Why do we need to take extra salt on top of what’s already put in/on my food? I’ve been doing keto since November and yesterday was the first time I’ve taken 2 shots with water and 1/4 tsp of salt in the morning. I didn’t feel any more energy or different besides a nauseas stomach. Please let me know. I also don’t take electrolytes I do take bcaa’s. I haven’t felt weaker than or anything because of it.
You need to replace the electrolytes lost through sweat, urination, breathing, etc. There are no specific rules about having salt outside of what you add to your food. Most people do not add enough salt to their food as they do not find that much salt palatable, but if you do that’s fine. Nothing wrong with getting your salt that way. That said, 1/4 tsp all at once may be too much all at once. I personally wouldn’t take that much in a shot.
Keto is a diuretic diet.. so you don’t retain water. Losing that much water, electrolytes go with it. I don’t put salt on my food generally. People THINK the “keto flu” is from eating low carb, when it reality it’s electrolyte imbalance. Every morning I have a TSP of Pink Himalayan Salt with some apple cider vinegar to keep my electrolytes in balance.
I think it really depends on the person when it comes to adding in electrolytes. For myself I crossfit 5 days a week, so it’s definitely necessary. If I don’t I get headaches, muscle cramps and overall feel pretty yucky. Besides salt, electrolytes also include magnesium and potassium. My husband and I make an “energy drink” with mag, K, BCAAs, glutamine, and sometimes a thermogenic. I’ll link the products we use. I do understand some people are against BCAAs or thermogenics, but my husband and I can take them and still stay in ketosis. I don’t drink coffee, so therefore don’t get any caffeine, so the thermo gives me a little boost of energy. I also think that it’s a great idea to go get blood work done after doing keto for awhile, just so you really know where you’re at. Definitely not necessary, but I’m a numbers person and really like to know.