Ketosis and Dehydration | #ScienceSaturday


– What’s going on, Jigsaw? We all know that minerals are the key to the proper electrical
current within our body, but what about when it comes
down to a low-carb diet? I’ve talked about some things before. Let’s talk about
specifically how the kidneys, how insulin, and how carbohydrates all work together in
harmony, or lack thereof, to really make our lives
amazing, or ultimately not. Let’s talk about ketosis and dehydration. When you’re on a low-carb diet, you usually feel a little bit dehydrated. You might wonder why am
I urinating all the time, or why do I need to drink a lot more water just to feel like I’m hydrated. The answer is actually very
simple and very practical. We know how the kidneys work
and how carbohydrates work with response to insulin. Whenever you consume a carbohydrate, and it is stored in the form of glycogen, glycogen of course being the carbohydrates that are stored in your
muscles, we end up holding approximately three to
four grams of water. Why do we do this? It’s not just because
carbs are like starches that absorb water, it’s more
so because carbohydrates cause a spike in insulin. Insulin tells the kidneys
to hold onto water. Now there are a multitude of reasons as to why this occurs, but we don’t need to go
into elaborate detail there. All we need to know is that
when we consume carbohydrates, we end up spiking our insulin. Insulin communicates with the kidneys to say hey, I want to
hold onto this sodium. It has to do a lot of times with just electrolyte balancing and the additional water that is required for internal leverage with that glycogen. But again, story for another day. As our insulin levels drop and as our glycogen store
slowly start to deplete as we’re on a low-carb or ketogenic diet, the kidneys no longer send the signal to hold onto sodium and
water quite as much. They start allowing the
body the excrete it. This is a natural thing that
is actually pretty darn cool. It’s one of the reasons
why when you first start a ketogenic diet, you feel so much better. A lot of times, you’re
losing some of that edema, you’re losing some of that inflammation that’s associated with
higher sodium consumption, which is quite honestly what
a lot of us are consuming. We’re consuming a lot of
sodium in processed foods. When we get rid of the body’s
ability to hold onto that, we feel a lot better, and quite honestly we look a lot better, and we might even reflect a
little bit of a lighter weight on the scale. Now where this starts the become a problem is when it goes a little too far. You see, the kidneys are now
no longer telling the body to hold onto sodium and water, so the body is just excreting it. That’s why you’re peeing so much. But you’re not just losing water, you’re losing more sodium. It’s this vicious cycle. Now you’ve lost water. You’re already dehydrated. But now you’re losing sodium. Any little bit of chance that your body could
have to hold onto water is already starting to go. If you’re not adding it back in, then you run into another problem, and that’s the fact that
most of the ketogenic foods that people eat, bacon,
things like that, cheese, they all have very
low-quality sodiums in ’em, very low-quality salt. We’re talking about unopposed sodium, which you hear me talk a lot. That means straight up
iodized salt, table salt, total garbage that doesn’t
have a plethora of minerals required to keep a nice
homeostasis of minerals. We deplete our good minerals and we replenish them with bacon minerals. I’m just gonna call ’em bacon minerals because it’s just cruddy, cruddy salt. Then we have this gross imbalance. We have a lot of this
weird unopposed sodium that’s causing us to hold
water in weird places, and then we’re losing our potassium, we’re losing our magnesium, we’re losing some of this other minerals. We’re completely thrown off kilter and we lose our electrical system. We lose our ability to really have our
nerves fire and function in a proper way. I’ve talked about this before, but maybe when you’re working
out on a low-carb diet, you feel like you have energy, but it’s like you can’t
make the mental connection to your muscle. It’s like you try to
lift, you try to squat, you try to do anything like that, and you’re just not feeling it. It’s just not happening. That’s, a lot of times, because you’re losing
that neural connectivity because the electrical system
of your body is thrown off because you have electrical currents that are not operating the right way. This will not only cause you to feel weak, but it’s also gonna make
your brain function weird, which is exactly why people
end up getting a keto flu. It’s an electrolyte imbalance, and your body is just not adjusted to your kidneys excreting a lot of sodium because of the lack of insulin. Now additionally you get dehydrated because you’re simply not
going to want to drink as much. Even though you need to
be drinking more water, your levels of cholecystokinin, your levels of all kinds of other hormones that cause you to want to eat and drink are usually suppressed. Your appetite goes down so therefore your appetite
for water goes down. You also don’t have starches
sitting in your gut. Yet even though starches
are not the reason that carbohydrates cause us to hold water, they still have an effect
like that in the stomach. It’s like pouring water into bread. It’s gonna soak it up. If you’re consuming some starches, it’s gonna soak up some of
the water in your stomach, in your digestive system, therefore, you’re gonna get thirsty, you’re gonna want to drink more water. It’s pretty simple that
you’re gonna drink more water along with carbohydrates. It’s not that appetizing
to think about drinking a quart of water along
with your macadamia nuts and your avocado oil. It just doesn’t sound appealing. What do you do? How do you combat this ketosis
or low-carb dehydration so you can truly feel your best and not feel like you’re
really just slumping along with no electrical current
running through your body? Of course the main thing is, you need to add some sodium to your diet in a high quality way. Himalayan pink salt, truffle
salt, Brazilian sea salt, things like that that have a
plethora of different minerals, not iodized table salt. Doing this is going to help you immensely. Yes, the numbers need to
be a little bit higher than they ordinarily would. You need to go like three to five grams, three to 5,000 milligrams
of sodium per day to keep yourself adequately hydrated and keep your mineral
balance where it needs to be. Very, very important on a low-carb diet. Now additionally you want
to be allocating the sodium to the morning as much as you can. This again has to do with the adrenals, it has to do with the kidneys. Our adrenals and our kidneys are functioning a little
bit more efficiently and a slightly different
way in the morning. If you add some sodium in the morning, it’s gonna allow your body
to utilize the kidneys and utilize the adrenals
a little bit better, therefore making it so that you don’t have the negative implications of a
low-carb diet and dehydration later on in the day. Additionally if you know
you’re going to be working out, if you know you’re gonna
be exerting some energy, even if it’s just carrying some boxes or lugging something around, you need to load up on sodium before then. Any time you start to sweat, you are depleting your stores of sodium. Ordinarily your kidneys are
going to be able to process and tell you to hold onto more. But remember, you’re losing that mechanism on a low-carb diet. Any sodium you lose through sweating, you’re gonna actively have
to replenish afterwards. Better off to just replenish it beforehand because then not only do you already have this almost preloading
but you also give yourself an energy boost because
now you’re giving yourself the electrical current
to help you through that. That’s why I use a little
pinch of pink Himalayan salt before I work out even
if I’m totally fastened. It helps me out immensely. It makes a big difference. I feel like I actually get
a little bit more of a pump. I also feel like I get
the right blood flow and nutrient delivery. But more importantly, I feel like my brain is communicating with my muscles, which quite honestly is
important if you’re working out. And then last but not least, this is more so just so
you don’t feel miserable, any carbs that you do consume, whether it’s an accident
or whether it’s planned or whether it’s a scheduled refeed meal, keep your sodium levels lower because when you have those carbohydrates, your insulin sensitivity
is gonna be very high, which means your kidneys are
just gonna be standing guard ready to hold onto sodium. Have you ever noticed
that it doesn’t take much when you have a cheat meal to hold onto a ton of water? It’s not so much that
you had a cheat meal, it’s more so that you combined
carbohydrates and sodium, and your kidneys are saying ha ha, okay, insulin sensitivity is high, let’s hold onto as much
sodium as possible. It makes you puffy and moon
face till the next day. That’s what’s going on. That’s what you have to be cognizant of. Cheat meal, carbohydrates, keep the sodium out of the equation. But at least now you know what’s happening and why you’re dehydrated, and you can start taking the process and taking the proper measures to make sure it doesn’t
become a dire problem. You know you’re losing sodium but you’re also losing
those other minerals. If you want to make
sure that you’re keeping the proper balance with that salt that you’re adding to the diet, make sure you head on over to
Jigsaw and pick up some MagSRT so you have that sustained
release energy that you need through proper mineral absorption. Have I mentioned already that
we published a clinical trial? We have found 22% increase
in serum magnesium, 30% increase in magnesium RBC, and 63% decrease in magnesium
deficiency symptoms. Click on the link and
get your bottle in a day. See you soon. (machine whirring) (light music)

