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Keto-adaptation transitional symptoms?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I've been in moderate ketosis for ~6 weeks. Just when I was hoping to experience a surge of energy, I've been slammed with gruesome headaches instead. Also itchy skin.

Is it common to experience strange or bad symptoms as we move to this style of eating? I've heard that some people experience Candida die-off, but what about other things? Toxins are stored in our fat cells, and when we lose fat they're released into our blood stream, which can cause temporary symptoms. Any other ideas?

My background: I've had tension headaches since childhood (I'm 61), but these are different - one-sided and intense. Current diet: lots of low-glycemic veggies, some animal protein at each meal, enough good fat to make me happy. Before starting the ketogenic diet 6 weeks ago, I had eliminated grains, legumes, and dairy about 6 weeks earlier. Before that I limited my carbs/grains for the past 10 years or so (Zone-style), so I haven't really made any dramatic changes.

Also, I just had an appointment with my eye doctor, who said my eye glasses prescription hasn't changed much (i.e. this isn't eye strain), and everything inside the eyes looks great.

So... can anybody reassure me that these awful, disabling headaches are a temporary adjustment that will go away if I just keep doing what I'm doing? I hope???

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:32 PM

Also Magnesium & Potassium are essential. Make sure you are getting enough.

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on April 12, 2012
at 11:59 AM

OMG GRANNY ME TOO!! Been on a fairly strict VLC Paleo hoping to get into Ketosis for this awesome energy surge from our supposed preferred fuel being fat and I am still so dependent on coffee, my skin is dry, my sleep is terrible, I haven't reaped any benefits yet. I am thinking if there has been no change by the end of 8 weeks then Im bringing back the carbs! I can't perform well at the gym either.

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on April 12, 2012
at 11:05 AM

could you be dehydrated? I get headaches and itchy skin, usually in addition to body cramps if I'm dehydrated. just a thought

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:31 PM

I never had headaches when vlc. Try adding some starchy carbs back for 2-3 days & see if they disappear. If they don't, you may want to look deeper to see if something other than diet is causing them...

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:32 PM

Also Magnesium & Potassium are essential. Make sure you are getting enough.

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