Hi. I am about 3 weeks in to the Keto Diet. In that short time my IBS has disappeared and I’ve lost about 4 lbs, so I am pleased with those results. I had the “flu” pretty badly, but that has passed, or so I thought.
Last night I awoke to feelings of great anxiety and muscle cramps, somehow linked together. I felt this way in the beginning of going keto and then learned to take electrolytes and extra supplements and that had stopped for the last 5 days or so. After waking about at 2:30 with the horrible cramps and anxiety, then again at 3:30 I remembered that I hadn’t taken my oral supplements that day so I slugged down to my kitchen, took 2 pottassium tablets and 1 magnesium and threw in some ACV for good measure and finally made it back asleep. I had been drinking electrolyte powder all day, obviously that isn’t enough.
I have done low carb diets several times over the years and have lost lots of weight but never suffered from these muscle cramps or feelings of anxiety (not full on panic but feeling like I want to crawl out of my skin). What is it about keto that makes us need more electrolytes than on just a low carb diet? I know we all need to take more supplements in general but I never, ever had these awful feelings just eating low carb which makes me think it is something about the higher fat intake that makes this happen.
Can anyone explain this better to me? Thanks so much. I WON’T forget to take my supplements again.