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Exogenous Ketones And Depression

#018 Keto Prime, Depression + Carb Ups, And Keto Side Effects

#018 Keto Prime, Depression + Carb Ups, And Keto Side Effects

Solo episode, chatting about exogenous ketones, what to do when you experience depression after a carb-up, steps on removing birth control, how to test ketones, side effects of keto, and how long to do keto until you decide it’s not working for you. TOPICS:: ** Bulletproof Keto Prime. (05:46) ** Depression after a carb-up. (16:09) ** Side effects of going keto. (26:22) ** How to know when keto isn’t working. (38:34) NOTES:: Show notes: healthfulpursuit.com/podcast/e18. Leave a review at healthfulpursuit.com/review. Episode suggestions: [email protected] PARTNERS:: Get nourished with Vital Proteins: amzn.to/2sEKNKQ. Paleovalley instant 20% off: paleovalley.com/keto. Thrive Market Free Almond Butter (US-only): thrivemarket.com/hp. SHOW LINKS:: Start your high-fat, keto life: bit.ly/TheKetoBundle. Free 7-day keto meal plan: healthfulpursuit.com/ketomeal. Bulletproof chocolate fuel bars: bit.ly/2jtMBPl. Bulletproof keto prime: bit.ly/2j7KkJf. 30-day keto experience video: healthfulpursuit.com/jyf2W. Continue reading >>

My Thoughts On Exogenous Ketones

My Thoughts On Exogenous Ketones

Should you supplement with exogenous ketones? What are the benefits? Which product is best? Are there people that shouldn’t use exogenous ketones? There is so much health information out there that when you want to determine whether or not something is good for you it can be challenging to know what’s what. Magic pills, super supplements and promises to a better life are yours for three payments of two hundred dollars. I do not wish to add to the aggravation, which is why I never endorsed exogenous ketones. Then, my mind was changed by many of you. Now, I can say that I’ve personally experimented with this ketogenic supplement and see that it can be helpful for some ketogenic people. Not sure what exogenous ketones are? Basically, they’re a supplement that deepens your state of ketosis by providing supplemental ketones. They can be especially helpful for kicking keto flu and assisting your body in becoming adapted. If you decide to supplement with exogenous ketones, my personal choice is Perfect Keto exogenous ketones. Why Perfect Keto? Well, to start, they are offering us an exclusive 15% off your first order of their exogenous ketones with the coupon code HEALTHFUL. So there’s something. BENEFITS TO EXOGENOUS KETONE SUPPLEMENTATION After personally trying Perfect Keto’s exogenous ketones, I see how they could be extremely useful for those dealing with things like: the keto flu, various conditions preventing certain people from going ketosis (fibromyalgia, thyroid, etc.), needing ketones for therapeutic purposes (for epilepsy, cancer, etc.), beginners on keto trying to get into ketosis for the first time, and those who need to extend a fast for medical reasons. What exogenous ketones are NOT is an absolute fix-everything supplement because not everyone need Continue reading >>

The Current Status Of The Ketogenic Diet In Psychiatry

The Current Status Of The Ketogenic Diet In Psychiatry

Go to: Abstract Background The ketogenic diet (KD) has been used in treatment-resistant epilepsy since the 1920s. It has been researched in a variety of neurological conditions in both animal models and human trials. The aim of this review is to clarify the potential role of KD in psychiatry. Results The search yielded 15 studies that related the use of KD in mental disorders including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These studies comprised nine animal models, four case studies, and two open-label studies in humans. In anxiety, exogenous ketone supplementation reduced anxiety-related behaviors in a rat model. In depression, KD significantly reduced depression-like behaviors in rat and mice models in two controlled studies. In bipolar disorder, one case study reported a reduction in symptomatology, while a second case study reported no improvement. In schizophrenia, an open-label study in female patients (n = 10) reported reduced symptoms after 2 weeks of KD, a single case study reported no improvement. In a brief report, 3 weeks of KD in a mouse model normalized pathological behaviors. In ASD, an open-label study in children (n = 30) reported no significant improvement; one case study reported a pronounced and sustained response to KD. In ASD, in four controlled animal studies, KD significantly reduced ASD-related behaviors in mice and rats. In ADHD, in one controlled trial of KD in dogs with comorbid epilepsy, both conditions significantly improved. Conclusion Despite its long history in neurology, the role of KD in mental disorders is unclear. Half of the published studies are based on animal models of mental disorders with limited generalizability to the analog Continue reading >>

