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Comparison of electrolyte supplements and the importance of electrolytes on Keto

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Keto Basics

Electrolytes are super important when doing anything that lowers your insulin. That could be simply not eating a lot of sugar and refined carbohydrates, doing intermittent fasting, doing extended fasting, OR switching to a well-formulated ketogenic diet and lifestyle. By far, one of the most important electrolytes is sodium, which is funny because it’s one of the easiest to get (SALT!) and yet it’s one of the more controversial electrolytes due to decades of ignorance and misinformation. If you want the full story on salt, I’d recommend checking out the work of Dr. James DiNicolantonio – he does a far better job of explaining the science behind salt and its importance than I ever could.

The short version of why salt is so important to those lowering insulin is this: as insulin goes down, that signals to the kidneys they no longer need to un-naturally hold on to so much sodium. If your supply of sodium is low, your kidneys will start to dump potassium instead, and if potassium and sodium are low then magnesium will go “out the window” and into your toilet. From a diet and nutrition standpoint, sodium is “cheap” and plentiful. Potassium is “expensive” and harder to get. Magnesium is extremely “expensive,’ difficult to find, and even harder to find in a form that can be absorbed readily by humans.

So: keep your salt intake adequate to preserve potassium, and especially magnesium.

Our bodies are really good at maintaining blood levels of electrolytes in a tightly controlled range, to the extent that testing the efficacy of topical (applied via skin) magnesium supplements is practically impossible (you would need to cut out a chunk of skin after application and test it for minerals BEFORE it enters the bloodstream). If and when electrolyte levels in the blood begin to drop, “reserve” electrolytes will be pulled from muscles, bones, and other tissues to maintain the blood levels of the electrolytes. This will first manifest as a headache or fatigue (the dreaded “Keto Flu!). If magnesium is low, it will often show up as muscle cramps and eventually as weakening of bones.

If you have high levels of electrolytes, your body gets to do a few things. First, it’ll store the electrolytes away for later use when levels are low. After all the storage space is full, it’ll tell your kidneys they don’t need to re-absorb as much. This is a key thing I learned from Dr. DiNicolantonio: your kidneys have to pull out all of the electrolytes, along with the toxins and water that’s being filtered out. Then, based on insulin and other signals, the electrolytes and other needed nutrients are pushed back into the blood as needed. If there isn’t a need to get back some of those minerals, it’s LESS WORK for the kidneys.

Again: an overabundance of electrolytes will generally represent LESS WORK for the kidneys. Sort of “oh, you already have enough of that stuff, OK I’ll take a break then!”

Can you overdo it on electrolytes? Yes, but the result is typically far better than a deficiency. Your sweat might be a little saltier, your urine may be a little more expensive; and in extreme cases of high electrolyte intake, you may have an extra bowel movement to clear out unabsorbed electrolytes (especially too much magnesium).

Saltier sweat vs. the prospect of headaches, fatigue, and cramps – I typically go for more electrolytes. The question becomes: how do you GET those electrolytes?

For sodium, the easiest, cheapest, and most savory (see what I did there?) is simply salt. For that, I cannot recommend Redmond Real Salt enough. It’s fantastic and it’s what we use for salt in our Keto Chow shakes (despite the issues with a bit of grittiness). Salt your food, salt your water, add extra salt to your Keto Chow shakes! If you’re doing an extended fast, you can also use the Keto Chow Fasting Drops which we created at the request of Megan Ramos from The Fasting Method.

Potassium is harder to get. You can use some “Lite Salt” (Potassium Chloride). You can eat some avocados or other foods high in potassium, or at least that historically have been high in potassium.

