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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Spending some time doing research tonight and fell upon this incredible article on MedMerits about utilizing the ketogenic diet in the treatment of epilepsy! And oh my goodness, my data-driven personality is overflowing with happiness! This one paragraph brings home the entire article:
“The insulin to glucagon ratio is one of the main determinants of the metabolic switch from glucose oxidation and fatty acid storage to the lipolysis and ketogenesis mode. High insulin to glucagon ratio will facilitate the former, whereas the opposite will enhance the latter.”
In Layman’s terms: Higher insulin and lower glucagon will promote using glucose for fuel and fat storage. Lower insulin and higher glucagon will promote using fat for fuel and the creation of ketone bodies! HOW INCREDIBLE IS THAT?!
Now what truly got me to follow the clicks to this website was its discussion of ketone bodies as they apply to children. Children have a greater capability to extract and oxidize ketones (Persson et al 1972; Dodson et al 1976). Naturally, children are able to be in ketosis more readily or consistently than a pubescent teenager can be. Why is this? HORMONES! When hormones of all types (i.e. estrogen, cortisol, testosterone, etc.) change, your body is pulled away from homeostasis and recognizes stress in the body. This stress can induce a rise in insulin, which pulls the child (fine, pre-teen) away from the ketosis that was once the metabolic mode of choice.
Besides puberty or any other pre-existing health condition the child may experience, NUTRITION (or lack thereof) is pulling our world’s children out of ketosis, especially in the United States and other civilized countries. Stores are riddled with snack food full of unhealthy carbohydrates and sugar that parents allow their children to consume regularly. Sweet treats like ice cream, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and all kinds of other sugar-laden foods are used by many parents and teachers as a reward for a job well done or as a barter to convince the child to do what was asked of them.
Now, this is WELL within our parameters of control.
Ketosis tends to be more difficult to induce in patients younger than 1 year old and older than 10 years old (Schwartz et al 1989b). This means what we feed our children between ages 1 and 10 is the MOST important metabolic time of their lives. If we teach children how to enjoy those yummy foods occasionally, they will have a healthy relationship with food. They will continue to consume ketone bodies as fuel, keeping their brains and bodies in optimal health. Integrating exogenous ketones (like the delicious orange and chocolate KETO//OS flavors!) into your child’s daily nutrition will help them EVEN MORE!
Nutritional ketosis cannot harm your child… because that’s how they operate naturally! Negative changes during their adolescence are what alter their metabolic success as they age.
I am not a doctor, and have no intent of telling you what to feed your child. However, I do know that excess sugar and inadequate nutrients in your child’s food may be the reason they are suffering with ADD, diabetes, epilepsy, obesity, among many others. So, next time you catch yourself risking your child’s health for the sake of a relationship you think might be hard to keep, please save the relationship for the sake of your child’s health.
Alright, it’s time to get serious about this epidemic. Everyday, people talk about their health status with friends, family members, as well as health professionals. Obesity and diabetes are frequent discussion topics in many countries of the world, but the United States blows statistics out of the water.
Check this out! The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected infographic data comparing the prevalence of type-2 diabetes in adults over the age of 18 in each state annually from 1994 to 2014. These statistics are astounding and disgusting!
In 1994, South Carolina was the only state to have a prevalence over 6.0%. Let’s jump forward to 1999. Mississippi becomes the only state to have a prevalence over 7.5%. At the same time, the number of states with less than 4.5% prevalence decreased from 25 to 8; 17 of those states climbed their way up to the next percentage bracket. The most appalling of all is 2014. The lowest prevalence is 6.0%, and more than half of the United States is over 9.0% type-2 diabetic!
CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?!?! I don’t think people truly understand the significance of this diagnosis when it is given by a physician. Most go on living their “normal” life, but utilize insulin in a medication as a means to moderate their blood sugar levels. What they don’t understand is that “logically, insulin does not help reverse the disease, but actually worsens it.” Insulin resistance makes the human body gain weight, and gaining weight definitely does not improve type-2 diabetes. “We’ve been prescribing drugs for a dietary disease. No wonder it doesn’t work.” I love this statement. So let’s dig a little deeper and see what actually needs to take place to reverse this monstrous disease overtaking our people.
Insulin is a hormone produced when we eat, which allows glucose into the cells. Once insulin is unable to do so, glucose just piles up outside the cell in the blood, creating what’s called insulin resistance. The cells are already over-filled with glucose, so now they resist the glucose because it is completely at capacity. This insulin resistance (present in type-2 diabetes) can only be reversed with the extreme moderation of sugar in the diet!
Now that you understand the cause of type-2 diabetes, let’s look at the reversal (or treatment) of it! First of all, don’t put more sugar in your body! Adapting to a low carb, high fat diet is highly recommended for an individual with type-2 diabetes. Cleansing the liver of excess sugar and providing a stability in blood glucose levels will help put the body in ketosis and burn off fat (adipose tissue) as fuel, lower your weight and combat type-2 diabetes! Integrating intermittent fasting and an exercise program will also help to lower blood glucose levels! To learn more about what it means to follow a ketogenic diet, read What Do I Eat to Flourish? While maintaining a ketogenic diet can be a challenge, and huge shift from your previous eating habits, exogenous ketones can be consumed to help expedite this process by moderating blood glucose levels and increasing blood ketone levels. To understand how exogenous ketones help the body become insulin sensitive rather than resistance, check out Can’t Commit to the Keto Diet Yet?
I hope this information will help you, a loved one, a friend, co-worker or even your next door neighbor understand more the effects sugar have on your body. Remember: you only have one body to live in, so take care of it every single day. Thank you to Dr. Andra Campitelli for sharing the link on Facebook to Jason Fung’s “How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes” and inspiring this post.
Thank you for your patience! I slacked off on my posts the past couple of weeks. But I’m back and ready to rock and roll!! Today’s topic is SLEEP. I’ve gotten so many clients who have raved about how much sleep has improved upon implementing their exogenous ketones on a daily basis. Rather than taking hours to fall asleep or waking up multiple times a night, they begin experiencing SLEEP!! And if you know anything about sleep, it is the most powerful form of mental and physical recovery and stress relief.
As avid exercisers, the exogenous ketones help repair inflammation in both body and brain tissues more rapidly and effectively!! How incredible is that?!
Sleep is entirely a brain thing. Neuroscience can dig into the concept of sleep in more detail than you could ever imagine. Conditions such as epilepsy, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, TBI, concussions (among others) are 100% controlled by the brain. In providing more fuel to the brain to reduce inflammation and provide circulation of blood and nutrients through the use of exogenous ketones, your brain may be able to heal itself. Once again, you will be able to thoroughly enjoy the beauty sleep we all require. Giving the brain this super jet fuel (as many people have come to call it!) also makes sure the brain does not get depleted of vital nutrients, which may restrict certain parts of the brain unannounced.
For today’s post, I would like to share with you some fantastic podcasts and videos that you are able to listen to during a busy day. You can plug it in and listen while you go on a trail walk, or play it on your computer speakers while you clean up the house. Whatever you may be doing, take some time to listen to the abundance of knowledge the following experts bring to the conversation.
Isometric training is highly encouraged by many professionals, as it provides a safer environment for your joints as far as preventing injury and really tuning into how certain areas of the body are feeling during the given exercise. I imagine you have all heard of the exercise called “the plank”! The entire world turned it into a trend called “planking” and a Beijing, China police officer held a plank for 8 hours, 1 minute and 1 second earlier this month. The plank is an isometric exercise requiring the use of almost every muscle in the human body.
