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Do you experience arrhythmias after fasting? Here’s what you need to know.
0:00 Arrhythmia after breaking a fast
0:22 Why arrhythmias can occur after a fast
0:40 Insulin and electrolytes
1:08 How electrolytes are stored
2:03 How to help prevent arrhythmias after fasting
In this video, I want to talk to you about what you can do if you experience arrhythmia after breaking a fast. Arrhythmia is an abnormal heartbeat—this could be a palpitation or a skipped beat. Keep in mind that these are only my opinions. Check with your doctor before taking any of my advice.
Arrhythmias can often occur when you are not doing keto, but you’re doing fasting. If you do a long fast—say, over 48 hours—and then you consume a big high-carb meal. You may notice some problems in your body simply because you’re going to spike your insulin levels.
Insulin moves electrolytes from the blood to inside the cell. This causes a sudden shift in potassium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, and phosphorous. When this shift happens, you have significantly fewer electrolytes in the blood.
On top of this issue, you may already be deficient in electrolytes from fasting—particularly if you aren’t taking electrolytes regularly while on a fast.
This is a more common problem you may see if you are fasting for prolonged periods of time.
Here’s what you should do:
1. Stay on keto
2. Take electrolytes during your fast
3. Break long fasts with a smaller meal
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Thanks for watching. I hope this quick video helped clear up why you might have arrhythmias after a fast, and what you can do to prevent them from happening.