My Experience With Exogenous Ketones & Red Wine

My Experience With Exogenous Ketones & Red Wine

Yesterday was the 8th day of my journey into ketosis. I started on Monday 11th July and was intending to go for a couple of weeks. See my first post here. My first 2 days were the most ‘painful’ in terms of hunger pangs and headaches. I also struggled to sleep well when I finished eating before 9pm and went to bed on an empty stomach. I was in Ketosis on Wednesday and proved this by using ketone strips. These are strips that detect ketones in your urine. I was going ‘darker’ on Thursday and Friday and at a fitness convention in LA called IDEA Fit, I came across exogenous ketones. Find my Facebook live video here which I filmed there. You might have to like the page to see the videos. These are a ketones that you take in externally that put you into, what I think can be called, a ‘false’ state of ketosis, within 30 minutes. This means your liver is actually producing ketones without being starved of carbohydrates for several days. This seems like a very cool bio-hack as it apparently puts you into fat burning mode. I’ve come across these before but I haven’t tested them. The main point about them, is that they help you to get through the “keto flu” – this is when you experience headaches, hunger pangs, dizziness and inability to think properly. Your body literally has to transition energy source from glucose to ketones and it’s a little uncomfortable to say the least. I had heard that you can take these exogenous ketones whilst still eating carbohydrates so I posed this question to this ketone expert at the conference. He confirmed that you can still produce ketones whilst eating carbohydrates using these exogenous ketones. I then asked about alcohol as I said I’d like to have a glass of wine or two that night (it was Friday after all). He said Continue reading >>

How To Increase Athletic Performance With Exogenous Ketones

How To Increase Athletic Performance With Exogenous Ketones

Traditional sports nutrition wisdom tells endurance athletes that loading up on carbohydrates prior to long-distance training/events is ideal for optimal performance. However, as sports nutrition research grows, we are learning that there may be more efficacious ways to fuel your endurance training goals. Enter exogenous ketones (Ketone Supplements). The unique nutritional benefits of exogenous ketones, particularly beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) salts, are extensive, ranging from nootropic (brain enhancing) properties, enhanced glucose utilisation, physical performance improvements, and reduced inflammation. For endurance athletes, exogenous ketones present a superior nutritional supplement adjunct to pre-training carbohydrate ingestion. If you’re not familiar with what exactly exogenous ketones are and how they work, be sure to check out our FREE Exogenous Ketone eBook that teaches you everything you’ll need to know before moving forward. Why Endurance Athletes Should Use Exogenous Ketones Before we jump into the data behind exogenous ketones and endurance training, let’s get a better grasp of what exactly exogenous ketones do in the human body. In short, ketones are an alternative energy source for your body, specifically mitochondria - the ‘engine’ of cells. While endurance athletes typically think of carb-based sports beverages as the ideal energy source for aerobic exercise, recent studies suggest that exogenous ketones, like BHB salts, bolster the benefits of carbohydrates. In other words, combining ketones with carbohydrates results in better performance and recovery than carbohydrates alone. In fact, adding Essential Amino Acids (EAA’s) like that found in AMINO SWITCH™ may prove to be even more effective as previous studies support the combination of Continue reading >>

Exogenous Ketone Supplements Reduce Anxiety-related Behavior In Sprague-dawley And Wistar Albino Glaxo/rijswijk Rats

Exogenous Ketone Supplements Reduce Anxiety-related Behavior In Sprague-dawley And Wistar Albino Glaxo/rijswijk Rats

Go to: Introduction Anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, phobia and panic disorder, are the most prevalent type of mental disorders (Li, 2012). Anxiety can be associated with psychiatric morbidity, disability, increased healthcare burden and mortality in the general population (Teri et al., 1999). These symptoms can cause significant distress interfering with a person’s quality of life, while they commonly occur along with other mental or physical illnesses, which may mask anxiety symptoms or aggravate them. Some symptoms, like fear and worry, occur in all anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorders, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder (Stahl, 2003; Mula, 2013). Our knowledge relating to exact cause and pathomechanism(s) of anxiety disorders is far from complete; however, it is known that the amygdala is determinant in the experience of fear and anxiety by mediating the autonomic and endocrine responses through the output to the hypothalamus, and avoidance behavior through the output to the periaqueductal gray matter (Stahl, 2003; Engin and Treit, 2008; Li, 2012; Mula, 2013). Previous studies also show that serotonergic, glutamatergic as well as GABAergic system have a role in the regulation of anxiety (Nagy et al., 1979; Kakui et al., 2009; Li, 2012; Dias et al., 2013). Anxiety and depression are common problems affecting people with epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and can exacerbate symptoms of Glucose transporter type-1 deficiency syndrome (GLUT1 DS). Comorbidity between anxiety, depression and AD has been recognized (Teri et al., 1999; Hamid et al., 2011; Mula, 2013), and anxiety plays a key role in suicidality among patients with depression (Placidi et al., 2000). Interestingly, the same brain regions involved in Continue reading >>

