Acid Ketosis

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There is a lot of confusion about the term ketosis among medical professionals as well as laypeople. It is important to understand when and why nutritional ketosis occurs, and why it should not be confused with the metabolic disorder we call ketoacidosis. Ketosis is a metabolic state where the liver produces small organic molecules called ketone bodies. Most cells in the body can use ketone bodies as a source of energy. When there is a limited supply of external energy sources, such as during prolonged fasting or carbohydrate restriction, ketone bodies can provide energy for most organs. In this situation, ketosis can be regarded as a reasonable, adaptive physiologic response that is essential for life, enabling us to survive periods of famine. Nutritional ketosis should not be confused with ketoacidosis, a metabolic condition where the blood becomes acidic as a result of the accumulation of ketone bodies. Ketoacidosis can have serious consequences and may need urgent medical treatment. The most common forms are diabetic ketoacidosis and alcoholic ketoacidosis. What Is Ketosis? The human body can be regarded as a biologic machine. Machines need energy to operate. Some use gasoline, Continue reading >>

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  1. Rhapsody

    Why does citric acid knock some people out of ketosis???
    Does it have anything to do with the KREB cycle?

  2. Sheesh

    Citric acid plays a key part in the Kreb Cycle (aka the "Citric Acid Cycle"), simply because it the 6-carbon molecule that pretty much starts the cycle is indeed Citric Acid (acetyl-coa combines with oxaloacetate to form the citric acid, and this is the first step of the cycle).
    But, no, it's not going to knock you out of ketosis.

  3. spike1205

    Sheesh--from what ive read (or atleast rememebr) citric acid does/can knock you out of ketosis. I dont know the research on it and tend to believe it is more likely other ingredients in foods containing citric acid (ie aspartame in diet sodas) but i have read repeatedly that citric acid does and can --Rhaps--i sont have a clue how

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