Right now there is a nutritional gold rush on everything and anything related to the ketogenic diet. Companies are cashing in on the fact that carb cutters are on the lookout for things to help them get an extra edge with keto. But just because a product says it is “keto friendly” doesn’t mean that it will actually help you stay in ketosis. That’s why I’ve curated these 9 products that will actually help you feel and perform better while following a keto diet. Each product can help anyone looking for some healthy low-carb food options!
Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are a particular kind of fat that your body readily converts into ketones. A 2013 study found that consuming 20g/d of MCT oil boosted ketone levels in people not on a ketogenic diet. Unfortunately MCT oil is notorious for causing GI upset. This is where powered MCTs can save the day. They mix-up in beverages or shake just like a creamer, try a scoop in your coffee, and they won’t have you running to the bathroom 3 hours later.
Before your body fully adapts to a ketogenic diet (which can take >6-8 weeks) your muscles may feel flat due to depleted carbohydrate stores in your muscles – leaving you less than PR ready. Creatine is a natural cell volumizer which can help drive water and nutrients back into your muscles while also helping them regenerate energy faster for sprints and big lifts. Don’t be fooled by designer creatine products – science shows that you don’t need them. Creapure® creatine is the research study gold standard creatine and that’s what you get with Onnit. It is micronized so that it will mix-up faster and easier as part of your workout or post workout shake.
Fatigue and headaches are common symptoms that people suffer from when starting a ketogenic diet. This can be caused by low blood sugar and has many people reaching for high priced supplemental ketones to ease their woes. There is a simpler solution. Salt. When you cut carbs, your body produces less insulin. Insulin can signal your kidneys to retain fluids so drastic reductions in insulin (like when you start ketogenic diet) can cause your kidneys to release a lot of fluid and electrolytes. Many of the symptoms of the overdramatized ‘ketoflu’ are due to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Fyr Salt is a great fix for this. It is an unrefined pink salt that contains trace minerals to help replete those lost from your low carb dieting. Use it liberally on your meals, but start slow as the fyr part of Fyr Salt packs serious heat
When you start on a ketogenic diet your fruit intake is sure to take a hit. This is why it is very important to get fruits that will give you the maximum bang for your buck nutritionally. Blueberries are an antioxidant powerhouse that come packaged with fiber for slower digestion (another thing you will be missing on a ketogenic diet). Wild blueberries are even better as they contain 2x the antioxidants of regular blueberries and 6 grams of fiber per cup! The anthocyanin antioxidants in wild blueberries can also act as fuel for the good bacteria in your gut.