Staying properly Hydrated
Staying properly hydrated is important for every human being. It’s even more important for those of us eating the Ketogenic way. When you are limiting your carbohydrates, such as you do when eating Keto, your insulin levels are lower and when that happens, your body flushes out more sodium through urine. Which can lead to dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, muscle cramps and headaches.
Dehydration is a common side effect of the Ketogenic diet. Electrolytes decrease in the body due to increased water excretion and decreased water retention. Increasing your water intake on Keto is important to maintain hydration. Water makes up more than 50% of your body and is an absolute necessity to live.
Keep a water bottle with you wherever you go. That way you are sure to stay hydrated. Using your own BPA free, metal water bottle is best. Here’s the one I personally use. It keeps both hot and cold beverages cold for a long time. As a matter of fact, I prefer cold drinks and it has kept my drinks ice cold for over 24 hours.
And remember if you are working out in the gym or even building up a sweat working outdoors make sure you up your water intake. Working out is great for your body but passing out from dehydration is not.
Electrolytes are your friend.
So don’t be afraid to salt your food. The four basic electrolyte minerals are sodium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. On Keto, you are not eating the high salt processed foods that previously added salt to your diet, so you need to add salt to your food. And that’s where Pink Himalayan Salt comes in.
It not only gives your body the sodium it needs but it also contains calcium, magnesium, and potassium. You can also get calcium, magnesium, and potassium from leafy greens. Popeye had the right idea when he ate his spinach for strength.
But whatever you choose to drink, be it water, coffee, tea, or even sparkling water (as long as it contains no sugar) make sure you drink enough to keep your body hydrated and your electrolytes up.