Struggling with any of these? Maybe it's keto flu
Did you recently start a keto diet?
Are you feeling “off” or a bit shabby?
You are not imagining the relationship between your new diet and the way you feel. If you have been experiencing any of these, you are not alone:
Many keto adopters won't experience any of these, or they will be mild enough not to cause a problem. But experiencing some (or lots) of these icky symptoms during the first week or two of a lower carb lifestyle is common enough among first-time keto'ers to have been dubbed, “the keto flu.”
Relax. The good news is that these symptoms are temporary! (Though we should add that they are extremely common physical symptoms that could be associated with any number of conditions. You should always consult a doctor before starting a new diet or exercise routine, and the following content is NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.)
So why is your body freaking out right now? (And, yes, that’s actually a pretty accurate way to describe it). It’s because your body is adjusting to a lack of its main energy source — at least up until now — glucose. But wait, you read the articles. You heard about the science. The reason you started your keto diet in the first place was to become a fat-burning machine, right? So why don’t you feel like a streamlined, well-oiled precision instrument? Well, because you aren’t a fat burning machine - YET.
You are on a low-carb diet. You’ve stopped eating carbs and sugars and instead are focused on high-fat proteins as your main food source. Your body now suddenly doesn’t have the levels of glucose (found in high amounts in carbs) it used to burn for fuel. It needs to learn to use fat instead, but it will take some time. When that happens, we say your body reaches “ketosis,” and that can mean effective and rapid weight loss (as well as a disappearance of these pesky symptoms).*
Not only is the keto flu temporary, but did you know you can actually ease the symptoms? If you understand what your body is lacking to cause this, you can give it what it needs and feel better.
Nearly all keto flu symptoms are related to a loss of salt and water, so, increasing your intake of both can help reduce many of your symptoms.
Low-carb experts say to maintain proper electrolytes you need the following daily:
3000- 5000 mg of sodium chloride (salt)
4,700 mg of potassium
300 mg of magnesium (chelated)