You might be wondering about micro-nutrients and supplements your body needs. Especially if you are on a diet.
It is best to get micronutrients from a variety of proteins, low-carb dairy, eggs, and low-carb vegetables. However, supplements can be a helpful addition to the keto diet.
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With any diet, there is an increased risk of nutritional deficiencies. Taking supplements can help you avoid this.
As an essential nutrient in the body, magnesium plays an important roll in many functions of the body. This includes nerve and muscle function, protein synthesis, and food metabolism. Magnesium deficiency is very common in the United States, on any diet.
Foods high in magnesium include nuts and seeds (sunflower seeds and almonds) and dark green leafy vegetables.
Benefits of Magnesium
- Helps prevent keto flu symptoms.
- Improves blood pressure.
- Better sleep quality
- Helps with bone health.
- Healthy Heart
In addition to being the most abundant protein in your body, collagen is an essential amino acid and is used throughout the bodies connective tissue, hair, skin, and nails.
Meat, poultry, seafood, and bone broth are all great sources of collagen.
We also recommend taking a daily dose of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. Since using it for over a month now, we can tell a big difference in the elasticity of our skin. We also use Kettle & Fire Organic Bone Broth several times a week. Not only is it from grass-fed bones, but it also tastes great.
- Improves joints, muscle, bones, ligaments, and tendons integrity and function.
- Promote healthy liver.
- Brain health support.
- Boost function of the metabolic system.
- Help heal the gut.
- Skin and nail health.
Medium-chain triglycerides, also called MCT, is one of the fastest sources of energy on the keto diet. Your body can use MCT oil instantly bypassing the need to store it as fat. Be sure when buying MCT oil that is is made from 100% coconuts. The top 3 MCT oils we recommend are Premium MCT Oil, Garden of Life, and Bulletproof.
Benefits of MCT Oil
- Heighten brain function
- Increase weight loss
- Increase ketone level
- Reduce appetite
A water-soluble B-vitamin, Biotin helps your body convert food into energy. It is also important for the health of your skin, nails, and hair.
This is needed for the production of thyroid hormones. Because the body can not make its own iodine, you must provide it.
Some great sources of iodine include seaweed, kelp, shrimp,
A couple of great supplements for iodine are liquid drops or
Bulletproof Iodine Capsules. Make sure you read the directions carefully for the drops. The recommended dose is one drop, not one whole dropper full. Ask us how we know this.
Sodium and Potassium
The keto diet is very effective in lowering your insulin levels. This is awesome for those who are type 2 diabetic or prediabetic.
Insulin tells the fat cells to store sugar as fat. This is for the body to use later as its fuel source. It also tells the kidneys to hold on to sodium and potassium.
On the keto diet, because our insulin levels are lowered, the body flushes out more sodium and potassium.
Best way to add sodium to your diet is by adding Himalayan pink salt to your food and Sole water daily.
We do not recommend taking a potassium supplement unless under a doctors care.
Foods High in Potassium
- Leafy greens
- Chia Seeds
Always make sure you read the ingredients. I have had to search high and low to find supplements that did not contain rice flour, tapioca flour, maltodextrin, soybean oil, or some form of sugar.
We hope you have found this to be informative.
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THE INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES. IT IS BASED ON OUR OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND OPINIONS. I AM NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR AND WHAT IS WRITTEN SHOULD NOT BE USED TO DIAGNOSE OR TREAT ANY DISEASE OR ILLNESS. YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING ANY EXERCISE OR DIET PROGRAMS.