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The Definitive Guide To Micronutrients In The Ketogenic Diet

The Definitive Guide To Micronutrients In The Ketogenic Diet

When excluding particular foods, food categories, or macronutrient groups from the diet, the opportunity for deficiency to present itself increases. Therefore, it is no surprise that pushback against the ketogenic diet cites vitamin, mineral, or other nutrient deficiencies as a reason to think twice before restricting carbohydrate content in the diet. However, a close examination of our foods and their contents strongly supports the consumption of animal products. In fact, removing animal products from the diet poses more of a risk to the development of nutrient deficiencies than removing carbohydrate-rich products. This is particularly true when looking beyond the nutrient content of the food to how the nutrients are absorbed and metabolized. In general, meat and other animal products do not limit or may promote nutrient absorption, while plants can often contain antinutrients like phytates, oxalates, or glucosinolates which reduce nutrient absorption, nullifying any benefits associated with their contents. So... what nutrients are lacking in a ketogenic diet? Vitamins Sources: National Institute of Health, Daily Values National Institute of Health, Recommended Intake Vitamin A Cruciferous vegetables (kale, spinach, broccoli), dairy (cheese), and meat (beef liver, fish) are rich in vitamin A. Interestingly, 1 ounce of beef liver would provide nearly 100% of the DV for vitamin A (a tablespoon of butter can also provide over 5%). Vitamin A is NOT lacking in a ketogenic diet. Here we say B “complex,” as this group includes thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, biotin, folate, and cobalamin. The B vitamin complex is an interesting one because we’re told to eat grains and cereal to get B vitamins. Grains and cereal don’t actually contain much B Continue reading >>

Zinc And Hair Loss

Zinc And Hair Loss

Testimonies of the Day Another great 30 day Accelerated testimony: “I got compliments on my HAIR today at work. There is NEW hair growth, it’s not as lifeless. I laugh now and feel happy. I’m firing on all cylinders for the first time in I don’t know when, I’m losing weight and have energy but most important my mood is the best it’s been in, forever. It took such a huge leap of faith to buy your services. I’ve been down the rabbit hole so many times I could cry! I went off the HCG early to start your program and boy, I am glad I did. Now I eat and feel full. I feel awake when I should feel awake and sleep great when I need to. Today my time of the month came and NO pms which was awesome. It dawned on me when I was at the grocery store the other day, I thought to myself, wow….I don’t need or want half of this stuff in here anymore!! I really like this and feel like the recipes you supply are enough for me to sustain on and be happy with. I think people at work are wondering why I’m so chipper and laughing a lot too. Haha” – Donna Photo Testimony: Do you or someone you know suffer from an auto immune disease? Alopecia is an auto immune disorder is close to my heart. One client really sticks out in my mind. Kiki, was a middle-aged woman who came into my office. I saw her often in the weight lifting class that I take three times a week, but I never talked to her. It was impossible to ignore that she always wore a bandana on her head, but I never knew why. Her story is that in her 20’s she started losing her hair and by the time she came into my office, it was completely gone. I love this story because Kiki was a professor so I never saw her at the gym during the school year. After 6 months of my anti-inflammatory, keto-adapted, gluten free diet, Ki Continue reading >>

7 Reasons Why You Might Need To Take Biotin (6 Of Them You Probably Didn’t Know)

7 Reasons Why You Might Need To Take Biotin (6 Of Them You Probably Didn’t Know)

Biotin is a water-soluble enzyme co-factor that is an essential micro-nutrient for all mammals. Being a co-factor means that it’s an important part of enzymes to help them do their job in the body. It’s a member of group B vitamin complex, but also know as vitamin H or co-enzyme R. It’s especially abundant in liver. Biotin is made in human intestines by gut bacteria, but our bodies are not able to store it. It is unknown how much of this bacteria-produced biotin contributes to overall nutrition of the body. Why Do We Need Biotin? B-vitamins (known as B-vitamin complex) are helping in converting food to fuel. They help to metabolize fats and proteins and they’re essential for healthy skin, hair, liver and eyes. Biotin is needed to metabolize the building blocks of proteins – amino acids. It’s also important in gene regulation. Those vitamins are also very needed for effective nervous system function and essential in embryonic development. Is There Any Biotin In Food? Yes. Biotin can be found in several foods, such as nuts or bananas, cooked eggs etc. Although in this case you should always choose unprocessed foods, as many food-processing techniques destroy biotin. 7 Reasons Why You Might Need Biotin: 1. Hair Loss and Brittle Nails Several researches show, that Biotin is extremely good to reduce problems like hair loss, brittle nails, split hair etc. Therefore it’s found in many products for hair, nails and skin (but remember – health always starts from the inside). If you are troubled with any of these things, biotin might be just the right thing to get beautiful, strong hair and nails. In addition to taking a supplement, always try to eat unprocessed food, reduce your grain consumption and increase fruit and vegetable portions in your menu. Avoid sugar Continue reading >>

