diabetestalk.net

What Is The Best Keto Supplement?

Keto Supplements You Do (and Don’t) Need

Keto Supplements You Do (and Don’t) Need

There are a lot of supplements on the market, targeted at those of us on a ketogenic diet. Are they necessary? No, most of them really aren’t. However, there are a few supplements I definitely recommend taking, especially on a lower carbohydrate or ketogenic diet. Vitamin D Do you get at least 30 minutes of sunlight every day? If not, or if it’s winter where you are (basically, between October and March), you definitely aren’t getting enough vitamin D. This keto supplement is actually all purpose – vitamin D is incredibly important in regulating mood, metabolism and in the production of hormones. It’s pretty much impossible to get sufficient amounts of vitamin D from food sources, so if you aren’t being pelted by the sun’s rays…it’s time to supplement. I love these liquid drops because they’re a good deal (it’s over a year’s supply), and are super easy to take. I also love these gummies because I am a child. Probiotics Probiotics are the good bacteria that populate your stomach. They’re important for weight control, autoimmunity, blood sugar control and a whole host of functions. We don’t really even understand yet how important probiotics are, but there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that these little guys are crucial to pretty much every system of our bodies. Eating fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir and yogurt can certainly help to boost levels. As can taking a probiotic supplement. Look for one with not only a high count of organisms, but with as many strains as possible! Diversity! I like these packets because you don’t have to take them daily, they don’t need to be refrigerated, and they dissolve in water. Fish Oil Unless you’re eating at least 2 Alaskan salmon fillets, or several tins of sardines a Continue reading >>

The Beginner’s Guide To Exogenous Ketones

The Beginner’s Guide To Exogenous Ketones

Have you been wondering what exogenous ketones are? If so, you’re not the only one. The keto-dieting world has been buzzing with information about developments on exogenous ketones for awhile now, with many brands producing exogenous ketones that are used by Keto lifestylers around the world. But the majority of Keto dieters don’t completely understand what exogenous ketones are or how they can benefit their diet (or dieting options). In this post, we’ll provide you with easy to read information about exogenous ketones. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to utilize exogenous ketones in your diet, and teach others about their value. Let’s start with the label! The Definition of Exogenous Ketones Two words: exogenous and ketones. The word exogenous describes something that is developed from external factors; something outside of the usual production. So in terms of ketones, this means that exogenous ketones are synthetic: created outside of your body by scientists and then ingested for accelerated ketosis. We assume that you already know what ketones are, but just in case, we’ll give you a brief description of this term as well. Ketones, are organic compounds produced by in your body when your system experiences starvation, or when you restrict carbohydrates and increase fats, which inhibits a starvation-like state that produces ketone bodies. These ketones are an ideal fuel source for your body and your brain. Studies have suggested that when your body is in a ketogenic state, it utilizes oxygen more efficiently in the generation of energy. In short, ketones are secret weapons for anyone looking to take their body’s fueling system to the next level! To restate the point: Exogenous Ketones are ketone supplements. They’re created outside of your body and i Continue reading >>

Best Keto Supplements To Take For Weight Loss

Best Keto Supplements To Take For Weight Loss

Supplements can help promote good health or fill in any “gaps” we might be missing on a ketogenic diet. We’ve already talked about vitamins and minerals you may need to supplement on keto, but what about supplements specifically for weight loss? Below, we’ll cover the top supplements used by those eating ketogenic for weight loss and how to best use them. Exogenous Ketones Exogenous ketones are externally-made ketones you consume, meaning they aren’t created inside the body. Taking them can help you get into ketosis faster. And the faster you get into ketosis, the more you’ll aid weight loss efforts. There are three ketones created when we’re in ketosis, but beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) is the form used in exogenous ketones. By taking BHB, you’re giving your body an instant supply of ketones to use for fuel. They can also help you avoid some of the side effects of transitioning from eating carbs to eating fats. With the right exogenous ketones, you can get into ketosis more quickly than just eating a ketogenic diet alone (but you still must be eating for ketosis). However, not all ketone products are created equal, so let’s talk about the differences. How to Find Quality Exogenous Ketones Don’t just Google and purchase the first exogenous ketones product you find. The details matter. Here’s what to consider: Clean ingredients. Some products include a bunch of artificial flavors, fillers, gums, or binders. In fact, some will even contain carbs! This is neither good for you or good for ketosis. There’s a reason Perfect Keto Base has absolutely NO fillers, gums, sugars, or carbs—just pure ketones. 11.38 grams per serving, in fact. Quality ingredients. Source and quality matter! There’s no point in spending your hard-earned money on a ketone produc Continue reading >>

