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Ketosis

Ketosis

Tweet Ketosis is a state the body may find itself in either as a result of raised blood glucose levels or as a part of low carb dieting. Low levels of ketosis is perfectly normal. However, high levels of ketosis in the short term can be serious and the long term effects of regular moderate ketosis are only partially known at the moment. What is ketosis? Ketosis is a state the body goes into if it needs to break down body fat for energy. The state is marked by raised levels of ketones in the blood which can be used by the body as fuel. Ketones which are not used for fuel are excreted out of the body via the kidneys and the urine. Is ketosis the same as ketoacidosis? There is often confusion as to the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis. Ketosis is the state whereby the body is producing ketones. In ketosis, the level of ketones in the blood can be anything between normal to very high. Diabetic ketoacidosis, also known as DKA, only describes the state in which the level of ketones is either high or very high. In ketoacidosis, the amount of ketones in the blood is sufficient to turn the blood acidic, which is a dangerous medical state. When does ketosis occur? Ketosis will take place when the body needs energy and there is not sufficient glucose available for the body. This can typically happen when the body is lacking insulin and blood glucose levels become high. Other causes can be the result of being on a low carb diet. A low level of carbohydrate will lead to low levels of insulin, and therefore the body will produce ketones which do not rely on insulin to get into and fuel the body’s cells. A further cause of ketosis, less relevant to people with diabetes, is a result of excessive alcohol consumption. Is ketosis dangerous? The NHS describes ketosis as a pote Continue reading >>

3 Reasons You Might Want To Ditch That Ketogenic Eating Plan

3 Reasons You Might Want To Ditch That Ketogenic Eating Plan

Ketogenic eating might just be the most popular idea in the unconventional health and fitness movement right now. I get dozens of emails a week from people asking for Keto tips and tricks. I’m not convinced that most of these people should be Keto though. It’s been billed as a great way to lose weight, which has attracted a lot of attention, but it’s not all roses, unicorns, and fairy dust. Here’s three reasons why you might want to reconsider your plan to go Keto… 1. Ketogenic eating is obsessive. When I interviewed Jimmy Moore, author of Keto Clarity, this is one of the issues I brought up. Ketosis is notoriously difficult to get into, verify, and sustain without bringing back some of the old, obsessive Dieting strategies that we’ve been working hard to get away from. Tracking macros, monitoring blood glucose, and testing ketone levels are all required steps in the process for most people. This kind of protocol attracts people with disordered eating habits. It’s the perfect blend of effective, obsessive, and new. If you’re trying to get into ketosis for medical reasons, then you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. If you want to get into ketosis because you heard it’s great for weight loss or for some other non-medical reason, it’s too obsessive for my taste. 2. Ketogenic eating probably doesn’t fit your lifestyle. You know me—I’m not a huge fan of cardio or long workouts. I’m bearish on exercise as a modern concept, but I’m bullish on functional fitness and DWYLT. In other words, I want people to do active things they love with a little sprinting and short functional strength workouts thrown in. In order to actually enjoy those things and feel strong and healthy when doing them, you’ll need adequate glycogen. That’s something that Continue reading >>

