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Break Through KETO Weight-Loss Plateaus

I’ve had a few people this month ask me how they can break through the weight loss plateau they are experiencing after months of being on a ketogenic diet and taking exogenous ketones. First, props to them for keeping up with the ketogenic lifestyle for months! Many people can’t find the desire or discipline to stick with it for more than a couple weeks; so way to go! Second, it is PERFECTLY normal to experience a plateau in your weight loss goal; the trick is to not let it defeat you. If you’ve been at this plateau for more than three weeks, today’s message will help you learn how to break through it!

In this interview on Cut the Killer Carbs, Dr. Justin Anderson discusses a few of the challenges his clients are experiencing during their metabolic coaching programs. He says about 10% of metabolic coaching clients experience these plateaus.  The Whoosh Effect is the collection of instances when your body can go a certain period of time with no movement in the weight, then all of a sudden drop a couple pounds and go right back to no movement. Here a few tricks to break your plateau:

  1. Count your carbs, religiously, for three days. After awhile, you become lax on your carb consumption. Put yourself back in check.
  2. Take a look at current medications, as some are associated with weight gain.
  3. Check your axial temperature in the morning to see if you have inadequate thyroid function.
  4. Take omega 3 fatty acids!
  5. Consider a light exercise regimen.
  6. Try two weeks of dairy to see if your body is sensitive to it.
  7. If you’re on current thyroid meds, switch from generic to name brand for more bioavailability.
  8. Watch out for farm-raised fish; get wild caught only.
  9. Remove diet sodas and artificial sweeteners.
  10. Don’t let your “cheats” go too far.
  11. Utilize intermittent fasting.

Here is another great resource for even more tips on how to break through your plateau, including eating too much or too little!

My personal recommendation for my clients is to change your daily routine. If you’ve been following the same regimen for more than six months, give your body something new to work with. Do high intensity movement for 5 minutes before you start your day. Use intermittent fasting at a different 8 hour time slot in the day. Up your exogenous ketone consumption a little! If you’ve been using 1/2 packet twice a day for months, try using 1/2 packet three times a day for a bit. If you haven’t implement the use of exogenous ketones in your weight loss journey, start now and see if that brings your cellular regeneration to a new level!

I hope this will help you get where you’re looking to go. As always, if these tips aren’t helping you break through, consult a medical professional to address your body’s needs.

Best of Luck,

Coral Jinright-Gibson

Posted in Ketogenic Life, Of Heart and Mind

Increase Your Lifespan With Ketosis

What would you do if I told you I had the key to adding more happy years to your life?

Would you jump for joy knowing you’ll have more time to travel the world? Would you wake up every morning knowing you’ve got more time to spend with your children? Would you stop stressing the small stuff? Would guilt and remorse leave your heart?

It is my goal to help you grasp the fact that you are currently in the only body you will ever receive. You’ve got an incredibly smart body that deserves your respect. The energy you put into your body is exactly what you will get out of it. From a psychological point of view, that means living with gratitude, compassion, love and an open mind. From a physical point of view, that means doing uplifting activities like walking, yoga, hiking, kayaking and even sleep! With that said, let’s dive into how ketone bodies present life span extending properties by reducing oxidative stress and being an effective tool for combating free radical damage.

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Above, you see the  molecular structure of three ketone bodies. These three ketones are the subject of a critical review from IUBMB Life titled Ketone Bodies Mimic The Lifespan Extending Properties of Calorie Restriction. It’s fascinating really. This critical review discusses the genetic mechanisms of life expansion, the antioxidant system, the indications of your telomere length, and other anti-aging mechanisms, ALL of which can be optimized with the presence of ketone bodies.

The ketogenic diet is a wonderful way to nutritionally get into ketosis. Furthermore, in the above review, their results showed that consuming exogenous (sourced outside the body) ketone esters showed a two-fold decrease of glucose and a three-fold decrease of insulin in rats. What profound results!

“Aging in man is accompanied by the deterioration of a number of systems.”

We know that.

What you might not know is that “the unique ability of ketone bodies to supply energy to the brain during periods of impairment of glucose metabolism” is what make ketosis a highly effective treatment against neurological diseases that are currently untreatable with traditional medicine.

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The take away: get ketones in your body and ENJOY LIVING LONGER!!

Get exogenous ketones in your body TODAY with this Ketone Operating System.