Is There A Dark Side Of Ketosis?

Is There A Dark Side Of Ketosis?

I can’t remember what appetizer she pointed to, but the woman sitting to the left of me said this so casually, and several folks at the table knew exactly what she meant, confirming what I’d long suspected: Ketogenic diets have officially gone mainstream – or recognizable at a party mainstream at least – in 2017. Let’s back up and demystify ketosis, which simply means you’re utilizing ketone bodies – more commonly called ketones – rather than glucose as your body’s primary fuel. Just like your car uses gasoline, your body needs fuel. That usually means glucose. But let’s say you’re on a very-low carbohydrate, higher-fat diet. Your body doesn’t get a lot of glucose, which primarily comes from carbohydrate and to a lesser degree protein. That means your liver’s backup glucose (glycogen) also becomes in short supply. Unlike your car, your body doesn’t just shut down. Thankfully, you have an alternative fuel source called ketones. Ketones are organic compounds your liver always makes. You’re cranking out ketones right now as you read this. During starvation or (more likely) when you restrict carbohydrate and increase fat intake, your body uses ketones as its primary fuel. In other words, when your body doesn’t receive or can’t make enough glucose, it shifts to this alternative fuel. Almost every organ can utilize ketones except for your red blood cells (which don’t have ketone-metabolizing mitochondria) and liver. Your liver, in fact, does the heavy lifting. This hardworking organ metabolizes fat into three ketone bodies: acetoacetate (ACA), beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), and acetone.(1) BHB is the first substrate that kicks ketosis into action. Among its benefits, BHB reduces chronic inflammation and restores healthy inflammation levels. In Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet Does Not Affect Strength Performance In Elite Artistic Gymnasts

Ketogenic Diet Does Not Affect Strength Performance In Elite Artistic Gymnasts

Abstract Despite the increasing use of very low carbohydrate ketogenic diets (VLCKD) in weight control and management of the metabolic syndrome there is a paucity of research about effects of VLCKD on sport performance. Ketogenic diets may be useful in sports that include weight class divisions and the aim of our study was to investigate the influence of VLCKD on explosive strength performance. 8 athletes, elite artistic gymnasts (age 20.9 ± 5.5 yrs) were recruited. We analyzed body composition and various performance aspects (hanging straight leg raise, ground push up, parallel bar dips, pull up, squat jump, countermovement jump, 30 sec continuous jumps) before and after 30 days of a modified ketogenic diet. The diet was based on green vegetables, olive oil, fish and meat plus dishes composed of high quality protein and virtually zero carbohydrates, but which mimicked their taste, with the addition of some herbal extracts. During the VLCKD the athletes performed the normal training program. After three months the same protocol, tests were performed before and after 30 days of the athletes’ usual diet (a typically western diet, WD). A one-way Anova for repeated measurements was used. No significant differences were detected between VLCKD and WD in all strength tests. Significant differences were found in body weight and body composition: after VLCKD there was a decrease in body weight (from 69.6 ± 7.3 Kg to 68.0 ± 7.5 Kg) and fat mass (from 5.3 ± 1.3 Kg to 3.4 ± 0.8 Kg p < 0.001) with a non-significant increase in muscle mass. Despite concerns of coaches and doctors about the possible detrimental effects of low carbohydrate diets on athletic performance and the well known importance of carbohydrates there are no data about VLCKD and strength performance. The unde Continue reading >>

