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Around the same time that I started doing daily calisthenics, I’ve been adopting a pretty strict Keto diet.
By pretty strict, I mean almost zero carb.
Overall, I’m fairly impressed with how the diet’s going:
- I have less hunger
- My mood is more stable
- My body fat is at the lowest it’s ever been
In a nutshell, the Keto diet is so effective at fat loss due to its ability to lower insulin levels.
When insulin levels drop, your body releases fat from your adipocytes (fat cells) to provide energy, which is fantastic for those wanting to lose excess blubber.
But there’s a caveat…
Low insulin levels signal your body to flush away the crucial electrolytes, meaning you’ll pee a lot more, which can lead to dehydration, low energy levels, headaches and other side effects.
In the Keto community, this phenomenon is referred to as the “Keto flu”.
(For the science nerds amongst you, this happens because your body usually holds a lot of water in the form of Glycogen. When doing the keto diet, your Glycogen stores are depleted so your body gets rid of this excess water. Electrolytes are crucial to water storage and hence they’re flushed out too.)
As you may have guessed, a great way to combat these negative effects of the Keto diet is to supplement with the crucial electrolytes.
But with so much information to choose from on the internet (with a lot of it conflicting one another), it can be difficult to find the best electrolyte supplements for Keto dieters.
Not to fear though, this article will break down only the very best.
Let’s kick things off with number 5.
5. Gatorade Powder
Each serving of Gatorade powder contains a reasonable 45mg of Potassium and 150mg of Sodium.
As a powder, you use it by simply stirring around 2 tablespoons worth into a glass of water for that classic Gatorade taste that I’m sure many of you are familiar with.
Why I like it
At its price point, you get pretty good value for money with this Gatorade powder. With approximately 23 servings per tub, you’re paying around 30c per serving, which isn’t bad at all.
Another great feature is the amount of electrolytes each serving provides. Although price, taste, etc. are important, at the end of the day we want to replenish our electrolytes, which is what this Gatorade powder will do.
It comes with a scoop too, so if you find that a level scoop is too sweet, you can easily reduce the amount for your next serving.
(Also, did I mention it tastes just like Orange Gatorade? What more can you want.)
One of the main issues I have with this Gatorade powder is the sugar content.
With each serving containing 21g of pure sugar, you won’t have a lot of wiggle room when it comes to the other foods you eat, if you want to stay in Ketosis.
In other words, you’ll have to lower your carb intake even more to get the full benefits of the Keto diet.
Alternatively, you could do some high-intensity exercise after a serving which will help burn off that unwanted sugar.
Also, as far as I’m aware there’s only one flavour, so if you don’t like the taste of Gatorade, then you’re screwed.
Propel electrolytes come in a variety pack with 12 packets of 3 different flavors (Berry, Grape and Kiwi Strawberry) so each pack comes with 36 servings.
The Grape packets contain 70mg of Sodium per serving whereas the Berry and Kiwi & Strawberry contain 65mg of Sodium in each packet.
Why I like it
In my eyes, this is another “Cheap and cheerful” brand of electrolytes and you get pretty good value for money, with each serving costing around 25c.
I also love that there are absolutely zero carbohydrates in these packets.
Another great feature is the inclusion of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Vitamin V12, Niacin and Pantothenic Acid, as these will also help reduce the symptoms of “Keto flu”.
With 3 different flavors too, you have enough variety to not get bored of having the same flavour each time.
And last but not least, these packets are super easy to use. All you need to do is empty a packet in a bottle of water then shake, shake, shake!
I was a bit disappointed to see that Propel don’t include Potassium in their electrolytes, as Potassium is just as important as Sodium when it comes to replenishing your electrolyte levels.
It would also be nice to see less artificial flavors/colors in the ingredients list as these are generally unhealthy.
3. Skratch Labs
Unlike the last 2 electrolyte supplements we’ve covered, Skratch Labs falls into the premium category of electrolytes.