Magnesium is hardest of all and suffers from the same problem as potassium, but to a greater degree: the process of growing food and then shipping it away to be consumed breaks the nutrient cycle, causing modern foods to have far lower levels of magnesium, potassium, and other minerals than they typically would have had historically – that article only talks about vegetables and fruits but the meat that grows from eating plants grown in depleted soils suffers the same effects. Getting magnesium is further frustrated by the FORMS of magnesium typically found in magnesium supplements: Magnesium Oxide – it looks great on a supplement label with high amounts of magnesium… that YOU can’t use. Humans aren’t very good at absorbing magnesium that’s bound to oxygen, the efficiency is typically in the single percentages. Magnesium Citrate is absorbed easily by is also used as a potent laxative. Magnesium Chloride, Malate, and Glycinate are better with the latter two being magnesium bound to an amino acid and the former being magnesium bound into a chloride. Any magnesium supplement that doesn’t use a QUALITY magnesium you can absorb is worse than worthless – it’s a false sense of hope that you’re getting magnesium, that you simply will not.

OK, let’s compare some Electrolyte Supplements!

Prompted by an exchange on Facebook, I decided to put together a spreadsheet that would compare various electrolyte supplements, with breakdowns on exactly what you are getting for your money. How much 1000mg of potassium costs in a specific supplement. How much 1000mg of quality, bioavailable, Magnesium costs. How many total milligrams of electrolytes are you getting in each dose and what each milligram of minerals costs. You’ll find that different electrolyte supplements target wildly different doses, with some at 670mg of electrolytes in a half teaspoon, and others at 4400mg in a tablespoon! Breaking it all down is the only way to compare rock salt to rock salt.

Electrolyte Comparison Chart

In the comparison sheet, you’ll find that the least expensive supplements by cost per 1000mg of TOTAL electrolytes is sorted to the top. You can change the sorting order by going to the menus and selecting Data > Filter Views > and selecting one of the saved views. Or you can use one of these handy links to look at electrolyte supplements according to your personal electrolyte needs:

My plan is to continue to add additional electrolyte supplements to the list as I find them, and as people direct them to me, similar to the comparison of keto “meal replacement” options you’ll find elsewhere on this site.

You’ll notice that the Keto Chow Daily Minerals tend to be one of the least expensive (and usually IS the least expensive) options available for all 4 sorting methods (except sodium, it’s hard to beat Real Salt at that!). When we collaborated with Dr. Ken Berry to create the Daily Minerals, the primary purposes were to:

  1. Replace the minerals missing from modern diets due to the aforementioned depleted soils.
  2. Reduce the number of supplements people needed (frankly, I think Dr. Berry wanted fewer bottles of stuff at his house, so he had a custom supplement made just for him!).
  3. Use the best versions of the minerals possible with all pre-dissolved in their ionic state, ready for easy absorption.
  4. Not have anything added: no colors, no sweeteners, no flavors. If you want to add your own lemon juice or coffee, go for it. Want it straight because you are fasting or want to cook with it? also great.
  5. Include trace minerals, some only a few parts per million, to help with other as-yet-undocumented benefits.
  6. Price it as low as possible, while still being able to pay people to ship orders and keep the lights on.

How do the other Keto Chow Electrolyte supplements fit into the formula then?

If you’re like most people and not using the Keto Chow shakes for ALL of your 3 meals a day, we recommend using the Daily Electrolytes to establish a “baseline” of daily electrolyte intake. You’ll be “done for the day” for several with just that one dose, but you will still need more of other minerals – especially sodium and potassium. For those additional electrolytes: you can get them from the food you eat or drink. Or, if you need additional supplementation, from supplements including the Keto Chow Electrolytes. We have 3 different supplements available that you can use whenever you feel like you need more specific electrolytes:

  • Keto Chow Electrolyte Drops – designed to give a solid, balanced blend of sodium, potassium, and magnesium in high-quality forms you can actually absorb. Most people that just want to supplement electrolytes like this the best. No colors, sweeteners, or flavors. Works really well on steak or burgers, incidentally (no worries about heat degradation!).
  • Keto Chow Magnesium Drops – introduced to help Miriam stop getting headaches and muscle cramps at night, also helps her sleep better. Guess what, it’ll probably do the same for you! Uses a high-quality magnesium chloride concentrate and has a small amount of sodium and potassium, along with other trace minerals.
  • Keto Chow Fasting Drops – very high in sodium, with a workable amount of magnesium and potassium. The potassium in the Electrolyte Drops was too high for Megan Ramos of The Fasting Method, who asked us to make one that was more suited for their patients with kidney issues. Whatever Megan wants, Megan gets. The Fasting Drops are especially suited for dosing up sodium during an extended fast where insulin gets REALLY low and sodium requirements go up substantially. Still no flavors, sweeteners, or anything else to derail you while fasting, still has the same trace elements.