Biotin Deficiency

Biotin Deficiency

Biotin deficiency is a rare nutritional disorder which can become serious, even fatal, if allowed to progress untreated. It can occur in people of any age, ancestry, or gender. Biotin is part of the B vitamin family. Biotin deficiency rarely occurs among healthy people because the daily requirement of biotin is low, many foods provide adequate amounts of it, intestinal bacteria synthesize small amounts of it, and the body effectively scavenges and recycles it from bodily waste. However, deficiencies can be caused by consuming raw egg whites over a period of months to years. Egg whites contain high levels of avidin, a protein that binds biotin strongly. When cooked, avidin is partially denatured and binding to biotin is reduced. However one study showed that 30-40% of the avidin activity was still present in the white after frying or boiling.[1] But cooked egg whites are safer to consume.[2] Genetic disorders such as Biotinidase deficiency, Multiple carboxylase deficiency, and Holocarboxylase synthetase deficiency can also lead to inborn or late-onset forms of biotin deficiency.[citation needed] In all cases – dietary, genetic, or otherwise – supplementation with biotin is the primary method of treatment.[citation needed] Signs and symptoms[edit] Rashes including red, patchy ones near the mouth (erythematous periorofacial macular rash) Fine and brittle hair Hair loss or total baldness (alopecia) Anemia Birth Defects (still being studied)[3][4] Seborrheic dermatitis Fungal infections Psychological[edit] Hallucinations[5] Lethargy[6] Anorexia[7] Mild depression, which may progress to profound fatigue and, eventually, to somnolence Generalized muscular pains (myalgias) Paresthesias Causes[edit] Total parenteral nutrition without biotin supplementation: Several cases of Continue reading >>

Consumption Of A Low-carbohydrate And High-fat Diet (the Ketogenic Diet) Exaggerates Biotin Deficiency In Mice

Consumption Of A Low-carbohydrate And High-fat Diet (the Ketogenic Diet) Exaggerates Biotin Deficiency In Mice

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Biotin Deficiency By Amino Acid Formula Nutrition For An Infant With Milk Protein Allergy

Biotin Deficiency By Amino Acid Formula Nutrition For An Infant With Milk Protein Allergy

Abstract We reported a 4-month-old girl with biotin deficiency caused by amino acid formula. Two weeks after birth, she was diagnosed as having a milk protein allergy. After switching to amino acid formula from usual formula, her symptoms and laboratory findings became normal. About three weeks after the beginning of amino acid formula, she developed intractable skin erosions around the eyes, mouth, neck, and anogenital area. By measuring concentrations of some trace elements, she was diagnosed as having a biotin deficit, because of the organic aciduria and undetectable serum biotin concentration. Her serum biotinidase level was normal. Upon administration of oral biotin supplementation, all her symptoms and laboratory findings were dramatically improved. Since amino acid formula contains very few biotin, we should pay attention to biotin deficiency when infants receiving amino acid formula. Continue reading >>

What Is Biotin And Why Do We Need It?

What Is Biotin And Why Do We Need It?

Interest in Biotin has increased in the past few years but as it’s also known as vitamin H, it isn’t anything new. However, our understanding of the important role this vitamin plays in the functioning of our bodies has increased. As a part of the B vitamin group, it is necessary for our body to breakdown proteins and convert amino acids from protein into blood sugar for energy. Biotin also helps strengthen our fingernails, skin, and hair and control blood sugar levels. Having a healthy amount in your diet supports muscle and tissue repair, brain function, and your cardiovascular system and thyroid. Many people believe that it has made their hair and nails stronger although studies haven’t been able to prove that it is an effective aid for thinning hair. Moreover, it could help our bodies heal faster from wounds but there is still very little studies into this possibility. Commonly found in foods such as eggs, meats & fish, avocados, and cauliflower, a deficiency is rare, although it can happen. And our bodies’ are actually able to recycle the existing Biotin that we’ve digested and already used. People who have taken antibiotics for long periods of time or suffer from digestive issues can be susceptible. Pregnant women also need to take extra care that they are getting sufficient biotin, with some research estimating that one third of pregnant women will become biotin deficient although the effects of this aren’t understood at this point. Biotin is included in many multivitamins and also as its own supplement. Want to know more about supplements? Read our post on An Intro to Vitamins and Supplements. Continue reading >>

