Hello, Darlings! Today we are going to talk about how to deal with the Keto Flu. About 3-7 days into the Keto Diet you many start experiencing things such as headaches, fatigue, irritability, stomach issues, difficulty sleeping, and muscle aches. These symptoms are very common clues that you may be going thru the Keto Flu.
The Keto Flu is NOT the flu. No viruses are involved, it is simply your body adjusting to the lack of carbs and the new influx of fat. For most people, it does not last but a couple of days, and your body can adjust.
There are several things you can do to avoid it many of the symptoms and transition to fat adapted easier.
How To Deal With The Keto Flu
Everyone’s body is different and how you react to the Keto Diet. If you did not go thru Sugar Detox you will have a more difficult time. But if you have already lowered your sugar intact, your body’s reaction and recovery should be quicker and easier.
Read Dr. Boz’s post-Keto Diet 101- Keto Flu for an in-depth look at what is happening in your body
If You Are Tired- Add More Salt To Your Diet
This was one of my most common problems- fatigue. I had no energy from day 3 to day 5. Someone told be to get some Pink Himalayn Salt and put it under my tongue. Wow, almost immediately I perked up. So I started to add salt to everything.
Also, drinking water with an electrolyte during the day helped. I would add Dr. Berg’s Electrolyte powder to my water. Not only does it have a taste but it helps restore the magnesium, sodium, and potassium that is pouring out of my body when I urinate. This also seems to help with nausea.
Finally, if you can’t seem to get thru the fatigue, add back some carbs until you start feeling better, then slowly back down again. Also, add more fat. Soon I will introduce you to the Fat Bomb. It helped me with cravings and getting thru the fatigue.
Stomach Issues- Constipation Or Diarrhea
I had both constipation and diarrhea. It took several weeks to get my stomach issues settled. I did add Vitamin D3 with K2 to my diet because I have a history of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This seems to have helped.
Now I have no stomache issues including GERD and acid reflux. After 2 months I am off my stomach meds (no Tums or Pecid AC). I still have an episode of diarrhea, but they are few and far between.
Keto Flu And Bad Breathe
This is one of the first issues I dealt with and I am still dealing with it today. I wake up every morning with bad breath. It is a great sign I am in ketosis.
Sleep Issues and Muscle Pain- Take An Epsom Salt Bath
Many of the problems caused by Keto Flu is directly related to lack of magnesium. Magnesium is a salt and is important to helping the
Read more about low magnesium and what happens during the Keto Diet
One of the biggest sign on low magnesium is muscle cramps. This hit me hard during the night. Major “Charlie Horse” cramp that would wake me from my sleep.
How to fix low magnesium? Take an Epsom salt bath. Not only does it help relax you, but it is also great for sleep. Add a full bag or two of Epsom salts to a bath. Relax and enjoy for 40 minutes to an hour. I take this time to read a book and add a facial mask. My favorite is Dr. Teal’s Lavender Epsom Salts.
Stay The Course- This Too Shall Pass
That was the advice I got when I went thru some of my issues. It takes time for the body to adjust to the low carb and high fat diet. One of my biggest problems was I was not eating enough fat. It is hard to get use to eating fat. I started to add a tablespoon of butter to everything I ate. This really helped me get “fat-adapted” sooner.
Best Advice For Dealing With Keto Flu- Have A Support System
I am lucky that I have my daughter Anna, who is also on the Keto Diet. Being about to compare symptoms and progress has helped me so much. She has lost over 30 lb and is really encouraging me to “stay the course”.