So here I am a little over 48 hours into strictly eating Keto friendly foods and I’m beginning to wonder if I’m showing signs of the infamous Keto Flu or if I’ve been fortunate enough to avoid it. Then I wonder if the Keto Flu is real at all, or is it just something that happens because of newbie mistakes? Have you read my article about what the heck Macros are and why they’re so important for Keto Diet beginners? I feel GREAT- I have more energy than I’ve had in years- so if I am experiencing Keto Flu symptoms it’s only one symptom (ahem- major TMI to share here) so I’m pretty sure I’m out of the woods on this one. If you’re a beginner to the Keto Diet you may need to plan ahead to avoid the flu-like symptoms and I have 5 tips for avoiding the Keto Flu for you today.
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What is Keto Flu?
Keto Flu is your body’s natural reaction to detoxing from a high carb, high sugar diet. Sugar is a highly addictive substance. Don’t believe me? Read this article from CNN that describes in detail the addictiveness of sugar and its affect on your brain.
Symptoms of Keto Flu
- Brain fog
- Poor concentration
- Cramping or stomach pains
- Muscle Aches
- Intense cravings for carbs or sugar
- Trouble falling asleep
5 Tips To Prevent Keto Flu
- Transition into the Keto Diet slowly.
– The Keto Flu is brought on by switching quickly from eating a diet of mostly carbs to a diet low in carbs. When you’re primarily eating carbs your body is using glucose as fuel. If you switch to a low carb diet overnight you may be one of the unlucky few who experience the detox-like symptoms commonly called Keto Flu.Instead of switching completely overnight, try cutting your usual carb intake in half for the first week. After that follow your recommended carb allowances by reading up on what the heck Macros are and how to start Keto when you’re a beginner.
- Drink lots of water.
Drinking extra water will help to flush your system and will also give you more energy. It’s always important to stay hydrated, but especially when you’re feeling poorly.
- Eat a little more fat.
Eating a little extra fat will help curb your sugar cravings, give you an energy boost, and help speed up the process of getting your body into the ketosis metabolic state.
- Make sure you’re getting enough electrolytes (without the extra carbs).
I’ve been drinking a fermented tea called Kombucha. It’s a probiotic drink that’s also high in electrolytes, but relatively low carb. I drink half of a bottle each day and it only takes away 6g of carbs from my daily Macros. This is my favorite flavor of Kombucha and you can order it on Amazon Prime.
- Try Essential Oils.
I know the idea of using essential oils gets tossed around a lot, but they really are as wonderful as everyone touts them to be. I have been drinking one drop of Young Living’s Lemon Essential Oil in my water every day for several months now and I think that helped support my body’s detoxing systems making the transition into full Keto easier for me.
How is transitioning to Keto going for you?
Let me know in the comments below!
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