If you do happen to be using Keto Chow shakes 3 times a day (which isn’t required nor recommended to most people, it is POSSIBLE, however) then you will NOT need the Daily Minerals, period. You may still need some of the other electrolyte supplements as you feel necessary.

By |2020-09-22T00:14:02-06:00September 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Live Stream recording from Sep 8, 2020 – Special guests: Neisha and Ken Berry

This entry is part 32 of 33 in the series Live Streams

Every week we do a live broadcast where we answer questions, talk about fun stuff, and more! You can find the stream on YouTube or Facebook.

This week we have special guests: Neisha and Ken Berry! We will be talking about the new Keto Chow Daily Minerals that will be launching during the stream. Keto Chow Daily Minerals were developed in collaboration with Dr. Ken Berry, with the specific aim to give people a simple way to replenish all of the important minerals that have been depleted from modern soils and are lacking in modern diets. Daily Minerals’ main source of minerals is purified water from Utah’s Great Salt Lake where dissolved trace minerals can be found in their ionic form. Because they are already dissolved, these minerals are ready for quick absorption.

Join Chris and Miriam every Tuesday night at 7:30pm Mountain (9:30 E, 8:30 C, 6:30 P) on our live stream broadcast! We’ll be answering questions, talking about upcoming news, events, giveaways, and more!

By |2020-09-09T13:44:11-06:00September 9th, 2020|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Can Keto Make You Tired?

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Keto Basics

“I can’t sit still!”

“I’m bursting with energy!”

“I don’t need an alarm to wake up anymore!”

Any of these sound familiar? Poke around keto-oriented social media and you’re bound to come across people claiming their energy is through the roof. That they started working out because they didn’t know what else to do with all that pent-up power. But what if you haven’t felt this magical energy boost? What if keto’s done the opposite for you and you feel sluggish? Can keto make you tired?

The answer to this is a definite no … and yes. Like most things when it comes to the complex and kooky human body, it depends. Fortunately, if you have found yourself dragging more than usual—physically or mentally and emotionally—it’s not keto, per se, that’s the cause, so you don’t have to abandon a diet that might be helping you lose weight1, improve PCOS2, get rid of acid reflux3, prevent migraines4, or massively improve type 2 diabetes5. What’s likely making you feel tired is the way keto affects other things in your diet and health picture.

Let’s take a look at why keto typically gives people more energy, and then address the reasons why you might have less energy than when you were eating more carbs—and most importantly, what to do about them.

Keto Usually Boosts Energy

After an initial dip during the adaptation phase, most people report an increase in energy levels when following a ketogenic diet. It’s not uncommon for formerly sedentary folks to become more active without having to force it—it happens naturally because they’re feeling more energetic. There’s no formal research published on this particular “side-effect” of keto, but it’s widely acknowledged among keto-oriented doctors and other health professionals, not to mention among patients, themselves.

What could be behind this well-noted, if anecdotal, energy boost? A couple of mechanisms potentially explain it. First, when your body’s adapted to running mostly on fat, you’re no longer subject to wild ups and downs in blood sugar—and those lows can leave you feeling sluggish, weak, or lightheaded.6 (It’s important to note, though, that very high blood sugar can also cause fatigue.) When you’re off the blood sugar rollercoaster, you have constant access to premium fuel in the form of fat and ketones. Molecule for molecule, at the cellular level, fats provide more energy than glucose does. (As ATP, the cellular “energy currency,” if you remember that from high school biology class!)

