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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 ...

The Ketogenic Diet and Insulin Resistance

The Ketogenic Diet and Insulin Resistance

We recently touched on how you can use the ketogenic diet to control symptoms of diabetes such as elevated glucose and triglycerides. In this article, we examine research showing the impact that the ketogenic diet has on levels of the hormone insulin, a key regulator of blood sugar in the body. What is Insulin’s Role in the Body? Before we look at the research, we need to know our main players. Insulin is a protein-based hormone produced by beta-cells located in the pancreas. The pancreas, ...

The Ketogenic Diet and Cholesterol

The Ketogenic Diet and Cholesterol

A common misconception is that because ketogenic diets are high in fat, they must increase cholesterol in your body and clog your arteries. However, much of the recent research shines light on how low-carb diets can optimize your cholesterol levels and in fact improve your heart health. Here we show the most up-to-date research on how different types of cholesterol impact the body and how the ketogenic diet can be a useful tool in maintaining a robust cardiovascular system. Cutting through ...

The Ketogenic Diet and Diabetes

The Ketogenic Diet and Diabetes

The ketogenic diet was originally developed almost 100 years ago to treat epilepsy. Nowadays, it is used as a nutrition plan by health-conscious men and women to optimize body composition and athletic performance. Recent research suggests that high fat, very-low carb diets have another benefit: They may help control glucose, triglycerides, insulin, and body weight in people with diabetes. The research below shows the ketogenic diet may be an effective tool you can use to manage symptoms of ...

3 Reasons Why Keto is Better for the Brain

3 Reasons Why Keto is Better for the Brain

The rigors and stress of life often leads us astray when it comes to our diet. Whether it’s a lack of proper nutrients or consuming either too few or too many calories – this can put our bodies out of equilibrium. With a failure to maintain an equilibrium, the body’s energy levels decline and performance on day to day tasks can suffer. We also observe deterioration in more complex tasks. Plus, as we age, it becomes more important to maintain a balance to perform and succeed in daily ...

New Major Study on Low Carb Implications

New Major Study on Low Carb Implications

Obesity is a rising problem that is increasing on a yearly basis all over the world. It commonly increases a person's risk for higher cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, and many other health problems. Just a few days ago, we saw a year long study published in a peer-reviewed journal that was done comparing the differences between low-carbohydrate diets vs. low-fat diets. Although there's already plenty of studies that have been done on low-carbohydrate diets, I thought this one cemented the ...

The Ketogenic Diet and Cancer

The Ketogenic Diet and Cancer

With the increasing incidence of cancer in the general population, it is important for us to look beyond traditional cancer therapies towards nutritional & other therapies, not only as a measure to prevent cancer but also as an alternative to standard cancer therapies or an additional tool used in conjuction with those therapies. One nutritional therapy that is picking up momentum both in the research and oncology communities is the ketogenic diet. While this is not a cure for all ...