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Iced Ketoproof Green Tea

Iced Ketoproof Green Tea

Despite having tons of health benefits, ketoproof tea fits right on in with my breakfast and lunch schedule. I do intermittent fasting, and ketoproof tea gives me plenty of energy along with satiation through the morning fasting hours. I decided to take on an iced approach since I really like a cold drink in the morning and it helps me get it down much quicker in my morning eating window. Since I don’t do a full day fasting, drinking ketoproof tea in the morning really ramps up my metabolism with the fats, amino acids, and caffeine. Keep in mind that even if you don’t fast, this is still a wonderfully healthy and filling breakfast. I started using Numi Organic Tea and I love it. I got myself a sampler set on amazon, and it’s only $23. You get 9 flavors, with 5 teabags of each flavor. It’s a great way to test for what you like, and what you don’t and then order them much cheaper in the single packets. In fact, they’re around 27 cents a teabag if you start ordering individual flavors. So far I’ve actually enjoyed all of them, but I have a preference toward the Golden Chai and Gunsmoke Green. I figured since this is ketoproof tea, gunpowder green was a very fitting name for the tea of choice! Heck, we should start calling it Gunsmoked Ice Tea – has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Main Components for ketoproof Tea Coconut Oil or MCT Oil – Coconut oil technically is MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) oil, well about 65-80% MCT anyway. MCT oil is just more concentrated than coconut oil, but both have been shown to aid in fat loss. I use coconut oil because, to me, it gives it a nice taste and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper! Grass Fed Butter – Cows that have a diet of fresh grass yields butter that has improved consistency and nutritional properties. The Continue reading >>

What To Do With A Cold On Keto

What To Do With A Cold On Keto

Day 11 – 191 lbs. I have caught it from my children. They have some pretty full blown action. So far, it’s just a little filling of the sinuses and I believe I had a fever last night. Should I drop this thing to take care of the cold? What supplements should I take, etc? I am deciding to take a generic phlegm pill (mucinex). I will up the Vitamin C with a couple Emergen-C packs. That will add a few carbs to the equation. Add a little apple cider vinegar to the mix. I have a feeling that I will be feeling better than your average bad feeling dude. Have you ever had a cold on Keto? I’m not talking about the Keto Flu. That’s snot what we’re dealing with here. Sorry, I could not help. I’ve been waiting years to bring that back into a conversation. Continue reading >>

7 Things To Do At The First Sign Of A Cold

7 Things To Do At The First Sign Of A Cold

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If there is one thing I can not stand it’s getting sick. It’s so frustrating to not be operating at your optimum level. You know that feeling when your throat gets a little tickle and you feel a cold coming on? Maybe you feel a bit tired, flushed, achy or your nose starts dripping. At the first sign of a cold there are a number of things you can do to help kick it before it turns into a full blown cold. Sometimes when I feel a cold coming on I am able to get rid of it before it turns really nasty. Here is a list of 7 tactics you can try to kick a cold before it gets you down. 7 Things To Do At The First Sign Of A Cold 1. Sleep: The first day you start to feel symptoms, get to bed as early as possible that night, aim for 8 hours. If you can’t get a full nights sleep (which is common for moms) try and squeeze in a 30 minute nap! Giving your body ample sleep will help give you the energy you need to fight off the germs. 2. Water: I’m a water drinker to begin with but when I feel a cold coming on I really start chugging. This helps to soothe a sore throat, break up congestion, and get lymph and fluids flowing which will help carry the germs out of you. 3.Light Exercise: Taking a gentle walk or doing yoga can help boost your immune function. Since your symptoms are mildest at the onset of your cold, take the time to squeeze in some light exercise, like brisk walking for 15-30 minutes. If it’s cold bundle up really well. If it’s too cold do some yoga inside. 4. Probiotic Foods: If you aren’t already making probiotic foods part of your daily diet (which I highly recommend) you should at least when you feel a cold coming on! The easiest thing to do it purchase some plain yogurt from the store, sweeten with honey or ad Continue reading >>

