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The ketogenic diet/ketosis and the brain; is there a connection? Your brain is 60% fat - So what happens to your brain on a high fat ketogenic based diet? Ketogenic diets are becoming popular, not only for fat loss, but for the potential to improve brain function. The anecdotes for ketogenic diets and brain function have been abundant, but now researchers are focusing in on the idea that ketones are better for your brain power. Any diet works for fat loss, but not every diet works for super-charged cognitive performance. The ketones hydroxybutyrate (BHB), acetoacetate and acetone are released into the blood and taken up by the brain and body which fire ketone bodies into the mitochondria, which are the power plants of cells. Through cellular reputation the mitochondria break down nutrients and provide the body and brain with energy. Some parts of the brain need glucose, this is true, but the body can turn dietary protein into glucose through gluconeogenesis. You, me, your grandma, any healthy individual shifts into ketosis unintentionally. This happens when you wake up in the morning. If youre not hungry in the morning this indicates you have a strong metabolism as youre in ketosis. Nutritional ketosis occurs in the latter situations, however, keto-adaptation occurs after several weeks when your body adapts and begins to prefer ketones of glucose as its preferred source of fuel. When you intentionally fast for longer periods or follow a diet very high in fat, medium protein and low (5%) carbs, something interesting happens to the brain and personally called keto-adaptation where your body fundamentally prefers ketones over glucose as its primary energy source. Ketogenic diets favour glutamate becoming GABA instead of aspartate. Ketones increase GABA where neurotransmitters are released, also known as synapses in the brains of rats and some epileptic patients. GABA is beneficial for your sleep, focus and attention and increases in various narcotics which causes feelings of euphoria and cognitive focus. Oxidants in the brain have a single electron which makes them reactions hence the large amount of oxidants in epileptic patients leading to Excitotoxicity. Excitotoxicity leads to epileptic brain damage as neurones are basically friend due to the excitement of these oxidants in the brain. Antioxidants in blueberries, for example, reduce this risk, so the state of ketosis inhibits these violent molecules and increases the breakdown of them to a significant degree. If you do it right and dont eat trans fats as your source of 75% fat or so then the high-fat nature of keto isn't a problem if you increase polyunsaturated fats (specifically omega-3) such as DHA and EPA which are commonly cited as "brain supplements" to help aid in the reduction of oxidation and inflammation. We know that inflammation plays a key role in the role of the development of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is inclusive of the brain, a strong cognitive marker for brain based ailements. Overall, more research needs to be done. But from what weve seen so far and the copious amounts of anecdotal accounts it seems likely that the fat-fuel brain has specific advantages for certain people. Is Saturated Fat Bad For You? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnE1n... Check out some more related videos: Low Carbs Diets Are NOT Better For Fat Loss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8KSJ... Study Proves Intermittent Fasting DECREASES Testosterone? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyWxI... 4 Ways To Get Ripped Fast (100% PROVEN TO WORK) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLC8a... The Truth About Getting Under 7% Body Fat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6DPy... 3 Reasons To Eat Carbs (Backed By Science) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oyt2G... How To Get To 10% Body Fat The Easy Way https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dulex... Why Protein Is King For Fat Loss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D10ij... Can You Build Muscle AND Lose Fat? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43rnH...

The Fat-fueled Brain: Unnatural Or Advantageous?

Disclaimer: First things first. Please note that I am in no way endorsing nutritional ketosis as a supplement to, or a replacement for medication. As you’ll see below, data exploring the potential neuroprotective effects of ketosis are still scarce, and we don’t yet know the side effects of a long-term ketogenic diet. This post talks about the SCIENCE behind ketosis, and is not meant in any way as medical advice. The ketogenic diet is a nutritionist’s nightmare. High in saturated fat and VERY low in carbohydrates, “keto” is adopted by a growing population to paradoxically promote weight loss and mental well-being. Drinking coffee with butter? Eating a block of cream cheese? Little to no fruit? To the uninitiated, keto defies all common sense, inviting skeptics to wave it off as an unnatural “bacon-and-steak” fad diet. Yet versions of the ketogenic diet have been used to successfully treat drug-resistant epilepsy in children since the 1920s – potentially even back in the biblical ages. Emerging evidence from animal models and clinical trials suggest keto may be therapeutically used in many other neurological disorders, including head ache, neurodegenerative diseases, Continue reading >>

