Quick Keto Tips
It seems that the ketogenic flu symptoms can last anywhere from just 1 day to 2 weeks. I am on about Day 7 or 8 of this. Although I do feel better now than the first couple days, I just don’t feel myself. They say it is my body adjusting to a state of ketosis. Ketosis is when your body starts to burn fat instead of glucose. Well, I am for that, yes I am!
I have posted about Keto Flu before when I had no idea what I was doing or what keto flu was. All I knew is that I was sick as a dog! I’ve learned so much since then and so many people manage to find this article, so I thought I should update it with the solutions that work!
What actually causes the Keto Flu Symptoms?
Keto flu happens when our bodies shift from glucose or sugar burning mode to fat burning mode. It is basically an electrolyte imbalance. On a keto diet we need more magnesium, potassium and sodium. Luckily, this is a pretty easy problem to solve and I wish I had known about this 3 years ago!
The Keto flu is also called Ketosis Flu, Ketogenic Flu, Induction Flu and Carb Flu depending on what groups you hang out in. It normally is what happens after your first couple of days without carbs. Not to every single person, but most people go through some sort of carb withdrawal and/or carb detox.
Can You Stop Keto Flu?
You know, for some of us, the keto flu is something we just have to go through for a few days. Think of it as a detox because bottom line, that is what is happening. You are detoxing from sugar, carbs, wheat, all those things that are holding you back from optimal health.
But even though you likely can’t stop keto flu, you sure can minimize the symptoms! Drink lots of salty chicken broth. Use a magnesium supplement. You will be amazed at how helpful this will be!
I recommend using a blend that has potassium and sodium.
Symptoms of Keto Flu
Besides the keto flu symptoms that I had personally (listed below), many people also suffer from diarrhea, nausea and leg cramps.
I also found it helpful to sip chicken broth (or bone broth) during those carb detox days.
Here are the Keto Flu symptoms that I have:
low grade fever at times
Ladies, when the red devil is in town and you “need” sweets, opt for a handful of dark chocolate chocolate chips. The gourmet ones, real dark chocolate ones have the least carbs. The Milk Chocolate Almond Bars from Meleleuca only have 7 carbs for the entire bar, 9 for the DHA-enhanced dark chocolate ones which is also awesome.
Don’t weigh yourself during your period. Duh. Your period may get longer and/or come early for a little while but then regulates itself magically!
Remember that meats take more to digest. Also, stick to broth, sugar-free jello and veggies around that time. Digesting meats when you’ll all puffed up inside can hurt like hell.
Watch your estrogen. Some women’s doctors will tell them that their estrogen has dropped. The popular belief is that we’re so used to ingesting estrogen-inducing hormones through processed soy, that suddenly we’re deficient.
Chill on the cheese and peanut butter.
Keep tabs on calories. I feel like women don’t gorge ourselves on bacon all day like the dudes do, and we hurt our metabolisms by not eating enough!
Take Omega-3! You need to have more Omega 3 in your system than Omega-6 otherwise all that oil and stuff will do you harm.
Easy on the proteins too. Women burn less protein when exercising and at rest, which means we don’t need to ingest as much as men. Also, if you can’t seem to get into ketosis, reduce your intake
Keep your pH in check. As a lady, our pH levels are especially important.
Push-up to keep the boobs up! Weight loss can lead to saggy boobs (in men too!). Try doing pushups every day to keep everything tight up there!