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Herbal Coffee Bulletproof: A Caffeine-free Treat!

Herbal Coffee Bulletproof: A Caffeine-free Treat!

Coffee that’s good for you We keto people just love our bulletproof anything!! But what happens when you realize that your adrenal glands are exhausted or your thyroid is imbalanced or your blood sugar is going on a rollercoaster?! That is the time to quit caffeine! (In case you are not familiar with the reasons why your should avoid caffeine read this great post!) But let’s say you know of all the reasons and you have been looking for an healthy alternative to coffee… Or you are trying to give up caffeine but do not really like herbal teas… Alas, quitting caffeine is not always as easy as we would like it to be..Sometimes we just need a cup of hot creamy, bittersweet deliciousness to hold in our hands in the morning….And wouldn’t it be fantastic if that deliciousness is good for your body? Using herbal coffee instead Herbal coffee can be pretty much as tasty as the real deal! I really like this Ayurvedic Roast! Ayurvedic Roast is a 100% Certified Organic herbal coffee substitute that tastes like real coffee with no caffeine. Brews like coffee, drinks like coffee, without the edge and side effects of caffeine. It is the best tasting herbal coffee alternative currently available, and includes three antioxidant, adaptogenic, and immunity-enhancing organic ayurvedic herbs. A delectable recipe for you to try! This is my own special version of bulletproof coffee made with super healthy ingredients that will boost your vitality and well being. A super healthy version of the classic bulletproof coffee made with health boosting ingredients. The results are especially delicious! Put all ingredients in a blender and bend on high for 30 seconds. Serve immediately! Continue reading >>

Stress And Ketosis

Stress And Ketosis

Have you ever experienced stress? What about stress and ketosis? I do not think there is a human alive today who is not subject to some degree of stress. Our modern world is full of stressors. We constantly need to keep up with fast-paced lifestyles, technology, information…our lives have lost the harmonic rhythm of nature, substituted by a man-made frantic pace! Every day the demands on our tie and attention are greater: job, family, kids, school, even just watching the news. You know how it feels, right? But do you know what it DOES? Did you realize that stress and ketosis are inversely proportional? Stress can kick us right out of ketosis, or can make it extremely difficult to stay in it. How cortisol affects ketosis Cortisol is the hormone of stress. It is released in the body as a response to our flight or fight mechanism. Which is perfectly fine when the stimulation is quick and intense. But what happens when we are subject to stress for long periods of time? cortisol levels never have a chance to decrease, and this leads to a whole series of negative effects: Cortisol breaks down protein for sugar, so it will start eating up your muscles. It will also eventually start breaking down bone tissue leading to osteoporosis Cortisol burns fat but at the same time increases visceral fat, which increases insulin resistance and raises inflammation. increases appetite and cravings! suppresses the immune system in multiple ways But the main way it affects ketosis is by its main function, which is to elevate sugar levels in the blood through gluconeogenesis! The effects of long-term stress Prolonged stress will imbalance your hormones, suppress thyroid and adrenal function and imbalance hormones! And these conditions are the result of it: Inability to concentrate Digestive Continue reading >>

Best Keto Supplements To Take For Weight Loss

Best Keto Supplements To Take For Weight Loss

Supplements can help promote good health or fill in any “gaps” we might be missing on a ketogenic diet. We’ve already talked about vitamins and minerals you may need to supplement on keto, but what about supplements specifically for weight loss? Below, we’ll cover the top supplements used by those eating ketogenic for weight loss and how to best use them. Exogenous Ketones Exogenous ketones are externally-made ketones you consume, meaning they aren’t created inside the body. Taking them can help you get into ketosis faster. And the faster you get into ketosis, the more you’ll aid weight loss efforts. There are three ketones created when we’re in ketosis, but beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) is the form used in exogenous ketones. By taking BHB, you’re giving your body an instant supply of ketones to use for fuel. They can also help you avoid some of the side effects of transitioning from eating carbs to eating fats. With the right exogenous ketones, you can get into ketosis more quickly than just eating a ketogenic diet alone (but you still must be eating for ketosis). However, not all ketone products are created equal, so let’s talk about the differences. How to Find Quality Exogenous Ketones Don’t just Google and purchase the first exogenous ketones product you find. The details matter. Here’s what to consider: Clean ingredients. Some products include a bunch of artificial flavors, fillers, gums, or binders. In fact, some will even contain carbs! This is neither good for you or good for ketosis. There’s a reason Perfect Keto Base has absolutely NO fillers, gums, sugars, or carbs—just pure ketones. 11.38 grams per serving, in fact. Quality ingredients. Source and quality matter! There’s no point in spending your hard-earned money on a ketone produc Continue reading >>

