Potassium and Keto: Why You Become Potassium Deficient

When you shift to a ketogenic diet, your body tends to release more water as opposed to storing it. The reason this happens is because you’re lowering insulin. This is healthy of course, lowering insulin. But it also leads to telling your kidneys to dump more water as waste and to retain less water.

So, that’s one reason you dump so much weight on keto—both initially and in the long term. You’re dumping all that water weight, puffiness, inflammation, and FAT.

As you lose all that water, you lose all the minerals in that water too and, in the end, you can quickly become depleted of the key electrolytes that your body needs to function properly.

As a result, you can experience some of the negative symptoms associated with the “keto flu.” That fatigue and lethargy you feel as you adjust to the keto way of life.

You need 7 to 10 cups of vegetable or salad a day to achieve ketogenesis and avoid keto flu—not to mention, maximum health, energy, and the dedication to stick to that diet.

I enhance this with food concentrates if I can’t get the quantity of vegetables I need. I use my wheat grass juice powder. That gives me a lot of potassium and magnesium to spike that sodium-potassium pump and boost my energy as well.

Vomiting, diarrhea and surgery will also decrease potassium in the body.

That’s because surgery creates a lot of stress which virtually causes the body to dump out potassium. Likewise, stress will decrease your potassium levels.

Let’s look at the SIBA Encyclopedia for Endocrinology, which notes that “Adrenal stress creates potassium loss.”

Sugar also creates a potassium deficiency.

Why? Insulin is the hormone that helps you absorb nutrients-but it also helps everything be stored as fat.

If you have insulin resistance, then, you cannot pull nutrients into the cell- which is why you’re craving sweets by the way. See, insulin acts as a trigger of the sodium-potassium pump. Being insulin resistant, you’re not absorbing enough potassium. That’s why you get these sugar cravings. The body is telling you it needs something badly for energy that you’re not giving it enough of.

It’s very difficult to fix diabetes, in fact, without enough potassium-which means without enough vegetables. So, if you eat more potassium, your need for insulin is decreased as well. Diuretics will also leach potassium out of the body.

A good way to tell you if you’re potassium deficient is that your blood pressure will go up, and you won’t be absorbing calcium as you need to. Too much salt in the diet can deplete potassium.

Alcohol can also deplete potassium. AND ketogenic diets can cause potassium to plummet. That’s the reason I tell you to consume more vegetable when you do a high fat diet, so you can replenish the potassium and feel better.

A lot of time you’ll not only dump fat, you’ll dump water, and all of this will cause potassium to drop and, consequently, your energy levels. It’s not the fiber, it’s the potassium in that food that will flush the liver out, help those pumps work better, and keep that fat off the liver.