Many people are turning to a ketogenic (or “keto”) style of eating these days in order to lose weight and gain energy and mental clarity. In many ways, this style of eating is very compatible with float therapy and floating may even help you to get through the first few weeks as your body adapts to ketosis.
- Replace lost magnesium
For most people, eating “keto” is a huge departure from how they were fueling their bodies before making the switch over to ketogenic diet. In the beginning, the body has to learn how to burn fat for energy instead of glucose. As the body gets used to this change, it may lose a lot of water. With that water, salt and magnesium will be lost as well. For that reason, while it’s important to drink water, it’s also important to incorporate salt and magnesium. Float therapy is a very effective way to absorb magnesium. It may even be a better way, since some people are unable to absorb magnesium through the digestive tract.
- Clear the brain fog
Many people complain about “fuzzy brain syndrome” during the first few weeks of keto. Every body adapts differently to switching from a diet where most calories come from carbs to a fat-fueled diet. Most people eventually report improved brain function on a ketogenic diet. However, during the first few weeks of transitioning to a ketogenic lifestyle, float therapy can help with alleviating some of the brain fog.
- Alleviate muscle cramping
Some people experience muscle cramping, especially in the legs, during the first few weeks of following a ketogenic diet. The reason for this may be that ketosis causes a reduction in water weight. Glycogen, which is the form in which glucose is stored in the muscle and the liver, binds water. During ketosis, this gets flushed out of the body, which can also cause a loss of minerals, including magnesium. Float pods are full of magnesium and the body actually absorbs magnesium very efficiently through the skin. By replenishing magnesium, you can alleviate leg cramping.
- Difficult sleeping
During the first few weeks of eating keto, some people complain of difficulty sleeping. Not everyone experiences this particular side-effect, but if you do, you may find that float therapy can provide relief. By taking away stimulation and allowing the body to experience profound relaxation, we push a “reset” body which allows most people to achieve a deep, restorative sleep. You may even find yourself dosing off in the pod – don’t worry – you won’t drown and float naps are exceptionally rejuvenating.
- Mindsetting for your new healthy lifestyle
If you have chosen to explore a ketogenic way of eating, you are probably already committed to living your best possible life. Floating is great for helping us to sort out in our heads what matters from what doesn’t. We like to say, “If it matters, it will rise to the surface.” You may go into the float tank with a head full of distractions and come out much clearer about what is important to you, what your goals are and what you hope to achieve. This clear and focused mindset is essential for being successful in living a healthy life. It’s so much easier to stick to our plans and make the best choices when we are clear on our purpose and path.