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October 20, 2015 - Searching for Canadas competitive advantage in manufacturing was the theme at a recent Ivey Idea Forum we attended, where leaders such as Siemens Canadas Robert Hardt and Linamar Corp.s Linda Hasenfratz shared their thoughts on what Canadian manufacturers already do well and what more can be done to give us that global competitive edge. The panelists discussed everything from product and process innovations to tax breaks and where to find the next generation of skilled workers and corporate leaders. Here we present just a few of their thoughts. (For more on this event, check out the Editor page in EBMag October 2015.)

The Secret State Of Ketosis, And The Competitive Advantage It Gives You [infographic]

Ketosis sounds like something you should be afraid of. You may have even read that it is a dangerous state. But is ketosis dangerous? Ketosis is actually a natural process that your body goes through on an everyday basis no matter how many carbs you eat. Today’s infographic, created by Ruled.me, answers the following: What causes ketosis? What are ketones? Describe and define ketogenisis and gluconeogenesis. Difference between ketosis and starvation. Continue reading >>

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  1. Stoutyeoman

    Hello science enthusiasts. Thank you for doing what you do and giving those of us who are on keto some solid info about our diet and what it really means for our bodies.
    I am posting today because I am a little curious about some of the fundamental ideas that many proponents of the ketogenic diet throw around.
    For one, I am curious about whether there is any scientific evidence that ketosis is the body's natural state and that eating carbohydrates is actually an anomalous process. Seeing how grains have been part of the human diet for most - if not all - of recorded history, it seems difficult to support the idea that we were never meant to eat these particular types of plants. Is there any hard scientific data that shows this to be true?
    I am also curious about some of the ideas that keto supporters have about caloric intake. As I've come to understand it, one of the cornerstones of the ketogenic diet for weight loss is the idea that the condition of being overweight or obese is caused by hormonal issues and that the ketogenic diet corrects said issues. The traditional point of view says that hormonal or genetic issues affecting weight gain are a myth. Is there any evidence that some individuals are predisposed to weight gain and that said predisposition disappears or is remedied on a ketogenic diet - or does the science tell us that a ketogenic diet is simpy a way of more easily and more readily reducing our caloric intake while increasing our BMR?
    Thanks!

  2. ashsimmonds

    Is there any scientific evidence that sobriety is a natural state?
    Alcohol has been around for all of recorded history, and you can only achieve sobriety by not consuming alcohol. So really sobriety is just someone who's in an ethanol-starved state.

  3. Stoutyeoman

    I thought of a similar comparison myself when I was musing over this. Alcohol is burned off as energy before anything else, and that's anomalous... so one could reason that carbohydrate has a similar status.
    Of course, what I'm looking for are studies that show this.

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Nutritional Ketosis And Exogenous Ketones For Performance

Before we begin on ketosis, please note this is not intended to discuss all of the research around ketosis, as science has proven its therapeutic benefit for the treatment of chronic conditions including epilepsy, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Rather, this article serves as a summary of the key points, benefits and areas of considerations for those with metabolic and/or performance goals. What is ketosis? Ketosis (noun): a metabolic state in which some of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis in which blood glucose provides most of the energy. Essentially, ketosis is a metabolic state in which you’re predominantly burning stored fat for fuel and converting fat into ketones to be used by the cells. The ketone bodies, acetone, acetoacetic acid, and beta-hydroxybutyric acid (BHB), are usually formed either when liver glycogen is low, or via metabolism of medium chain trigylcerides (MCTs). Ketone levels are regulated largely by the hormones insulin and glucagon. The exact definition of ketosis refers to blood concentrations of ketone bodies over 0.5 mmol/L, however 1.5-3.0 mmol/L is considered optimal nutritional ketosis Continue reading >>

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  1. Stoutyeoman

    Hello science enthusiasts. Thank you for doing what you do and giving those of us who are on keto some solid info about our diet and what it really means for our bodies.
    I am posting today because I am a little curious about some of the fundamental ideas that many proponents of the ketogenic diet throw around.
    For one, I am curious about whether there is any scientific evidence that ketosis is the body's natural state and that eating carbohydrates is actually an anomalous process. Seeing how grains have been part of the human diet for most - if not all - of recorded history, it seems difficult to support the idea that we were never meant to eat these particular types of plants. Is there any hard scientific data that shows this to be true?
    I am also curious about some of the ideas that keto supporters have about caloric intake. As I've come to understand it, one of the cornerstones of the ketogenic diet for weight loss is the idea that the condition of being overweight or obese is caused by hormonal issues and that the ketogenic diet corrects said issues. The traditional point of view says that hormonal or genetic issues affecting weight gain are a myth. Is there any evidence that some individuals are predisposed to weight gain and that said predisposition disappears or is remedied on a ketogenic diet - or does the science tell us that a ketogenic diet is simpy a way of more easily and more readily reducing our caloric intake while increasing our BMR?
    Thanks!