Basic Nutritional Investigation Consumption Of A Low-carbohydrate And High-fat Diet (the Ketogenic Diet) Exaggerates Biotin Deficiency In Mice

Basic Nutritional Investigation Consumption Of A Low-carbohydrate And High-fat Diet (the Ketogenic Diet) Exaggerates Biotin Deficiency In Mice

Abstract Objective Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that acts as a cofactor for several carboxylases. The ketogenic diet, a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet, is used to treat drug-resistant epilepsy and promote weight loss. In Japan, the infant version of the ketogenic diet is known as the “ketone formula.” However, as the special infant formulas used in Japan, including the ketone formula, do not contain sufficient amounts of biotin, biotin deficiency can develop in infants who consume the ketone formula. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of the ketogenic diet on biotin status in mice. Male mice (N = 32) were divided into the following groups: control diet group, biotin-deficient (BD) diet group, ketogenic control diet group, and ketogenic biotin-deficient (KBD) diet group. Eight mice were used in each group. At 9 wk, the typical symptoms of biotin deficiency such as hair loss and dermatitis had only developed in the KBD diet group. The total protein expression level of biotin-dependent carboxylases and the total tissue biotin content were significantly decreased in the KBD and BD diet groups. However, these changes were more severe in the KBD diet group. These findings demonstrated that the ketogenic diet increases biotin bioavailability and consumption, and hence, promotes energy production by gluconeogenesis and branched-chain amino acid metabolism, which results in exaggerated biotin deficiency in biotin-deficient mice. Therefore, biotin supplementation is important for mice that consume the ketogenic diet. It is suggested that individuals that consume the ketogenic diet have an increased biotin requirement. Continue reading >>

6 Home Remedies For Low Carb & Keto Induced Hair Loss

6 Home Remedies For Low Carb & Keto Induced Hair Loss

6 Home Remedies for Low Carb & Keto Induced Hair Loss Because We’ve Been There Let’s start off by saying that we’ve got personal experience with keto induced hair loss (Paola here! ). You see, a couple years back I suffered from a bout of excessive hair loss (i.e. losing roughly 1k hairs per day… yup, I counted!). And then guess what? A bad hair dye job finished it all off, and I lost two-thirds of my hair. Not fun to say the least. But guess what? After a couple months of trying everything and anything related to hair loss, I finally found a regime which worked. And within just two weeks, my hair stopped falling in chunks. It literally went form 1k to just 30-50 (at least those that I could count!). A year later, and my mane was back in full swing. And most importantly, do not despair! As you probably know already (and I know, it probably doesn’t help me saying it again!): stress also causes hair loss. So if there ever was a vicious cycle, this is it. An important note is that excessive hair loss can be caused by a thyroid malfunction, so it’s worth getting a quick workup to check that that’s not the underlying issue. Otherwise you’ve got options. So here are 6 home remedies you can try for keto induced hair loss. With an MSM supplement most definitely at the top of our list. 1. MSM If there’s one treatment for hair loss you really (and absolutely!) must try it’is a simple intake of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). And forget the scary name, it’s simply a sulfur-bearing compound naturally found (in very small amounts) in several fruits, veggies, animal products, and algae. You see, MSM helps to create several of the chemical links that you need in order to form several types of structural tissues in your body. Including connective tissues such as arti Continue reading >>

How To Stop Sugar Cravings

How To Stop Sugar Cravings

I've put together this list of tips on how to stop sugar cravings, because I know how powerful these urges can be. It's tough to fight them when they are raging away at your brain. These tips are useful when first starting a ketogenic, low carb diet as they can help you get past the rough spots on your way to a better diet and better health. Sugar cravings, like most addictions, are frequently the result of unbalanced blood and brain chemistry, and these tips help because they work toward correcting the imbalances. Quick Blood Sugar Craving Fixes Take 500 mg of L-Glutamine. This natural amino acid works by acting as a substitute for sugar (glucose) in the brain. Your brain can burn L-glutamine instead if it is low on sugar for fuel. Eat 4 ounces of protein. Choose leftover meat from last night's dinner, or make a quick tuna salad with canned tuna and some mayo. Go for a walk. Daily exercise increases the amount of a neurotransmitter called dopamine in your brain. Higher levels of dopamine are associated with better moods and reduced sugar cravings. Be patient. Sugar cravings only last about an hour or so. Find something that takes all your attention and get absorbed in the task. This will take your mind off them, and get you through until they subside. For a longer term plan, you can also take some supplements that help your body with blood sugar control: B vitamin complex and extra Biotin Alpha Lipoic Acid Zinc Vitamin E Chromium GTF All of these supplements are helpful for controlling blood sugar fluctuations. Read The Diet Cure by Julia Ross for more information on how to stop sugar cravings and control blood sugar issues. How to Stop Sugar Cravings Forever I struggled with sugar cravings for years. I would get up in the morning and vow to myself not to eat anything Continue reading >>

