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The Keto Flu- Follow these 3 Steps to Avoid

HERE ARE THREE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO AVOID GETTING KETO FLU

1 – ELIMINATE CARBS GRADUALLY

Avoid keto flu by gradually transitioning away from your normal diet to a keto diet.  Cutting carbs drastically overnight will make things difficult for your body.  Your body needs time to adapt from burning mainly carbohydrates to breaking down fats.

Slowly remove all the processed carbs from your diet, then eliminate the grains and finally phase out the fruit and starchy vegetables. This will give your body the time it needs to adjust.  This process can easily be done in 3 days, but if you feel like you need more time take a week.  There’s no right or wrong way to transition.

2 – INCREASE YOUR INTAKE OF ELECTROLYTES (most important!!!)

The keto flu is caused by an electrolyte imbalance.

Switching to a keto diet means we stop eating processed foods which are high in sodium (table salt).  This decreases water retention and the electrolytes are released with excess water, unfortunately.

How to keep your Electrolyte Levels Up to Avoid the Keto Flu

  • Increase the amount of salt you add to your food.
  • Try and opt for healthy Himalayan Pink Salt if you can.
  • Consume more bone broth.  Either use it as the base for a soup or drink it straight out of a mug.
  • Take magnesium supplements.
  • Eat foods which are high in potassium.  Ex) salmon, avocados, nuts, mushrooms and leafy green veggies.

3 – DRINK MORE WATER

If you’re not careful, you’ll get dehydrated and experience symptoms like fatigue, nausea and headaches.  A good way to check for dehydration is to look at your urine: it should be clear and if not, you need to drink more water.

You don’t have to let keto flu get the better of you!  By taking a few simple steps, you can minimize any discomfort you experience (and avoid being stuck in bed for a day or a week).  The keto diet can be a great tool to boost your wellbeing, so don’t let the idea of keto flu scare you away from trying it.

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