The Ketogenic Diet and Electrolytes

Getting the electrolytes you need is crucial on the keto diet. Find out more.

Dr. Berg’s Electrolyte Powder:

0:06 Lack of keto electrolytes 
0:22 Why you need electrolytes #1
1:10 The electrolytes you need 
1:46 What happens when you fast 
2:03 Keto and vegetables 
2:29 Why you need potassium 
3:18 Why you need electrolytes #2
3:46 Why you need electrolytes #3
4:13 How to get electrolytes on keto 

In this video, we’re going to talk about the importance of keto electrolytes. 

It’s the lack of keto electrolytes that’s responsible for:

• Keto flu
• Constipation 
• Keto fatigue
• Cramping
• Heart flutters

Why you need electrolytes on keto:

1. Lowering your carbs lowers fluids (including electrolytes) 
2. To improve insulin resistance 
3. For the mitochondria—requires more electrolytes on keto 

The electrolytes you need:

• Potassium 
• Magnesium 
• Calcium 
• Sodium
• Phosphorus
• Chloride 

* Potassium is needed in the body in large quantities, but your body doesn’t retain it very well. 

When your fasting, your body becomes more conservative with vitamins and minerals, so you won’t lose as much. However, if you’re already deficient, the fast can magnify your deficiency symptoms. Prolonged fasting can also cause you to be deficient in some of these minerals. 

If you do keto and you’re not eating a lot of vegetables or taking electrolytes, you’re not getting enough potassium. 

Potassium is needed: 

• To lower insulin 
• To improve insulin resistance
• For your gut
• For the pumping action of the colon 

How to get electrolytes on keto:

• Take electrolytes
• Consume foods with electrolytes (vegetables) 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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