I’ve been following a ketogenic diet
The protocol calls for an “ancestral diet” (low carb/high fat), and I’ve been following a ketogenic diet (very lo carb/very high fat) for almost 3 years. I was doing great with it the first two years, and then started having digestive issues; more recently other symptoms. Lately, my stomach often feels so heavy after my afternoon meal that I can’t get up and move, or take my sunset walk on the beach. Tonight it kept me from my dance work, and from going to bed on time. (It’s almost 1am.) My huge brunch always feels fine. Second meal that creates digestive problems is lots of green or cruciferous vegetables sautéed in coconut oil and Kerry Gold butter, or a very large salad, and 3-4 ounces of animal protein. I tried Enzymedica’s Digest Gold with ATPro for a few months and got no relief. Now I’m taking Betaine Hydrochloric Acid with Pepsin with my meals, and that helps. I eat only twice a day, around 11am and 4-5pm, often have a cup of bone broth at night after my beach walk, when my stomach feels good. Other symptoms: though I’m in nutritional ketosis (producing ketones, which I should be burning for fuel instead of glucose), my fasted, waking blood sugar is high, around 95-100. A year ago, it was 70-90. That may have been because I was doing a lot of resistance training. Also, I tested my urine and saliva pH the last few days and they both jump around between 6 and 7.5, each more alkaline than what I believe is normal. Two years ago, on the same diet, my pH levels were great. And I just remembered that in my first year on the ketogenic diet, I lost about half of my gorgeous, super-thick, curly hair. It’s mostly grown back now, but much less curly, not as thick, and it’s still thin at the crown.
And my fingernails, which for these last few years were super-strong and grew really fast – started breaking and splitting this month. I thought I was in outstanding health, but suddenly all these symptoms appearing together are really disturbing. Is it the poor digestion? The mag protocol done wrong? I’m gradually adopting the mag and cp protocols, and I haven’t yet done the recommended testing. Regarding my digestive issues, I have blood type A+ (we don’t produce enough HCL). Any insights?