Isometric exercises keep the muscles at the same (iso-) length (-metric) as it is performed. “Isometrics of submaximal intensity find application in injury rehab. Injuries to bones or ligaments or some other structure of the joint can benefit from strengthening the musculature around the joint.”(1) By performing isometric exercises, your body will gain strength in the most important areas of the muscle that will attribute to greater success in other disciplines, including bodybuilding, dance, cycling, martial arts, gymnastics, running and many, many others!
Holding an isometric contraction or even a slowly performed exercise (such as a 4 count chest press) will recruit more blood and oxygen to the area(s) of the body being utilized. A plank gets the entire body warm, whereas a push-up hold may burn the triceps and a squat hold or wall sit may burn your butt! Most of my clients have experienced the overflowing joy that runneth over when holding a wall sit then going straight into burpees or jump squats. Using this format for your exercise routines will provide the most benefit in the shortest amount of time. Now if you are training for an endurance event, isometrics will help in preventing injury during prolonged use! So it’s great for everybody!
I found myself working out WAY too hard and tearing my body up to where it just hurt all the time. It didn’t hurt from muscle soreness, but from muscle damage that was never getting the reparation time it needed. So I pulled back and focused on yoga to tune back into my body. As you embark on your health and fitness journey, take the time to listen to your body and see if it needs your special attention in any area and perform some isometric exercises and stretches for some TLC. I always have at least one day a week that I pull back for yoga amidst my kick-butt training for my figure competition in October.
Below you will find the awesome article I cited about the importance of isometric exercises, the video marking the Guinness World Record holder in China, as well as my link to learn about exogenous ketones help with the free radicals that take over the body with excessive metabolic damage. All of these resources will help you learn what YOUR body needs and tailor it to YOUR needs. If you need anything, please holler! (Use a megaphone if you need to!)
So you’ve read through all of the posts about the ketogenic diet and its application in helping to resolve different health conditions. Whether you think you just need a little energy and productivity boost throughout or work or school day, or if you are ready to lower your triglyceride levels, stop taking your medicine for high blood pressure and lose 15 pounds, I’ve got you covered. Pruvit’s KETO//OS is an incredible addition to your daily routine to help you achieve your mental and physical goals you have set for yourself. This can be added to your current diet as you continue to adapt to become a fat-burning furnace, but is also the perfect complement to a ketogenic diet.
By implementing the ketogenic diet, we will transform your body into the optimal fat-burning machine it was meant to be. Though the Standard American Diet has made us believe oatmeal with bananas and orange juice is a perfect breakfast, the Low Carb High Fat Diet (LCHF) makes your body burn FAT and form KETONES right from the get-go.
The first step of this ketogenic diet is to limit your carb intake. Remove your pantry of the pastas, rice, oatmeal, bread, cereal, donuts, beans and set your eye on fats. Granted, ONE cheat meal a week is acceptable, but really try to stay motivated on your goal and stick with only that one cheat meal. Keep the fats high, proteins moderate, and carbs less than 20 g. If you are an athlete, try to do less than 50 g, but make the majority of your carbs immediately post workout. The second step is to work in intermittent fasting. Try to consume your exogenous ketones from Pruvit first thing when you wake up, or your coffee with some coconut oil and heavy whipping cream. This will feed your body some fat to get the oven burning. Now LISTEN to your body, and do not eat again until you are actually HUNGRY. That does not mean “wait until you smell your co-worker’s lunch” to go eat.
The problem with our society right now is that we always eat when we feel we are supposed to, not when our bodies NEED to. Try to wait and eat your first meal of the day about 5 hours after you wake up (or whenever you’re actually hungry). Keep the fat content high and protein moderate. Doing this will help you tune into the chemical communication between your brain and your stomach. If you’re anything like me, you’ve struggled to not eat half the peanut butter jar the second you open it to mix it up before storing it. Sometimes scents will DRAG you into consuming food, but RESIST the temptation. During your first two week so of the LCHF Diet, be patient with yourself. As your body goes through the keto-adaptation phase, you might feel a little sluggish, but push through because your body is about to make itself an incredible fat-burning machine. After you’ve become keto-adapted, the world is at your fingertips, and your body will start to reap all the benefits! If you are a pescatarian or vegetarian, please ensure you look to other sources, such as eggs and cheese, for your protein. Focus on making 80% of your intake FATS and keep your protein moderate (between 10 and 15%) and carbs minimal (5-10%).
