Keto Diet Facts & Tips

Why is my face getting swollen?

Very likely it’s caused by edema. This means there is too much fluid in the body (inside and outside of the cells).

This extra fluid is not just in the face and eyes, it’s in the

  • Heart

  • Liver

  • Cells

  • Ankles

This could happen if you’re on a low-protein diet, but this usually isn’t the problem.

There are two main types of edema:

  • Idiopathic (unknown cause)

  • Pathogenic (known cause like cirrhosis or diabetes)

The real cause of this issue is a high-carbohydrate diet.

  • The average American consumes an average of 250 to 400 grams of carbs per day (refined grains and sugar)

  • Each gram of carb holds 3 grams of water

  • High-carb diets create inflammation, which comes with fluid retention

  • High-carb diets cause you to retain salt, and with that you’re holding more fluid

  • High-carb diets deplete your potassium reserves (potassium helps get rid of fluid)

The simple fix to get rid of puffy eyes and a swollen face:

  • Bring your carbs down below 50 g (preferably 20 g) each day

  • Increase foods containing potassium (eat lots of veggies)

Last updated: Apr 05, 2023 00:28 AM