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  1. xenia

    I have a few questions about a ketogenic diet.
    1) Lately, I have probably been eating less than 50 grams of carbs a day. Is this ketogenic?
    2) If someone is on a ketogenic diet, does this require urine testing at home? Is this suggested or necessary? Do you?
    3) Are there known risks for being on a severely carb restricted diet that one should be aware of?
    I seriously dont want to "hassle" with counting carbs, so I've thought to myself I will cut out the obvious ones then I wont have to count. Most recently, I've eliminated breads, rice, pototoes, sweets, and only eat carbs that end up in nuts, yogurt, low carb veggies, berries, etc. So based on that I am guessing that I eat 60 g of carbs a day, or less. Possibly much less on many days.
    Today for breakfast, I had scrambled eggs with sauteed peppers, and chedder cheese.
    Lunch was a small bowl of broccoli cheddar soup, with less than 10 grams of carbs (per the container)
    Supper was a 7 oz hamburger with about 3/4 cup strawberries. It was an early supper so I will have some Greek yogurt with nuts or something later.
    How does that sound?
    Yesterday, for breakfast I had a chocolate protein drink and 3 brazil nuts
    Lunch - turkey lunch meat, a couple slices of cheddar cheese, and a big handful of grape tomatoes.
    Now here is the clincher: For supper, I made some homemade "chicken pot pie mixture" and I didnt have it with the biscuit on top. I knew that I put flour in there, to thicken the sauce, and peas and carrots with carbs. I knew it was not a pristine choice (my husband couldnt stop raving, of course) I think it was the "Pizza Effect" I've heard about through this support community, as my BG didnt rise too much immediately after that - 118 at one hour, and 96 at two hours I was shocked, actually. But when I went to bed, it was 128! (I realize that it could have risen, "just because" as well.) For me, at that hour, that was a lot. And then all day today, higher than normal, even with low carb eating and a 30 minute walk.
    So I feel like I HAVE to basically eliminate most carbs from my life to maintain AS NEAR TO NORMAL NUMBERS AS POSSIBLE - is my goal. My ideal would be most of the day, under 100. Which means a very low carb, or ketogenic ? diet.
    Which is why I need to know more, from your perspective, about this diet. I LOVE my doctor, he's the greatest, but he is still suggesting 40 g of carbs at each meal. We've had plenty of discussion about that mindset. My dietician, too.
    So what do YOU think about a ketogenic diet - its safety, whether you need to test your urine for ketones, what numbers of carbs actually constitute a ketogenic diet? Does what I am doing sound like a ketogenic diet (minus the pot pie, no biscuit?)

  2. lowcarbwalking

    Hi Xenia,
    Here is my experience with doctors and a ketogenic diet:
    1. Internal medicine doctor who diagnosed me with diabetes:
    She had one patient who used the Keto eating method and it worked/s for him. She did not know enough about it to tell me how to do a ketogenic diet. She said, find info on the the web or get a book.
    2. My longtime endocrinologist:
    WHAT!?! A Keto Diet, that will make you sick. Very bad idea, don't do it, I don't recommend it.
    3. What I did:
    Read the book, "Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Eating" and Dr Bernstein's book, " Diabetes Solution". Both were in my local library.
    4. MY RESULT: Stayed on a Keto diet for 18 months. Lost 72 pounds without counting calories. BLood glucose numbers returned to normal. Have had normal range a1c's for last 6.5 years eating 50-70 grams of carb a day. 50-70 grams a day of carb does not put me into the Keto range.
    5. Last Visit with the ENDO who told me KETO was a bad idea:
    Saw my Endocrinologist this past Monday. She praised me highly for another A1c in the normal range and fasting blood glucose test in normal range. She says she does not consider me to have diabetes any longer and writes in my chart each time I see her: No clinical evidence of diabetic disease
    I have Keto test strips but only use them when I am ill to check to see if I have ketones and need to go to urgent illness for rehydration and anti nausea medication
    Different people get to the stage of having ketones at different levels of low carb eating. It depends on your body size, activity level,and possibly other medical conditions. Most women will not be in the Keto range at 50 plus grams of carb. Most people will be in Keto range if they eat a total of 20-30 grams of carb a day. It takes a few days to maybe a week of eating very low carb to attain Keto range.
    There are a number of closed Facebook groups you can join that are all about the Keto way of eating.
    More and more doctors and other medical professionals are coming around to using low carb including Keto diet as a recommendation for people with diabetes.
    There are and have been a number of poeple on this forum over the years that have done Keto or are doing Keto.