Second, ketones, themselves, may provide a bit of a lift—perhaps even just a perceived one. It has long been believed that “hitting the wall” during a grueling endurance event is a purely physical phenomenon, resulting from processes limited to the working muscles. But some researchers believe this breaking point or “bonking” may have more to do with the brain:

“Whereas prolonged intense exercise when one is dependent upon glucose/glycogen progressively depletes fuel reserves available to sustain the brain, the keto-adapted athlete may benefit from the opposite effect. As endurance exercise progresses, unlike the blood glucose concentration, the blood ketone concentration does not decline but tends to rise somewhat, ensuring a stable supply of fuels to the brain. Consistent with this improved cerebral fuel delivery, ultra-endurance athletes frequently report that mental clarity is maintained better during prolonged exercise in the keto-adapted state. This is in stark contrast to the problems of central fatigue and ‘hitting the wall’ that commonly occur in athletes who follow a high-carbohydrate fuelling strategy and to which a progressive hypoglycemia that develops during prolonged exercise may contribute to fatigue.”8

Okay, that’s great for endurance athletes, but what about we mere mortals, who aren’t regularly running marathons or doing triathlons? Well, apart from anecdotal reports of increased oomph from people following ketogenic diets, a study from 2019 showed that subjects with multiple sclerosis reported improvements in fatigue after three months of adhering to keto.9  So this way of eating appears to be beneficial even among people with severely compromised energy levels.

What If You Are Tired on Keto?

If keto hasn’t bestowed its energy blessing upon you, what gives? What might be getting in the way, and what can you do about it?

  1. Not enough sodium.

Ketogenic diets increase your body’s need for sodium. Skimping on salt is a common culprit behind fatigue, headaches, and just feeling blah on keto. Most people could use a little extra salt on keto, but this goes even more for people who live in hot climates or who work outdoors or sweat a lot, and for athletes. If you’re an athlete whose “get up and go got up and went,” and you feel like you’re dragging during workouts, get more salt.

The remedy: Be generous with your salt shaker. Don’t be afraid to go heavy on salt, especially if your diet doesn’t normally include foods that already salty, like bacon or other cured meats, pork rinds, olives, pickles, etc. If you’re not a fan of salty food, consider making a cup of broth using a bouillon cube and make that a daily habit. Keep in mind that salt is only half sodium (the other half is chloride), so to get more sodium, be liberal with salt. Concerned about salt raising your blood pressure? Don’t be. If your blood pressure is normal, consuming more salt has little to no effect on it. In fact, for some people, diets that are too low in sodium bring their own problems10, and high blood glucose and insulin levels coming from too much sugar are more likely causes of hypertension compared to a high sodium intake.11,12

  1. Check your meds.

Don’t blame keto for what your meds are doing! Many medications come with side-effects of decreased energy, drowsiness, or fatigue. Check any medications you’re taking and see if this is the case. The good news is, ketogenic diets can reduce the need for several different types of medication, so if your health is improving, you may be able to reduce your doses or eventually stop taking these drugs altogether (only under medical supervision, of course).5,13 Be especially vigilant if you’re taking medication for high blood pressure. Ketogenic diets have a powerful effect on improving blood pressure naturally, so if you combine keto with the same dose of medication you were taking on a high-carb diet, you might end up overmedicated—meaning, the medicine is now too strong for you because keto is doing the heavy lifting all by itself. Fatigue and lightheadedness are signs that your blood pressure might be too low, but your biggest tip-off might be feeling faint or woozy when you stand up quickly from having been seated or lying down.

The remedy: Work with your doctor to see if keto is helping you get to a place where you can reduce your dose of medications that are making you tired, or possibly discontinue them altogether. Never adjust meds on your own. And consider the possibility that medications that don’t normally induce fatigue might do so when combined with a ketogenic diet. (Most research on pharmaceutical drugs is done in people eating standard high-carb diets.)

  1. Mind your micronutrients.

Low levels or outright deficiencies in certain nutrients can result in low energy and feeling sluggish physically and mentally. The most likely culprit is anemia from low iron or low B12. An omnivorous keto diet that includes red meat, eggs, or seafood would provide plenty of these nutrients, but it’s not impossible for a meat-eater to be low in these. Consuming certain foods doesn’t automatically mean you’ll effectively digest them and absorb the nutrients they contain. Reproductive-age females who menstruate regularly may be at risk for low iron even if their diets include red meat and other iron-rich foods, and this applies even more to those whose diets are low in these.

