How to Avoid the Keto-Flu
The Keto Flu
As you embrace the KetoFLEX 12/3 lifestyle and embark on your journey to extend fasting and reduce your intake of simple carbohydrates, a remarkable transformation begins. You'll enter the world of ketosis, a significant achievement within the Bredesen Protocol. However, it's essential to be aware that, during this adaptation phase, some individuals may encounter temporary discomfort, a phenomenon often referred to as the "keto flu."
It's important to note that not everyone experiences these transitional symptoms, and their severity can vary from person to person. These symptoms are typically mild and of short duration, and they may encompass:
- Mental fog
- Unpleasant breath
- Accelerated heart rate
- Leg cramps
- Reduced physical performance
The primary cause of these transitional side effects is dehydration, coupled with the loss of essential minerals. As you extend your fasting period, your body begins to deplete the stored glucose (glycogen) in your liver and muscles, which releases a significant amount of water. Simultaneously, your reduction in carbohydrate intake and glycogen stores prompts your kidneys to excrete this surplus water through urine, leading to dehydration. Furthermore, as you abstain from processed foods laden with sodium, your salt intake experiences a drastic reduction.
How to Avoid the Keto-Flu
To navigate this transition successfully and maintain your well-being throughout your KetoFLEX 12/3 journey, it's crucial to prioritize proper hydration and consider supplementing with sea salt to replenish lost minerals. While most individuals will experience a decrease in blood pressure, even with the addition of sea salt, some may be more sensitive to an increase in blood pressure with added salt. Regular monitoring of your blood pressure is recommended to gauge your individual response.
Apollo Health recommends using sea salt over table salt for various reasons. Sea salt is rich in essential minerals and electrolytes that aid in preventing dehydration. However, it's important to note that most sea salt lacks iodine, a vital element for thyroid function. Ensure you maintain an adequate intake of iodine through the consumption of seafood, sea vegetables, and eggs.
In addition to maintaining hydration and incorporating extra sea salt into your regimen, you may find it beneficial to consider the occasional use of a small amount of MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) to alleviate symptoms and provide extra energy during this transitional phase. For many, a small dose, such as that contained in a 1-gram capsule (equivalent to 1/5 teaspoon), can provide significant relief.