What is Ketosis and Ketones?
Ketosis is a naturally occurring metabolic process in which the body does NOT have enough glucose (blood sugar) to use for energy; resulting in the burning of stored fat; in-turn releasing fatty-acids called ketones. Simply put, ketosis is the most optimal and efficient state for your body to burn stored fat.
Ketones are fatty-acid byproducts produced by liver during fasting or other similar states of energy consumption. The molecules produced are then converted into acetyl-co-enzyme-A which can then be used by the mitochondria in your cells as fuel; creating a potentially optimal metabolic state for your body to burn stored fat.
The Ketogenic Diet
Keto is a low-carb, high-fat diet that lowers blood sugar and insulin levels; shifting the body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat and ketones. As we know, this metabolic state is called ketosis. Shifting the body’s metabolism in this fashion has many benefits.
Benefits may include:
? Improved mental focus
? Reduced appetite
? Higher energy
? Body fat loss
? Lowers risk factors for diseases like type 2 diabetes by reducing insulin sensitivity, heart disease by reducing LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and improving HDL cholesterol
? Improve migraines
? Mood stabilization
At New Health Kansas, we provide you with all of the resources needed to successfully complete the Ketogenic diet including:
? A manual with a detailed food list and macronutrient breakdown
? Ketogenic supplementation
? Access to a provider daily and daily accountability
The Diet Itself is a very low-carb, moderate-protein and high-fat diet. It typically contains 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% carbs in your daily intake. There are four types of the Keto Diet:
Standard ketogenic diet (SKD): This is a very low-carb, moderate-protein and high-fat diet. It typically contains 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% carbs.
Cyclical ketogenic diet (CKD): This diet involves periods of higher-carb refeeds, such as 5 ketogenic days followed by 2 high-carb days.
Targeted ketogenic diet (TKD): This diet allows you to add carbs around workouts.
High-protein ketogenic diet: This is similar to a standard ketogenic diet, but includes more. The ratio is often 60% fat, 35% protein and 5% carbs
Ketogenic Flu Avoidance
Keto participants should take electrolyte supplements specifically for the ketogenic die twice daily and stay properly hydrated to avoid the keto-flu a.k.a. carb-flu (definitely a real condition but not really the flu).
Same as any high-fat/high-protein diet, can be solved with Biotene mouth rinse and chewing gum.
Fairly uncommon but can happen.