  3. maryd98

    I've read quite a few posts here from different people who've either tried a keto diet or who follow it regularly. I've never done it myself, but it seems to work for some people.
    Personally, I feel like the more 'balanced' I can make my meals/snacks, the more I'm able to stick with the plan over the long haul. I don't like the idea of cutting out any food group --or even any particular foods--except the ones I don't like! I do avoid dairy, because I'm lactose intolerant, but I have things like soy milk and vegan/veggie/nut cheese. If I have regular dairy, I get sick, so it's easy to cut that out.
    I focus on my BG trends and patterns more than on specific numbers on specific days. I do not try to maintain non-diabetic BG numbers 100% of the time. Still, the goals I've set are attainable and have kept me in good health; after living with T2 diabetes for 18+ years, I manage it without meds and have no signs of compications (knock on wood!).
    We each have to find our own way to live with diabetes and manage it so that we avoid complications. I would not advise anyone to follow a ketogenic diet, but like I said, I have read of people who do follow it, and they seem to be happy with it. I've read some negative comments, too, by some who've tried it. There's no single plan that works for everyone with T2 diabetes.
    I wish you good luck and good health as you continue on your journey!

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Reactive Hypoglycemia

Reactive hypoglycemia is a condition in which the body reacts to a perceived catastrophic drop in blood sugar. I say perceived because during an episode, the blood sugar readings may be in the normal range, but still "feel" like low blood sugar to the person having the reaction. In my experience, hypoglycemia happens to most people when first beginning a low carb, ketogenic diet. It may be especially strong in people who have already developed insulin resistance or pre-diabetes from a chronic excess of carbohydrate intake. There are different types of low blood sugar causes. Transient hypoglycemia normally happens when most people who have been eating a high carb diet drastically reduce carbohydrate intake for the first time. This type happens during the first several weeks of carb reduction because the body has not had time to create the enzymes or metabolic state to burn internal fat stores for fuel. Basically there is a gap in the amount of carbohydrate available for fuel, and the process of accessing fat stores for fuel. The lack of fuel sources results in transient low blood sugar. Reactive hypoglycemia is more of an acute reaction to a very high carb meal. For instance, when Continue reading >>

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  1. classichammer

    I started keto on 3/2. I tested my fasting blood sugar and got 107. After eating a meal of pork shoulder and broccoli fried in butter, I checked my blood sugar level again, 84. Is that normal? In any event these first few days I have gone from 202 to 196 and went from 25.9 to 24.9 percent of body fat.

  2. blurfocus

    This seems to be fairly common among people with insulin resistance. This article tries to explain it, but isn't all that clear. Maybe some others can chip in with better explanations.
    http://www.ei-resource.org/illness-information/related-conditions/hypoglycemia-and-insulin-resistance/

  3. BethAtTheHug

    Sounds like a touch of Reactive Hypoglycemia - which is something I get if what I eat has any sugar, whether it's in the form of table sugar or sweet to the taste veggies. Mine got less as I became keto adapted. If it gets significantly worse, it's doctor time to check you out.

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Today we're talking about alcohol on Keto. Can you drink alcohol on a Ketogenic Diet or should it be avoided? Keto Collagen: https://youtu.be/uQM7D_Ssavo In case you're wondering - yes, you can have some alcohol occasionally on Keto, if it's something that you enjoy. Some alcoholic beverages are better than others though. In general, you should avoid drinks like sweet cocktails and alcopops as much as possible. For example, a typical Long Island Iced Tea has 32 grams of carbs per 12 oz. and something like a Smirnoff Ice has 31 grams of carbohydrates. Maybe you're even able to mix yourself a sweetened cocktail without any carbs, but forget the ones you get at a bar. Next we have beer: Try to avoid beer, as it's usually higher in sugar - a 12 oz. bottle of Corona or Guinness has about 14 grams for example. If you can't live without the occasional beer, then go for a light beer which can have between 2-7g of carbs, so choose the right one. Still, don't overdo it. Wine: If you enjoy drinking wine then dry wine is your best bet, either white or red. One 5 oz glass of dry wine usually has between 2-4g of carbs. Sweet wines have more sugar. Hard liquors and spirits: Unflavored, pure liquors like Vodka, Tequila, Gin, Whiskey, Rum, Brandy or Scotch have 0 carbs. So you can include some occasionally if that's what you're craving for. Their high volume of alcohol still blocks your metabolism, so even if you're drinking hard liquors that have no carbs in them and your blood readings show you you're still in Ketosis, your body still has to metabolize the alcohol first, before anything else. That means the alcohol has to be burned before burning fat or even carbohydrates for energy. As a result, it will halt fat-loss during that time. Also, they still have calories that you need to take into account. Alcohol is never going to be beneficial for your health, even if it has no carbs. Sorry if I'm coming off too negative here. This doesn't mean that you can't include some alcohol every once in a while if you believe it significantly improves the quality of your life. Just keep in mind it will not help you lose weight if that is your primary goal. Now that we got that out of the way, you should also know, or you probably already realized, that you get drunk a lot faster on a Ketogenic Diet, maybe twice as quickly as to what you were used to before. If you're trying to save money, you might even say you're getting more bang for your buck! No but seriously, just be more careful the first time you drink after starting Keto. You might also experience an intense hangover the next day. To avoid that as much as possible, make sure you stay well-hydrated when you're drinking alcohol and drink plenty of water. http://getdrunknotfat.com This website displays the alcohol by volume, the carb content as well as the calories for a lot of drinks. If you're not sure how many carbs your drink has, it might be worth checking out! I personally only drink very rarely, I might have a small glass of white wine once a month. I'm grateful to have realized a couple of years ago that I don't need alcohol to have fun. But I also never enjoyed drinking that much before, so that's just my personal preference. How often do you drink since starting Keto and how did it affect your weight-loss? Please let me know in the comments below. If you enjoyed the video, please don't forget to leave a like and to subscribe if you want to see more in the future!