7-keto: Supplement To Speed Metabolism?

7-keto: Supplement To Speed Metabolism?

The supplement 7-keto DHEA is being widely promoted as a means of revving up metabolism in order to lose weight, specifically belly fat. Other claims for the product are equally extravagant – that it can improve lean body mass, build muscle, increase thyroid gland activity, boost the immune system, improve memory and reduce the signs of aging. Very little scientific evidence backs up any of these claims. DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced in the adrenals and is available in synthetic versions over-the-counter. The supplement 7-keto-DHEA is a derivative of DHEA, but unlike its “parent” hormone, it does not affect sex hormone levels in the body. (I do not recommend that anyone take DHEA without medical supervision. It poses an increased risk of heart attack and breast and prostate cancer.) Proponents say 7-keto DHEA promotes weight loss by speeding metabolism – the rate at which the body burns fat. However, we have limited knowledge of this effect since there have been very few clinical trials of the supplement and no long-term investigations have been performed. All of the studies reported so far have been quite small; the largest included only 30 participants when it ended. As far as the effect of 7-keto DHEA on weight loss is concerned, the supplement has been shown to increase resting metabolic rate in participants who already were on weight-loss diets and were engaging in regular exercise. In the study, which lasted eight weeks, participants who took 100 mg of 7-keto DHEA twice a day lost about 6.3 pounds compared to a little over two pounds for those who received a placebo. Based on what I’ve read, taking 200 mg of 7-Keto DHEA daily seems safe enough. None of the studies found any significant side effects. However, since all of the studies Continue reading >>

Using Supplements To Maximize Your Ketogenic Diet

Using Supplements To Maximize Your Ketogenic Diet

Science shows that the ketogenic diet is an effective way to lower blood sugar in diabetes, control insulin resistance, and optimize cholesterol. One of the most common questions we get from people is how to utilize supplements to further reap the benefits of a carbohydrate-restricted diet. Below we outline some science-backed supplements and reasons you might want to use them in order to optimize your carbohydrate-restricted diet. About 145 million Americans use nutritional supplements each year—that’s almost one-half of the population. [1] Fight Triglycerides with Fish Oil Supplements According to Nutrition Business Journal, Americans spend over 1.2 billion dollars on fish oil supplements per year. But what are they exactly and can they benefit your health? Fish oil supplements are capsules that contain various oils derived from the liver and skin of fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel. They are rich on a special kind molecule called omega-3 fatty acids, a polyunsaturated fat which helps protect against heart disease and potentially a variety of other health conditions. Omega-3 fatty acids come in one of three varieties. The first one is called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in foods like canola oil, soybean oil, walnuts, and chia seeds. The other two, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are only found in fatty fish and fish oil supplements. Omega 3 fatty acids are an essential food; this means that it isn’t naturally produced by the body and you must obtain it through dietary means. Unfortunately, many American don’t get enough of any of these three types of omega-3 fatty acids in their diets. Recent research suggests that fish oil supplements may lower levels of triglycerides, fat molecules found in the blood Continue reading >>