The remedy: Work with a doctor to have your iron and B12 levels checked. Both are easy to measure with common blood tests. If they’re low, increase your intake of foods rich in these nutrients, or take a good quality supplement.

  1. You might need more carbs. (Eeek!)

If you work out a lot—especially weightlifting, but this might apply to anything high-intensity—you might need a bit more carbohydrate in your diet. Certainly, not everyone does—professional athletes have been going keto and some are breaking records14—but don’t feel bad if you think your performance might benefit from a hit of starch. Plenty of high-level athletes thrive by eating low-carb or keto most of the time, but including occasional carb refeeds or regularly consuming carbs after a workout. You’re not necessarily doing something wrong if you find you need some starch to reach your highest gear in intense activity. Remember, carbs aren’t the enemy. Way too many carbs, too often, is what makes people sick—not occasional infusions of starch for the specific purpose of supporting high-intensity athletics in an otherwise low-carb diet.

The remedy: Increase your carb intake in a sensible way. It’s probably not the best idea to start off with a giant stack of pancakes doused in maple syrup for breakfast first thing in the morning, but consider adding a sweet potato or a serving of black beans or rice to your evening meal on a day you trained hard. Do that consistently and you’ll know pretty quickly whether that small amount of carbohydrate is helping you perform at your best.

If keto has given you more energy and you feel a new pep in your step, great! That’s exactly what we would expect. But if things have gone in the opposite direction and cutting carbs has made you more tired than before, hopefully, you’ve found some solutions here. If none of the possibilities here seem relevant to you, work with a keto-savvy doctor or nutritionist to dig deeper and find out what might be sapping your energy.

References

  1. Staverosky T. Ketogenic Weight Loss: The Lowering of Insulin Levels Is the Sleeping Giant in Patient Care. J Med Pract Manage. 2016;32(1):63-66.
  2. Mavropoulos JC, Yancy WS, Hepburn J, Westman EC. The effects of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet on the polycystic ovary syndrome: a pilot study. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2005;2:35. doi:10.1186/1743-7075-2-35.
  3. Pointer SD, Rickstrew J, Slaughter JC, Vaezi MF, Silver HJ. Dietary carbohydrate intake, insulin resistance and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: a pilot study in European- and African-American obese women. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2016;44(9):976-988. doi:10.1111/apt.13784.
  4. Di Lorenzo C, Coppola G, Sirianni G, et al. Migraine improvement during short lasting ketogenesis: a proof-of-concept study. Eur J Neurol. 2015;22(1):170-177. doi:10.1111/ene.12550.
  5. Westman EC, Tondt J, Maguire E, Yancy WS Jr. Implementing a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet to manage type 2 diabetes mellitus. Expert Rev Endocrinol Metab. 2018;13(5):263-272. doi:10.1080/17446651.2018.1523713.
  6. Mayo Clinic. Diabetic Coma. Accessed Aug 13, 2020 from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-coma/symptoms-causes/syc-20371475.
  7. Noakes TD. Time to move beyond a brainless exercise physiology: the evidence for complex regulation of human exercise performance. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2011;36(1):23-35. doi:10.1139/H10-082.
  8. Volek JS, Noakes T, Phinney SD. Rethinking fat as a fuel for endurance exercise. Eur J Sport Sci. 2015;15(1):13-20. doi:10.1080/17461391.2014.959564.
  9. Brenton JN, Banwell B, Bergqvist AGC, et al. Pilot study of a ketogenic diet in relapsing-remitting MS. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2019;6(4):e565. doi:10.1212/NXI.0000000000000565.
  10. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board, Committee on the Consequences of Sodium Reduction in Populations. Studies Support Population-Based Efforts to Lower Excessive Dietary Sodium Intakes, But Raise Questions About Potential Harm From Too Little Salt Intake. Published May 14, 2013. Accessed Aug 13, 2020.
  11. DiNicolantonio JJ, Lucan SC. The wrong white crystals: not salt but sugar as aetiological in hypertension and cardiometabolic disease. Open Heart. 2014;1(1):e000167. doi:10.1136/openhrt-2014-000167.
  12. Quiñones-Galvan A, Ferrannini E. Renal effects of insulin in man. J Nephrol. 1997;10(4):188-191.
  13. Hallberg SJ, McKenzie AL, Williams PT, et al. Effectiveness and Safety of a Novel Care Model for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes at 1 Year: An Open-Label, Non-Randomized, Controlled Study. Diabetes Ther. 2018;9(2):583-612. doi:10.1007/s13300-018-0373-9.
  14. Mestel, S. Zach Bitter Is the 100-mile American Record Holder. He Also Eats Almost No Carbs. Men’s Journal. Accessed Aug 13 2020.
By |2020-09-01T09:34:10-06:00August 14th, 2020|Categories: Keto Basics|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Electrolyte Supplements – Individual “Rip Packs” available for all 3 varieties