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Gut Health and Ketosis

It’s no question if gut health should be at the top of your list of health goals. Yet, surprisingly, many people will focus much more on cosmetic and aesthetic “health” and completely bypass what’s going on inside their bodies. The microbiome in the gut is highly influenced by the types of food we put into it. Primarily, sugar and “empty” carbs are the ones in question here. You can imagine that, if sugar is bad for the brain, it’s not so good for the intestines either! We will now explore this with a view interviews!

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In this interview, Eric Westman MD talks about how the ketogenic diet affects the health of our digestion and the trillions of microbes inside our guts. Contrary ideas are also brought to the table in an attempt to truly understand what takes place when sugar and empty carbs are removed from our diet.

 

In this interview, David Perlmutter MD, a board certified neurologist, discusses how the removal of grains and the inclusion of a ketogenic diet could aid in protecting our brains for life. The power of gut microbes is incredible, but fat got the blame for its decline in recent decades, contrary to practices by humans over thousands of years.

Both of these interviews are full of knowledge, as well as links to other books and research articles to expand what you know about the connection between the brain and the gut microbiome and just how helpful ketosis is in maintaining the health of both.

Health and happiness,

Coral Jinright

 

Posted in Ketogenic Life

The Importance of Green

Well… money is important. But what I’m talking about here is nutritious GREENS!

When individuals start following the ketogenic lifestyle, they will include an abundance of fat with a moderate amount of protein. This is a solid foundation. For optimal gut health and utilization of these fats and proteins, it is imperative to include greens in your diet. Non-starchy leafy greens and vegetables are necessary to ensure your gut biome is in homeostasis and maintain blood sugar. The Ketogenic Diet Resource site maintained by Ellen Davis MS is an absolutely incredible aid in your transition to the ketogenic lifestyle. This site debunks myths, presents the applications of the ketogenic diet and shares recipes, food plans and medicinal applications of the lifestyle. There are also books by Ellen Davis listed that can be purchased to broaden your horizon in the field: Fight Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet, Conquer Type 2 Diabetes, and many more.

This article written by Ellen Davis in the Well Being Journal in the July/August 2012 issue discusses why the ketogenic lifestyle is key to excellent health. “Small amounts of ROS are created as part of normal cellular respiration, and our cells have been equipped with various antioxidant molecules to disarm them.” We all know it doesn’t stop here. Oxidative stress from daily life contributes to the formation of free radicals in the human body, which are the cause of what we call inflammation. The inclusion of greens into your diet will also help balance your body’s electrolytes: sodium (Na), potassium (K), calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg). Electrolytes are found in the body’s fluids including urine and blood and provide an electric charge that controls all involuntary bodily functions as well as muscle contraction and relaxation. In conjunction with greens, exogenous ketones will help electrolytes balance with little intervention on your end. Learn more about electrolyte balance and its significance in your body.

I hope this has been helpful to you, and that you’ve got a handful of asparagus and spinach ready for dinner tonight!

Cheers!

Coral Jinright

Posted in Ketogenic Life, Of Heart and Mind

Reducing Anxiety!

With exogenous ketone supplementation! 

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An article published on December 6, 2016 in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience discusses the impact that ketone ester and BHB salts on blood glucose and BHB levels as well as performance on an elevated plus maze (EPM). What these researchers, including Dr. Csilla Ari and Dominic D’Agostino, concluded is astounding!

After 83 days chronic and 7 days sub-chronic exogenous ketone supplementation to a standard diet, the following results ensued!

  • less entries were made into closed arms on the maze
  • more entries were made into open arms on the maze
  • more distance was traveled in open arms on the maze

With these results, researchers concluded that exogenous ketone supplementation may represent a promising anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) strategy by helping induce nutritional ketosis. Take a moment to look through this incredible research article!

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If you haven’t tried exogenous ketones for whatever reason, I believe anxiety reduction is a good reason to start!

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Stress Kills Ketosis

This article has been created with the goal of helping to weed out common misunderstandings about what ketogenic nutrition should look and feel like.

You should NOT be starving yourself everyday in an attempt to lose weight. You should NOT feel so guilty that your cortisol levels are through the roof. You should NOT remove carbohydrates without replacing it with other nutrients: FAT AND KETONES!

That’s the paramount point here. The management of insulin is the key reason ketosis became an area of empirical research. Insulin, a hormone, is released into the body and promotes fat storage. Those spikes in insulin that take place with sugar intake are the culprit. In this article by Dr. Adam Nally from Surprise, AZ, he addresses Common Ketosis Killers in layman’s terms so every single person can understand it quite simply.

