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The Fat-fueled Brain: Unnatural Or Advantageous?

Disclaimer: First things first. Please note that I am in no way endorsing nutritional ketosis as a supplement to, or a replacement for medication. As you’ll see below, data exploring the potential neuroprotective effects of ketosis are still scarce, and we don’t yet know the side effects of a long-term ketogenic diet. This post talks about the SCIENCE behind ketosis, and is not meant in any way as medical advice. The ketogenic diet is a nutritionist’s nightmare. High in saturated fat and VERY low in carbohydrates, “keto” is adopted by a growing population to paradoxically promote weight loss and mental well-being. Drinking coffee with butter? Eating a block of cream cheese? Little to no fruit? To the uninitiated, keto defies all common sense, inviting skeptics to wave it off as an unnatural “bacon-and-steak” fad diet. Yet versions of the ketogenic diet have been used to successfully treat drug-resistant epilepsy in children since the 1920s – potentially even back in the biblical ages. Emerging evidence from animal models and clinical trials suggest keto may be therapeutically used in many other neurological disorders, including head ache, neurodegenerative diseases, Continue reading >>

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    Metabolic Acidosis

    Hyperkalemia

    Medicine and Healthcare



    What are hyperkalemia and metabolic acidosis?




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    Hyperkalemia = high potassium levels in the blood. Commonly due to renal failure- kidneys not able to get rid of potassium so it builds up in your body. Hyperkalemia can be fatal because it causes heart arrhythmias including ventricular fibrillation.

    Metabolic acidosis is also a result of renal failure and is due to the kidneys not being able to excrete enough acid. Normally the pH of your blood is 7.35–7.45, so anything below 7.35 is considered ‘acidosis'. Metabolic in this case simply means caused by the kidneys, as opposed to ‘respiratory' acidosis which is due to airway obstruction and not being able to breathe out enough CO2

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