you may have encountered Keto Flu. This article covers how to identify it and 7 ways to prevent keto flu so you can reap the full benefits of a ketogenic diet. What Is Keto Flu? The experience of keto flu is often discouraging and can lead many people to fall off their nutrition plan completely. Due to a number of physiological changes that occur during the initial stages of a lower-carb diet, some people experience sluggishness, intense cravings, and many other flu-like symptoms. When many people think that maybe their body just doesn’t respond well to a ketogenic diet, there are typically three underlying causes: hypoglycemia, HPA Axis Dysfunction, and electrolyte imbalance. By addressing these three underlying causes, keto flu can be significantly reduced to improve your keto adaptation process and get you on your way to becoming a fat-burning machine! Keto Adaptation Most people beginning a ketogenic diet have been primarily burning sugar for energy their entire lives. When they all of a sudden stop consuming carbs, the body must then relearn how to burn fat for energy. Hypoglycemia occurs because the body quickly burns through stored sugars and hasn’t yet learned to burn fat, leaving you with an energy deficit (don’t worry it is temporary!) HPA Axis Dysfunction occurs because sudden drops in blood sugar will tend to promote cortisol release (cortisol raises blood sugar). If this happens too much, then your stress response can become dysregulated and stable blood sugar becomes harder to attain. Electrolyte Imbalance occurs due to a drop in Continue reading >>

Low Carb Diet – Side Effect – Keto Flu- How To Deal With It

Low Carb Diet – Side Effect – Keto Flu- How To Deal With It

Most of the people that are giving up carbs and start a ketogenic diet or low carb diet are experiencing some not very pleasant symptoms like: headaches (most common) dizziness cramps (upset stomach) lack of mental clarity (mental fog) fatigue diarrhea low energy levels At this level, a lot of people quit. I know the feeling, I’ve been there. It’s called “ keto-flu” or the “induction-flu”. You feel really sick, you have no energy and no desire to do anything. It’s because your body is adapting to live on a few carbs and burn fat as the main source of energy (ketosis). But for how long does “keto-flu” last? It took me one week for those symptoms to completely disappear. But depending on the person, it may take up to 2 weeks until all those bad symptoms are replaced with higher levels of energy and all the benefits that keto diet brings. If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms above please follow my advice. DON’T GIVE UP!!. Believe me, you can live without all that processed junk, sugar and carbs. You might think that giving up snacking on carbs, all day long is impossible, but once you are in ketosis and keto-adapted you will never feel hungry again. Eating fats and protein as the main source of macronutrients keeps you full for longer and your brain won’t need any carbs. As you already know sugar is addictive, you eat sugar you crave sugar. What should you do to feel better? The solution is SALT! Well, what? Yes, salt. I know that most of the nutrition experts say that you have to reduce the salt intake to lose weight. But they also recommend eating almost 300g (healthy) carbs per day. The fact is that once you reduce the carb intake, your kidneys switch from retaining salt to rapidly excreting it along with a large amount of water. As Continue reading >>

Keto Flu – What Is It?

Keto Flu – What Is It?

If you’ve had keto flu, you know what it is. If not, it’s something that happens during the induction phase while on keto. Here are some of the symptoms: Nausea Stomach Pain Brain Fog Sleepiness or Fatigue Headaches It’s called “keto flu” because you feel sick. Makes sense, right? As you know if you have gone through it, it is very unpleasant to go through. Usually it only lasts a couple days, but it can last up to four. When it’s over it is so great. You will wake up and be a ball of fire. You will have incredible energy and great mental clarity. So what can one do to lessen the impact of keto flu? The first thing to account for is that you are most likely dehydrated. You need to make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Keep chugging water! Another thing, which you may not expect, is to eat more fat. Butter, bacon, heavy cream, the works! This forces your body to speed up the transition into ketosis. It may sound insane to do this and you may be afraid it won’t work, but believe me it does! Manage your electrolytes! When your body is dumping water weight you will lose electrolytes like sodium, magnesium and potassium. In order to re-coop the electrolytes go for chicken or beef broths and take a multi-vitamin. Go easy on the protein. Protein can be changed into glucose is you overload on it in the first few days. This will definitely slow down your transition. Fatty meats and cheeses are the go-to. Add fats to your protein shakes. It’s very instinctive to eat lean meats such as chicken breasts and fish when you are trying to lose weight. Steer clear of chicken breasts. Unless you are going to wrap that bad boy up in bacon and cheese and lather it with mayo. Now you’re talking. Keto Flu Summed Up Let me sum things up for you. Keto flu sucks and it mi Continue reading >>