How do you kill ketosis?

  1. carbohydrates
  2. alcohol
  3. excessive protein
  4. malnourishment
  5. artificial sweeteners
  6. flavored coffee creamers
  7. unnecessary medications (upon doctor’s approval)
  8. STRESS

Numbers 1 through 7 can generally be managed by self-control, personal mediation and increased respect for your body! Number 8 is the MOST CHALLENGING! Am I right?

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Lowering stress seems to be the most difficult to adjust. In my years of practice, every person deciding to make a lifestyle change can add or remove whatever nutrients they need to achieve their health and wellness goals. However, when stress levels aren’t decreased, nothing CAN change! Cortisol, the hormone stimulated by the increase in stress, literally kills ketosis and neuron communication in the brain. Adequate sleep is imperative, and even 10 minutes a day of meditation, stretching, yoga or that splendid “me time” could help combat how stress is impacting your daily life.

I hope this serves as a reminder to respect your body and give yourself some love. If you are not sure what that looks like, read through other articles I’ve written here on my site. As stated above, exogenous ketones help mediate the effects of stress, and are available for purchase here. Here’s to the rebirth of ketosis!

Posted in Corrective Exercise, Ketogenic Life

Improved Recovery

* Do your goals have 4 powerful workouts stacked a week? *

* Are you trying to gain lean muscle mass and shed fat without the “OW!!” factor? *

* Is the muscle soreness you’re experiencing more like “disabling fatigue”? *

Exogenous ketones are here to RESCUE you!

The British Journal of Nutrition published in 2012 an article from a myriad of highly qualified researchers addressing the use of B-Hydroxy-B-methylbutyrate (an exogenous ketone) to reduce markers of exercise-induced muscle damage and improve recovery in resistance-trained men.1 At 2 weeks before and throughout the study, subjects were placed on a diet (25 % protein, 50 % carbohydrates and 25 % fat) which was designed by a registered dietitian who specialised in sport nutrition. All subjects received 3g/day of either the HMB-FA supplement or placebo. Subjects received 1g of their given substance 30 minutes prior to the training session and 1g prior to both lunch and dinner meals. On non-training days, 1g of substance was consumed with three separate meals throughout the day.

Creatine kinase was a very specific blood test performed during this study because “a high CK, or a rise in levels in subsequent samples, generally indicates that there has been some recent muscle damage but will not indicate its location or cause. Serial test results that peak and then begin to drop indicate that new muscle damage has diminished, while increasing and persistent elevations suggest continued damage.”2 Before the exercise session, serum CK levels were nearly the same in placebo- and HMB-FA-supplemented subjects (141 and 158, respectively). As a result of the exercise session, serum CK in the placebo group increased to 604 after 48 hours, while the HMB-FA-supplemented group increased to ONLY 322 (almost half)!

Perceived recovery status also improved for those in the HMB-FA supplemented group, demonstrating quicker recovering and a better opportunity for better performance in subsequent training sessions.

Creatine kinase level and perceived recovery status were two variables that showed substantial improvements for the HMB-FA supplemented group as compared to the placebo group.

This is astounding to read. If your goals include a rigorous training schedule, all of the evidence points to the utilization of exogenous ketone supplementation. To get your hands on exogenous ketones, complete the Contact Form at on the Homepage here!

Cheers to success,

Coral J.

References:

  1. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/261516423_Interaction_of_Beta-Hydroxy-Beta-Methylbutyrate_Free_Acid_HMB-FA_and_Adenosine_Triphosphate_ATP_on_Muscle_Mass_Strength_and_Power_in_Resistance_Trained_Individuals
  2. https://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/ck/tab/test/
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Workouts on Ketones!

I want to help you get the MOST out of your workouts!

You’ve already made the decision to exercise, are excited to see changes in your body, yet can’t find the energy or aren’t seeing the milestones! Not to worry. We are going to take some time today to talk about exogenous ketones and how they help your body have more ATP (adenosine triphosphate) available during your physical activity!

In the podcast cited below (1), let’s hear Ben Greenfield and Dr. Dominic D’Agostino address the following topics:

-Why extreme Navy Seals are using ketosis…

-Can you get into ketosis by eating ketones (and still consuming high amounts of carbohydrates) instead of eating a high fat, low carb diet?