What Is A Keto Diet? (the Ketogenic Diet 101)

What Is A Keto Diet? (the Ketogenic Diet 101)

The Ketogenic Diet (also known as Keto) has gone mainstream, leaving many people (including me!) asking: What is a Keto Diet? After all, you’re seeing ripped bodybuilders, figure competitors, and even normal men and women who just lead busy lives shed massive amounts of weight through this things called Keto. What is it? Why do it? Is it sustainable? What are the benefits? What are the downsides? These, and many more questions, I’m going to answer in this article, so if you’re asking “what is a keto diet?” you will have all the information you need to decide if a Ketogenic Diet is for you, you’ll have all the tools you need to get started. Related Reading: How I lost 23 pounds & 20 inches in 60 days of Keto What Is A Ketogenic Diet? A Ketogenic Diet, also know as the Keto Diet, is a very high fat, very low carb, moderate protein diet that is very popular because it can cause you to lose body fat very fast, and study after study after study has linked Keto with benefits against cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and more. Eating Ketogenically involves cutting carbohydrate intake from 200-300g daily down to 20-50g daily and replacing those missing carbs with fat. Reducing carbohydrates this drastically puts your body in a state of Ketosis. Ketosis is a metabolic state in which you body uses fat for fuel, rather than carbohydrates. When you eat normally, when you consume more carbohydrates than you body needs to run for the next 24 hours or so, you body turns those excess carbs into fat and stores them as (unwanted) body fat. But if you cut the carbs in your diet drastically, your body enters Ketosis and starts burning that stored fat for fuel, resulting in better health and body composition for you. 4 Types of Ketogenic Diets Cutting your carbs sounds Continue reading >>

Comparing Perfect Keto Vs. Pruvit Keto//os

Comparing Perfect Keto Vs. Pruvit Keto//os

Exogenous ketones are becoming an extremely popular supplement for performance. They are brand new to the mainstream market so it makes perfect sense that there are a lot of questions about what’s important in a ketone product so that buyers can make an informed decision. This is the guide to compare Perfect Keto Base vs. Pruvit Keto//OS ketone products. Marketing and advertising claims can leave consumers feeling bewildered on what’s important and what is “healthy.” As with any purchase, it’s important to take a look at what it has to offer and make the best choice for your goals. Our aim is to keep it simple and break down the few significant differences and why they matter. There are three general categories of ketone supplements (perhaps four if you include products that use the term “keto” but don’t do anything for ketosis). Perfect Keto and Keto//OS are ketone salts. Important questions to ask when looking at ketone supplements are: Do they contain ketones? (Re: Raspberry ketones) Do they promote ketosis? Do they have artificial ingredients and fillers? Are there ingredients that I am intolerant of? (eg. soy, dairy, gluten) Let’s take a quick overview of the Perfect Keto and Pruvit ketone products, then dive in deeper to ingredients, product development, and price. Perfect Keto vs. Pruvit Keto//OS – Product Overview Keto//OS Overview The Keto//OS products are made by Pruvit and come in four different types: Keto//OS Max Maui Punch Keto//OS Max Swiss Cacao Keto//OS 3.0 Chocolate Swirl Keto//OS 2.1 Orange Dream Option for each: buying products “charged” (with added caffeine) or caffeine free. Perfect Keto Base Overview Perfect Keto Base comes in two flavors: Let’s dive into more the details of each – what they are, and how they’re made, Continue reading >>