45: Very Low Ketones While Fit, Cold Hands & Feet, Sleep Raising Ketones, Salt, Excessive Calories

45: Very Low Ketones While Fit, Cold Hands & Feet, Sleep Raising Ketones, Salt, Excessive Calories

LISTEN AND DOWNLOAD AT ITUNES If you are interested in the low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat, ketogenic diet, then this is the podcast for you. We zero in exclusively on all the questions people have about how being in a state of nutritional ketosis and the effects it has on your health. There are a lot of myths about keto floating around out there and our two amazing cohosts are shooting them down one at a time. Keto Talk is cohosted by 10-year veteran health podcaster and international bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” and Arizona osteopath and certified bariatric physician Dr. Adam Nally from “Doc Muscles” who thoroughly share from their wealth of experience on the ketogenic lifestyle each and every Thursday. We love hearing from our fabulous Ketonian listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at [email protected] And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes and listened to the past episodes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Adam offer of words of wisdom for their Ketonian friends in Episode 45. **Special THANK YOU to Jane, Sandra, Maria, Erika, Mary, Angela, and Brook** KEY QUOTE: “A calorie simply is not a calorie. I’m not saying the laws of thermodynamics don’t apply–they do! But they only apply when the hormones are balanced correctly. If the hormones aren’t balanced, the calorie hypothesis isn’t valid.” — Dr. Adam Nally Here’s what Jimmy and Adam talked about in Episode 45: – I’m in great shape but my ketones are in the tank. Why? Hi Jimmy and Adam! I am a 34-year old male in great shape and have around 12% body fat. I’ve been eating LCHF for about 2 years now and was doing IF for the first 14 months. I decided to tr Continue reading >>

Diy Natural Cold And Flu Remedies

Diy Natural Cold And Flu Remedies

Being sick is no fun, and I for sure don't want my kids or me to suffer any longer than necessary when they get sick. But since I had way too many antibiotics in my childhood, and it caused many issues for me including gut health problems, I am all about finding natural flu remedies and cold remedies so we can avoid the prescription drugs and OTC meds. Over the years I've found that it's a good idea to try different remedies and see what works for you and your family. Plus, there might be some that just aren't palatable for you or your kiddos, so you'll need to be armed with other options to. Making your own natural remedies is very satisfying. First of all, you have total control over the ingredients so you can keep everything natural and avoid ingredients that you might have an allergy or intolerance too. It also saves money since not only are the DIY versions less expensive than the store bought, but you can use so many of these ingredients for different applications, so you'll find yourself shopping less. Here are the natural cold remedies and flu remedies including some very yummy ones. I'm sure you'll find several that you are eager to try. Most have low carb options so they can be incorporated into a low carb / keto lifestyle. 1. Elderberry Jam – Spread this Immune Boosting Jam on your favorite gluten-free bread or put a dollop on hot cereal or eat off of a spoon. 2. Coconut Orange Smoothie. According to Green Thickies, this will help you avoid getting sick, plus can reduce the duration should you succumb. This does not have a low carb alternative. 3. This DIY Antibacterial / Antiviral Essential Oils Blend has many applications but one of my favorite is to fight off an illness. 4. Elderberry Syrup from my site. We use this every time we get a “bug” and it r Continue reading >>