Starting a new nutrition lifestyle is always a challenge. To help you make better decisions at the grocery store, I’ve compiled a grocery list made by Jimmy Moore in his book “KETO Clarity” written with Dr. Eric Westman.
Keep posted for a more in-depth analysis of your macronutrient (fat, carb, protein) ratios in the coming week. Like always, if you have any questions or concerns, please comment below or contact me via Facebook.
A good friend and co-worker of mine and I have been recently discussing her struggle with PCOS and the research I have collected to show the positive effects being in ketosis has on the human body for those women battling PCOS. In light of our conversations, I found this would be a great opportunity to share this with other women who could benefit from having this knowledge!
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is often associated with symptoms of excess testosterone: irregular or absent menses, excessive body hair, and infertility. PCOS is also associated with medical abnormalities such as central obesity, insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and dyslipidemia.
A pilot study conducted in 2005 by John C Mavropoulos, William S Yancy, Juanita Hepburn, and Eric C Westman instructed 5 females who passed a screening test based on diagnosis of having PCOS, chronic anovulation (missing or irregular menses) and a BMI greater than 27 kg/m2. In summary, in this pilot study, LCKD was followed consisting of the following parameters:
fewer than 20 grams of carbohydrate per day (as tolerated throughout the 6-month study period)
unlimited consumption of animal foods (meat, chicken, turkey, other fowl, fish, shellfish)
prepared and fresh cheeses (up to 4 and 2 ounces per day, respectively)
salad vegetables (2 cupfuls per day)
low carbohydrate vegetables (1 cupful per day)
strongly encouraged to drink at least six 8-ounce glasses of permitted fluids per day
encouraged to take one multivitamin per day
encouraged to exercise at least three times per week on their own, although this was not mandatory
discouraged to drink caffeine and alcohol
This pilot study showed that adherence to a LCKD led to improvement in body weight, percent free testosterone, LH/FSH ratio (associated with fertility), fasting serum insulin, and other symptoms in women diagnosed with PCOS over a six-month period.
In “KETO Clarity” by Jimmy Moore and Eric Westman, MD, the effects of a ketogenic diet on PCOS is again highly acknowledged. Referring to the same study referenced above, women had an average weight loss of 12% (i.e. decrease from 180 lbs to 159 lbs!) In fact, it was also reported that 2 of the 5 women actually became pregnant DURING the study despite previous infertility issues. ASTOUNDING!! In conjunction with a low-carb, high fat ketogenic diet (LCKD) and regular exercise, Pruvit’s exogenous ketones as part of the Ketone Operating System put the body in ketosis in under 59 minutes to reap the benefits even quicker (see link below)!
Moore, Jimmy, and Eric C. Westman. “Chapter 16: Solid Science for Using Ketogenic Diets Therapeutically.” Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-carb, High-fat Diet. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 200-12. Print.
Do you have a spouse that’s skeptical about you taking their spaghetti and garlic bread out of their weekly meal plan? A child that is in a routine of cereal for breakfast and a PB&J sandwich for lunch? A friend that laughs when you even mention the possibility that carbs can be removed from your diet and have BENEFIT? I’m sure that everyone has some doubt that this “ketogenic” phase will come and go like every other diet fad out there. Even with that skepticism, there’s still a first step that can be taken to increase the function of your body, even if you are currently consuming carbs. Putting your body into a state of ketosis is a MIRACULOUS thing.