The Morning Cocktail I Drink Instead Of Coffee

The Morning Cocktail I Drink Instead Of Coffee

Try this morning tea cocktail instead of coffee. It’s rocket fuel for the brain. I started experimenting with fat-plus-stimulant beverages in 1998 and 1999 while on the Cyclical Ketogenic Diet (CKD). For the above tea blend, I now add turmeric and ginger to the aged pu-erh, usually Rishi brand. The above video was shot while filming the parkour episode of The Tim Ferriss Experiment TV show. We filmed 13 episodes back-to-back and I needed a morning pick-me-up that could be prepared quickly but sustain me for hours. The tea prep might seem reminiscent of Bulletproof Coffee, and it is. They serve similar purposes. For this reason, I jokingly referred to the cocktail as “Titanium Tea” with the production crew. Alas, BP coffee looks like a delicious frappuccino, and my concoction looks like diabetic horse urine. Here’s why I still drink TT Horse Urine nearly every day: I’m a caffeine “fast metabolizer” according to genetic test results from 23andMe, Navigenics (since acquired), and personal experience. If I drink a cup of black coffee, I feel like a superhero for 30 minutes, then need two cups to get back to baseline. But… When I use a blend of — say — green tea and fermented black tea, I’m combining slightly different pharmacokinetics and biological half-lives, so respective peak plasma (blood) concentrations of stimulants and other compounds are staggered. Instead of one single high point and then a rapid descent into fatigue, I have multiple high points. Rather than feeling amazing for 30 minutes and then fatigued, I can feel 20% more effective for 3-4 hours. This can be extended further if I include a tea like yerba mate (I like Cruz de Malta), which includes three xanthine alkaloids. For our purposes, you can think of these three xanthines as “st Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet Faq: All You Need To Know

Ketogenic Diet Faq: All You Need To Know

Below is an list of the most commonly asked questions about the ketogenic diet. Simply click on the question you're interested in and it will take you right to the answer. If you have any more questions, please let me know by leaving a comment and I'll add it to the list! KetoDiet Basic Facts Foods & Diet Plans Health Concerns Troubleshooting 3 free diet plans to help you kickstart your diet, lose weight and get healthy Recipes, giveaways and exclusive deals delivered directly to your inbox A chance to win the KetoDiet app every week KetoDiet Basic Facts Why is it that conventional diets don't work? Most of us would say we get fat simply because we get lazy and eat more. But what if it's the other way round? What if we just get fat and as a result we eat more and become lazy? For the last decades we have been given wrong advice about nutrition and effects of fatty foods on putting on weight. What if the main problem is that due to our modern diets we cannot satisfy our appetite? A study on this subject concluded with a surprising result: the fatter people get, the more inactive they become, not the other way round. And what if the interests of the authorities offering advice are influenced by economic reasons? To learn more about this, I recommend you watch The Food Revolution on Youtube Ketogenic diets are, in fact, closely related to the Paleolithic diet. Both exclude carbohydrates and aim at eating real food. Today carbohydrates make the majority of our diet and have significant implications for our health including hormone balance. For example, insulin, which is responsible for storing fat in our body, is greatly affected by excessive carbohydrate consumption. Carbohydrates are without doubt the most fattening element in our diets. Based on studies performed over th Continue reading >>

Caffeine On A Ketogenic Diet: Friend Or Foe?

Caffeine On A Ketogenic Diet: Friend Or Foe?

