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What Are Ketones? Everything You Need to Know

What Are Ketones? Everything You Need to Know

One miraculous energy source has garnered the attention of many nutrition experts and researchers over the past decade. No, it is not carbohydrates, fats, or even protein. We call them ketones or ketone bodies (more on the difference between the two later). To your body, however, ketones are nothing new. In fact, your heart and renal cortex (the part of the kidney where ultrafiltration occurs) are using ketones as fuel right now. These cells prefer to use ketones instead of sugar. After ...

What is Gluconeogenesis?

What is Gluconeogenesis?

Eat fat burn fat. Eat carbs burn carbs. It's that simple, right? Yes and no. There's more to it. Your body has many different metabolic pathways that it uses to provide energy for your cells. Glycolysis (using sugar for fuel) and lipolysis (using fat for fuel through beta-oxidation) are the most well-known metabolic pathways, but there are many more.  One pathway, in particular, can turn the amino acids from protein into fuel. Why does it matter? Because this may be the one thing that is ...

The Side Effects of a Low Carb Diet

The Side Effects of a Low Carb Diet

Who should go on a low-carb diet? Low-carbohydrate diets — like the ketogenic diet — are effective for weight loss and improving health. They are also especially helpful for anyone who: Is overweight or obese Is sedentary Has epilepsy Has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), fibroids or endometriosis Is diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes Has a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Has certain forms of cancer Has cardiovascular disease A ...

How to Lower Your Blood Sugar Naturally

How to Lower Your Blood Sugar Naturally

Can a ketogenic diet lower blood sugar? In short, yes, it can lower your blood sugar levels naturally and effectively if you follow it strictly. Below, you'll find studies, information, and tips on how. One cookie won't kill you but consuming high amounts of sugar every day will. High-carbohydrate foods — like cookies — lead to higher blood sugar levels. This is toxic to the body. Luckily, we have a hormone called insulin that helps lower blood sugar by shuttling the sugar into cells ...

Best Low-Carb Fruits (and Which to Avoid)

Best Low-Carb Fruits (and Which to Avoid)

Can you eat fruit on a ketogenic diet? In short, it's best to avoid most fruits except for berries, which you can eat in moderation. Below, we'll take a look at some of the fruits you can eat on a low carb diet and what you should avoid. When people switch to a ketogenic diet, fruit can be an area of confusion. Fruit has been marketed as healthy for many years and generally has a positive stigma behind it. While some fruit can be healthy in moderation, on a ketogenic diet we aim to keep our ...

Ketogenic Diet 101: Low-Carb in 60 Seconds

Ketogenic Diet 101: Low-Carb in 60 Seconds

The following is geared towards people who want to try out a ketogenic diet and just want to quickly know what they should and shouldn’t do. No confusing science or lengthy explanations here, only 15 easy guidelines to kick-start your keto journey. How strictly the guidelines are followed is entirely up to you, but if you follow them 100% you can be assured you'll be eating for your body and greatly improving your long-term health and well-being. If you want more details, feel free to read ...

What Are Nightshades? Everything You Need to Know

What Are Nightshades? Everything You Need to Know

Nightshades are a type of plant belonging to the Solanaceae family. While there are thousands of species of nightshades, most are poisonous or non-edible, so we won't worry about those. The most common forms of nightshades include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers (all types). Nightshades usually only affect people with food sensitivities, food allergies, or autoimmune diseases. For ordinary people, evidence shows that nightshades are completely healthy and will not trigger any ...

Measuring Ketosis: What are Keto Sticks and Keto Strips?

Measuring Ketosis: What are Keto Sticks and Keto Strips?

Ketosis is a metabolic state where the liver breaks down fat to produce ketones. Ketones, on a ketogenic diet, are the primary fuel source for the body. If you're new to the ketogenic diet and you still have questions, consider reading our Comprehensive Beginner's Guide to Keto > There are three main ways to measure the ketones in your body, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages. The most common ways to measure are: Blood Ketone Meter. Very accurate but the strips are ...

Keto & Weight Loss

Keto & Weight Loss

One of the most common reasons people start a ketogenic diet or simply cut carbohydrates is to lose weight. But does the hard, scientific evidence say? Additionally, does a low-carb diet just get rid of the water weight- or does it shed body fat and maintain lean mass? In this piece we analyze if eating more fat really makes you less fat. The Key Figures in Body Weight Everyone is always talking about “losing weight”- but what are the exactly referring to? Human body weight refers to the ...

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 ...