How To Get Into Ketosis For Optimal Cognitive Performance

How To Get Into Ketosis For Optimal Cognitive Performance

Contents Here’s a sample protocol. I’ve given more options below for you to tinker with, but if you just want clear and simple instructions, here you go. I think this is simple enough and doable. You don’t have to follow everything here, but it’s just a sample protocol. A bright light device by the workstation. Keep it about a foot away and use for 15-30 minutes, if you aren’t exposed to a good amount of bright light in the day. Before supper You can eat whatever you want for supper. Follow a diet that you can keep to and that suits your individual health needs. I recommend 20-50g of carbs depending on your individual needs. I’ve gotten into ketosis before but it didn’t work out very well. This protocol is my attempt to make it work more quickly. Getting into “Ketosis” is considered a state where your brain uses ketones for fuel. The most common fuel for your brain is glucose. Recently, I thought about what went wrong and thought about how I could change this. I’ve been experimenting with a modified ketosis version for about a month on and off. This protocol will be updated as I do more experiments and tweak it. This modified version solves most of the problems I had with ketosis when I previously tried it. I had a lot of issues with low carb diets in general, but this protocol is NOT a very low carb diet. I don’t do this protocol anymore because I need more carbs. I still recommend that you try this or a variation of it if you want to get into ketosis. These days I do a lectin avoidance diet, with carbs. But I may revisit ketosis later. My protocol doesn’t rely on ketones for fuel only. I like to get brain fuel from 4 different sources. This is one way in which this protocol is unique. I find if I get too much of one of these four fuels then it Continue reading >>

What's The Best Vitamin To Boost Your Keto Diet?

What's The Best Vitamin To Boost Your Keto Diet?

The ketogenic diet, or keto diet, has been proven an effective means of weight loss and improving cardiovascular health. But despite all these great benefits, some people still end up feeling lousy on this low-carb diet. Why? More often than not, that crappy feeling is a simple case of vitamin deficiency. When you cut high-carb foods from your diet, you may also be unintentionally cutting out several essential nutrients as well. And when you are lacking in these things, you might feel noticeable effects on how you live your everyday life. The effects could range from simple tiredness to headaches and a few other things as well. Luckily, vitamin deficiency can be easily avoided without breaking your hard-earned ketosis by taking various supplements. In this article, we’ll go over the three most common nutrients that low-carb diets might lack. We’ll also take a look at the best ketogenic-friendly vitamins and minerals to make up for these common deficiencies so that you can start reaping the benefits of the diet and improve your overall health at the same time. Vitamin B complex isn’t just one thing, but a group of eight different water-soluble nutrients that include thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, B12, B6, pantothenic acid, and biotin. These essential ingredients play a variety of different roles in the body, from converting food into energy to supporting the production of red blood cells. On the ketosis diet, you’ll get most of your B-complex vitamins by eating leafy greens and protein-rich foods like fish, chicken, and legumes. The only B vitamins you may be lacking are biotin and pantothenic acid, which are more commonly found in the carbohydrate-rich grains that most low-carb diets avoids. If you often feel sluggish and fatigued on keto, your body m Continue reading >>

Keto Q&a: Hypothyroid, Hair Falling Out, And Missing Period

Keto Q&a: Hypothyroid, Hair Falling Out, And Missing Period

This week we’re covering hypothyroid on keto, wheat belly, listening to your body, hair falling out on keto, amenorrhea, cortisol on keto, falling off the keto wagon, and more. Resources… Find an answer to your keto, low-carb, high-fat questions in past keto question and answer sessions. Continue reading >>

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