Comparing Perfect Keto Vs. Pruvit Keto//os

Comparing Perfect Keto Vs. Pruvit Keto//os

Exogenous ketones are becoming an extremely popular supplement for performance. They are brand new to the mainstream market so it makes perfect sense that there are a lot of questions about what’s important in a ketone product so that buyers can make an informed decision. This is the guide to compare Perfect Keto Base vs. Pruvit Keto//OS ketone products. Marketing and advertising claims can leave consumers feeling bewildered on what’s important and what is “healthy.” As with any purchase, it’s important to take a look at what it has to offer and make the best choice for your goals. Our aim is to keep it simple and break down the few significant differences and why they matter. There are three general categories of ketone supplements (perhaps four if you include products that use the term “keto” but don’t do anything for ketosis). Perfect Keto and Keto//OS are ketone salts. Important questions to ask when looking at ketone supplements are: Do they contain ketones? (Re: Raspberry ketones) Do they promote ketosis? Do they have artificial ingredients and fillers? Are there ingredients that I am intolerant of? (eg. soy, dairy, gluten) Let’s take a quick overview of the Perfect Keto and Pruvit ketone products, then dive in deeper to ingredients, product development, and price. Perfect Keto vs. Pruvit Keto//OS – Product Overview Keto//OS Overview The Keto//OS products are made by Pruvit and come in four different types: Keto//OS Max Maui Punch Keto//OS Max Swiss Cacao Keto//OS 3.0 Chocolate Swirl Keto//OS 2.1 Orange Dream Option for each: buying products “charged” (with added caffeine) or caffeine free. Perfect Keto Base Overview Perfect Keto Base comes in two flavors: Let’s dive into more the details of each – what they are, and how they’re made, Continue reading >>

Supplements And Ketogenic Diets – Facts And Myths

Supplements And Ketogenic Diets – Facts And Myths

Although not strictly necessary, most supplements and Keto work very well together. The only thing you have to be mindful of is the actual carbohydrate content of your supplements. Prefer those that contain very little or no carbs. Protein Powders Although not really needed if you are meeting your suggested protein intake with whole foods, Protein Powders (whey, beef, casein) are a quick and convenient way to increase protein intake. Aim for whey shakes that have less than 5g carbs per serving. Darthluiggi suggest between 20 to 25g Protein before your strength training sessions. Notes on quality of proteins and brands Before you buy any brand of protein (or any other supplement), check for the reputation or effectiveness of the brand. There have been various cases in which the product does not deliver as marketed. For notable cases, read up these posts: Pre-workout Supplements The best and “must have” supplement for serious muscle building is Creatine Monohydrate. Along with it, any supplement that contains Caffeine may help you focus and train hard. Creatine. If there is one supplement you should be taking, is Creatine. Yes, it works perfectly well with keto. No, it does not require carbs to function properly, nor you have to “load” it for it to work. Note that some people may be non-responders. It can cause water retention on some people, but really is not consequential for keto as you are probably losing water. Remember, you are aiming for fat loss, not total weight loss. According to the International Society of Sports Nutrition, creatine (monohydrate) is the most effective ergogenic (performance-enhancing) nutritional supplement currently available to athletes for increasing high-intensity exercise capacity and lean body mass during training. Source:Examine Continue reading >>

Best Potassium Supplement To Take On A Ketogenic Diet

Best Potassium Supplement To Take On A Ketogenic Diet

Did you know that an electrolyte imbalance is common when eating keto? At least there is an easy fix for it. Potassium deficiency happens even in people who are eating a standard diet that might be high in carbs and low in fat. (Ref) Low carb & ketogenic diets are great for improving health in many ways like reducing metabolic syndrome issues, weight loss, physical & mental performance boosts, plus loads of other health benefits. But, one thing to remember is that it’s not perfect. Certain minerals or vitamins are definitely lost and need to be replenished. Potassium is one mineral our bodies need and that seems to run low on a keto diet. (Sodium from salt is another) If you start to feel weak, get muscle cramps, have skin problems, are irritable or moody then a low level of potassium in your system might be the culprit you need to fix. I’ve found a few different potassium supplements to help you stay keto plus feel good. 2017’s Best Potassium Supplements to take on a Keto Diet Compared Top Rated Potassium Supplements We all know Nature Made brand. They’ve been around for over 40 years and have that bright yellow label that’s easy to spot on the store shelves. So is it any surprise that they would show up in my top 3. With Nature Made Potassium Gluconate, you have a supplement that is trusted and approved by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Since low carb diets are known to deplete potassium, it’s important to make sure to increase potassium intake on a daily basis. You can do this by eating foods high in potassium – such as spinach, kale, and bananas – and a taking a trusted supplement. A potassium supplement, like Nature Made Potassium Gluconate, can help prevent you from having to deal with the symptoms that seem to go hand-in-hand with a low car Continue reading >>

