By default, our bodies burn carbohydrates or glucose as energy. When you transition into a ketogenic lifestyle and drastically decrease your carb intake, your body is depleted of stored glucose.
This metabolic process is called ketosis, which is when our body uses fatty acid or ketones as energy. This can be a bit of a shock for our bodies, and many people respond with flu-like symptoms, which we typically refer to as the keto flu. The keto flu will hit some much harder than others.
Common symptoms of the keto flu are:
• Brain fog
• Stomach pains
• Heart palpitations
• Muscle cramping
• Sugar cravings
• Trouble focusing
Please don’t let these symptoms scare you. Can you imagine what your body is going through as it
transitions from using glucose as energy to using fat instead? Stay with it for at least four to six weeks and be patient. The first two to three weeks should be the worst of it. Trust the process and you’ll never look back.
Symptoms of the keto flu are likely to pop up when you are dehydrated or experience electrolyte loss and withdrawal from carbs or sugar. You can greatly reduce your risk and reaction to symptoms by doing these things:
• Drink plenty of water
• Replenish lost electrolytes; supplement with
potassium, magnesium, and sodium
• Sip on bone broth
• Increase your salt intake
• Try your best to get at least eight hours of
• Take exogenous ketone supplements
I believe in taking these if you’re just beginning your ketogenic journey After taking care of your physical needs, give yourself time to adjust adjust. You’re going through a big transition. Try to be patient and kind with yourself, and don’t stress too much about calories. Focus on keeping your carbs low and your fat high, which is exactly what this book is designed to help you do.
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