Cold Thermogenesis: How To Freeze Your Fat Off

Cold Thermogenesis: How To Freeze Your Fat Off

Technology as a crutch The industrial age started in the late 18th century in the United Kingdom and with it, brought about technologies that now keep us in the Goldilocks zone, not too hot not too cold. In effect, we outsourced a fundamental aspect of what it means to stay alive and well temperature control Specifically, we now do very little cold thermogenesis. It’s a process mammals like us use to produce heat in order to stay warm. Our bodies keep temperature tightly regulated in the range of 36.5 to 37.5 °C (or 97.7 to 99.5 °F). If you get too cold, entering a state called hypothermia, the molecular machines (enzymes) that run you metabolism can’t function properly – all it takes is a drop of 1 to 2 °C (or 1.8 to 3.6 °F) to get you into serious trouble. You want cold thermogenesis to kick in before that. The same goes if you get too hot. You cross the fever threshold when your body temperature reaches 37.2 to 37.7 °C (or 99.0 to 99.9 °) [1]. Get above that and you’re courting risky business. Fun fact: strictly speaking, not all of your body is at the same temperature. Yes yes, your toes might be cooler than your armpits, but that’s not what I’m talking about. If you zoom into your cells and measure the temperature of mitochondria, the bean shaped factories producing the ATP you power yourself with, they can reach 50 °C (or 122 °F) – hot damn! [2] Enter The Iceman: taking back cold thermogenesis Science advances in strange ways. Progress happens in fits and starts, from glacially slow collaborations to dogged individual pursuits. The Iceman, also known as Wim Hof, embodies the latter kind. A 40min Vice documentary well worth your time details the Dutchman’s fascinating story. He holds 26 world records [3], like climbing Mount Everest in nothi Continue reading >>

Why This Doctor Recommends Keto (with A Catch)

Why This Doctor Recommends Keto (with A Catch)

Would clinical nutritionist Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNC, recommend the keto diet? "Absolutely," he told POPSUGAR. But there is a catch. You can't do it forever. A brief refresher, if you don't already know: the keto diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet in which you switch your body's primary energy source from carbohydrates to fat (i.e., from glucose to ketones). Up to 80 percent of your calories come from fat - we're not kidding when we say high-fat! That's what differentiates this diet from something like Paleo or Atkins - they're both low-carb, but with keto, the emphasis is on the fats. "I don't think somebody should be on a full ketogenic diet for more than three months," he said. "What I teach is not that everybody should be on a ketogenic diet - the basis of what I teach is traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM - but if somebody has the goal of overcoming epilepsy, fighting cancer, overcoming blood sugar issues like diabetes, losing weight, or even some hormonal issues, the ketogenic diet is a great temporary diet." "Everybody is different; depending on somebody's genetics, depending on somebody's health goals or struggles, certain people should be on certain diets," said Dr. Axe. For the patients he believes need the keto diet for what he calls "a breakthrough" in their health, he likes to limit it to three months. "When I put my patients on it, it has been for a maximum of three months. I know some people who have been on [the keto diet] and have done it for a year and done well with it. But I don't think people should be on a ketogenic diet fully for more than a year - absolutely not for more than a year." His reasoning for this is rooted in human history and the biology of our ancestors. As Dr. Axe is a clinical nutritionist with methodology root 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 >>

Cold And Flu Tea

Cold And Flu Tea

Last week, I got the flu- or something else nasty. I had a sore throat that developed into a cough, blocked sinuses and felt feverish. And here’s the problem when you’re following a low carb or keto approach and you get sick: Most of the remedies you get in the pharmacy are full of sugar, especially the cough/throat lozenges. Quite often, there’s some “soothing honey” or other sweetener to make those remedies tolerable (because we don’t want to add unsweetened misery to an already miserable patient…). While I give raw honey to my kids when they’re sick (and yes, it works really well), I have to resort to other tricks to fight a flu, cough or sore throat. And this is why I want to share with you my cold and flu tea that you can experiment with to your heart’s content until it reaches your favourite flavour. Do make sure you add ginger- not only for flavour, but it really helps a lot with both sore throats but also soothing a stomachache. I remember it being one of my favourites when I had the odd bout of morning sickness with my 2nd child. Cinnamon and liquorice root can add some natural sweetness, camomile is really nice before going to bed because of its relaxing effects and during the day, I like using green tea for all its numerous benefits. But it’s not just about the soothing and healing effects of all the herbs and spices in this “cold and flu tea”. It also makes it a lot easier to stay well hydrated if you’re not well, and that’s often half the battle on your road to recovery! Ingredients 500ml filtered water 2 tea bags (e.g. camomile, ginger/lemon, green tea or any other you like) 3 cloves 1 thumb ginger, grated 1 tsp lemon zest You can also add marshmallow extract, fenugreek seeds, liquorice root extract or cinnamon sticks for a soot Continue reading >>

