Also called the carb flu, it is a group of symptoms experienced by some people when they first start the keto diet. The keto flu is caused by your body’s transition from burning sugar to burning fat for most of its energy needs. It’s not really a flu, so it’s not contagious or dangerous, but it can definitely be unpleasant. The symptoms are withdrawal-like, similar to those experienced when cutting off caffeine. While some people may not have any side effects, others may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Sugar cravings
- Difficulty in focusing (“brain fog”)
Usually, keto flu lasts from 3 to 5 days. Fortunately, it’s temporary, and you’ll soon feel fine again. In fact, you’ll likely have more energy than before you experienced the keto flu!
There are ways to manage it and help relieve you from these symptoms. Remember that you are cutting off carbs and sugars, so it’s natural to have a withdrawal effect. The health benefits of keto are definitely worth it, alongside the weight loss of course
How to Get Rid of the Keto Flu?
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated: keto can cause you to rapidly shed water stores, which is excellent because you lose excess water retention, but you don’t want to dehydrate. Drink water, water, and lots of water.
- Electrolytes: Keto loves and encourages pink Himalayan salt for it contains 84 minerals other than sodium chloride. These include common minerals like potassium, magnesium, and calcium and it is said that it is the cleanest salt available on this planet today. It regulates the water levels within the body for proper overall functioning.
- Himalayan Salt: Mix a tablespoon of Himalayan salt in a cup of water with a tablespoon of cider vinegar, it will help relief keto flu (especially dizziness and headaches).
- Eat Enough Fat: Make sure you are meeting your required fat macros as that will help the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E, and K). Fats provide a number of benefits for your body, including serving as an energy source, regulating hormones and genes, maintaining brain health, and making food tastier and more satisfying.
Work Out Right: Restrict high-intensity workout and excessive physical activity, instead, go for walking, stretching, or any calm exercise as it will generally help you feel better. BUT don’t place an additional burden on your body by attempting any type of rigorous workout in the first week for a smoother transition.