How to cure your KETO FLU?

What is KETO FLU?

When I was on Ketogenic diet, during the first stage, I feel a bit “sick”. If you tried Ketogenic Diet, or have done some research about Ketogenic Diet, you will know there’s a thing call “Keto Flu”.

Keto Flu a commonly-experienced set of side-effects associated with carbohydrate withdrawal. This may sound like withdrawal from substance abuse; interestingly, recent studies have compared the effect of carbohydrates (particularly sugar) on the brain to that of addictive drugs like cocaine. Reported symptoms include: mood swings, irritability, fatigue, and dizziness. It can last anywhere from a day to a couple weeks.

Here are the top #10 KETO FLU Symptoms:

#1 Headaches

#2 Dizziness

#3 Cramps and sore muscles

#4 Nausea

#5 Fatigue

#6 Mood swings and cravings

#7 Stomach pain and constipation

#8 Difficulty focussing

#9 Bad breath

#10 Insomnia

Personally, I experienced dizziness, fatigue and bad breath. Switching to fat as fuel is hard. Restricting carbs via dieting or fasting can cause an adjustment period for the body while it learns to use fat as fuel. Thus, we have KETO FLU.

Here’s the question…

What are the solutions?


Keto flu systems are often transient, disappearing completely after keto-adaptation.

Lifestyle determines length and severity of the keto flu for the individual, with symptoms likely greater for individuals who ate a high-carb diet previously. Even during transition, the symptoms can be alleviated if treated smartly. A well-formulated low-carb diet can progress without significant symptoms if the common mistakes of poor mineral intake, lack of fiber, electrolyte imbalance, and dehydration are addressed.

Thank you HVMN for the amazing collaborations. Hopefully, we can promote Ketogenic Diet to Hong Kong and Asia :) This article was originally published at HVMN.

Articles from Authored by Dr. Brianna StubbsAarushi Bajaj and Nate Martins