Quick Guide to Keto-flu Remedies

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Hi Everybody,

Hope you are having a lovely Sunday! Firstly, I've got some exciting news for both iOS and Android fans :-)

As you may know, we have been working on the universal app for iOS in order to bring all the features to the iPhone. Also, many of you have been waiting for an app for Android and other platforms. We knew it was a huge task that requires a lot of time. As I previously mentioned, KetoDiet is a full-time job for me but, it's a part-time project for my partner who does the software development. As KetoDiet grew in popularity, it has became impossible for my partner to only work on it part-time. That's why leaving his full-time job to focus purely on KetoDiet became unavoidable. This change will help tremendously and accelerate our plans. Please, keep in mind that KetoDiet is a complex app and bringing it to Android and other platforms will require several months of work.

Now back to "keto-flu". Our talented designer, Ola, has created yet another amazing infographic for you. It explains what keto-flu is, who may experience it and how to lessen the common symptoms like headaches or muscle cramps.

I've had keto-flu myself so I know how bad it can make you feel. Once you give up most carbs, make sure you include foods like avocados (potassium), nuts (magnesium), bone broth or sauerkraut (sodium) in your diet. If you want to learn more, have a look at my post here: "Keto-flu" and Sufficient Intake of Electrolytes

Please, feel free to pin it and share it with your friends. You can find the Carbs vs Fat infographic here.

Have any comments? Let us know! :-)

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I found this great article as well.  I thought I'd share.
http://www.wickedstuffed.com/keto-tips/remedies-for-keto-flu-sore-throat/#nogo
I am going to try some of the remedies tomorrow.  

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Hi and Thank you.  Your information is great.  Two questions.
1. I just started the keto diet about 8 or 9 days ago.  I got the keto flu badly and mixed with it the real flu.  I want to stay in ketosis and reach the nirvana of weight loss.  Can you guide me on flu remedy stuff that can help suppress my cough and such?  I can't have honey or lemon or ginger as they have too many carbs.  I'm drinking herbal tea.  It helps but not enough.  Thank you for any suggestion you have?
2. When does your app come out and what exactly will it do?
Thank you again for your time, Sincerly, Jed Smile

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I unintentionally & unknowingly started this diet about 1.5 yrs ago when I seriously cut back on carbs and pretty much eliminated sugar in an effort to eliminate my sugar addiction. I ended up feeling like crap and with headaches, so I stopped the diet, thinking I wasn't getting enough vitamins and nutrition. Many months later I discovered that there was such a thing as a ketogenic diet and when I started researching, I discovered a lot of useful information, including the answer to my 23-year-long question of why I felt so much better while pregnant than I ever have in general (pregnancy causes most women to enter into ketogenesis).
After this discovery, about 6 minths ago, I intentionally tried doing a ketogenic diet. I had not come across anything regarding the keto flu yet, but ended up with it again. That took several days to pass, but once it did I felt great and had lots of energy. I went from struggling to make it through the day without pain from fibromyalgia to it hardly bothering me unless I overdo it. Even took a vacation for the first time in years. It was great!!!
Then I laxed on being as careful of what I ate and started sneaking in sugar & carbs (apparently too soon)... Now every time I have sugar or carbs I drop out of ketosis & when I go back in I get the dreaded flu and worse yet these horrible headaches.
Is there any help for the awful headaches that came come with the keto-flu?
Stephanie Barnes, did you ever find the answer to your restless leg problem? I have suffered from this off and on for years & have no idea why it comes and goes. I am relatively new to the keto diet so it's not, at least strictly, from that, but it is quite possible, maybe even likely, that it is a contributing factor.

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I started the keto diet on January 2nd and have been suffering from restless leg syndrome ever since. It is keeping me up at night and I am wondering if there is something I am doing wrong?Tonight I am making the electrolyte drink mentioned on your site, even though it is 2:30 in the morning.  I'm hoping the extra potassium will help. I have been supplementing with magnesium at night and trying to drink lots of water during the day. I haven't seen anyone else mention this side effect. I have a doctor's appointment scheduled for Thursday. Any ideas on what I might be doing wrong?

