Dr. Sarah Hallberg: How do electrolytes affect blood pressure on a ketogenic diet?

Dr. Sarah Hallberg: How do electrolytes affect blood pressure on a ketogenic diet?


– All right, how do electrolytes
effect blood pressure when on a ketogenic diet? – Well actually that’s a
perfect timed question, because it really goes to what
we were just talking about earlier, which is sodium is actually an important electrolyte. We all need salt, okay. We have to have salt to function. And again, when you’re eating
a lot of carbohydrates, our kidneys will hold onto salt. And when you start a ketogenic diet, they will actually excrete it. So the kidneys are our
regulator, if you will, of sodium in the body. And so if they’re
excreting it when someone is beginning a low carbohydrate lifestyle, we need to replace it. So again, that’s why
sodium is so important for most people, especially
early on, in a ketogenic diet. If you have a history of blood pressure, those are (chuckles), those
are things that you wanna talk to your personal physician about. But oftentimes because
of the sodium excretion, we see blood pressure can drop
while on a ketogenic diet.

5 thoughts on “Dr. Sarah Hallberg: How do electrolytes affect blood pressure on a ketogenic diet?

  1. I have been on Keto diet for 3 weeks, have test strip, I"m producing ketone and have lost 16 pounds but my blood pressure is 150 over 100?? I have hypertension.

  2. I started keto two weeks ago and started feeling unwell and I checked my blood pressure and it was 194/122 needless to say that same day I was experiencing awful spasms and all body cramps, I took potassium and magnesium and my cramps are gone but my blood pressure is uncontrollable, why is it so high being on keto, I do suffer from high blood pressure and take four meds to control it, but on keto the meds just don't work ❗❗❗❗

  3. The decrease in Potassium ends up raising BP for most, if you were looking for help on this eat all your 20g carbs from leafy greens and a whole Avocado a day (2g net carbs)

  4. My blood pressure is at 93/64. I feel dizzy and my vision gets blurred. Been on Keto about 2 weeks now and have been adding salt to my water but my blood pressure is dropping too low.

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