Caffeine is one of the most popular ingredients worldwide. Although it provides many benefits, caffeine can have negative effects as well. Whether caffeinated beverages are mostly helpful, potentially counterproductive, or neutral for people on keto or low-carb diets is somewhat controversial. This article explores caffeine's effects on health in the context of a carb-restricted diet and makes recommendations for consuming it in a way that maximizes benefits while minimizing side effects. What is Caffeine, and How Does It Work? The scientific name for caffeine is 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine. Caffeine is the most common stimulant in the world, consumed by an estimated 80% of people worldwide and 90% of Americans on a daily basis (1, 2). Caffeine vs Other Stimulants Although some consider it a psychoactive drug because it stimulates the central nervous system (CNS), caffeine's mechanism is different from that of cocaine and other stimulants. These stimulants work primarily by binding to the dopamine transporter. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter (chemical messenger that transmits signals between nerve cells in the brain) that allows us to perceive pleasure, excitement, and reward. When cocaine binds to the dopamine transporter, it prevents the removal of dopamine from the nervous system, thus amplifying its effects. By contrast, although caffeine enhances dopamine activity, it works by blocking the effects of another neurotransmitter called adenosine, which causes relaxation and sleepiness. By binding to the brain's adenosine receptors, caffeine allows us to remain awake and alert (2). Which Foods, Beverages and Medications Contain Caffeine? Although caffeine occurs naturally in tea, chocolate, kola nut, and other plant foods, it's most often associated with coffee. In fact, its Continue reading >>

The Power Of The Ketogenic Diet With Dr. Dom D’agostino

The Power Of The Ketogenic Diet With Dr. Dom D’agostino

Dr. Dominic “Dom” D’Agostino is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, and a senior research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). Why people frown so much on the ketogenic diet? Most people don’t like it because of a lack of education, even in the nutrition branch. The diet can help a lot with overcoming type II diabetes and obesity. It’s not really feasible for most because there is too much restriction. The diet contains a lot of saturated fat, which scares away most people. Doctors are not really educated on nutrition, because it doesn’t fit in their busy schedule. Nutrition is the pillar of good health, but we lack studies. The studies are hard to do and really expensive. Without research, there’s no evidence for doctors. 10% of the population could benefit from a ketogenic diet. 40% of the population could follow a modified ketogenic diet that keeps the ketones in the blood elevated. What can you use the diet for? There are many applications for athletes. It’s not optimal for every endurance athlete. People over 40 would respond really well. How much protein intake do you need? It takes1 to 1.5g per kg per day to stay in nutritional ketosis. Too much protein causes the ketones to decrease. If you have a fast metabolism (ectomorph), then you need 2g per kg per day. A typical ketogenic diet has a 4:1 ratio, so 4 parts fats, 1 part of protein and carbs. In a modified Atkins diet, the amount of protein is increased to 25 to 35%. Eric Kossoff is the leader of the modified diet for people with seizures. Impact of ketogenic diet on type I diabetes Dom has a student in his class with type I diabetes. That student found tha Continue reading >>

Perfect Cup Of Ketoproof Coffee

Perfect Cup Of Ketoproof Coffee

Ketoproof coffee is quite a bit healthier than your average breakfast, and it has the calories to match. Commonly used in intermittent fasting, ketoproof coffee gives plenty of energy and a great satiated feeling throughout the morning fasting hours. Now, I want to explain this further. Drinking this coffee will break your fast from the night time, but it will ramp up your metabolism with caffeine and fats. This is to help you get through the fasting process in the 10+ hours ahead. Personally, I drink 2 cups of this in the morning – fast all day – and eat at 9pm. If you’re only using this for breakfast, and still eating a lunch, then it’s not really intermittent fasting. Our favorite brew is made with a pour over and goose-neck kettle. I chose the Bonavita Variable Temp Kettle because it’s on the cheaper side for the quality that you can get. If you’re a coffee lover, it’s definitely worth the splurge! For the pour over, we have an Osaka “Lake Masu” Pour over. It’s really just for the design – I think it looks fantastic. You can easily get a cheap one here that’ll do the same exact thing though. Don’t forget that you’ll most likely need some coffee filters, too. If you’re not a morning person and just want a quick and easy cup of coffee, you can always consider a Keurig Coffee Maker. I’ve owned numerous in the past and they’re great machines if you want convenience. It doesn’t take up much more room than a regular coffee maker and you can usually get small drawers or stands that will hold the k-cups for you. Plus, you can switch up the flavors with just about any type you want! Even though k-cups have come a long way on consumer safety and ecological factors, you still might want to grind your own fresh coffee. Luckily, you can grab a Continue reading >>