-The mechanism by which ketones can “juice up your brain”…

-How ketosis can enhance blood vessel dilation and wound healing…

-Whether the consumption of ketones is actually safe…

-How to improve your oxygen efficiency with ketone intake…

-Why ketones can be used to enhance mental performance and not just exercise function…

-Practical ways you can use keto salts and ketones to enhance physical performance…

And this is just the beginning! Dr. Jacob Wilson and Ryan Lowery operate out of Applied Science and Performance Institute (ASPI) with a focus on how ketogenic diet and exogenous ketones help enhance athletic performance. A three-phase double-blind, placebo- and diet-controlled randomized intervention study was conducted in March 2014 in which Phase 1 was an 8-week-periodized resistance-training program; Phase 2 was a 2-week overreaching cycle; and Phase 3 was a 2-week taper.(2) The supplementation of exogenous ketones over twelve weeks increased total strength (bench press, squat, and deadlift combined) by 101%, increased in vertical jump power by 45% and increased lean body mass gain by 41% MORE than the control group.

What’s so cool about this study is that they also looked at cortisol, testosterone, and creatine kinase (CK) at weeks 9 and 10 of the overreaching cycle to address how the body can handle the stress of strenuous physical training! With the placebo, cortisol levels increased as training continued. However, cortisol levels were contained and even lowered as training continued and helped to heighten the perceived recovery score of the athlete! Below is the information for the research article containing all the discussion and data on this study. The researchers concluded “Moreover, when faced with greater training frequencies, as demonstrated with the overreaching cycle of training, HMB-FA (ketone supplementation) may prevent typical declines in performance that are characteristic of overreaching.” This is wondrous news for all athletes to know that your performance can be improved while your hormones can be moderated under strenuous training circumstances. For those new to exercise, this should motivate you to achieve your health and wellness goals with exogenous ketone supplementation!

Audaciously,

Coral J.

  1. “A Deep Dive Into Ketosis” podcast https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2013/10/deep-dive-ketosis-navy-seals-extreme-athletes-busy-executives-can-enhance-physical-mental-performance-secret-weapon-ketone-fuel/
  2.  “The effects of 12 weeks of beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate free acid supplementation on muscle mass, strength, and power in resistance-trained individuals: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study”. Wilson, J.M., Lowery,R., et al. Arbeitsphysiologie 114(6) · March 2014. <Read the abstract here!>

 

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Ketones for Alzheimer’s! “What do you have to lose?”

Here’s a challenge for you: type in “Alzheimer’s” and “ketones” together in the search bar for Google. See what shows up!

(Do this, then come back and read the rest of this article)!

Welcome back… there are only good things to say about the use of ketones as a therapy for Alzheimer’s. Research and practical application have both shown incredible results for treatment. Both the ketogenic diet and exogenous ketones can be extremely powerful to help bring more vitality to the brain of someone challenged with Alzheimer’s.

“Brain cells function with far greater efficiency when they are utilizing fat (ketones) as a fuel source as opposed to sugar.” GUYS! This is huge! With this knowledge, you can transform the brain entirely. In dementia and Alzheimer’s, the four (frontal, temporal, parietal and occipital) lobes of the brain can have trouble functioning on their own. Similarly, communication across the four lobes lacks severely in Alzheimer’s. Research has shown that “much of the benefit of KB (ketone bodies) can be attributed to their ability to increase mitochondrial efficiency and supplement the brain’s normal reliance on glucose.” This is why Alzheimer’s is considered ‘diabetes of the brain’. When glucose is not available for the brain to metabolize, it looks to ketones for fuel. When ketones nor glucose aren’t available, the brain is usually the first thing to lack from fuel. Therefore, the inclusion of the ketogenic diet and exogenous ketone bodies will help the cell’s metabolism become more regulated, more efficient, and more stable as blood glucose and blood ketone levels are optimized (inverse relationship).

Dr. Mary Newport in Tampa, Florida, utilized MCT oils found in coconut oil to help her late husband, Steve, added two more valuable years to his life. In August 2015, she released her most recent book The Coconut Oil and Low-Carbohydrate Solution for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Other Diseases. Listen to Dr. Newport tell their testimony here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvh3JhsrQ0w! This story has been told hundreds of times to audiences around the world the last three years and has dedicated her life to helping those challenged by dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s with the use of ketones! She utilizes KETO//OS avidly and is passionate about this work and the power that ketones have to transform lives. As she likes to say “What do you have to lose?”

Resources:

  1. http://www.drperlmutter.com/powerful-role-ketone-fats-brain-health-alzheimers-treatment/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18625458
  3. http://coconutketones.com