7 Supplements That Help You Perform Better On A Low Carbohydrate Diet

7 Supplements That Help You Perform Better On A Low Carbohydrate Diet

In the past, there’s been several posts here on the site about how to practically implement a low carbohydrate diet. For example, a few months ago, I released the podcast: Is It Possible To Be Extremely Active and Eat A Low Carbohydrate Diet? (which incidentally, I’ll be revisiting very soon in an upcoming podcast with Peter Attia). I’ve also written the book Low Carbohydrate Diet For Triathletes, and produced these articles about how to avoid typical recommended carbohydrates dosages and instead eat a higher fat diet: -Can You Build Muscle On A Low Carbohydrate Diet? -Should You Eat Carbohydrates Before Exercise? –How I Ate A High Fat Diet, Pooped 8 Pounds, And Then Won A Sprint Triathlon. –The Hidden Dangers Of A Low Carbohydrate Diet –10 Ways To Do A Low Carbohydrate Diet The Right Way And a few days ago, Tim Olsen, the winner of the brutal Western States 100 Mile Run revealed he is a low carb athlete. But the reality is that it can be very, very difficult and uncomfortable to switch to a low carbohydrate or “ketogenic” diet if you don’t have the help of a few supplements – especially if you’re serious about performance in sports like triathlon, Crossfit, marathoning and other high-energy depleting events. So in this article, I’m going to tell you about 7 supplements that help you perform better on a low carbohydrate diet, along with a couple footnotes at the end of the article that I think you’ll find very interesting. —————————————– 1. Sodium. When you shift to a low carbohydrate or a ketogenic diet, your body loses storage carbohydrate, and also begins excreting sodium and water. When this happens, your blood pressure quickly drops, and much of the low energy that is attributed to “low blood sugar” when eat Continue reading >>

What Are The Best Keto Supplements In 2017?

What Are The Best Keto Supplements In 2017?

A popular diet that is largely entering the weight loss industry is the keto diet. But many people are wondering, what is it? Well the science behind such a weight loss plan revolves around a chemical process in the body called ketosis. This is a process that occurs when the body has a shortage of glucose in the body that it needs to burn for fuel. When the body is low on energy, and has no sugar to burn, it relies on other sources of energy to burn: in this case, fat. Ketones – The Supplement Of Choice Ketones are the biproducts of the chemical reaction of ketosis, where the body burns fat to gain energy for the brain and body. Namely, they’re the body’s alternative energy source to glucose. However, it’s important to consider eating very specific foods when using a ketogenic diet. Here are a few good food sources to pursue this sort of diet: Naturally occurring fats (i.e. butter, olive oil, etc.) Meats (Pork, Beef, Etc.) Fish and seafood (Cod, Flounder, Halibut, Dairy (Eggs, milk, cheese, etc.) Nuts and seeds (Peanuts, almonds, cashews, etc.) Drink mostly water, and stay away from sweeteners A ketogenic diet consists mostly of complex fats, while staying away from carbs and proteins to help the body, the biproducts of ketosis. When these biproducts occur naturally in the body, they are considered endogenous. When they occur as the result of an external supplement, they are considered exogenous. Today we’re going to talk about the most popular exogenous supplements on the keto diet market. What are Exogenous Ketones? These supplements often come in the form of keto drinks, powders and energy bars. Exogenous supplements provide an instantaneous way to get ketones in the body. They increase bloodstream ketones even if your body is not undergoing ketosis. As-a-r Continue reading >>

Ketoforce Reviews & Cost 2017 – The Best Ketone Supplement?