Keto Os Review

Keto Os Review

Created by Prüvit, Keto OS, which stands for Ketone Operating System, is a “revolutionary drink mix based on a proprietary ketone energy technology. It delivers advanced macro nutritionals and promotes optimized cellular regeneration, energy and longevity.” [1] Also known as the keto diet, KETO OS is a line of supplements that promise to turbocharge your metabolism and send your body into ketosis without resorting to the draconian no-carb, all-fat diet. The History of Ketones Known for centuries, it wasn’t until a hundred years ago that ketones (Beta-hydroxybutyrate) were used to treat seizures in kids with epilepsy. A “neuroprotective effect” was produced, which calms the nervous system. Soon researchers were exploring an expanded use of ketones to help with mental, emotional and cognitive health, according to Prüvit spokesperson Andra “Dr. Andy” Campitelli , a naturopathic doctor. She says ketone use was expanded as a tool to enhance athletic performance. Ketones result when the body burns fat for fuel. [2] Prüvit on Better Business Bureau There are two Prüvit profiles on the Better Business Bureau site, one in Indiana and one in Texas. Both sell Prüvit products, but have no website link. The Texas profile has an F rating, mostly for lack of response to customer complaints about return issues. The Indiana profile has an A rating, but no reviews or complaints, and it’s only been open a year. Neither profile lists the CEO the same as the website. There is no phone contact on either the Prüvit website or the Texas BBB profile, only an “Ask a Question” form that goes via email. The Indiana profile does have a phone number: (812) 631-4282. [3] [4] [5] What Keto OS Does? So Prüvit claims Keto OS supplementation helps shed fat, build a better body Continue reading >>

5 Supplements To Help Support A Ketogenic Diet

5 Supplements To Help Support A Ketogenic Diet

This post is brought to you by NowFoods® All Opinions expressed are 100% My own. **Post contains affiliate links** Ketogenic Diet If you have not started to hear the buzz that is starting to getting louder and louder around the web about the amazing results people are seeing from following a ketogenic diet – then you might want to get out a bit more… LOL The Ketogenic lifestyle is continuing to gain serious momentum as more and more people gravitate to this lifestyle change. It is a very effective way to maximize weight loss and see serious results. The Ketogenic diet is designed to help you shift your body from burning glucose {created from carbohydrate intake} as the main source of energy and fuel to burning fat for fuel and energy – this shift is revered to as Ketosis. – VERY simply put. If you want to read more in-depth scientific research and information – check this article out on bodybuilding.com When making the shift from being a “glucose burner” to a “fat burner,” these key supplements will help you make a smoother transition. Caffeine: Your body has been trained for fast fuel – Sugar and Carbohydrates break down very quickly and provide energy instantaneously. When you make the switch to being a fat burner, the switch is going to take some time. And you are going to feel sluggish and slow in the mean time. Caffeine will help you bridge the gap. But I promise once your body has fully transitioned to being a fat burner- you will have more energy and stamina than ever before!! Being a fat burner is the best energy source ever! Try a Pre-Workout Fuel, Fat Burner, Coffee, or tea in the interim. Supplement Your Greens: Once you transition to getting 75% of your calories from fat the obvious lack of greens can be a serious issue. Make sure that y Continue reading >>