Conditions Shown To Benefit From A Ketogenic Diet

Conditions Shown To Benefit From A Ketogenic Diet

Obesity and heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer have something significant in common — they’re all rooted in insulin and leptin resistance By eating a high-quality fat, low-carbohydrate diet, you achieve nutritional ketosis; a metabolic state in which your body burns fat rather than glucose as its primary fuel. Maintaining nutritional ketosis may have health benefits in diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, MS, autism, migraines, traumatic brain injuries, polycystic ovary syndrome and much more By Dr. Mercola Obesity and top killers such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's and cancer have something significant in common — they're all rooted in insulin and leptin resistance. In other words, the underlying problem is metabolic dysfunction that develops as a result of consuming too many net carbohydrates (total carbs minus fiber) and/or protein. Sugars found in processed foods and grains are the primary culprits, and the standard American diet is chockfull of both. Once you develop insulin and leptin resistance, it triggers biochemical cascades that not only make your body hold on to fat, but produce inflammation and cellular damage as well. Hence, whether you're struggling with weight and/or chronic health issues, the treatment protocols are the same. This is good news, as it significantly simplifies your approach to improving your health. You won't need a different set of strategies to address each condition. In short, by optimizing your metabolic and mitochondrial function, you set yourself squarely on the path to better health. So how do you correct these metabolic imbalances? Your diet is key. The timing of your meals can also play an important role. Nutritional Ketosis May Be Key for Optimal Health By e Continue reading >>

Keto For Mental Health: Using A High-fat, Low-carb Diet For Alzheimer's, Depression, And Anxiety With Amy Berger, Ms, Cns, Ntp -- #013

Keto For Mental Health: Using A High-fat, Low-carb Diet For Alzheimer's, Depression, And Anxiety With Amy Berger, Ms, Cns, Ntp -- #013

This week's episode is dedicated to learning more about how a ketogenic diet can improve and even reverse cognitive diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia and also mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. This is an important subject to discuss, not only to help those we know who have already been diagnosed, but also in prevention for ourselves and loved ones. To do so, I enlisted the help of Amy Berger, MS, CNS, NTP and author of The Alzheimer's Antidote, as a guest on the show to bring her knowledge on the topic and so much more about her low-carb journey. We even have differing opinions on a few subjects as it relates to keto vs. low-carb! TOPICS: How Amy got started with a low-carb, ketogenic diet Why she loves eating a low-carb diet Our differing opinions on amounts of dietary fats and carbs The "paralysis by analysis" effects of a keto diet in today's world Alzheimer's as type 3 diabetes Why the keto diet works in Alzheimer's patients Keto for depression and anxiety The role exogenous ketones can play in these diseases IMPORTANT LINKS: The Alzheimer's Antidote by Amy Berger, MS, CNS, NTP More from Amy Berger Find Amy on Twitter @tuitnutrition More from Shawn Mynar Shawn's Instagram Shawn's Facebook Precision Xtra Blood Ketone Meter Precision Xtra Blood Ketone Test Strips Continue reading >>

Exogenous Ketones: What They Are, Benefits Of Use And How They Work

Exogenous Ketones: What They Are, Benefits Of Use And How They Work

Exogenous ketones have become a popular nutritional supplement since their introduction in 2014. Like with any new supplement, though, there tends to be a lot of misinformation that you have to sift your way through to find the reliable data. So, this article does the hard work for you and gets right to what the true benefits and drawbacks of exogenous ketones are. We also cover what forms of ketones to consider, how they function in the body, and their role in future research. What Are Ketones? Our bodies use ketones via our mitochondria to generate energy. They are an alternative fuel source to glucose. Ketones are simple compounds because of their small molecular structure and weight. Specifically, they are organic (carbon-based) compounds that contain a central carbon atom double-bonded to an oxygen atom and two carbon-containing substituents, denoted by “R” (see chemical structure below). In humans, there are 3 different ketones produced by the mitochondria of the liver. These are also often referred to as ketone bodies. The three ketones are: Acetone Acetoacetic Acid Beta-Hydroxybutyric Acid (also known Beta Hydroxybuyrate or BHB). Other chemical names include 3-hydroxybutyric acid or 3-hydroxybutyrate. BHB is not technically a ketone since it contains a reactive OH-group in place of where a double-bonded oxygen normally would be as you can see in the diagram below. Yet, BHB still functions like a ketone in the body and converts into energy much like acetoacetate and acetone. This happens via the acetoacetate and acetyl-CoA pathway. Note that acetone conversion to acetyl-CoA is not efficient due to the need to convert acetone to acetoacetate via decarboxylation. However, BHB still functions like a ketone in the body and can be converted to energy (via acetoace Continue reading >>