8 Ways To Blast Through Low-carb Flu And Dive Into Ketosis

8 Ways To Blast Through Low-carb Flu And Dive Into Ketosis

Have you just started a low-carb diet? Do you find yourself feeling exhausted and overcome by tiredness? Perhaps you are thinking that going low-carb wasn’t a good idea after all… You might already know that these symptoms are not uncommon, especially if you are doing low-carb for the first time. Also known as “low carb flu” or “Atkins flu”, this phase is completely normal – although by no means pleasant. This condition occurs when you cut your carb intake sharply, to about 20-30g a day, in order to induce ketosis. What is low-carb flu? Your body is used to running on carbs. It’s been operating this way for decades. Cutting carbs in favour of fat is a huge change for your metabolism. Your body needs some time to adjust to this change. This period of adjustment can sometimes cause flu-like symptoms. Fatigue is the most common one, but you could also get muscle cramps, headaches, dizziness and mental fog. Some of these symptoms are markers of sugar withdrawal. Sugar addiction is real and common, so trying to break away can be difficult. Low-carb flu is not actual flu Please note that “low carb flu” does not include fever or respiratory cold-like symptoms such as coughing or sneezing. If you are experiencing any of these, it means that you might have actually caught an infection! So it would be a good idea to postpone starting your diet until you are all clear. How can you fight tiredness and other symptoms of low-carb flu? First of all, remember that it won’t last forever. Low-carb flu usually lasts around 3-5 days (although could be 1-2 weeks for some unlucky people with high metabolic resistance). Here are some simple tips on making this transition easier. 1) Eat more fat Fat is the key to this whole issue. You must eat lots of it – a lot more th Continue reading >>

Know The Precautions Of A Ketogenic Diet

Know The Precautions Of A Ketogenic Diet

Overview The ketogenic diet focuses on calories from fat and protein while avoiding carbohydrates. When carbs are absent, your body uses fats and protein for energy. The ketogenic diet is named for the ketone bodies that are waste products of fat breakdown and can be measured in the urine. Applications include weight loss and the treatment of neurological disorders, though the dietary specifics may be substantially different among applications. Regardless, a ketogenic diet is extreme and can be a potent stressor for your body. If you pursue it, do so with caution, knowledge and your doctor's supervision. Does the Ketogenic Diet Really Work to Help Control Seizures? Seizures disorders, such as epilepsy, occur when the activity in your brain occasionally is out of control, resulting in a cluster of uncontrolled behavior, sensations or movements. The ketogenic diet has proved to be very effective in controlling seizures that have resisted other treatments, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. Scientists do not yet know how the ketogenic diet that mimics starvation helps control seizures or why it only works in a subset of people. In the manifestation of the ketogenic diet for epilepsy, more than 80 percent of your daily calories come from fat. Can a Ketogenic Diet Work for Tourette's? Tourette's syndrome is a neurological disorder defined by uncontrollable, repetitive movements or sounds called tics. Evidence supports the role of energy metabolism in regulating the level of certain neurotransmitters that control the level of brain activity, according to a 2009 review in "Current Neuropharmacology." However, the effectiveness of the ketogenic diet in controlling Tourette's syndrome tics has not been determined. Can a Ketogenic Diet Prevent Kidney Stones? Kidney stones are Continue reading >>

Avoid This Ketogenic Rip-off

Avoid This Ketogenic Rip-off

The Truth About Exogenous Ketones Ketones are all the rage among low carbers. And like most things in nutrition and performance, we've found a way to get them in supplement form so we don't have to do any actual work. What are ketones? They're a byproduct of ketosis caused by the process of converting fat to fuel. Your body makes them when it's in a calorie or carb restricted state. What do they do? The body and brain can use them as fuel without the presence of glucose in the blood. And now, you can take ketone supplements (salts and esters), known as exogenous ketones, without actually restricting anything. According to those promoting this nasty-tasting supplement, that means you can have a brain and body fuelled by ketones, along with all of the supposed health benefits that come with running on fat. Well, don't fall for it. Exogenous Ketones = Endogenous Fat Storage? The problem with ketone supplementation (EXOgenous) is that it's not even close to the same thing as being in ketosis (ENDOgenous ketone production). And just like the butter-blended-into-coffee trend, it's a farce. Ketones may be depressing dieters' hunger and giving them a hit of energy and cognitive enhancement, but it's INHIBITING their ability to burn fat, providing zero nourishment, and doing nothing for their metabolic health. There's an assortment of evidence suggesting that it's probably making things worse. Think of exogenous ketones kind of like alcohol. When they're consumed, everything is stored and nothing else is burned. So any lipolysis (fat burning) that would be taking place is halted; any glucose and fatty acids in your blood that were circulating are stored; and the ingested ketones are burned until there aren't any left. More importantly, this clearance of alternative fuels (glucos Continue reading >>

