Hi! I’m having trouble with energy levels and brain fog, so I’d really appreciate some advice from you lovely people.
First, some background. I’m 59. Had chronic fatigue syndrome for decades then got my energy back by switching to an all natural, low carb, paleo diet 7 years ago. Over the 2 years (especially after a sickness and menopause with sometimes severe hot flashes) my energy level hasn’t been great. Decided to try keto mainly for better long-term brain and body function. Don’t need to lose more than a couple kilos, so that’s not an issue.
I started keto almost a month ago. I measure using Ketomojo and have consistantly been at 1.1 or above. For 2 ½ weeks, I had almost o keto flu (which I though made sense, because I wasn’t reducing carbs all that much).
For the last week, I’ve experienced extreme low energy and brain fog (as in, cannot function at all) some of the time. Was unfit to work today. I’ve also been super sensitive to smells, noises, etc.
I’ve been extra careful to drink lots, been adding tons of salt, been supplementing magnesium. Also, after reading posts in this forum, I’ve switched to just keeping carbs under 20 net carbs, keeping fat high and eating protein till I’m full (was limiting protein before).
I thought it could be a potassium deficiency since I wasn’t supplementing or paying particular attention to levels, but I haven’t had one cramp, headache, stomach upset.
I’ve ordered a potassium supplement and in the meantime and making sure to get lots of potassium from food. But I’m not at all sure that it’s the cause. It does seem to help somewhat, but can I be so low on potassium and not suffer traditional symptoms of low potassium?
Any advice? I really can’t function at this low-energy / foggy brain level.