Premium branding, premium strength and premium price.
Each serving size (1 scoop) provides a whopping 380mg of Sodium. To put this into perspective, that’s over 5x the amount of Sodium than Propel!
Why I Like It
As we’ve already covered, each serving provides an enormous amount of Sodium which will do the world of good when it comes to reducing “Keto flu”.
But what I love most about Skratch Labs is that it only contains natural ingredients.
It’s great that there are 6 flavors to choose from but even better that each of the flavors are derived from real fruit.
This is unheard of in the supplement industry, where brands generally do anything they can to make their product cheaper, which usually means a lot of artificial crap is added.
Don’t get me wrong, premium products certainly have their drawbacks, with the main one being price.
With each serving costing around $1, you’re pretty much paying 3-4 times more per serving than with the other electrolytes we’ve already covered.
(But at the end of the day, it all depends on what you value more. Quality or price?)
It would also be nice to see Skratch Labs reduce the carbohydrate content to make their product more Keto friendly.
2. Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement
Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement arrives in a stylish pouch, with each pouch containing 80 servings.
Compared to the other Electrolytes we’ve covered, Vitalyte finds itself somewhat in the middle ground.
It’s decent strength, reasonable quality and pretty good value.
Why I Like It
What I love most about this product is the value for money you get.
Although each serving isn’t as strong as Skratch Labs, you’re getting 4x as many servings for a very similar price!
How’s that for a bargain?
Another fantastic feature is that like Skratch Labs, there are a wide variety of tasty flavors to choose from and they’re all made from natural ingredients.
It’s also good to see that Vitalyte include a reasonable amount of Potassium in their powder too which as we’ve covered, is really helpful for “Keto flu”.
Vitalyte is almost the perfect all-rounder.
It has just about everything I like to see in an electrolyte supplement, but an area for improvement would be its strength.
The amount of Sodium each serving has is similar to those in the “budget” league of electrolytes.
This isn’t a deal breaker by any means though, as you can easily add more powder to each serving.
1. Dr Price’s Electrolyte Mix
Dr Price’s Electrolyte Mix is without a doubt the big daddy of electrolyte supplements for keto dieters.
Each pack of Dr Price’s Electrolyte Mix contains 30 powder sachets, with each serving costing around 60c.
To describe this supplement in a nutshell, it’s Vitalyte on steroids.
Why I Like It
Where do I begin?
Each sachet provides an enormous 200mg of Sodium and 330mg of Potassium, making it one of the strongest electrolyte supplements on the market.
But what makes this Electrolyte Mix stand out from the rest is that it contains 72 trace minerals.
This will help fix any mineral imbalances that may occur during the “Keto flu”.
(It’s as if this supplement was developed with us Keto dieters in mind!)
To put the cherry on the cake, the Electrolyte Mix is naturally sweetened with Stevia – a healthy alternative to the many artificial sweeteners that we’re surrounded by nowadays.
In all honesty, I think Dr. Price needs to raise his *Prices!
*Just to be clear, I’m not referring to his children but the price of his Electrolyte Mix.
Short answer: there isn’t any!
But if I was to be really, really picky, I would ask Mr Price to change the packaging to pouches rather than sachets.
I don’t know about you but I’m more of a pouch type of guy.
To wrap things up, just a quick reminder to say that if you’re following the Keto diet, then you NEED to keep on top of your electrolytes.
I really can’t stress this enough.
And hopefully, by reading this article, you’ve found a supplement which meets your budget, taste buds and activity levels.
(If not, then I’ve done a pretty terrible job!)
For those of you haven’t actually read the full article and have just scrolled down to #1 (I know you’re lurking among us), you really can’t go wrong with Dr. Price’s Mix (Amazon).
It’s high-strength, affordable, great quality and gets my seal of approval.
Well that’s all for today folks.
I hope you’ve learned something new!
Have you tried any of the above supplements before?
Do you have any other suggestions of beating “Keto flu”?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.