Keto Through Colds

Keto Through Colds

Hey all, Today I was going to very happily post how well Soren is doing. And then he had a big, awful seizure during breakfast. Poor kid. What a way to start the day! Still, the boy is doing great. Especially considering he's been sick for about a month! He caught a cold Mother's Day weekend. Despite that, he didn't have any seizures. Until the NEXT weekend! That seizure marked the end of a 6 week stint with no seizures! Not to shabby! Especially since just a few days later, I found out that Soren's cold had led to a raging ear infection in his left ear. So the fact that he only had 1 seizure through that was very impressive. So Soren went on antibiotics to clear the ear infection. (And probiotics to help his tummy) But then on the day of his last dose, last Friday, he caught ANOTHER cold! We went in for an ear recheck this past Tuesday and while the infection in his left ear was better, he now has one in his RIGHT EAR!!! So another round of antibiotics was started. Soren is clearly feeling better. Still, this has taken quite a toll on him, so it's no wonder he had another seizure. We're hoping with this round of antibiotics we'll get him all cleared up and healthy going into the summer. (Of course, I just caught my 3rd cold of this year. Ugh!) A note on getting through colds on the Keto Diet. We can't use regular, children's meds because they have sugar in them! So, no Dimatap or Motrin. Instead he got Tylenol suppositories, nasal decongestants, and Vicks Vapo Rub. And for his antibiotic, we can't do the liquid stuff. Instead, I crushed up non-coated pills and put them in his food. Yuck! And then there was the challenge of getting fluids in him. Turns out, Soren loves warm chicken broth, which is allowed on the diet and really seemed to sooth him. All in all, though, S Continue reading >>

What Is Keto Flu? (plus 6 Ways To Cure It)

What Is Keto Flu? (plus 6 Ways To Cure It)

You’re tired and dizzy, you crave sugar, bread, pasta, and your mind wanders like crazy. You just started a ketogenic diet (or a Paleo or other low carb diet) and you’re suspicious if your new diet is making you feeling this crappy. Removing carbohydrates from your diet all of a sudden may well be the reason why you’re barely able to concentrate on this sentence! This can happen even on a Paleo diet if you remove too many carbs from your diet. And all this feeling of crappiness is due to something people call Keto Flu (or Carb Flu). Read on to find out what is keto flu, how long keto flu lasts, and of course, how to cure keto flu. (CARB FLU = KETO FLU) KETO FLU INFOGRAPHIC – please pin! Please feel free to pin and share this infographic about the keto flu. WHAT IS KETO FLU? Keto flu describes the flu-like symptoms that people starting a low-carb diet often experience. These symptoms are caused by your body being too used to receiving carbohydrates from the food you eat and not being able to change your body’s energy source when you stop eating carbs. (If you’re interested in the science, then this article provides a very detailed explanation of why keto flu happens.) Some people explain keto flu as symptoms resulting from withdrawal from carbohydrates (think drug addiction here). And indeed, there are studies showing that sugars (which are a form of carbohydrates) can cause drug-like additions. But don’t panic if you think you have keto flu. I’ve listed several ways to shorten that period of feeling crappy below. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF KETO FLU? If you just started a low carb or ketogenic diet, then you might experience keto flu symptoms like: Fatigue Sugar cravings Dizziness Difficulty focusing (or Brain Fog) Nausea Difficulty Getting To Sleep Irritab Continue reading >>

Ketosis And Cold Hands

Ketosis And Cold Hands

Just trying an experiment and I am 3 days into a ketogenic diet. Planning on sticking with if for 30-60 days and longer if I dig it. So I know it is "normal" to have cold hands in ketosis but I had two questions - 1- What is the cause/mechanism behind this? 2 - For those who have been keto for a long-time, with NO re-feeds does this go away after adaptation? Edit - This is not a starvation diet, I am not significantly hypo-caloric, I am not suffering from a disease and I am not looking for a diagnosis. At 75gm + I have warm hands no matter what. On a ketogenic diet, so far, I feel great and am having no issues other than my hands being cold (not numb). Due dilagence on google shows this is common in Ketosis. However, it doesn't say A - Why people in ketosis have this symptom or B - Whether this symptom abates as keto-adaptation occurs. So for those who have been keto- or are keto- do you have this? Did it go away? Is there any study or consensus on the cause. For instance - Light-headedness on Keto- is almost always related to Potassium and Sodium issues. That is the sort of data I am asking about. Continue reading >>