We’re happy to announce that we now have pouches of ready-to-go individual serving size packets of the different Keto Chow Electrolyte Supplements. We had a limited quantity of the Electrolyte Drops but now we have them for the Fasting Drops and Magnesium Drops as well. You might be thinking: “wait, what are these?” it’s a tear-open individual serving. The Electrolyte Drops and Magnesium Drops are smaller and sized for a typical 16oz or 500ml water bottle. The Fasting Drops are about right for a 32 ounce or 1 liter bottle (or double dose in a 16oz/500ml bottle, which is what I do).

There are 50 of the smaller packets of the Electrolyte Drops or the Magnesium Drops and 25 of the larger Fasting Drops packets in each pouch.

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Graphs showing different electrolytes levels

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Keto Chow Electrolyte Gummies

Keto Chow Electrolyte Gummies

A fun and convenient way to replenish your electrolytes. Brew extra coffee or tea and sweeten to your liking; or use your favorite low carb drink.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Snacks
Keyword: Chef Taffiny Elrod, Electrolytes, Keto Chow
Keto Chow Flavor: Electrolytes
Recipe Creator: Chef Taffiny Elrod
Servings: 16 1/2 ounce gummies
Calories: 2.9kcal

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Author: Taffiny Elrod

Equipment

  • Silicone Candy Molds or Ice Cube Trays

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the cold liquid (including the electrolytes) in a small saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin over the surface.
  • Allow the gelatin to soften for a minute or two.
  • Place the pan over medium-low heat and heat while stirring until all the gelatin has dissolved and the mixture is hot but not boiling, about 190-200 degrees.
  • Pour or ladle the mixture into the molds or ice cube trays.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove the gummies from the molds and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

Taffiny Elrod March 2019
Nutrition Facts
Keto Chow Electrolyte Gummies
Amount Per Serving (16 g)
Calories 2.9
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.01g0%
Saturated Fat 0.01g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g
Sodium 6.51mg0%
Potassium 4.5mg0%
Protein 0.76g2%
Calcium 1.07mg0%
Iron 0.02mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Serving: 16g | Calories: 2.9kcal | Protein: 0.76g | Fat: 0.01g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 6.51mg | Potassium: 4.5mg | Calcium: 1.07mg | Iron: 0.02mg

Photos by Carrie Brown 

By |2019-12-13T09:17:46-07:00March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Keto Chow Recipes, Recipes|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Nurse Cindy talking to us about Keto Chow Electrolyte Supplements

We sat down and talked with Nurse Cindy during Low Carb Denver about our Keto Chow electrolyte supplements and Chris’ 100 days of eating only Keto Chow.

 

By |2020-03-05T07:09:12-07:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Ketogenic|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

New Electrolyte Supplements

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Happy Day! We finally have the empty pocket bottles for the reformulated Fasting Drops, along with the big bottles and empties of the Electrolyte Drops. That means that all we need are the small filled pocket bottles of the Electrolyte Drops. So what does all of this mean? What features do they have? When do you use which electrolyte supplement?

