These side effects only happen during the transition phase. If you push through it, you can receive amazing health benefits. If you start the Ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting correctly, these symptoms should not be a big problem.
Potential Intermittent Fasting Benefits:
1. Weight loss (especially in the mid-section)
2. Cognitive improvements (focus)
3. Less inflammation (arthritis, autoimmune)
4. Skin will improve
5. Improved memory
6. Improved quality of sleep
7. Less hunger
8. Fewer cravings
Potential Side Effects of Intermittent Fasting:
1. Spike of uric acid
2. You are cold
5. Increased stomach acid
6. Feeling nauseated when you eat
7. Fainting (only if you do prolonged fasting too quickly)
8. Hair loss
Side Effects Explained:
1. Spike of uric acid. This spike is related to two conditions: gout and uric acid kidney stones if you are predisposed.
Gout. Your big toe starts hurting. Or you have pain from some type of arthritis turns on when you do intermittent fasting.
Why is this happening? It is because as your body is repairing and detoxifying, it uses uric acid as an antioxidant.
The way to reduce your uric acid is to realize that your pH is too acid and you need to alkalize a little. To do that to make sure you have big salads. You can also take potassium citrate or electrolyte powder with a lot of potassium because that will alkalize you very quickly. Potassium citrate is alkaline and that is a really good mineral to use but vegetables in general are very important because when you are eating and you are doing keto with intermittent fasting, it is very important to consume large quantities of vegetables to minimize uric acid because potentially if you are not doing you can have higher levels of uric acid and I can irritate your kidneys.
2. You are cold in hands and feet. This is because you are in the adaptation phase. You are going into a hard-core ketosis and your thyroid does not have to work as much, so it is going to turn off a little bit. It is not a hypothyroid condition. It just means that your thyroid is adapting a little bit. This is temporary.
3. Moodiness. You may be moody in the first three days. To reduce this it is best reduce the number of meals gradually. Start with three meals a day, then two meals a day and let your body tell you how long to go. If you have a hard time going from one meal to the next, you know you have insulin resistance. That means when you do fasting you are going to get moody and have symptoms of low blood sugar. The way you know you are in ketosis is that you can go long periods of time without being hungry and you feel fine.
In the transition phase you may feel moody and have other symptoms. It is going to go away. You just need to push through it. When you eat, make sure you do Healthy Ketosis. That way you will make this transition a lot faster without too many symptoms.
To learn more please go toHow To Start Keto Correctly – For Beginners
4. Headaches. Headaches may occur because you are coming off of running your body on sugar, especially the brain. The brain does not have ability to store sugar (glycogen). It is depending on what is going on with the blood. If you are starting out and you have not adapted to fat fully and your blood sugars are low your brain is going to feel it and you may have a headache from low blood sugars. This is temporary and once three days is up and you are fully into ketosis your brain will be very happy because of the benefits of intermittent fasting is cognitive benefits such as memory and focus. You can get into ketosis through fasting and Healthy Keto.
5. Increased stomach acid. You may notice you might have more stomach acid, like a little heartburn, because fasting increases as in your stomach. Most people will do fine on this. Some people do not have enough stomach acid. When they do intermittent fasting and your stomach has a chance to heal and produce enough acid, the next time they eat it is much better. If it happens just go ahead and eat. It might mean that you are just going to fast into intermittent fasting. A lot of these side effects happen in the beginning but once you get through it you are going to have all the benefits.
6. Feeling nauseated when you eat. You eat you feel wonderful and then you eat and you feel nauseous. That has to do with the adaptation. Your body is not used to going that long and then eating. Over a period of time, probably three or four weeks, the nausea will go away. Your body will adapt and you will be able to digest. This is usually related to a sluggish gallbladder. When you eat take apple cider vinegar and maybe some purified bile salts after you eat. The apple cider vinegar will help you with this and nauseousness.
When you do intermittent fasting people initially had this idea I only have this one meal a day or two meals a day and then they have to go a long time without eating, so they really stuff themselves. Bad idea. You are going to feel like so bloated especially if you are eating a lot more fat than you are used to. Instead, just eat a really good meal but try not to push it to the extreme where you are completely stuffed and bloated. As you continue on the diet you find you can go without eating for a long time because you be burning your own fat, it is not just all about that one meal.
7. Fainting. This happens if you do prolong fasting too quick when your body is not adapted enough and you go three days without eating and then you end up fainting because you did not have enough sea salt or electrolytes or B vitamins. You can ease into prolong fasting after you build up your nutrition. You have to be pretty healthy to do it because a lot of people have nutritional deficiencies. If they do prolonged fasting those deficiencies will be magnified.
The other point about fainting is if you are doing prolonged fasting and you eat a big meal, that is not good. The longer you fast when you break the fast you want to just a little bit of food and the reason for that is because you have the shift in electrolytes and if you have too many electrolytes which a little minerals shift outside the blood inside the cell to quick and you could actually passed out. It is called refeeding.
If you are doing prolonged fasting you need to know how to do it. You eat a little bit, you wait, you eat a little bit more and you eat a little bit more and you wait. That is how you do it.
To learn more please go toAmazing Benefits of Prolonged Fasting: http://bit.ly/2X2o3Bg
To learn more please go toRefeeding Dangers: http://bit.ly/2tg9s7p
8. Hair loss. Hair loss may occur if you have nutritional deficiencies because in the past you did not eat that good or do you not doing healthy version of keto and you are consuming low quality foods you can end up with nutritional deficiencies. The results may be hair loss, fatigue, being grouchy. If your hair starts falling out then you need more nutrients usually the B vitamins.
To learn more please go to Nutritional Deficiencies: http://bit.ly/2USmsfn
If you do it correctly these side effects will not be a problem. You will have the amazing benefits.
This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, Potential Benefits And Side Effects Of Intermittent Fasting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y54sBoT4UbI
Dr. Berg is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.
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