Breakthrough Technology: Ketone Supplementation with Keto-OS
For those of you research junkies (like me), here are some articles on the benefits of having ketones in the body….
Neurodegenerative Disorders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fLR428gzQ4&feature=youtu.be
Type 2 Diabetes: http://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes-ketogenic-diet#Overview1
High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Metabolic Disorders:
Ketosis and General Nutrition
10 Significant Health Benefits of Low-Carb Ketogenic Diets:
Self Experiment in Nutritional Ketosis
Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet, book by Jimmy Moore:
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, book by Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek:
The Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies website:
Ellen Davis’ Ketogenic Diet Resource website:
The Effects of Beta-Hydroxybutyrate on Cognition
Dietary ketosis enhances memory in mild cognitive impairment
Increased plasma ketone bodies resulted in a corresponding reduction in cerebral metabolic rates of glucose:
Under conditions of ketosis, glucose consumption is decreased in the cortex and cerebellum:
Neuroprotection For The Brain
Brain, Livin’ On Ketones – A Molecular Neuroscience Look At The Ketogenic Diet
Neuroprotective and disease-modifying effects of the ketogenic diet
Nutrition and Traumatic Brain Injury: Improving Acute and Subacute Health Outcomes in Military Personnel (2011) http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13121&page=140
Clinical review: Ketones and brain injury
Improves Physical Performance Ketones - Plus Glucose Provide Superior Energy
No impaired endurance performance when in ketosis:
Improving Insulin Insensitivity
Treatment of diabetes and diabetic complications with a ketogenic diet
Insulin Sensitivity and Glucose Tolerance Are Altered by Maintenance on a Ketogenic Diet http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2903931
Long-term ketogenic diet reduces blood glucose:
Improving Cellular Health and Longevity, Anti-Aging
Ketogenic Diet Could Delay the Effects of Aging
Scientists see a Ketogenic Diet for Aging and Longevity
Ketosis cleans our cells
Weight Loss Fat Loss Without Muscle Loss
Long-term ketogenic diet significantly reduced the body weight and body mass index of the patients: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2716748
Cancer Cells Can’t Live Using Ketones As A Fuel
Ketogenic Diet for Cancer – Clinical Trial
Effects of a ketogenic diet on tumor metabolism and nutritional status in pediatric oncology patients: two case reports. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7790697
How Do The Ketone Test Strips Work, and Where Can I Get Them?
Ketone urine-testing strips, also called Ketostix or just ketone sticks... are small plastic strips that have a little absorptive pad on the end. This contains a special chemical that will change colour in the presence of ketones in the urine. The strips may change varying shades of pink to purple, or may not change colour at all. The container will have a scale on the label, with blocks of colour for you to compare the strip after a certain time lapse, usually 15 seconds. Most folks simply hold a strip in the flow of urine. However, the force of the flow can “wash” some of the chemical away, experts advise that a sample of urine be obtained in a cup or other container, then the strip dipped into it.
The chemical reagent is very sensitive to moisture, including what’s in the air. It’s important to keep the lid of the container tightly closed at all times, except for when you’re getting a strip to take a reading. Make sure your fingers are dry before you go digging in! They also have an expiry date, so make note of this when you purchase the strips … that’s for the UNopened package. Once opened, they have a shelf-life of about 6 months — you may wish to write the date you opened on the label for future reference.
Ketone test strips can be purchased at any pharmacy, and are usually kept with the diabetic supplies. In some stores they’re kept behind the counter, so if you don’t see them on the shelf, just ask the pharmacist; you don’t need a prescription to buy them.
If you follow the ebb and flow of the dietary industry, then you have probably heard of the term “ketosis,” “ketones,” or “the ketogenic diet.” You generally hear reference to them when we talk about low-carb, higher fat diets. In a society where low-fat/no-fat is pretty much the accepted standard, this whole low-carb/high-fat concept can seem a little… out there. Especially when there is so much confusion about what ketones are and what they do. THEN, I start talking about the possibility of supplementing with ketones – and people get even more confused. So let’s unpack all of this, learn a little more about ketones, and why taking a supplement might actually be a good thing.
Let’s start with the basics.
