Hi, my husband has been eating Ketogenic off & on for about a year now. But when he does his hands tingle at night & go numb. It is very painful for him. If he eats carbs it doesn’t happen. Any ideas? He supplements magnesium & potassium.
Also I have strictly eaten Keto for 18 months now. I have a terrible itch at the from of my scalp. I don’t have dandruff, just a bad itch. Thank you
Pain and numbness are not symptoms to ignore. I recommend speaking with a doctor or health professional about this issue. The keto diet is not for everyone, and you and your husband will want to make sure that there are not any undiagnosed (or diagnosed) health issues that may make this an unsafe diet for you or him.
That being said, it’s possible that the numbness an tingling are symptoms of a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Foods rich in B12 include: clams, mussels, lobster, crab, octopus, tuna, cod, sardines, mackerel, salmon, liver, beef, lamb, cheese and eggs. If you consider a supplement, be sure to check the quality of the supplement, as poor quality can make the problem worse.
As for the itchy scalp, it’s possible that you have a keto rash.There are all sorts of theories behind causes of the keto rash, but basically, since your sweat contains more acetone than it used to, it can be irritating your body as it exits and then dries on your body. Is this a spot that you sweat from? Are you doing physical exercise on the days that it is happening?
Try showering as soon as you have stopped sweating. This may help with the irritation. Also you should benefit from adding foods with anti-inflammatory effects. These include bone broth, fatty fish (or a fish oil supplement), or a superfood anti-inflammatory supplement. I would also recommend having your blood sugar checked by a medical professional.