Electrolytes are vital substances that naturally have a positive or negative charge when dissolved in water. All of them are essential and have important roles in maintaining a healthy body. It is beneficial for everyone to be mindful of their electrolyte levels, especially if you live a Keto Lifestyle.
When living a low-carb lifestyle, sometimes your diet may be lacking in important minerals, particularly sodium.
A decrease in electrolytes can lead to fatigue, weakness, headaches, and brain fog. It is, what is widely known as, the dreaded “keto flu”!
How can you deal with or hopefully even prevent the keto flu?
First, the salt shaker is your friend! Salt is needed for balancing fluids in the body, and to keep muscles and nerves at optimum level. Of course, too much sodium can lead to other issues. As always, we encourage you to stay in tune with your body and make the Keto Lifestyle fit YOU!
While starting or reestablishing your keto lifestyle it may be helpful to drink broth daily. Broth is a great low-carb and low-protein snack that will help keep you feeling your best. A cup of broth, bone broth, or bouillon with a tablespoon of butter mixed in will turn into a delicious soup with little effort. The butter accentuates the flavor and gives you needed fat macros. Oh! Using a frother will add extra richness to this snack. Need something else to try here is our favorite AILI Salted Caramel Electrolyte Coffee
The other minerals can be found in many other keto-friendly foods. Follow our Social Media pages for more information.
Types of Electrolytes
Sodium – crucial for nerve and muscle function and helps your body to maintain a healthy blood volume level.
Calcium – is needed for the body to maintain strong bones and proper functions of the heart, muscles, and nerves.
Magnesium – the “calming mineral” It helps our muscles, brain, and heart relax.
Potassium – has an important role in muscle contractions, heart function, and balancing fluids It also lowers the risk of kidney stones and high blood pressure.
Phosphate – helps your body to metabolize nutrients.
Chloride – the second most abundant ion in the body. It is used to maintain an all-around balance of fluid.
Bicarbonate – A small amount of the Carbon dioxide that our body makes gets recycled into bicarbonate and is used to keep your blood pH levels at a normal level.
*A deficiency will cause as many problems as an excessive amount of any type of electrolyte.
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