7 Things You Need To Know About Alcohol And The Keto Diet

Clay Rattenbury started the keto diet in 2014 because he wanted to lose weight. And it worked. He took 70 lbs (32 kg) off his 6’1′ (185 cm) frame in six months. During that time he drank alcohol every day — straight vodka, or vodka mixed with diet coke, often until he blacked out. Still, the weight came off. He actually liked the fact that the ketogenic diet lowered his alcohol tolerance: he’d get drunk faster. About six months into his keto journey, however, Rattenbury knew alcohol was causing too much havoc in his life, harming his health and hurting people he loved. He had to stop drinking. “I realized the way I ate and the way I consumed alcohol were very similar. Once I started I couldn’t stop. It was hard for me to do anything in moderation,” says Rattenbury, 28, who is in the US Navy. He has been sober now for 2.5 years and on the keto diet for three years (except for 8 weeks in Navy boot camp). He feels wonderful, both because of his diet and his sobriety. He is a lean, muscular 185 lbs (84 kg) and feels fit, strong and clear-headed. He enjoys working out regularly. The cravings for both his trigger foods and for alcohol are gone. He sees the two as being very Continue reading >>

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  1. sadstyle

    Yesterday a paramedic was doing routine tests on me, which included a blood sugar level test. Mine was 3.1mmol/l. I had to take 2 tubes of the oral glucose gel to get it back within the normal range (above 4). They asked me if I had had something to eat that day and I did. I had a keto dinner (creamy cheesy spinach, tuna, and some broccoli and green beans sautéed in butter) 4-5 hours before the test.
    Is this normal when following keto? I don't think I have ever had a problem with a low blood sugar. Should I be worried? Or could it be something unrelated to keto and more to do with a medication I'm taking?
    Thanks guys.

  2. sadstyle

    I was freezing and shivering. And the paramedic said my hands were very cold and clammy. I didn't have headache or dizziness, but some palpitations were present that came and go several times during the hour. I was surprised when they said I had low blood sugar because I didn't think I was. I don't know if those symptoms may be attributed to it.
    Also, a bit of a science question. I thought that body maintains blood sugar through glycogen (if carbs is significantly reduced) or through glycerol from the triglycerides. So even if you don't get enough carbs/sugar from food, your body gets it from fat/glycogen? So your blood sugar should still remain within the narrow range?

  3. ivosaurus

    No. Being in ketosis will in fact give you a far lower constant blood sugar, and is a normal part of being in this state.
    This is because ketosis is a complete shift in gear for your body's metabolism. You stop using glucose as an energy source (mostly), so it simply doesn't need to be present in the blood any more.
    Glycogen is mainly used as a temporary store of glucose when you are on a "normal" carb-based diet. It's stored in your liver and muscles and will deplete over a day or two after you start a keto diet, and thereafter your body's metabolism will completely move to a ketone/fat-based one.
    Your body will convert protein, either from outside sources or your own muscle to get its minimum needed glucose if you are eating a truly tiny / non-existent amount of carbs. The recommended 20-30 grams daily is easily enough for your body's needs during ketosis, though.
    All that said, you should definitely try and find out what gave you such serious symptoms; maybe it was deficiency in other minerals (or maybe it was truly blood sugar in some way) but if the paramedics weren't informed you were practising a keto diet that might have lead them to a wrong conclusion (not necessarily, but might have).

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