Keto Flu Symptoms: Do This Before Starting A Keto Diet

Keto Flu Symptoms: Do This Before Starting A Keto Diet

I remember when I first started on my keto diet journey almost 2 years ago. I never heard anything about a keto flu until I was in the mist of going through it myself. Some things were not that bad, others were kinda strange…lol… But when it’s all said and done, you may experience a couple or maybe even multiple keto flu symptoms when starting out. So I wanted to touch on a few symptoms that I went through as well as those that I’ve worked with. I also want to give you a few tips on what you can do before starting a ketogenic diet or if you’re already experiencing keto flu symptoms to minimize the affects. What is Keto Flu? The keto flu is when you’re going through withdrawals from not eating carbohydrates. When you first start a ketogenic diet, you’re body will be in sort of a shock stage. Being that we are conditioned from birth to depend on glucose as a fuel source, our body is kinda confused on what’s happening. So when we become carb depleted, it’s natural to feel weary or have brain fog. Because we’ve depleted our glycogen storage, our body is forced to use fat as its primary source of fuel but it has to learn how to do it. You’re not going to keto adapt overnight and if you have any serious metabolic derangement, It can take months before you keto adapt. Never the less you’ll be surprised with the fat loss and the health benefits that you’re going to experience even before you “actually” keto adapt. So don’t rush it, take your time and be patient… I’m mainly talking to you “Ladies”…lol… Because you are the ones sending me emails everyday trying to lose 10 pounds in three days…smh… So just relax! Keto Flu Symptoms Okay, now we’re getting to meat of the article (why you’re here) and I want to do by best to help yo Continue reading >>

How To Get Rid Of Keto Flu

How To Get Rid Of Keto Flu

You’re unbelievably tired, have crazy intense nausea, and a headache. You just started a Ketogenic Diet, and you’d bet your right arm that this new diet is making you feel this awful. Removing carbohydrates from your diet rapidly, like with a Ketogenic, Low Carb, or Paleo Diet, may very well be the reason that you feel like you legitimately have the flu, and that’s why it’s called Keto Flu. Ready to learn how to get rid of Keto Flu? Read on for my best tips: Keto Flu is a symptom of starting a low-carb diet. Any low carb diet (not just Keto) such as LCHF, Paleo, Whole30, or even Atkins can produce the Keto Flu. The symptoms you’re feeling are caused by your body being used to using the carbohydrates you eat for fuel. When you stop eating carbs, your body “panics” for a few days until your switch over to Ketosis: burning stored and dietary fat for fuel, rather than carbohydrates. The good news is that it takes most people’s bodies only a few days to fully move int Ketosis, so while your Keto Flu symptoms might make you feel awful, they should subside in 2-3 days. In some regard, Keto Flu actually dehydrates you: Your body stores water in it’s muscles by binding water to carbohydrates, so when you stop eating carbs, your body starts to use those stored carbs in your muscles, flushing the water attached to those carbs out of your body as a side effect. I’ll tell you how to keep from getting dehydrated during the transition into Ketosis in just a moment. If you have Keto Flu, don’t panic, because there are ways to get rid of it. 1. Eat More High-Quality Fats Since your body can no longer get it’s energy from carbohydrates (and the sugars it turns carbs into), your body still needs energy and can find it in the form of dietary far. So if you eat more 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 >>

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