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Reader Comments

  1. Mark J

    Great Video Thomas! I'm curious as to what you think a ketogenic diet is doing to a persons mineral balancing for their hair mineral test? I'm guessing more fat and less carbs in general would increase calcium, magnesium and potassium in the cell, and decrease sodium? Curious to hear your thoughts.

  2. shantellajohnson

    It’s this stuff I ordered called Hi-Lyte when I was going through my keep flu. The moment I added the tasteless drops into my water I automatically felt better. It has potassium,magnesium,electrolytes,zinc and a few other things. It also has no calories, starch,yeast,gluten,sugar,soy or carbs and the list goes on and on. This stuff has improved my keto experience to the max. As well as MCT OIL. Which I take to break my fasting period.

  3. Liale Badawy

    Thank you for this video. You are God sent! I felt so discouraged because I was so thirsty! I drank 6 liters of water yesterday And still am thirsty. I thought the salt from “bacon” was enough! Now I get it. Thank you.

  4. Cheyenne Barnt

    I am on day 5 of keto, and I fear I'm not in ketosis yet. I don't feel any different but I am drinking way more water because I am always thirsty.

  5. Chad Leimenstoll

    I honestly never feel thirsty, so some days I only get about 2 litres of water. Is 2 litres enough or am I sabotaging the diet, btw the two litres always have sodium and potassium in it.

  6. Jamedra A

    Thank you! This was right on time. For the last 4 days I've felt these symptoms. Now I know why. I can handle it today.

  7. contingent exe

    When my heart rate increased I already knew I was dehydrated.
    I ate some nuts and has some electrolyte water and I feel better.

  8. Lynn Chandler

    This was so informative! Thanks for addressing this and explaining how weight returns so quickly after a typical carb cheat in the form of water retention. I was experiencing extremely dry mouth and wondered why. Even though I thought I was getting enough salt by salting my drinks and food, I wasn’t aware of the number of milligrams necessary and how the sodium gets processed so differently when the body is in ketosis. Awesome video!

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