Thursday, February 2, 2017

Keto-Aid : An Electrolyte Drink For Keto Dieters

Have you ever heard of the Keto-flu? Well, I have. I had read and read about it before starting a Ketogenic Diet. For those who don't know what it is, here is a good definition:

Keto-flu: A flu-like feeling that some experience when adapting to the ketogenic process, can be a combination of symptoms. Headaches, nausea, brain fog, fatigue, muscle cramping.

A lot of things happen in your body simultaneously when changing from using glucose for energy to using fat. To avoid some of the negative side effects it is recommended that you supplement your nutrition plan with an electrolyte formula. I had read this, article after article. And somehow I STILL DIDN'T GET IT. It's like when people hear you, but don't comprehend what you're saying... until it's too late!

A few days into my diet change, and several workouts later, my muscles were burning! Like the day after a good workout. Just sore. Realllly sore and almost cramping. They didn't get better, they were getting worse. I didn't understand!

And then it clicked. I needed Electrolytes. They are essential to your body for it to function correctly. Also, they help you not feel like pure death while adjusting. After downing about 24oz of this in 30 minutes, my legs felt miraculously better! I continued drinking throughout the day and within 24 hours my calf cramps had vanished. See you later, Keto-flu.

So was born Keto-Aid!!! I am currently taking a pill form of Magnesium, which is one of the crucial supplements for Low-Carb High-Fat consumers. There are recipes that incorporate Magnesium into the drink mixture. This recipe will only provide you with Potassium and Sodium. I drink this daily to consume my recommended supplement intake.




Keto-Aid

Prep Time: 10 min
Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:
3 cups of Water
1 Drink Additive (I use Mio)
1 Tbs Stevia (or other approved sweetener)
1/4 tsp Salt-Lite (or more, for taste)
1 slice of Lemon

Directions:
1. Fill jar with water
2. Add your desired amount of flavor additive (I use about 3-4 squirts of Mio)
3. Add your Stevia
4. Squeeze your lemon slice into the container
5. Slowly add the Salt-Lite to your drink mixture. I taste-test as I go, to make sure I don't add too much!
6. Shake or stir until well combined. You may have a few pieces of lemon pulp, but that'll be okay!

Notes: I enjoy using Salt-Lite because it offers you both sodium and potassium. Two birds, one drink. Feel free to adjust the amount of salt used. Everyone's taste buds are different - I personally enjoy adding a larger amount! Have fun with recipes and adjust them to your liking. That's when the fun really starts :) I hope you enjoy this drink. Thank you.

Per 8 oz: 97g Sodium, 117g Potassium (if you use 1/4 tsp per 3 cups of Water, adjust accordingly)

2 comments:

  1. No Magnesium? Not fixing leg cramps without that!

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  2. Pretty cool, unfortunately, it just not enough for me, so I heat up about two ounces of water, add 1/4 teaspoon of just salt (I get enough potassium in the meats I eat), and drink that 2-3 times a day if I don't get a 1000mg sodium lunch (lunch meat and cheese sticks), works real well and it's just two swallows of nasty each time!

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