How To Avoid Common Ketogenic Diet Mistakes

How To Avoid Common Ketogenic Diet Mistakes

The ketogenic diet can be a very effective way to lose weight. Since you’re not giving your body carbohydrates to use as energy, it starts using the fat stores. Most people who follow the diet find that they lose weight at a consistent pace while still feeling satisfied and full. However, there are times when it just doesn’t seem to be working. If you’re not losing weight while following the plan, you may be making a few mistakes. In fact, there are several misconceptions that can lead weight loss to stall. Take a look at the following list to see if you are making some of these common mistakes. If you are, a few simple tweaks to your plan could put you back on the path to losing weight. You’ll be much closer to reaching your goals. Eating Too Many Calories If you’ve ever been on a diet that required you to measure portions and keep count the calories you ate, you probably like that the ketogenic diet doesn’t require you to count calories. As long as you stick to no- and low-carb foods, you should be losing weight. However, this is a bit misleading. Ultimately, weight loss comes from using up more calories than you take in. On a ketogenic diet, the fat and the protein are supposed to keep you satisfied enough that you end up eating fewer calories overall. This is the primary reason that the diet works. If you’re eating a lot of high-calorie foods, you could have trouble losing weight, even if all of those foods are technically “approved” foods for the diet. In particular, nuts are a common problem because it’s easy to eat a lot of them in a short period of time. A single serving of nuts is a small handful, and comes in at around 200 calories. It’s easy to see how this can quickly add up. While you don’t have to go crazy counting calories, it’s Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet Foods To Avoid

Ketogenic Diet Foods To Avoid

I see a ketogenic diet as a lifestyle and I would have liked to say that there are no foods to avoid on a ketogenic diet. In an ideal world I would have told you to eat any food, but just eat all foods in moderation. That is kind of what we are told all the time. Isn't it? The reality though is that there are plenty of foods that we should never have eaten in the first place and now to just say eat them all in moderation is therefore not a valid or useful argument. Whilst on a ketogenic diet the foods to avoid can be summarized as all sugary and starchy food. This is a topic I intend to cover only once, as I prefer to focus on what we should be eating and doing, rather than what we shouldn't be. If you feel the same and want to rather check out what you should be eating, then check out our list for a comprehensive shopping list and our ketogenic diet checklist that summarizes it all. Now, let's look into the different categories of food we shouldn't be eating and why. What Now Now that you know what foods to avoid on your ketogenic diet, focus on what you CAN have. There are lots of amazing real foods and snacks that you can enjoy every day. Once you feel how good it feels when you eat healthily, you won't miss these foods. And if you miss any of them, then check out some of these amazing recipes. Continue reading >>

Ketosis Breath: Causes & Solutions For Bad Breath

Ketosis Breath: Causes & Solutions For Bad Breath

Ultra-low carb diets have grown in popularity over recent years. These so-called “keto diets” aim to facilitate rapid weight loss, through the consumption of minimal carbohydrates. Keto diets have become understandably popular on account of their rapid results, together with the practical benefits of consuming healthy volumes of the right foods, making hunger less of a problem than on more typical calorie-controlled diets. However keto diets are not without their issues, and one of the most common complaints comes in the form of “ketosis breath”. Quite simply many individuals making use of very low carb diets suffer from pungent and unpleasant breath. The question is what can be done to counteract such a problem? The Cause of Ketosis Breath In order to learn how to get rid of keto breath, we first need to understand why breath can smell under such a regime. As it turns out there are two potential reasons(1), both of which can operate independently, or in conjunction. Ketone Release The most typical source of energy used by the body is glucose. This is typically derived from carbohydrates, where the digestive system breaks down complex sugars into simple glucose molecules. On very low carb diets, however, the body is unable to utilize such a fuel. Instead, the liver utilizes the fat present in the body as an energy source, producing “ketones” in the process(2). This is known as “ketosis” – and is the process from where keto diets get their unusual name. These ketone bodies come in three common forms; acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetone(3). In large quantities they are removed from the body in the urine or through exhalation. Ketones can have quite a characteristic smell; they often make the dieter’s breath smell quite sweet and fruity, quit Continue reading >>

