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Keto Tip: Reduce Low Carb Symptoms with these High Sodium Foods- Thomas DeLauer… Hey, a lot of the no fun cruddy symptoms that you might be feeling on a low carb or a ketogenic diet can be very easily explained. I’m talking about the flu-like symptoms. I’m talking about the lightheadedness, occasional fatigue, and even the inability to get a good muscle contraction when you’re working out. They’re all easily explained, but I have to go into a little bit of detail with the science and some physiology to truly help you understand what you can do to fix these issues.
All right, so what I want to talk about today is the electrolytes. Now I’m not talking about just adding sodium to all your meals and adding just specific minerals. I’m talking about a true balance of honest minerals that are coming from whole foods. So I’m going to give you the three best foods that you can start consuming to get a full spectrum of good, healthy sodium and other minerals, and I’m not talking about just adding salt again. I’m talking about what you can do when you go to the grocery store and you’re sourcing the food that you should be eating, for your ketogenic or your low carb lifestyle.
First off, let’s explain what happens within the body and why you might be feeling the way you’re feeling. You see, whenever you go on a low carb diet or a ketogenic diet, your insulin levels are reduced, and when your insulin levels are reduced, what happens is your kidneys are then triggered to expel a lot of sodium. When the kidneys expel a lot of sodium, they also expel water along with it. When they expel water, they expel a lot of other minerals. In case you didn’t realize, sodium is very, very important. In fact, even recently there have been studies that are showing that sodium is not the culprit when it comes down to blood pressure issues, there are a lot of other things that are affecting that. So sodium? No longer bad, but bad sodium still exists, and I’ll get to that in a second.
When you’re talking about how sodium works within the body, it’s sending electrical signals. So if your electrical system is out of whack, it’s like you have a short. If you have a short circuit in your body, it would make sense that you would feel a little bit fatigued or your body just wouldn’t function in a normal way. A lot of people advocate for adding salt to your food on a ketogenic diet, and I do that too, but I think it’s best to get it from whole food sources, so let’s get into it.
The first one that I want to talk about is going to be shellfish. Now shellfish and shrimp and things like that are some of the naturally highest sources of sodium that you could ever find, and here’s the reason behind it. When we look at how shellfish are actually living, they’re living close to the bottom of the ocean, which means they’re eating nutrients that are super high in minerals coming from the ocean floor. See, ordinarily we’d get our minerals from the soil but the problem is up on land we’ve depleted our soils so much that we don’t have a lot of those minerals anymore. When we look at the ocean floor, a lot of those minerals are still there. That’s why sea salt is said to be so good, but in this case, you’re going right to the source.
Now this means you’re getting a full spectrum of minerals. So sure, you’re high in sodium but you’re also getting all the other ones you need to balance sodium out. You see, if you just add a lot of sodium to one thing, what’s going to end up happening is you’re going to be in a situation where you’re out of balance. You have more sodium than you do potassium, or more sodium than you do magnesium. This is just as bad as being depleted in all your electrolytes to begin with. You might think that you can just add iodized salt, but the problem is that iodized salt isn’t good either. Iodized salt is stripped of all the other minerals and you just have straight sodium, so you’re running into that same problem.
What happens with shellfish and why are they so good? Well the fact is, they have an exoskeleton, and that exoskeleton means that they don’t end up absorbing a lot of the heavy metals that other fish in the ocean would absorb. They also end up rejecting a lot of the radiation. That exoskeleton does a lot for us, but additionally they’re very, very protein packed, but also they have a short lifespan, and any animal that has a short lifespan has less ability to be absorbing toxic components from the earth or the water. So this means you have a short lifespan creature that is eating high sodium, high mineral foods to begin with, and then you’re consuming it. So you’re getting that full spectrum of minerals without all the nonsense.