The Best Of Gary Taubes Recent Ama On Reddit

The Best Of Gary Taubes Recent Ama On Reddit

Gary Taubes recently did an AMA on Reddit. For those of you unfamiliar with an “AMA”, it’s essentially an extended Q&A with a notable figure. Since we’re big fans of Gary here on the site, we thought we’d feature a few of his most popular answers. Without further ado, here you go. Check it out. The Best of Gary Taubes AMA on Reddit Question #1 Sweet Little Lies – paintinginacave Hello Mr. Taubes. In your article “Sweet Little Lies” you talk a lot about the history of the sugar lobby, especially one report that was stacked with sugar industry lobbyists and came to the conclusion that sugar was regarded GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe). I have a few questions about this. You claim that there was plenty of evidence at the time that sugar should NOT be labelled as GRAS. Do you think that it should not be? As in, it is toxic enough to be banned as an added substance in our food? On a related note, do you think it would be realistic at this point to partially or completely ban sugar? What do you think about mayor Bloomberg’s large-size soda ban in NYC? If government intervention/regulation is not the answer, what is? Education? Answer The GRAS review was fascinating because there was indeed plenty of evidence suggesting that sugar was not safe, but the question to some extent was whether it was “generally recognized as safe”, which it was. What amazes me about all this is that there was no mechanism for these GRAS reviews to say, “hey, this is a tricky issue, we need more research done and will postpone our decision until we have unambiguous evidence.” Instead, they just gave sugar a pass because evidence was not definitive and most experts were obsessed with dietary fat. As for banning sugar, I can’t see that ever happening and I’m not sure it Continue reading >>

Keto 101 – A Beginners Guide To The Ketogenic Diet

Keto 101 – A Beginners Guide To The Ketogenic Diet

How to start a ketogenic diet – All the resources you need to safely and effectively get started with a keto diet. Republished with permission from our friends at Authority Nutrition. Original article here. Check out some of my other favorite low carb keto resources: How to start a ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that offers many health benefits. Once you learn about the ketogenic diet and how to get started, be sure to check out this Ultimate Keto Resource Guide to help you every step of the way on your new ketogenic lifestyle. Over 20 studies show that this type of diet can help you lose weight and improve health (1). Ketogenic diets may even have benefits against diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease (2, 3, 4, 5). This article is a detailed beginner’s guide to the ketogenic diet. It contains everything you need to know. What is a Ketogenic Diet? The ketogenic diet (often termed keto) is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake, and replacing it with fat. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When this happens, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain (6, 7). Ketogenic diets can cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels. This, along with the increased ketones, has numerous health benefits (6, 8, 9, 10, 11). Bottom Line: The ketogenic diet (keto) is a low-carb, high-fat diet. It lowers blood sugar and insulin levels, and shifts the body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat and ketones. Different Types of Ketogenic Diets There are several ver Continue reading >>

Ketosis – The “cheat”; Raspberry Ketones Are Useless

Ketosis – The “cheat”; Raspberry Ketones Are Useless

So first off I’d like to change my description of a Ketogenic diet. I have been referring to it as “The Nuclear Option” since it’s sort of a last-ditch final effort to lose weight. Over on a reddit thread there was a great write up about how when you force your body into ketosis, you are deliberately creating a (non-fatal) deficiency in a (mostly) essential nutrient: carbohydrates (glucose). Yep, that’s exactly it. Our bodies have the ability to run on carbohydrates, amino acids and fatty acids; essentially we’ll take anything we can get so as to not starve. Ultimately any time you lose weight it simply comes down to your body using/burning more energy than you recently consumed so it’s forced to use reserves. You have some glucose reserves in your liver and muscles, protein that can be broken down into glucose in your liver; and you have fat. Some cells burn fat just fine, most would rather use glucose. Traditional weight loss (just less calories) works because as you have a calorie deficit, your body will eventually convert stored fat into energy. Some will be made into glucose via Gluconeogenesis, some will be made into ketone “bodies”. Specifically forcing your body into a state where it is mostly doing the ketones is the cheat. Here’s how I normally play a video game: I’ll start it out normal, playing along, collecting ammo and dying every once in a while. After a few days of 1-2 hours playing in the time I can get, I’ll start to notice that I need to concentrate on other stuff (kids, wife, yard, etc…) so I’ll find the cheat codes, give myself all the weapons, ammo, health, the ability to fly and walk through walls; all the good stuff. Then I plow through the rest of the game and I’m done. I think Unreal Tournament 2004 was one of the Continue reading >>

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