  2. ashsimmonds

    Is there any scientific evidence that sobriety is a natural state?
    Alcohol has been around for all of recorded history, and you can only achieve sobriety by not consuming alcohol. So really sobriety is just someone who's in an ethanol-starved state.

  3. Stoutyeoman

    I thought of a similar comparison myself when I was musing over this. Alcohol is burned off as energy before anything else, and that's anomalous... so one could reason that carbohydrate has a similar status.
    Of course, what I'm looking for are studies that show this.

  4. -> Continue reading
read more
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Educational video describing diabetic HbA1c. Red blood cells carry oxygen (O2) to the tissues through the blood flow of the circulatory system. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin and when the hemoglobin binds with glucose in the blood, it becomes glycated. When the hemoglobin binds to oxygen, the cells appear red. The term HbA1c refers to glycated hemoglobin. The more glycated hemoglobin is made, the higher the percentage of HbA1c. a hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test is good for monitoring long-term glucose (sugar) control in people with diabetes. HbA1c is a percentage of the glycated hemoglobin relative to the total hemoglobin in the blood. The normal range of HbA1c is 4-6%. More than 7% is high. With more glucose present in the blood, the more likely that the glucose will interact with the hemoglobin and make more glycated hemoglobin. HbA1c is a better measurement used to track the progress of diabetes than a blood sugar test. The blood sugar test does not give the big picture. Blood sugar in the body changes during the day depending on diet and level of activity, so the blood sugar test is not very accurate. The HbA1c is used to measure how much sugar a person has in their blood over

Everything You Need To Know About Ketosis

Ketosis is a metabolic state in which your body uses fat, rather than sugar, for energy. Your body shifts into ketosis when your blood sugar is low, and the glycogen in your muscles has been depleted. Typically, this happens when you eat a low carb diet or fast from food altogether for a prolonged period. Ketosis is usually heralded as a fast and effective way to lose body fat. Research suggests that ketosis may positively affect health in other ways, as well. How Does Ketosis Work? Normally, your body is powered by sugar from carbohydrates, a macronutrient. However, if you drastically limit your intake of carbs, your body will tap into its sugar reserves, called glycogen. Once those are used up, a process that takes about three days, your liver begins to metabolize fat. This process is known as ketogenesis, and it produces ketones. Ketones are byproducts of fat metabolism that your body can use as an alternative form of energy.[1] One technical side note—some components of your body require a very small amount of sugar, but your body can produce that small amount of sugar by itself in a process called gluconeogenesis.[2] The Ketogenic Diet For your body to shift into ketosis, yo Continue reading >>

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  1. Stoutyeoman

    Hello science enthusiasts. Thank you for doing what you do and giving those of us who are on keto some solid info about our diet and what it really means for our bodies.
    I am posting today because I am a little curious about some of the fundamental ideas that many proponents of the ketogenic diet throw around.
    For one, I am curious about whether there is any scientific evidence that ketosis is the body's natural state and that eating carbohydrates is actually an anomalous process. Seeing how grains have been part of the human diet for most - if not all - of recorded history, it seems difficult to support the idea that we were never meant to eat these particular types of plants. Is there any hard scientific data that shows this to be true?
    I am also curious about some of the ideas that keto supporters have about caloric intake. As I've come to understand it, one of the cornerstones of the ketogenic diet for weight loss is the idea that the condition of being overweight or obese is caused by hormonal issues and that the ketogenic diet corrects said issues. The traditional point of view says that hormonal or genetic issues affecting weight gain are a myth. Is there any evidence that some individuals are predisposed to weight gain and that said predisposition disappears or is remedied on a ketogenic diet - or does the science tell us that a ketogenic diet is simpy a way of more easily and more readily reducing our caloric intake while increasing our BMR?
    Thanks!

  2. ashsimmonds

    Is there any scientific evidence that sobriety is a natural state?
    Alcohol has been around for all of recorded history, and you can only achieve sobriety by not consuming alcohol. So really sobriety is just someone who's in an ethanol-starved state.

  3. Stoutyeoman

    I thought of a similar comparison myself when I was musing over this. Alcohol is burned off as energy before anything else, and that's anomalous... so one could reason that carbohydrate has a similar status.
    Of course, what I'm looking for are studies that show this.

  4. -> Continue reading
read more

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