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Balancing a Low-Carb Diet

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Three problems may arise when practicing a low-carb diet.

Balancing a low carb diet

1. Ketosis: This can alter your body biochemistry, which increases the need for essential nutrients.

2. Ketosis may require specific nutrients to work properly.

3. Low-carb diets are not thought to be balanced diets. Consequently, not all necessary nutrients are provided in the foods a low carb dieter does consume.

Your best bet is to do some research and learn what nutrients are essential so you can supply your body with necessary nutrients to compensate for the changes in your diet.

Pay particular attention to the vitamins that aid brain metabolism and energy metabolism. Potassium is one of these. As the most abundant mineral in the body, potassium is the key to proper kidney function as well as central in cardiac, skeletal and smooth muscle contraction.

Over-the-counter potassium supplements usually contain around 99 milligrams per tablet. The average American diet provides 2 to 6 grams of potassium per day, so you see an average diet may not require potassium. A low carb diet, however, could use a boost of this important supplement.

If your doctor has already prescribed a potassium formula, do follow his or her recommendation.

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