Adverse Reactions To Ketogenic Diets: Caution Advised

Adverse Reactions To Ketogenic Diets: Caution Advised

As the ketogenic diet gains popularity, it’s important to have a balanced discussion regarding the merits of this diet. Let me emphasize right out of the gate that this is not a diet without merits (excuse the double negative); in fact, it has significant therapeutic potential for some clinical pathologies. However, it is also a diet with inherent risk, as evidenced by the extensive list of adverse reactions reported in the scientific literature—and this has not yet been a thorough enough part of the public discussion on ketogenic diets. The AIP Lecture Series is a 6-week video-based, self-directed online course that will teach you the scientific foundation for the diet and lifestyle tenets of the Autoimmune Protocol. This is the first of a series of articles discussing various facets of a ketogenic diet with an inclination toward balancing the discussion of the pros and cons of this high-fat, low-carb, low/moderate-protein diet. My interest in this topic stems from concerns I have over its general applicability and safety, simultaneous with its growing popularity. I feel a moral and social obligation to share what I understand of these diets, from my perspective as a medical researcher. The dangers of a ketogenic diet was, in fact, the topic of my keynote presentation at Paleo F(x) this year (links to video will be provided once available). This series of articles will share the extensive research that I did in preparation for this presentation, including all of the topics covered during my talk as well as several topics that I didn’t have time to discuss (also see the free PDF Literature Review at the bottom of this post). For every anecdotal story of someone who has regained their health with a ketogenic diet, there’s a counterpoint story of someone who derai Continue reading >>

Pruvit Ketogenic Diet Plan: Foods To Eat & Avoid While Drinking Keto Os

Pruvit Ketogenic Diet Plan: Foods To Eat & Avoid While Drinking Keto Os

088.8KSHARES Share to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to PinterestPinterestPinterestShare to PrintPrintPrintShare to MoreAddthisMore Keto OS and Keto Max from Pruvit provide exogenous ketones. Maximize your ketone levels with a ketogenic diet approved food list. What is Ketosis? Explore the health benefits of ketosis for accelerated fat loss, disease prevention, better brain function, appetite control, performance, and more. Ketosis can often be a misunderstood subject. Some think it is part of a starvation diet or a alarming sign that something has gone wrong in your metabolism. But this is simply not the truth! You see, ketones – contrary to popular belief and myth – are a much needed and essential healing energy source in our cells that come from the normal metabolism of fat. Have you ever heard someone say that fats are “evil”? This has become the standard way of thinking in today’s society, which has led to our primary energy source coming from carbohydrates – sugar AKA glucose. Most people eat a diet high in carbohydrates or glucose. When sugar is your body’s primary energy source, that sugar needs to be processed first in the cell soup before it can be passed into the energy factory of the cell- the mitochondrion. Energy sources from fat don’t require this processing; it goes directly into the mitochondria for energetic uses. That is, it is more complicated to create energy out of sugar than out of fat. The process of ketosis refers to the body’s ability to use fats as its primary source of energy, over glucose. “Carbohydrates are not required to obtain energy. Fat supplies more energy than a comparable amount of carbohydrate, and low-carbohydrate diets tend to make your system of producing energy more efficient. Furthermore, many organs prefer Continue reading >>

