Courtesy of Keto Andie
Hydration is vital in this particular way of eating (WOE). I often see posts where people are complaining they are suffering from the “Keto Flu” and the advice tends to always be drink water or drink salt water.
Water is not how you stay hydrated and sodium is only one of the minerals you need to stay hydrated. The other two are magnesium and potassium. Drinking more water when your electrolytes are low can actually get you into more trouble. People who have heard of water toxicity seem to think you have to drink a ton of water to get into trouble and that is not the case. I learned by experience. If your electrolytes are low and you drink water to hydrate, you can be at risk.
Here is an easy way to stay hydrated. This stuff is salty so I add either Stur Drops or Mio sweetened with Stevia to taste. I drink a liter a day now, but I would suggest if you are first starting out, feeling dizzy, nauseous, have muscle cramps, or have a headache to drink 2 liters per day until you figure out how to get your electrolytes in without supplements. This is also a lot cheaper than purchasing electrolyte replacements and drinks such as Powerade zero or Propel and it doesn’t have questionable sweeteners in it.
Smartwater and other electrolyte waters only have a trace amount of the electrolytes you need and you would have to drink a lot to get to your goals. 2 liters of this will get you to half of what you need in a day.
- 2 Liters of Water
- 1/2 Tsp Lite Salt
- 1 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1 Tsp Kosher Salt
- Sweeten with Lemon and Stevia
- Combine in a pitcher and then pour it into two water bottles and refrigerate.
- Re: Kosher Salt - You can use really any salt as long as it's sodium, but I suggest using a high grade salt like kosher, pink Himalayan, or anything comparable.
In addition to keeping your electrolytes replenished, there are other supplements you might consider to support your body;