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Thanks for this.really helpful.

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Gorgeous infographic and very easy-to-understand keto info. Can't wait to share it. Thanks!

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Thank you so much Ann!

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Thankyou for this info., i'm about 4 weeks in and thought i had gone through the worst, but the past week i have been exhausted to the point of having naps in the afternoon! Today my energy has returned, and feeling a lot better!  So it's helpful to know it was actually keto-flu and it took that long to fully get into ketosis!
Great site, thanks!

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Thank you Cathy, I'm glad it helped!

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This is very helpful information.  It explains why I was having the symptoms I was.  But that is all gone now.  Thanks for the science.

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Great info I had no Idea, Thanks!

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Absolutely great.  Thank you for your work.  Printer friendly graphics are MUCH appreciated as I can post them in the kitchen.  I appreciate that many of yours are and hope that all of them can be printer friendly at some point.

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Thank you Khara! Smile

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Excellent Graphic!!! Your site is a welcoming find for my patients who I coach thru a ketogenic diet. THANK YOU for all the time and energy you put into this.. you are impacting the world.

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Thank you so much Emily!!

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I suffered a pretty bad case of Keto Flu 5 days into the diet. It was exacerbated by forgetting my anti-depressants for 2 days in a row. Luckily I had a very Keto-intelligent friend to talk me through it. She was able to see that my potassium was very low through my FitnessPal Food Diary also. I got potassium supplements the next day and that has made a HUGE difference. I am feeling better all around a few days later. This is more about health than weight for me and I am very pleased so far. Your site is one of the best I have seen. I have been on it for almost 8 hours now. I'm obsessed.

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Thank you so much Emily! I'm glad you feel better now! Smile

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Hi! I've been a month in Keto and lost 11 pounds and all of a sudden I got this keto flu... I started getting quite worried and a bit scared because I got hypertention and palpitations... I take enough salt and magnesium and finnally I see it can be lack of potassium. I aslo may mention that we are in the middle of record-breaking heat wave these days which dosen't help! I'll get some supplements... I can tell you that where I live (Barcelona)hardly anybody knows about this diet and I feel quite alone in this adventure... My doctor is not happy with this WOE. I'd love to find one that aproves. But I really think and hope it's my solution to 25 years of fighting against my weight problems.

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I know how you feel. It's hard to find a doctor that approves this (or any diet different than the "standard" one) in the UK, too. I'm quite lucky that I found a few but it will take time before it's generally accepted that a low-fat diet is the wrong way to go. Good luck!

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Great graphic. This and the others you have produced are really helpful. Thanks. Looking forward to more of these. They are really helpful as I promote the healthy keto approach to my friends and family. It makes the info so much more attention grabbing and easier to understand.

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Thanks Janice! Smile

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Great news all round. The especially  good bit for me is the android!  Hooray

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We'll do our best to finish it asap Smile

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Very interesting and informative.  I was a little confused, though, when you speak of water and electrolytes being "exerted"... Do you mean "excreted"?
Thanks!

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Well spotted & fixed! Smile

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You might want to put this infographic over at /r/ketorecipes, because newbies seem to be coming out of the woodwork, and are asking questions about keto flu.

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Thank you, I will! Smile

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Love the infographic!
Couldn't be more excited to have both of you behind the scenes, fulltime now. Sky's the limit for you two! Smile

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Thanks Oline!! Smile

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looks good, very easy to follow!  just a note though, 'sleapiness' should be 'drowsiness' if you're referring to being sleepy as a side effect of keto-flu.

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Thanks for spotting that - I'll fix it Smile

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And potassium needs another 's' Smile

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Thank you!

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Ola, you've done it again!  You're infographics are very informative, well presented and easy to follow.  Thank you.  

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Thank you very much Brooke! Will make sure to keep you "informed" Smile

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