Keto diets are hot right now. The ketogenic diet involves eating mostly fats and some protein while restricting carbohydrates to below 50 grams a day. The keto diet aims to put your body into a ketogenic state, in which it burns fatty acids for energy in place of glucose. Restricting carbohydrates results in low glucose availability, which is what puts the body into a “fasted” or “semi-starvation” state as it shifts from burning glucose to fatty acids for energy. Because this diet includes eating large amounts of fats and protein, there are some side effects that may occur while you are on the keto diet.
Symptoms of the Keto Diet
The keto diet can be very disruptive to digestive function, causing these common side effects:
- occasional bloating & gas
- occasional irregularity in bowel movement
- brain fog
The good news is that most of these side effects occur during the period where your body is transitioning into the state of ketosis. “Keto flu” can happen during the transition from a high-to-moderate carbohydrate diet to a low-carbohydrate diet, like the keto diet.
Symptoms of the keto flu are:
- craving sugar
- brain fog
While in a ketogenic state, individuals may experience brain fog due to low glucose availability to fuel the brain. (Carbs are the brain’s only source of energy!) If you are committed to this diet, there are supplements available to assist you on your journey to weight management by reducing the digestive discomforts along the way.*
Supplements to Take While on the Keto Diet
The keto diet is roughly 60-70% fat, 15-30% protein, and 5-10% carbohydrates. This is probably the exact opposite of how you were eating before. Enzymedica’s Digest Keto is designed to break down up to 20 grams of protein and 44 grams of fat.*
Specifically, it provides high-potency lipases to break down fat and high-potency proteases to break down proteins.* It also provides a unique probiotic, Bacillus subtilis, to support bowel regularity.* Adding Digest Keto to your diet may support optimal digestion while relieving symptoms brought on by dietary intake changes from following the keto diet.*
Lypo Gold™ is another keto-friendly supplement. Because of the high fat and protein content of this particular diet, this supplement could be beneficial to aid in digestion as well as relieve symptoms that may occur while you are following the keto diet.* Taking one capsule of Lypo Gold has been shown to break down up to 22 grams of fat.* Your metabolism will be positively affected when your food is completely digested allowing for adequate nutrient absorption.
Any diet has a transition period that can be difficult to get through. Dieting can take its toll, emotionally and physically. Fortunately, with Enzymedica’s supplements specifically designed to meet the needs of the keto diet, you can stick to your weight loss plan and meet your goals with fewer symptoms.