Ketoforce Reviews & Cost 2017 – The Best Ketone Supplement?

As many of you probably know, the ketogenic diet has become extremely popular lately. It seems like everywhere you look, listen, or read, you hear about someone who has gone keto, and odds are a lot of them are using the KetoForce supplement as part of their quest for ketosis. KetoForce is often used by folks KetoForce is often used by folks during their initial phase of the diet, but it can also be used a workout supplement. With this in mind, let’s dig a little deeper and examine the key detail of KetoForce – the ingredients, its price tag, how and why it works, possible side effects, and whether or not you should consider taking it. KetoForce – The Best Endogenous Ketone? According to the manufacturer, Keto Force includes beta-hydroxybutyrate in both sodium and potassium salt form. The is also known as an endogenous ketone, and when consumed it will elevate your blood ketone levels for up to 3 hours after you drink it. You can also take Ketoforce before you workout (usually about 15 minutes before you start the physical activity) and it has been demonstrated to lower the amount of oxygen used at “a given power output.” When Should You Take it? The folks at KetoSports, the makers of KetoForce, suggest using this supplement during the very first stages of the ketogenic diet. According to their directions, you should take this stuff 3 times per day for the initial two to three days that you are on the diet. They say this will help speed up your ketosis, and make the metabolic transition easier. Once you reach ketosis you can take it once per day, which will help you maintain your ketosis levels. You can also take Ketoforce before you start an intense aerobic workout – which will reportedly help enhance your performance, which will be especially noticeable fo Continue reading >>

Keto Basics

Keto Basics

If you follow the ebb and flow of the dietary industry, then you have probably heard of the term “ketosis,” “ketones,” or “the ketogenic diet.” You generally hear reference to them when we talk about low-carb, higher fat diets. In a society where low-fat/no-fat is pretty much the accepted standard, this whole low-carb/high-fat concept can seem a little… out there. Especially when there is so much confusion about what ketones are and what they do. THEN, I start talking about the possibility of supplementing with ketones – and people get even more confused. So let’s unpack all of this, learn a little more about ketones, and why taking a supplement might actually be a good thing. Let’s start with the basics. What ARE ketones and what is ketosis? When we think of the body’s natural fuel source, we think of glucose, or sugar. We know that our body needs to use sugar as a fuel, but what many people don’t realize is that fats can be an equally, and even superior, fuel source to the body. The process of ketosis refers to the body’s ability to use fats as its primary source of energy, over glucose. When the body burns fat, it produces three bi-products of fat breakdown, β-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), acetoacetate (ACA) and acetone. These bi-products are called Ketones. This is a naturally occurring process and it’s what allows our bodies to survive during times of food restriction. When an individual begins to follow a low carbohydrate diet, the body has to look for another fuel source, and it turns to fatty acids and fat stores to provide that much needed energy. The liver breaks down the fat, and releases ketones into the blood to be used by the brain and other organs to produce energy. The interesting thing about ketones is that BHB may be a more effici Continue reading >>

