Should you Stay in Ketosis While Sick?

Sick woman with fluThis is a tough question for those low carbing out there. There is no doubt that ketosis is a fat burning state that forces your body to metabolize food differently. But what about staying in keotsis while sick? Should you call it quits for the week? The month? The answer is a bit more complex.

How sick are you?
“sick” can mean a variety of different things. If you are having a cold for instance, staying in ketosis should be okay. Symptoms of runny nose, sore throat, cough, mild congestion, mild fever, are all generally manageable with over the counter meds and hydration. Generally if you feel you are up to the task, staying in ketosis when you have the common cold is usually safe and reasonably easy to manage. Some tips and tricks…

Sugar Free Cough Drops. Dont forget that cough drops are loaded with sugar, which can throw you out of ketosis. I like to get HALLS Sugar-Free Cough Drops {affiliate link}  and only use them when absolutely necessary

Other great foods when your sick is homemade chicken zuchini noodle soup, scrambled eggs, pot roast, egg drop soup or basically any low carb soup you can make. Noatmeal is another low carb hot cereal option. Some people prefer to make bullet proof tea instead of bullet proof coffee. Even plain tea is a great option, just try to avoid the honey if you can resist. For a sore throat, sugar free jell-o with whipped cream is always an option for food.

If you have more of a flu like sickness,  or If you are having more of a stomach upset with nausea and vomiting, then perhaps keeping down what foods you can is better strategy. Sometimes when it is hard to keep anything down, it is better to eat something rather than nothing at all. The tried and true method of ginger ale and crackers is probably one of your best bets. There are options for diet ginger ale and keto crackers if one absolutely insists on staying in ketosis. Paleo Thin Crackers would be a good choice in this instance. 6 crackers have 5g of net carbs. You can check them out here. {affiliate link} Paleo Thin Crackers
Other useful tips for my keto friends who are sick, are back to the basics. Try a warm bath with epsom salt. Get plenty of sleep. Stay home from work or school if you can, and wash your hands often. Try not to get other around you sick, and make sure they are washing their hands constantly too. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. When I am sick I always like to up my vitamin game. I usually take a multivitamin, my b vitamins and I take vitamin C and Zinc. Studies have shown that vitamin C and Zinc can be effective in reducing the length and severity of colds.  You can check it out here. {affiliate link} Nature’s Bounty Vitamin C Plus Zinc
If you want to check out an article talking about the power of zinc and vitamin C, read here about a recent 2016 study by HA Mousa. Here is another study by M. Yacoot and A. Salem in 2011. You can check out the full article here.

Hopefully I have answered some of your questions about being sick while on Keto! If you end up falling off the wagon, focus on getting better and dont beat yourself up! Just set a date to get back in your groove!

Get well soon,

~HealthyGirl

 

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