What is Keto Flu and How do I Avoid It?

01 Jun 2019

So what is keto flu? Some people may experience flu-like symptoms when they begin a low carb diet. This occurs because of carbohydrate withdrawal, altered hormonal states and an electrolyte imbalance.

In other words, it describes a cycle in the body adapting to a changed died – a low carb diet.

Not everyone who moves to a low carb diet will get keto flu. If you are considering trying it out, here are the symptoms to watch out for:

  • sleepiness and fatigue
  • brain fog
  • nausea
  • cramps
  • headaches
  • upset stomach
  • light-headedness
  • in some extreme cases, high blood pressure and arrhythmia.

If these symptoms do occur it is often labeled ‘keto-flu’. Keto stands for ketogenic, a very strict low carb eating plan. The term should be “low carb flu” since the ketogenic diet is not the only low carb plan.

The good news … It generally doesn’t last long …

If we’re being completely honest, most changes in diet result in similar side effects.

How Long Does Keto Flu Last?

The duration for keto flu varies for each person.

Some people may have slight and even unnoticeable symptoms for a day or two. Others might have an over the top symptom for a week or more. It depends on how fast your body adapts to a reduction in carbs.

Once keto flu is over you can expect a huge surge in energy levels. When you’ve kicked the sugar habit completely, often you’ll feel better than ever.

Being patient as your body adapts is key. Know that it will pass, and if it does not you should seek the attention of a qualified medical professional. For most people any symptoms that occur end within two weeks’ time.

People who experience keto flu after switching to a low carb diet sometimes think the cause is a lack of carbohydrates. Many come to the conclusion that Carbohydrates and Sugar must be good for them after all.

But, this only shows how dependent they have been on carbs. With the change in diet their body is trying to survive without carbs and sugary substances.

In truth, carb intake, and especially refined carbs from processed food, sugar, sugary foods and drinks is at epidemic levels. Carb addiction is rampant in the United States and other parts of the world.

It’s not your fault. Those carbs are everywhere. Congratulate yourself on making changes for the better with a low carb diet!

The best way to ease your symptoms is by increasing salt intake with 2 cups of bone broth daily. Another option is to use pink Himalayan salt over your food. This will re-balance electrolyte levels in the body.

The symptoms will likely disappear within a few days and you will be on your way to ketosis success.