Keto flu is the term we use to describe a set of symptoms some people may or may not experience when first starting a ketogenic diet. If that makes your nervous, don’t worry, it’s not like the real flu. Although, Keto flu symptoms can be very similar to that of your regular flu and can last anywhere from a day to a few weeks!
Some symptoms you may experience are:
Keto Flu Prevention and Aide
Although the symptoms from keto flu can be alarming, it is actually a good sign! This is your body’s way of “detoxing” if you will, from the sugar and carbs that are in your body. This is also your body’s way of transitioning its fuel source from glucose to fat (ketones). Don’t worry, if you experience Keto flu, the symptoms don’t last long and are easily curable with ELECTROLYTES.
What are electrolytes?
Electrolytes are minerals in your body that carry an electric charge. They consist of sodium, potassium and magnesium. Electrolytes affect the amount of water in your body, the acidity of your blood (pH), your muscle function, and other important processes. An electrolyte deficiency can be caused by a few things, most prevalent of which are your water intake and foods you may not be eating enough of.
How do I replenish my Electrolytes?
The best way to replenish your electrolytes is either by supplementation or through foods that contain them. Supplements such as Powerade Zero or Ultima Replenisher are great for instant replenishment of electrolytes. But the best way is to make sure you’re getting enough through the whole foods you’re ingesting. Below, you’ll find a list of foods high in the specific essential electrolytes.
Potassium – Avocados, nuts, dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale, salmon, plain yogurt and mushrooms
Magnesium – Nuts, dark chocolate, artichokes, fish and spinach
Sodium – pink Himalayan salt, soup broth, bacon, pickles, and sauerkraut