Tim Ferriss: What Ketosis Does To Your Brain, Why He’s Not Doing Crossfit, And How To “evaluate” Your Husband

Tim Ferriss: What Ketosis Does To Your Brain, Why He’s Not Doing Crossfit, And How To “evaluate” Your Husband

Tim Ferriss, the bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef returns to Fat-Burning Man this week (click here to listen to his first appearance on FBM where we talk about eating crickets and more). The New York Times calls him “A cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk,” and Wired Magazine says he’s “The Superman of Silicon Valley.” Not too shabby, Tim. Tim’s got a new show in the works, including the launch of a new TV series that’s a sort of combination of Jackass, Mythbusters, and A Beautiful Mind. Before we get to the show, here’s the review of the week for my new book, The Wild Diet. 5 STARS— More than recipes…By Michael Wesselson April 13, 2015 I bought this book after listening to Abel’s “Fat-Burning Man” podcast for months. Abel takes a practical and positive approach to eating well and exercise. I have lost 3 inches in my waist from following his simple plan for 3 months. I look better and feel fantastic. I decided to buy “The Wild Diet” book so I could explore new and different recipes and still stay true to my new way of eating. There is a lot more than recipes in this book and I enjoyed having extra information on why this diet works and why traditional American eating and dieting does not. It is especially useful to have this resource because so many friends and family want to know what I have done to lose weight and look so good. Thank you Abel! Thanks, Michael! Get your friends to try the new cheesecake recipe – there’s no turning back… If you haven’t picked up a copy of The Wild Diet, please check it out on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, or anywhere books are sold. And don’t forget to leave a review – I read every one! On this show with Tim, we talk about: How to Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet: 25 Proven Benefits And How To Know If It’s Right For You

Ketogenic Diet: 25 Proven Benefits And How To Know If It’s Right For You

The ketogenic diet has been touted for its many health benefits such as weight loss, cognitive function, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer. In this post, we cover: Different ways to get into ketosis Physiology and pathways that are changed when you are in ketosis, which explains how the ketogenic diet derives its benefits Genetic factors that may affect the safety and effectiveness of ketosis 17 Health conditions that may be helped by the ketogenic diet Negative effects of ketosis and how to mitigate them Ketogenic Diets Improve Cognitive Function and Brain Health Ketogenic Diet as a Cancer Treatment Ketogenic diets are defined by a low carbohydrate (typically under 50 grams/day) and high fat intake, leading to an elevation of free fatty acids and ketone bodies in the blood (R). The first ketogenic diets in the medical literature are noted in publications in the 1920s, although wider popularity and increased research was not seen in medical literature until the 1960s (R). Variations of the diets have remained popular for the past 20-30 years, with proponents claiming that the diets boost weight loss and energy while offering protection from certain metabolic diseases (R). A ketogenic diet and fasting affect the body similarly. Both deplete the body’s glucose reserves, so the body starts turning fatty acids into ketones (R). When the body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food, it burns fat by producing ketones or ketone bodies (R, R). In non-diabetics, ketosis can be achieved in 3 ways, i.e. Fasting or severe caloric restriction (R) Prolonged physical exercise in fasted state, depending on intensity and duration (R, R2) Nutritional ketosis, i.e. by consuming a very low carbohydrate diet Supplementation, such as by supplementing with medium chain triglyceri Continue reading >>

Ketosis & Depression

Ketosis & Depression

According to the British National Health Service, or NHS, ketosis results when too many ketones build up in your blood. Ketones are chemicals that your body produces as a byproduct of burning fat for fuel. Ketosis is a goal of some very-low-carb diets. Some people may experience increased symptoms of depression during ketosis because their bodies may have a hard time producing the mood-elevating chemical called serotonin. Video of the Day Carbs are your body's fuel of choice. When your body has very little carbohydrate available -- as it would after a week or so on a very-low-carb diet -- it is forced to start breaking down and using fat for energy. This process is called fat metabolism. The byproducts of fat metabolism include ketones, which are acidic chemicals that exit your body through urine and breath. Depressed people typically have a persistent feeling of sadness, worthlessness and emptiness. There are many possible reasons for depression; in some cases, depression results from a lack of the brain chemical serotonin, a compound that makes people feel naturally happy. According to MayoClinic.com, having too little serotonin can disrupt communication between your brain cells, making depression worse. Your body has to make serotonin; you can't get it from the food you eat. MedlinePlus explains that your body uses tryptophan, a type of protein, to make serotonin. You can find tryptophan in protein-rich foods like turkey, eggs and fish -- all foods that are allowed on a low-carb diet. So it would seem that people on low-carb diets should have all the tryptophan they need to make serotonin in excess, but that's not the end of the story. There is a tiny amount of tryptophan available compared to all the other kinds of protein in eggs. Since only so much protein can cro Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet Benefits

