As the popularity of the ketogenic diet continues to grow so does interest in how to optimize health while following this amazing high-fat, low-carb eating plan.
Because the keto diet cuts out a number of food options, it’s a good idea to supplement with specific nutrients. I always suggest doing your own research as to which supplements you should consume, but these are our best recommendations. Some supplements can help reduce adverse effects of the keto flu and even enhance athletic performance when transitioning, maintaining or training on this lifestyle. Here are some of the best supplements that I take and recommend on this keto lifestyle.
- Pink Salt–Himalayan pink salt can create an electrolyte balance and increases hydration, regulate water content both inside and outside of cells, it can help balance pH (alkaline/acidity), reduce acid reflux, muscle cramping, aid in proper metabolism functioning, strengthen bones, lower blood and helps overall on this lifestyle.
- Maldon Salts –These are great to suck on when fasting to curb appetite and help with electrolyte balance.
- Nu Salt–These are great for getting extra electrolytes. Mix in water and drink.
- Electrolytes- Focusing on adding minerals through diet is important for people following a ketogenic diet, especially when first switching to this way of eating. The first weeks can be challenging as the body adapts to the very low number of carbs consumed. Transitioning to a ketogenic diet results in increased water loss from the body
- Potassium–Potassium supports blood pressure, cardiovascular health, bone strength, and muscle strength. Beet greens, white beans, soy beans, and lima beans are the foods highest in potassium. Potassium deficiency can lead to fatigue, weakness, and constipation.
- Magnesium- Magnesium is a mineral that boosts energy, regulates blood sugar levels and supports your immune system. Research suggests that due to magnesium-depleting medications, reliance on processed foods and other factors, a good portion of the population has or is at risk of developing a magnesium deficiency. On a ketogenic diet, it may be even more difficult to meet your magnesium needs. If you wish to increase your magnesium intake through keto-friendly foods, focus on incorporating these low-carb, magnesium-rich options:
- Swiss chard
- Pumpkin seeds
- Vitamin B6- Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that our body needs for several functions. It’s significant to protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism and the creation of red blood cells and neurotransmitters. Our body cannot produce vitamin B6, so we must obtain it from foods or supplements. Most people get enough vitamin B6 through their diet, but certain populations may be at risk for deficiency.
- Nutritional Yeast (b12)–Some of the main nutritional benefits of nutritional yeast include: it is a complete protein, it contains all nine essential amino acids that humans must get from food, it contains many B vitamins and one tablespoon of nutritional yeast contains 30–180% of the RDI for B vitamins.
- MCT Oil- Medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs, are a popular supplement among keto dieters. They’re metabolized differently than long-chain triglycerides, the most common type of fat found in food. MCTs are broken down by your liver and quickly enter your bloodstream where they can be used as a fuel source for your brain and muscles.
- Collagen (save 15% with code FREETOFAMILY)-Collagen is amazing! It may ease joint pain. As our cartilage weakens and deteriorates with age, you may start to feel stiff, achy joints. It may reverse skin aging. It helps build muscle and burn fat, reduce cellulite and digestive health.
- Apple Cider Vinegar-Apple cider vinegar is amazing! It is claimed to lead to all sorts of benefits, many of which are supported by science. This includes weight loss, reduced cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels and improved symptoms of diabetes. It is also an ancient folk remedy, and has been used for various household and cooking purposes.
- Multi-Vitamins–These are great for getting an all-around daily supplement for our daily needs.
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