Amino Acids And Ketosis

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In this video I discuss what are amino acids, what are amino acids made of, and what do amino acids do in the body. I also cover what are peptide bonds, polypeptide chains, how amino acids form proteins, some functions of amino acids, and what are amino acids used to build. Transcript We are going to start by looking at the molecular structure of a typical amino acid, dont worry, I am going to make it easy to understand. The basic structure of amino acids is that they consist of a carboxyl group, a lone hydrogen atom, an amino group, and a side chain, which is often referred to as an R-group. The formation of the side chain is what makes amino acids different from one another. As you can see in this diagram, these 4 are all connected to a carbon atom, which is referred to as the alpha carbon. Not every amino acid follows this exact structure, but, most do. On the screen I have 3 different amino acids, lysine, tryptophan, and leucine. You can see that each has a carboxyl group, an alpha carbon, a amino group, and an R-group that is different from each other. There are 23 total amino acids that are proteinogenic. Proteinogenic amino acids are precursors to proteins, which means they

Ketogenic Amino Acids

Amino acids which also called the building blocks of life have a gigantic role in our lives as well as the general state of our health. Amino acids are classified into more than 20, although in fact, there are hundreds. They are taken for the purpose of enhancing recovery from illness, concentration, energy, as well as general performance. Essential Amino Acids the body cannot make them, so they must be in the diet. These are acids such as for instance arginine, lysine, leucine, tryptophan, etc. Nonessential Amino Acids the body is usually able to produce the following amino acids: alanine, aspartic Acid, glutamine, serine, etc. Conditionally Essential These amino acids are essential if your body is under extreme stress, and they are obtained from food or supplements: arginine, tyrosine, taurine, etc. Classification as per the charge and polarization of the side chains (R-Group) Nonpolar or Hydrophobic Side Chains: alanine, phenylalanine, proline, tryptophan, etc. Glycogenic: these amino acids are able to be converted over into glucose, and they are as follows: arginine, aspartic acid, glycine, etc. Ketogenic: these amino acids have the ability of conversion into ketones, in contr Continue reading >>

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  1. NewdestinyX

    Is moderate Ketosis too much?

    Hey gang,
    For dieting reasons I've recently started an Atkins styled approach. It's modified in that I sorta blend Phase 1 and 2(which adds nuts and more dairy) with a little bit of 'potatoes' (from Phase 3). No grains at all no fruit juices at all. I stay under 30g of carbs a day without fail. In the first 5 days I'm down 6.5 lbs -- after having been on an extended plateau for 6 months caused by taking too much basal insulin AND by still allowing myself some grains in the form of Sugar Free treats from different companies.
    So this modified Atkins is working. Cool!. BUT I picked up Ketosis sticks the other day to verify whether or not I'm in full Ketosis (not to be confused with Ketoacidosis which is VERY bad for diabetics). I had heard on several forums that it's good to get yourself so the read out is between 'trace' to 'low' and that means you're where Atkins wants you for fat burning. But I was surprised to not that I'm in the MODERATE zone for sure -- with the color coding and at the 15 second mark after passing thru urine stream. Even on a very 'liberal' Atkins program that is not following it to a tee... I've achieved and agressive ketosis. That explains the nearly 1 pound of weight loss a day so far..
    My question is -- is 'moderate' on the read too TOO MUCH ketosis. Should I add back some carbs to slow that down? Am I endangering myself at all for the dreaded 'ketoacidosis' by being at this level of ketosis?
    Thanks for your input!

  2. jwags

    I think you are confusing ketoacidosis which is caused by very high bgs and dehydration, usually in Type 1's but can happen in Type 2's ( rarely). Usually bgs are quite high . When you are on a ketogenic diet you start to use fat for fuel ( energy). That is why you lose weight. Bein on a ketogenic diet does not lead to ketoacidosis. Go to Jenny's Low Carb Blog, she discusses all aspects of very low carb diet and what to expect

  3. furball64801

    When I was Atkins I never was concerned with it, felt the best in my life if only I have the determination again, you never know I might wake up and say this is the day.

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In this video I discuss the basics of what are complete proteins and incomplete proteins, and what essential and non essential amino acids are. I also discuss what are standard amino acids in the amino acids list, and some of the functions of proteins. Transcript (partial with notes). Amino acids are molecules that make up proteins. Protein consumption is important because protein has many functions in the body, such as being used to make enzymes, hormones, build and maintain tissues, construct transport proteins, which transport fats throughout the body, and make antibodies, which help neutralize some bacteria and viruses in the body. There are 20 different standard amino acids that your body requires for healthy function. These amino acids are often classified as essential and non-essential amino acids. Nonessential amino acids are amino acids that our bodies can produce even if we dont get them from the food we eat. There are 11 non essential amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body, so, they must come from foods we eat. There are 9 essential amino acids. So, when we eat foods that contain protein, in essence we are eating amino acids, however, not all prote

