Keto flu, keto crazies … and now “keto crotch” ?!? The side effects of strict ketogenic dieting keep piling up… and they’ve got smelly side effects. I was just as surprised as you, because after five years of my Keto-Green lifestyle, I’ve never experienced it or had anyone complain to me. I decided to do my own research on this curious subject that traditional keto dieters have been complaining about.
I explain keto flu in my new book The Hormone Fix. As your body gets used to burning ketones for fuel instead of glucose on a keto diet, you might experience flu-like symptoms such as headache, fatigue, nausea, or upset stomach for a few days.
I also talk about the keto crazies – and how a ketogenic diet that’s very carb restrictive can, at least temporarily, can make you feel cranky by messing with brain chemicals meant to stabilize your mood.
And now some keto-dieters are reporting an unpleasant odor emanating from their lady parts – dubbed “keto crotch”- supposedly triggered by staying on a strict and straight ketogenic diet. Yikes!Just thinking about this though makes me want to schedule a relaxing V-steam.
Before I go on, let me assure you that most people who follow my Keto-Green Diet, outlined in The Hormone Fix, do not experience any of these symptoms. I suspect that The reason is: my diet is alkalinizing. It includes plenty of alkalinizing vegetables (especially green veggies), fruits, and plant oils. Ultimately, going Keto-Green prevents the typical inconvenient side effects of strict keto dieting because it’s healthier for your body to be in an alkaline state.
When I polled my Magic Menopause and Keto-Green community, 94+ people reported never experiencing keto-crotch, 27+ had never even heard of it, 6+ were unsure and only 4+ said they have experienced it!
Although there’s no research connecting vaginal odor to keto dieting, many doctors believe that the smell may have to do with the acid/alkaline balance in your vagina.
A ketogenic diet can make your system – including your vagina - more acidic than usual because you’re eating a lot of acidic foods like meat and cheese, and not enough alkalinizing vegetables. This imbalance may be responsible for the odor.
Also, a strict keto diet may upset the ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria in your vagina. In a healthy vagina, infection-causing microorganisms are kept in check by an acid/alkaline balance and “friendly” bacteria. However, a keto diet that is low in alkaline foods, or even a stress-filled life, can throw off your internal chemistry, giving bad bacteria the chance to multiply. This can result in vaginal infections, such as bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis, both of which give off odors.
If you want to prevent this and other symptoms of traditional keto dieting, I offer the following tips:
If you detect an unusual smell “down there,” please see your doctor. An odor is an odor, and ruling out poor personal hygiene, it can be a sign of infection. While Keto-Green nutrition and lifestyle actions may help with infections and odors, it is important that you consult a physician if these odors are already present.
Since you keep hearing me harp on the power of eating alkalinizing vegetables, I’m sharing one of my favorite Keto-Green recipes to help your body reach an alkaline state. Dig in to this tasty Spring Cobb Salad and enjoy all the benefits Keto-Green has to offer (and prevent those smelly side effects of strict keto dieting).
Spring Cobb Salad
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
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