ketosis and chronic respiratory infections

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 05, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Hi, Ive been eating mostly paleo (but not VLC ketogenic) for several months now and feel okay but have had recurrent upper respiratory tract infections since having sinus surgery 3 months ago. Needed 5 bouts of antibiotics and just recovering from pneumonia...I'm toying with the idea of going ketogenic..changing macronutrients to mostly good fats and moderate protein low/no carbs.. My concern is with acidity of the body going full ketogenic with no little fibrous carbs from green leafys. Is is possible to be ketogenic AND be alkaline as well?

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on June 05, 2012
at 11:33 PM

Chances are your gut flora got wiped out by the antibiotics they likely gave you when you had your surgery. Fermented foods & probiotics will help.

Also, get your Vitamin D status checked & sun/supplement to 60-80 ng/ml.

I wouldn't necessarily go vlc right now, just because it can be stressful in the short-term & your body really needs a break!

I also wouldn't be concerned about ketosis/alkalinity. Your body has to keep your pH within a good range or you would die. Make sure you get replete in micronutrients by eating nutrient dense foods like liver, bone broth, eggs, etc.

ETA: Here's a helpful link: http://sciencebasedpharmacy.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/your-urine-is-not-a-window-to-your-body-ph-balancing-a-failed-hypothesis/

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