Solutions For Head Colds

Solutions For Head Colds

“Oh, it’s just a cold” makes it sound so minor, yet a stuffed nose leads to a congested heavy head and often to sleepless nights as well. Knowing that the symptoms aren’t serious doesn’t prevent them from ruining a perfectly good day. Fall and winter are especially challenging times for colds because that’s when viruses and other microbes tend to become airborne. Head colds are easily transmitted from person to person, so don’t try to be a trooper and show up at the office even though you’re sick. Here’s how to stay healthy during cold season and how to remedy a cold, if you get one. Head colds - and indeed most acute winter illnesses - are caused by viruses. Conventional medicine offers no prevention and little real treatment. No matter how bad the cold feels, antibiotics are completely useless for viral illness, and unnecessary antibiotics can do serious harm to your overall health. Recent discussions have focused on whether the injury lasts for months or years. When you get sick with a head cold, your main interest is in relieving your symptoms as quickly as possible, ideally with as few side effects as possible. A sensible approach focuses on providing you with several natural methods of interfering with virus production. You can arrest viruses by using homeopathic remedies, foods, vitamin and mineral supplements, and herbs. More importantly, you have the power to greatly reduce the frequency of catching colds and to reduce a head cold's symptoms and duration by following the simple recommendations below. For the greatest improvement with the fewest steps,do the following: Thorne Research OPC's, taken as a double dose twice daily. Zinc lozenges, such as Zand's Herbal Formula Zinc, taken frequently (break in smaller pieces or taken whole) to provide Continue reading >>

Can Colds Enhance Immunity?

Can Colds Enhance Immunity?

We all d read getting sick, it slows us down, keeps us from fun activities, and we worry about sharing it with loved ones and co-workers. In short, getting a cold is a drag! But, could there be some immune benefits? Could the sniffles, the cough, the fever and the chills actually strengthen our immune system? Can you enhance immunity by getting a cold? First of all, a virus does not cause the symptoms of a cold. Our immune system fighting back cause the symptoms we experience. Sniffles cause mucus, which acts as a barrier to viruses going deeper into our bodies. A fever increases white blood cells to attack the cold causing virus. We suffer from fatigue, malaise, and body aches because our body needs to rest to effectively eradicate the virus. Listen to your body, go lay down and rest so it can quickly eliminate the virus. What are the immune benefits of getting sick? One of the ways to enhance immunity is to get a cold. When we get sick our immune system creates memory immune cells to a specific virus. As adults, we have a pretty good repertory of immune memory cells to specific organisms because we have gotten sick in the past from a large variety of viruses. We expand that repertory every time we get sick. Re-exposure to a virus taps into those memory cells. Our immune system is educated in how to specifically knock that virus out before it exponentially expanded its viral load. Because there is a very low viral load, we wipe it out before we experience the usual cold symptoms. How often should you get a cold? Probably about once a year. I like to think of it as “flexing” our immunity, while building our immune repertory. When you do get sick, support your immune system with vitamin C, A and D, immune herbs such as Oregon grape, licorice, and elderberry, eat warm Continue reading >>

Keto No-noodle Chicken Soup

Keto No-noodle Chicken Soup

1 servings USMetric Melt the butter in a large pot. Slice the celery stalks and mushrooms into smaller pieces. Add dried onion, celery, mushrooms and garlic into the pot and cook for three to four minutes. Add broth, carrot, parsley, salt, and pepper. Simmer until vegetables are tender. Add cooked chicken and cabbage. Simmer for an additional 8 to 12 minutes until the cabbage “noodles” are tender. Continue reading >>

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