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The keto flu is a natural reaction that your body undergoes as it switches from burning fat instead of sugar for energy. Keto flu is a kind of symptom that most people faces when they start a keto diet.
It is called an adaptation period when the body tries to withstand low carbs. The common symptoms of keto flu are fatigue, headache, constipation among others. Here are some reasons for the keto flu.
- Low carbs: When you are try to avoid carbs completely from your diet there may be chances that you could experience some of these symptoms because carbohydrates have the ability to activate brain cells and make us feel good.
- Diet change: When you make a drastic change to your diet, it can take some time for the body to adjust. The body transitions for burning fat has an impact on our immune system. That’s why some people may experience a minor cold or fatigue when starting a ketogenic diet.
- Deficiency in electrolyte: Deficiency in nutrients and minerals occurs when carb intake decreases, electrolytes are increasingly excreted from the body through sweat and urine. The keto flu symptoms can be balanced by electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, and magnesium.
The symptoms of keto flu can be controlled by drinking enough water, eating foods having nutrients and through exercise.