What Is Ketoacidosis and Keto Rash?
What Is Keto Acidosis and Keto Rash?
Ketoacidosis is a state of over production of ketones that causes changes in blood pH and leads to metabolic acidosis. it is commonly seen in uncontrolled Type 1 Diabetes, and as a side effect of alcohol intake, toxins and specific medicines. The possibility of reaching this state while following nutritional ketosis, with proper calculations of macros, is very rare, as the production and utilisation of ketones is very delicately balanced in nutritional ketosis.
In cases like Insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes, it has been observed that the production of insulin remains high, however its regulation is hampered because of which sugar is not readily broken down into energy molecules (ATP) resulting in a situation where the body feels like it has no energy.
In such cases, Keto diet can help in better regulation of insulin and since it is a low carb intake diet, it takes away the constant sugar rush that your body experiences on a normal glycogenic diet, giving your metabolism a chance to heal itself.
Your Ketogenic journey can give you the maximum benefit if you take a pre-planned cheat day once in every 60 to 90 days as it helps to boost the production of certain essential enzymes in your liver and reduces the chances of you experiencing any kind of side effects on long term ketosis.
Keto rash is a rare form of skin inflammation which can be caused by a ketogenic diet. The probability of developing keto rash is scarce. Not every rash that you may develop while following keto is keto rash (some just might be because you forgot to shower 😉).
The higher was your carbohydrate intake pre-keto, the higher was the inflammation and thus, the deeper may be such, infrequent effects of an anti-inflammatory keto diet.
A commonly recommended remedy for keto rash is to increase carbohydrate intake. However, such an advice is highly debated. It takes time for dead skin cells to be replaced by new ones and keeping your skin lubricated helps ease rash.
You must make sure to follow keto in a holistic and sustainable way to maximize the gains and minimize few and far between side effects.