5 Mistakes To Avoid On A Ketogenic Diet

5 Mistakes To Avoid On A Ketogenic Diet

I promise that this is the next to last blog post about dietary stuff for a while. I just wanted to conclude this series with some pointers on things to avoid if you should find yourself curious about implementing a dietary shift, away from carbs and towards fat as an energy source. There is, of course, plenty of information available courtesy of my good friend Mr. Google, but I want to highlight the pitfalls I experienced in hopes that you can learn or be entertained by my failures–or possibly even both. I’d like to remind you that I am not a doctor or dietician. The following statements have not been approved by anyone other than myself, and likely reflect significant gaps in objective factuality! I wrote an eBook compiling my experiments with the ketogenic diet and type 1 diabetes which you can check out here: Low-carb and Ketogenic are not synonymous. A ketogenic diet is by definition “low-carb” but unless you are consistently bringing your carb intake below 50 grams (ideally below 30 grams) daily, your body will maintain glucose as a fuel source. This may still be useful for managing blood sugar, but athletic efforts will still require higher loads of carbs with corresponding higher doses of insulin. The benefit of ketosis requires commitment and some time to fully achieve. Keto acidosis or DKA and Ketosis are not the same things. DKA is an extremely high level of ketones which lead to a shift in the pH level of the blood–it is not the ketones themselves as much as the acidic condition that is dangerous. Ketones are a natural byproduct of metabolizing fat and are no more a cause for alarm (in small quantities) than glucose in the blood. When any chemical in the blood accumulates too rapidly, bad things happen. Ketosis is not a drastic “dump” of ketone Continue reading >>

Avoid Unnecessary Drug-related Carbohydrates For Patients Consuming The Ketogenic Diet.

Avoid Unnecessary Drug-related Carbohydrates For Patients Consuming The Ketogenic Diet.

Abstract The ketogenic diet is intended for use in patients with epilepsy whose seizures are resistant to conventional drug therapy. It is a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrate and protein content, and is intended to produce ketosis from the incomplete metabolism of fats. It is safe and effective--many patients with severe, drug-resistant epilepsy show improvement. Limiting carbohydrate intake in patients to obtain the necessary ratio of fats to carbohydrates and protein requires careful planning and, in children, parental involvement. Although the ketogenic diet is professionally planned, an unrecognized source of carbohydrates is prescription and over-the-counter medications. If the carbohydrate content of medications is overlooked, ketosis can be inhibited with potential loss of seizure control occurring. Thus, it is essential for care providers and parents to know the carbohydrate content of medications, including not only the typical sugar content, but also the content of reduced carbohydrate (e.g., glycerin). From information supplied by drug manufacturers, we determined the carbohydrate content of commonly used medications. By knowing the carbohydrate content of these often used medications, the additional carbohydrate content of the medications can be taken into account and adjustments can be made in the ketogenic diet. Continue reading >>

How You Can Avoid The “keto Flu”

How You Can Avoid The “keto Flu”

Have you heard of the keto flu? Most people in modern society have basically been eating sugar all day everyday for their entire lives. Getting into the Keto Zone switched the mitochondria from burning sugar for fuel to using fat instead. For people with particularly deranged metabolisms, this transition can cause a myriad of symptoms commonly referred to as the “keto flu.” What is Keto Flu? The keto flu is a result of the mitochondria in your cells “re-learning” how to use fat for energy. When you were born and subsisting off of your mother’s milk you were in a mild state of ketosis. As soon as you were weaned off milk and onto high sugar foods such as starches (such as carrots and potatoes), grains (such as wheat and corn), and fruits (like applesauce and bananas), the metabolism switches over to primarily using sugar for fuel. In essence, keto flu is sugar withdrawal. Most have us have gone our whole lives eating sugar from the moment we wake up (oatmeal, fruit, toast, pancakes, waffles, bagels, cereal, etc) until the moment we go to sleep (ice cream, cookies, brownies, crackers, chips, and candy.) This has created a situation where most people bodies no longer possess the metabolic machinery required to burn fat for fuel. When you eliminate carbs from your diet to get in to the keto zone for weight loss and better health you may experience symptoms as the body adapts to this new fuel source. Symptoms of The Keto Flu Keto flu symptoms will generally occur during the adaptation phase of a ketogenic diet (the first 3-14 days). Symptoms may also result from cheat days or “falling off the wagon.” Keto flu symptoms include: Fatigue Cramps Aches and Pains Heart Palpitations Nausea Constipation Diarrhea Sugar Cravings Brain Fog Irritability Sleep Disturbances Continue reading >>

