I get really lazy about electrolytes on non-training days. I couldn’t actually find much info on this, especially not specific to keto, but does anyone have information on how long electrolytes really stay in your system for someone without carbs? Does it matter much if I don’t get them in on non-training days as long as I get in a good amount within 12 hours or so of training?
I was initially doing the same thing, just using them during workouts. BIG mistake! With this WOE, we need them daily regardless IMO. Now I have them daily, double on workout days and extra magnesium at night. I sleep better, recover better and overall feel better. Just my experience.
You really do need them daily. Think about it: most folks are getting their sodium from garbage foods that we cut out. So unless you’re intentional about salting, you won’t get a ton in. Also, keto is naturally a little diuretic, so you have to be more vigilant about it in general. Just factoring those two things together, before you even add in the physical exertion part, and it’s important to stay on top of electrolytes even for non-athletic keto peeps.
I’ve counted my sodium (because I was curious how much I was actually ingesting and also because I’m a heart failure nurse and I’m literally helping people count sodium all day long), and I realized I’m only getting between 800 and 1300 (at the most!!) mg of sodium a day. Basically because I’m making all my food from scratch. No processed… Nothing. My cheese probably has the most salt in it. So just keep that in mind!!! I get laughed at in the office for putting salt in my water.