A study conducted in 2014 discusses that “ketone metabolism by healthy tissue would likely mitigate some of the adverse side effects of standard of care as ketones have been shown to protect against oxidative stress” (Poff, Ari, Arnold, Seyfried and D’Agostino). This means to say that even though you may not limit your consumption of carbohydrates enough to keep your body in a state of ketosis, the consumption of supplemental exogenous ketones can help keep your body in such a state and still reap the benefits of the ketogenic diet. Triglyceride levels decrease, HDL (good cholesterol) levels increase, insulin resistance decreases and blood pressure decreases. For all of these things to take place without a single medication is ASTOUNDING!
Betahydroxybutyrate is a ketone ester naturally occurring in the body, but is not utilized well in a high-carb low-fat diet. Supplementation of this ketone ester has shown to be “a feasible and efficacious cancer therapy” for mice, and is in the process of being more thoroughly investigated for cancer treatment for humans (Poff et al., 2014). If this ketone ester can rid the body of CANCER, it has a lot more to offer than any other supplement out there. So if your spouse, child, or friend wants to optimize the function of their body, there’s no other way to go. This is it, ladies and gentlemen!
Pruvit’s KETO//OS is the “first of its kind”, delivery ketone bodies by means of a simple drink. Containing betahydroxybutyrate and medium chain triglycerides (which help with fat oxidation) with ZERO SUGAR, this formula is a game changer. Dr. Dominic D’Agostino at the University of South Florida has given many presentations at workshops and conferences about how importance the presence of ketone bodies are in minimizing (and frequently eliminating) diabetes, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and cancer.
Even on the smaller scale, KETO//OS “contains a specifically engineered ratio of proprietary ketone mineral salts that provide a high-energy fuel compound without having to incorporate an energy-restricted diet”. This means that your neighbors, your classmates, your parents, your best friend’s cousin, and your significant other are ALL able to benefit from using such an incredible source of exogenous ketone bodies. If you are ready to make that change in YOUR life, or the life of a loved one, visit the following site to get more information on the opportunities that lie ahead.
Poff, A.m., C. Ari, P. Arnold, T.n. Seyfried, and D.p. D’agostino. “Ketone Supplementation Decreases Tumor Cell Viability and Prolongs Survival of Mice with Metastatic Cancer.” International Journal of Cancer Int. J. Cancer 135.7 (2014): 1711-720. Web.
The ketogenic lifestyle is one that has been practiced by many hunter-gatherer cultures throughout history. Upon the collection of many studies, the benefits behind the ketogenic lifestyle have been clearly discussed and are highly recommended for the following reasons:
Low-carb diets have been clinically shown to reduce cravings and keep your body satiated much longer than a body on a low-fat diet.
The weight you lose is actually from fat! Utilizing the ketogenic diet as a lifestyle, your body becomes adapted to ketosis, a system in which your body uses fat for fuel rather than carbohydrates.
Triglycerides are lowered because of the lower sugar content consumed in the form of glucose and fructose.
High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) counts sky-rocket on a low-carb diet. The ratio of triglycerides to HDLs is an indicator for heart disease, stroke and other circulatory issues; the higher the ratio, the higher the risk.
Blood pressure is also decreased and reduces your risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) and the need for medication.
Blood sugar and insulin levels decrease and your body becomes more insulin sensitive. This helps to lower your risk of diabetes; and if you already have it, implementing this new lifestyle can help scratch that disease off your list.
The ketogenic lifestyle is the most effective treatment against metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is described as having high triglycerides, low HDLs, high fasting blood sugar and high abdominal fat, all of which are combated through the ketogenic diet!
Studies have shown that the ketogenic diet can help with multiple brain disorders, such as depression, Alzheimers and epilepsy.
The power of the ketogenic diet is absolutely amazing. If done safely, ensuring your body receives the micronutrients it needs (especially sodium, potassium and magnesium) along with the macronutrients it needs (monounsaturated, saturated and polyunsaturated fats) as well as WATER, you will quickly see the results. If you have any current medical issues, always contact your doctor before changing your diet from high-carb to low-carb.