Ketogenic Amino Acids | Optimising Nutrition

Lately, Ive seen a number of common themes come up at low carb conferences and online. The contentious questions tend to run along the lines of: I did really well on a low carb diet initially, but my fat loss seems to have stalled. What gives? What should I do now? If protein is insulinogenic should I actively avoid protein as well as carbs if my goal is to reduce insulin because low insulin = weight loss? If eating more fat helped kick start my weight loss journey, then why does eating more fat seem to make me gain weight now? This article outlines some quantitative parameters around these contentious questions and helps you chose the most appropriate nutritional approach. the importance of monitoring blood glucose levels Coming from a diabetes headspace, Ive seen firsthand the power of a low carb diet in reducing blood glucose and insulin levels. As a Type 1 Diabetic, my wife Moni has been above to halve her insulin dose with a massive improvement in energy levels, body composition and mood. If your blood glucose levels are high, then chances are your insulin levels are also high. Insulin is the hormonal switch that causes us to store excess energy as body fat in times of plenty Continue reading >>

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  1. don_air77

    3 Weeks ago, I was told I am a type 2 diabetic. My A1C was 7.0, and my triglycerides, and blood pressure were both really high. Needless to say, I went full panic mode, and started reading about Keto. When I got home from the doctor's office, I went cold turkey and followed the plan. I've been eating very well, and am down over 20 pounds (I started at 330). My Blood sugars are perfect, reading a 4.2-4.4 in the mornings, and around 5.0 after meals.
    My problem is my blood pressure. It's not going down. It's now sitting around 150/100. Should I be patient, or has anyone tried to follow the program of doing LCHF with low salt? It is going to severely change my diet if I have to do that.

  2. anbeav

    It's been 3 weeks, it took decades to get where you are, you need to give it time. Educate yourself. Very few people have salt sensitive hypertension. Also many seem to misunderstand sodium on keto. It's not net more, it's more to account for losses, net same sodium to maintain equilibrium

  3. killerbee26

    My blood pressure was almost normal when I started Keto, and after a year of keto it started to go up. It eventually hit 160/100.
    I took action 3 weeks ago, and now it is down to a average of 130/75, and some measurements come back at 120/75. It is still on a downward trend.
    I made two mistakes that drove up my blood pressure. I started drinking way to much alcohol on the weekends, and I was not eating enough foods high in potassium and magnesium. I stopped drinking alcohol, and started eating more foods high in potassium and magnesium, and it has made a huge difference in the last 3 weeks.

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Moof's Medical Biochemistry Video Course: http://moof-university.thinkific.com/... In this video, I depict and explain the pathway of the amino acids degraded to Acetyl-CoA. There are seven amino acids degraded to Acetyl-CoA: Tryptophan, Lysine, Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Leucine, Isoleucine, and Threonine. For a suggested viewing order of the videos, information on tutoring, personalized video solutions, and an opportunity to support Moof University financially, visit MoofUniversity.com, and follow Moof University on the different social media platforms. Don't forget to LIKE, COMMENT, and SUBSCRIBE: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c...

Hacking Amino Acid Supplements To Enhance Ketosis : Keto

I was watching a khan academy video on amino acid metabolism to understand how to hack ketosis better and limit the amount that insulin goes up. There are ketogenic vs. glucogenic amino acids. Ketogenic AAs (lysine, leucine) can only be converted to acetyl CoA. Glucogenic AAs (almost all the rest) can only be converted into glucose precursors (OAA and pyruvate). Couple questions on this: When taking a BCAA supplement, wouldn't it make sense to just do leucine/lysine, because then an overabundance wouldn't contribute to gluconeogenesis? When we say that protein brings us out of ketosis, is that because the amino acids themselves stimulate insulin, or is it that they lead to gluconeogenesis which stimulates insulin? If the latter is the case, we could hack that by taking leucine/lysine supplements pre-workout and not worrying about an insulin or blood sugar increase. In fact, if Leucine/lysine are in excess, is it valid to hypothesize that they would convert to B-Hydroxybutyrate in much the same way that MCTs do? Both of which go to the liver and are converted to acetyl-CoA. Continue reading >>

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  1. AMeyer05

    I'm somewhat confused by your doctors reasoning? I had a stillborn at 22w in February. We are currently 14w pregnant again and my high risk doctor told me that at 16w I will start progesterone shots and that I have to do them every week until 36w. He said they are not recommended until week 16? It was always my understanding that early miscarriages were due to issues in the pregnancy and that nothing could be done if you were having one? They even told me this when they deemed my first pregnancy a "threatened miscarriage" at 17w. I would seek a second opinion personally. I would be concerned about being taken off of progesterone as well! Best of luck momma :)

  2. sesame16

    Thanks for getting back to me. I'm sorry to hear about your loss.
    My understanding from my doctor is that at 12 weeks the placenta takes over as it should be producing enough progesterone that the suppositories are redundant...

    I have heard of other moms starting progesterone later on for other reasons (much like you) so I find it very confusing.

  3. petrap14

    I have had 2 miscarriages because of low progesterone. I will be 12 wks this coming Thursday and last Friday my dr said I could stop taking the progesterone at 12 wks bc the placenta has taken over. She also said I could have some spotting. Hope this helps.

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