Ketogenic Diet Benefits

I should title this episode "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Doctor's Office." I set out to get a physical and my blood work done about a week ago, and a terrific snowstorm whipped up while I was en route - coming down so fast there was nothing you could do but crawl along, and visibility was greatly diminished. Multiple people were sliding, some off the road. By the time I arrived at the office, I was extremely anxious, and remained so for the rest of the appointment. The doctor was pleased that my weight was down, and I told her I'm trying a ketogenic diet and that I'm avoiding gluten. She explained to me that she too, avoids gluten. My blood was drawn shortly before I left the office, and the roads were still horrible, but I made it home fine, after passing by many accidents. My fasting glucose came back in at 53. 53!!?? I wasn't faint, and besides that isn't any where close to where my glucose monitor reads in the morning. My hemoglobin A1C was near the top of within normal limits. I was flummoxed when I read the report. I called them and they suggested I have repeat blood work done in 3 months, after which I will meet with my doctor again. I'm wondering if the anxiety had anything to do with these weird numbers. I don't want to be THAT ketogenic. Oh well. Continue reading >>

Pruvit Reviews

Pruvit Reviews

Pruvit reviews and the Keto OS Supplement have been nothing short of amazing! Some Pruvit reviews are of weight loss and others are of how the Keto OS supplement help them with pain, inflammation, energy, migraine control, and more. It’s important to note that the Keto OS supplement is not just a weight loss product. Most Pruvit reviews of the Keto OS supplement involve weight loss. Not everyone loses weight quickly when they take Keto OS. To better understand why Keto OS is not a weight loss product please watch the video “Keto OS is not a weight loss product” I personally find the Pruvit reviews that aren’t about Pruvit weight loss the most convincing of all the Pruvit reviews! If Keto OS can/will help people have more energy, mental focus, and all the other thing; it’s worth it’s weight in gold. Below are some Pruvit Reviews of The Keto OS Supplement Pruvit Reviews of Keto OS and Weight Loss Salena Trabuc “There are some parts of your life very few people ever see or know about. For me that is depression and anxiety. I was approached by a dear friend of mine about therapeutic ketones. I was hopeful that this would be my ticket to shed some bodyfat to compete again. Little did I know it would change so much more. Over the last 18 days my life has drastically changed. I am no longer constantly craving sweets and unhealthy carbs. I have an energy that is steady and unlike anything I have ever felt. My restless leg sensations are gone. I lay at night waiting for them to begin but they don’t. My workouts have been explosive. I have lost a total of 9 pounds. My shoulder pain is decreased. But most of all I feel the best I have ever felt in terms of mood. That looming depression that has been there for at least 15 yrs is gone. That rising anxiety that I seen Continue reading >>

Treating Concussions With Ketones

Treating Concussions With Ketones

What is a Concussion? Head injury, whether it is from a concussion or a severe traumatic brain injury, can have long term and serious consequences. Concussions are typically described as mild traumatic brain injury. Concussions are most commonly occur from sports related injuries, such as from being tackled in football, to hitting a soccer ball off of head, or falling off a bicycle. In the US, there is estimated between 1.6 to 3.8 million sports related concussions that occur every year. The rates for concussion are highest in pediatric and adolescent age ranges. Even though concussions often do not cause structural damage to the brain, they still can causes significant symptoms. Headaches are the most common symptom seen with a concussion, but other post concussion symptoms include problems sleeping, impaired memory, dizziness, balance problems, attention problems and depression. These symptoms can last from weeks to months and in some cases even longer. (Giza, 2014) Concussions have come to the forefront of pubic awareness with the recently discovered disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which was the topic of the movie ‘Concussion’. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is the neurodegenerative changes that occur in the brains of individuals who have sustain multiple concussions earlier in their lives. CTE results in long-term neurological symptoms including behavioral, cognitive and motor symptoms. The behavioral symptoms include depression, mood swings, aggression and possibly suicide. The cognitive deficits can range from memory problems to dementia. The motor symptoms vary from parkinsonian tremors to ataxia and even possibly a motor neuron disease. (Jordan, 2014) What is the treatment of concussion? Currently, there is no medical treatment for concuss Continue reading >>

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