OK, check out the image at the top of this post, it illustrates the differences in the 3 supplements very well. It should be noted that all 3 of these also contain other trace minerals that are naturally occurring in the purified water from the Great Salt Lake they are made from. All of the minerals are completely dissolved in the water and are extremely bioavailable, so unlike a Magnesium Oxide pill that you may only absorb 1-2% of the listed Magnesium, your body should be able to absorb most, if not all, of the Magnesium Chloride in the 3 variations we carry.

We have 3 different Electrolyte Supplements:

  • Electrolyte Drops: a balanced mix of Sodium, Potassium, and Magnesium (along with other trace minerals). These used to be called “Fasting Drops.”
    • These are for general electrolytes and hydration. I’ve also been reminded (repeatedly) that we should be marketing these as a hangover remedy.
    • Useful when you just need more of all 3 electrolytes, not just one specifically.
    • Helpful if you’re experiencing electrolyte deficiency, AKA: “Keto Flu.”
    • In practical terms, this is Mag Drops + Fasting Drops with added Potassium and some deionized water to prevent crystallization.
  • Mag Drops: concentrated Magnesium with some Sodium and Potassium (along with other trace minerals).
    • High levels of Magnesium Chloride make it great for stopping cramps.
    • We have many reports from people using to help with mood problems and mild depression.
    • There’s a cool paper showing supplementation of Magnesium for 4 months improved insulin sensitivity.
  • Fasting Drops: High levels of Sodium with some Magnesium and small traces of Potassium (along with other trace minerals). These are a new product, not to be confused with the old “Fasting Drops” – those are now called “Electrolyte Drops.”
    • This product is a result of discussion with leaders in the field of fasting, many of their patients need to restrict their potassium because of kidney disease so the old formulation of Fasting Drops (now “Electrolyte Drops”) posed a problem.
    • They also requested higher levels of Sodium. This is as high as we can get before it starts forming crystals.
    • You’re also getting all of the trace minerals, it’s a lot like using pink Himalayan salt but without any dirt flavor and no sand in the bottom of your water.

So, that should help clear things up =)

By |2019-01-25T17:23:38-07:00January 25th, 2019|Categories: Ketogenic|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Be Well, Be Keto Podcast Guest Interview

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“Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results”
is the tagline of this popular podcast by Tracee Gluhaich.

And Chris and Miriam were interviewed on a recent episode of the Be Well, Be Keto podcast. If you aren’t familiar with Tracee, she is an expert in ketogenic lifestyle. She loves helping women (and men) boost energy, burn fat and banish brain fog. She inspires her listeners to try the keto diet to heal their gut and be more efficient at the gym. Tracee is also a mom, a wife and an Integrative Health Coach and Personal Trainer who lives on an organic farm in California.

Check out the episode here.

Tracee can be found online:

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By |2019-01-17T08:25:05-07:00January 17th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

New Keto Chow Magnesium Drops

We’ve had out “Fasting Drops” for several months now – those have Sodium, Potassium, and Magnesium with a balance of all 3 electrolytes, but some people want to supplement their Magnesium specifically. We have a solution for that! (yes, it’s a chemistry ‘dad joke’, sue me =): Mag Drops. It follows in the grand tradition of “Chris wants something for his own use so he’s going to introduce a product for that” -except THIS TIME it’s because Miriam wanted a magnesium supplement =). Each capful (1/2 teaspoon or 2.46ml) contains 200mg of magnesium as magnesium chloride. It’s already dissolved in solution and is easily absorbed. One thing to note: don’t go drinking several doses at the same time, that’s a bad idea; but a dose mixed into water, added to some food (like Keto Chow), and spread out over some time and you’ll be just fine!

It does have some sodium and potassium by virtue of those coming along for the ride in the solution, along with a little boron, sulfate, and other trace minerals. It’s like pink Himalayan salt that’s specially made for killing off muscle cramps! Like our Fasting Drops, Mag Drops comes in 2 sizes: a small pocket flask with 10 doses, and a big 100 dose refill bottle that comes with an empty pocket flask so you can have it on the go!

You can order Mag Drops here.

By |2018-12-10T11:47:11-07:00December 10th, 2018|Categories: Ketogenic, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |0 Comments