What Everybody Ought To Know About Ketosis

What Everybody Ought To Know About Ketosis

Recently I wanted to explore the world of Ketosis. I thought I knew a little bit about ketosis, but after doing some research I soon realised how wrong I was. 3 months later, after reading numerous books, listening to countless podcasts and experimenting with various diets I know have a sound understanding of ketosis. This resource is built as a reference guide for those looking to explore the fascinating world of ketosis. It is a resource that I wish I had 3 months ago. As you will soon see, a lot of the content below is not mine, instead I have linked to referenced to experts who have a greater understanding of this topic than I ever will. I hope this helps and if there is something that I have missed please leave a comment below so that I can update this. Also, as this is a rather long document, I have split it into various sections. You can click the headline below to be sent straight to the section that interests you. For those that are really time poor I have created a useful ketosis cheat sheet guide. This guide covers all the essential information you should know about ketosis. It can be downloaded HERE. Alternatively, if you're looking for a natural and sustainable way to improve health and lose weight head to this page - What is Ketosis? What Are The Benefits from being in Ketosis? Isn’t Ketosis Dangerous? Ketoacidosis vs Ketosis What Is The Difference Between a Low Carb Diet and a Ketogenic Diet? Types of Ketosis: The Difference Between Nutritional, Therapeutic & MCT Ketogenic Diets Is The Ketogenic Diet Safe? Long Term Effects Thyroid and Ketosis - What You May Want To Know What is a Typical Diet/Macro Breakdown for a Ketogenic Diet? Do I Need to Eat Carbs? What do I Eat On a Ketogenic Diet? What Do I Avoid Eating on a Ketogenic Diet? Protein Consumption a Continue reading >>

Rose Hip Beverage For Keto Diet Followers To Avoid Vitamin Deficiency

Rose Hip Beverage For Keto Diet Followers To Avoid Vitamin Deficiency

The sun has generously come back from a long winter sleep. It makes us forget about fancy fur jackets, stylish hats and oversized scarves. Yes, it is time to put on short skirts with a trendy leather jacket, same as it is time to catch a cold. I know it does not sound good. It is spring outside and we have what we have. Our bodies are exhausted after vile winter, they miss vitamins and minerals. So, it is officially time to fill our bodies with something useful and stimulate the immune system. Keto diet made us feel easy like the morning dew. Indeed, we intake very low quantity of food and it is mostly for fat and some proteins. Our keto follower’s menu is poor for nutrients. We cannot afford ourselves to enjoy fresh juicy apples from a neighbor farm or piquant sunny oranges from a local market. Of course, some or even most ladies and gentlemen are frequent visitors of drug stores. I mean for buying vitamin supplements. I am all for it. But, do you really think this is enough? I do not think so. Download and Print Get 1000's of easy recipes with Recipe-Star.com Recipe-Star.com Here we came to an important question – how can we remain healthy and avoid vitamin deficiency during spring with the keto diet? The answer is not really obvious, but it is worthy. I speak about the homemade herbal beverage. Preventing your objection about the lack of time – it is very easy to make it and very fast too. There is pretty wild rose called rosa canina, also known as the dog-rose. It is spread out through Asia and Europe, so there will not be any difficulties in getting it. You can find extra information about this plant in Wikipedia. Ukrainian grannies in ancient times used dried rose hips for preventing vitamin deficiency. They claimed if one were to intake a few three week cou Continue reading >>

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