Do you have keto rash? Here’s what could be causing it and what to do about it.
0:10 What happens when you start the keto diet
0:25 What causes keto rash
0:54 Bile salts
2:20 Prurigo pigmentosa
2:58 A deficiency in B2
4:03 What you could do
In this video, we’re going to talk about keto rash. This is an updated video on the topic because I wanted to give you a little bit more of an understanding of what really causes keto rash.
When you go on a keto diet, you make several changes. You typically wouldn’t make changes to the amount of protein you eat, but you would make changes to the amount of carbs and fats you eat.
It may be the increase in dietary fat that’s causing the keto rash because your body needs time to adjust to the amount of fat you’re consuming. If you’re taking in a lot of fat, but you don’t have the ability to digest it, that’s when there can be a problem.
Bile salts are made by the liver and are stored in the gallbladder. The purpose of bile salts is to break down fat and to help extract fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids from the fat you eat. If you don’t have enough bile, you could end up with:
• Low vitamin A
• Low vitamin D
• Low vitamin E
There is another skin condition that sometimes appears when people start the keto diet called prurigo pigmentosa. This skin condition also sometimes occurs after someone has their gallbladder removed, or if the person has problems with their bile ducts. Adding purified bile salts to the diet may help with this skin problem.
A deficiency in B2 (riboflavin) is also connected to keto rash. Another name for B2 is vitamin G.
A few things about B2:
• B2 is a cofactor in fat metabolism.
• When you add more fat to the diet, the requirement for B2 goes up.
• B2 can help support the liver.
• A big symptom of a B2 deficiency is pellagra, which can give you a skin rash.
What you could do:
• Take purified bile salts right after each meal
• Try reducing the amount of fats you consume
Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 55, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg’s Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.