When your bod makes the monumental switch from burning sugars and carbs to turning fats into energy, you expel water stores at a rapid rate. When electrolyte levels are at an all-time low you’ll need extra salts to avoid and fight the dreaded “keto flu.” The keto flu, or as I prefer to call it the “carb flu” is a collection of symptoms that might show up to make you wonder why you’re doing this.

While it varies from person to person, if the keto flu gets you, you might experience nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, headaches, weakness, and soreness. You may also cop a bout of fatigue, irritability, and difficulty sleeping  Doesn’t sound fun, does it? If you find yourself in this state don’t throw in the towel and stomp out of keto town just yet, here’s what to do.

Give yourself a gentle pat on the back – you did it!  You’re almost in the blissful state of ketosis. While you might feel miserable and blegh at the moment, undergoing a life-changing transition – well done!

If you’re suffering the keto flu it’s best to avoid strenuous exercise until you feel better, and work at upping your electrolyte potassium and magnesium intake, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. Keep up the leafy greens and avocados and make sure you’re getting enough good fats.

Himalayan Pink Salt is your Best Weapon Against the Keto Flu

​This pink treasure from the foothills of the Himalayan mountains is an electrolyte-packed mineral powerhouse that will get you back on your feet in no time.

The History Of Pink Himalayan Salt

Oh, how I love a good story. More than 500 million years ago in the Precambrian era, which is considered the beginning of Earth’s time, an ancient inland sea slowly evaporated. Expansive mineral and salt deposits remained at the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan. Several hundred million years later, along came Alexander the Great who discovered the salt deposits when his tired and hungry horses began to lick the salty rocks.

Clever horses  – how did they know to do that?

Today Himalayan salt is still hand-harvested by skillful workers who employ a time-honored sustainable excavation model. This pretty-in-pink goldmine is believed to be the purest form of salt in the world delivering over 84 essential minerals, electrolytes and trace elements to our bods. Read our article on Ketogenics and Electrolytes.

What is Speleotherapy?

Speleotherapy or salt therapy is a widespread practice in Europe. Since the 1800’s Europeans have been visiting salt mines to breathe in the salt air. Minute salt particles make their way through your respiratory system depositing their antimicrobial and antibacterial properties to clear and purify the sinuses and lungs. Studies have shown speleotherapy is effective for asthma reduction, allergies, chest congestion, and improved lung function. The famous Khewra salt mine even features a 20-bed clinical ward for the treatment of asthma and other respiratory problems with salt therapy.

​The Keto Flu & Trouble Sleeping?

​Soak in a salt bath. Himalayan salt rocks in the bath can help detox your body and mind. The beneficial minerals are absorbed through the skin to help balance PH levels, improve circulation, and enhance the look and feel of your skin too – bonus!

Hippocrates was the first to discover the healing qualities of seawater and detox baths after observing its healing effect on the injured hands of fishermen. Many people report that the detoxifying effect of a Himalayan salt bath is similar to that of a three day fast!

Sweet, I love a nice salty soak in the tub.

What Else Can Help You Beat The Keto Flu?

A quality organic greens powder is a hugely beneficial supplement for the vegan keto as a daily vitamin boost. I love, love, LOVE this amazing product by Ora Organics – actually, I love all their stuff. This is the perfect addition to your morning smoothie – with a pinch of pink salt of course.

Cool Fact

​The Khewra Himalayan pink salt mine is a major tourist attraction with around 300,000 annual visitors.

How Much Pink Himalayan Salt Do You Need?

Experts argue that ketotarians should consume 2-4 grams of sodium daily. So remember to keep up the pink salty water and sprinkle that natural goodness to taste over your meals  Most people will kick the symptoms of the keto flu within a week, while others might have more trouble adapting. People respond differently to the ketogenic diet, so there’s no one size fits all approach. Of course, if you’re feeling less than fabulous, you should seek professional advice


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