5 Supplements For Ketogenic Dieters

5 Supplements For Ketogenic Dieters

When you make the decision to embrace ketogenic dieting—or "go keto"—you need fat and plenty of it. After all, all those calories that you used to get from carbs have to come from somewhere, right? And as Dr. Jacob Wilson pointed out in his "Ketogenic FAQ" article, eating excessive protein (at or above .67-.81 grams per pounds of body weight) can actually produce enough glucose to kick you out of the desired state of ketosis. Where the fat comes from, well, that's up to you. For many people, bacon, avocado, and heavy cream can found on the menu eaten at almost any meal, and never do you need to think twice about choosing egg yolks again. But even with the mouth-watering menu, the adaptation period to a ketogenic diet can be challenging. Many have felt compelled to quit before actually entering ketosis—which is when the pure fat-burning and benefits begin! These three supplement staples can help you make it through the dreaded "induction flu" that many experience during the early days of ketogenic diet, and help you and come out stronger and leaner on the other side! 1. Electrolytes Transitioning your body's preferred fuel sources from carbohydrates to fat can be tough. Not only does it take time to do so, but along the way, you're likely to have a few headaches, perhaps some nausea, and for some, day-long fatigue. This is the so-called "induction flu." As carbs get kicked to the curb, so do key electrolytes such as sodium and potassium. To prevent headaches and fatigue, consider an electrolyte supplement. If you're dehydrated or low on electrolytes, all of these symptoms are going to be worse. Compounding the quandary is that many people end up cutting out electrolytes such as sodium and potassium as their carb consumption goes down. Particularly if you're trainin Continue reading >>

Exogenous Ketones Pros And Cons

Exogenous Ketones Pros And Cons

What Are Exogenous Ketones? Exogenous Ketones (EK for short) are ketone supplements and by definition, a supplement is a thing added to something else in order to complete or enhance it. Think about it like building muscle, good supplements can enhance your results, but if you don’t eat right and exercise, supplements are just useless. You can’t just sit on the couch to watch TV, eat potato chips all day and drink some supplements and expect to gain muscle. A supplement is not a miracle. It’s just an addition and before you add it to your diet, you need to get the basic right first, which is dieting and exercise in the case of building muscles. The supplements are not going to lift the heavy weights for you. You do! Back to the case of EK. If you cheat on your keto diet and eat a ton of carbs, and you want to use EK as a way to feel better and less guilty about it, it’s probably not a smart choice because EK won’t do anything for you (more on this later). However, if you are eating LCHF and somehow you’re not feeling your best, EK can be helpful and we will explain more below. Our Approach We own and manage a few growing Keto Facebook groups with tens of thousands of members and we often see the exogenous ketones topic comes up. We have seen a lot of confusion and criticism as well as support from our members. Most of the complaints are normally because of the expensive price of some products, the lack of understanding about what the product is and what it does to your body or because some sellers/promoters try to bend the truth to get you buy their products or recruit you into their multi level marketing team. We recently ran a survey in our private group and asked people if they have used EK before and if it worked for them. Here’s the result: Many peopl Continue reading >>

Exogenous Ketone Supplements: Review Of Current Products And Future Developments

Exogenous Ketone Supplements: Review Of Current Products And Future Developments

Exogenous ketone supplements hold promise for individuals looking to lose weight, improve their health and longevity, and enhance cognitive performance. In this article, we will dive into the history of exogenous ketone supplementation, the different forms of exogenous ketones that are available and what to look out for when choosing a supplement. The first installment of this two-part series, which can be found here, takes an in-depth look at what exactly exogenous ketones are and how they work. If you haven’t had a chance to read that yet, it is highly recommended you do so before continuing on with this installment. Before moving on, it’s necessary to clarify that beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) is the predominant ketone found in exogenous ketone supplements. Therefore, “BHB” supplement (i.e. beta-hydroxybutyrate supplements) is just another name for exogenous ketone supplement. The State of Exogenous Ketone Supplements Exogenous ketone supplements are somewhat new on the scene, with a select few companies manufacturing them for dietary use. The exogenous ketone products currently available on the market are BHB mineral salts (BHB with sodium and potassium to improve absorption). The term “BHB mineral salts” is synonymous with beta-hydroxybutyrate salts and ketone salts. There are also combination BHB supplements that include MCT (or other) oils. Exogenous ketone products come in either liquid or powder form. Timeline of Introduction of Ketone Supplements Exogenous ketone supplements have been in research & development since the early 2000s, but didn’t start making their way to the general public until late 2014. Ketoforce by Prototype Nutrition was the first to launch, followed up shortly thereafter by Pruvit’s Keto OS (and Keto OS Charged, a caffeinated Continue reading >>

More in ketosis