What Are Ketones and What Is Ketosis?
When we think of the body’s natural fuel source, we think of glucose, or sugar. We know that our body needs to use sugar as a fuel, but what many people don’t realize is that fats can be an equally, and even superior, fuel source to the body. The process of ketosis refers to the body’s ability to use fats as its primary source of energy, over glucose.
When the body burns fat, it produces three bi-products of fat breakdown, β-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), acetoacetate (ACA) and acetone. These bi-products are called Ketones. This is a naturally occurring process and it’s what allows our bodies to survive during times of food restriction. When an individual begins to follow a low carbohydrate diet, the body has to look for another fuel source, and it turns to fatty acids and fat stores to provide that much needed energy. The liver breaks down the fat, and releases ketones into the blood to be used by the brain and other organs to produce energy.
The interesting thing about ketones is that BHB may be a more efficient source of fuel for the brain than glucose, and because ketones are water-soluble substances, any excesses are eliminated through the urine (BHB and ACA), or the breathe (acetone).
What Are The Benefits
The ketogenic diet first became popular as a treatment for seizures in children suffering from epilepsy, and the neuro-protective benefits of ketones came to light. As research into the process of ketosis expands, the list of benefits just continues to grow.
Weight loss & Blood Sugar Balance
This is one of the more popular, and desired, benefits from ketones. Ketones have been found to improve insulin sensitivity, lower and normalize blood sugar levels, contribute to an increased state of satiety and decrease food cravings. Individuals with high levels of ketones have been able to step away from the main-stream dieting idea that 6-meals per day must be the norm. Due to the increased level of satiety, you just eat when you’re hungry. No more calorie counting or food measuring!! All with significant weight loss benefits.
The improvement in blood sugar levels may also explain why ketones have been shown to benefit type II diabetics and women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Energy levels and athletic performance have also shown significant improvement with higher levels of ketones. Ketones play a role in improved blood flow. They appear to enhance the function of the mitochondria (our energy power house), cause blood vessels to dilate, and lead to improved oxygen capacity, which can enhance athletic performance and improve motor performance. This is why ketones are often referred to as a “super fuel.” Ketones are also a powerful antioxidant, they have an anti-catabolic effect and help to preserve and promote muscle mass. Ketones have also been associated with an increase in branch chain amino acids (BCAA), which play a role in muscle growth.
The list of benefits from ketones is exhaustive. In addition to the weight loss effects and enhanced energy and muscle performance, ketones have been positively associated with:
Neuro-protective benefits in seizure disorders; ADHD; Alzheimer ’s disease, memory and cognitive function; Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
Autism and improved behaviour and social impacts
Mood stabilization in bipolar disorder (type II)
Stroke prevention; cardiovascular disease; metabolic syndrome management; improved cholesterol levels
The benefits of ketones are obvious, so the question remains - what is the best way to increase your ketone levels?
Exogenous Ketone Supplementation vs The Ketogenic Diet
The ketogenic diet is not new, and has been in practice for many years. It involves following a low carbohydrate (5-10%), moderate protein (15%-30%) and high fat (60%-75%) diet. The problem with the ketogenic diet is that many people find it quite restrictive and difficult to follow. This creates a problem for those who want to benefit from elevated ketone levels, especially children. In the past, dietary changes were the only way to bring your body into a state of nutritional ketosis.
However, today, we have access to the first exogenous ketone supplement, KETO//OS. The supplement blends BHB ketones with medium chain fatty acids, providing the body with ketones, without the need to follow a strict ketogenic diet. Studies are finding that supplementation with ketones is superior to the ketogenic diet. Even while following a Standard North American Diet (SAD), individuals are still experiencing the benefits of ketones via supplementation. However, it is thought that following a lower carbohydrate diet, not necessarily a strict ketogenic diet, will enhance the benefits of the ketone supplements, as your body becomes even more adept to using the ketones are a source of fuel.
The moral of the story? Ketones are something from with we can all benefit. The best part is that now we have an option to get them, without having to stick to the tough dietary guidelines. So throw out your low-fat yogurt, get off the yo-yo diet bandwagon, and give it a try. Be well, Dr. Andi
Get In The N8tive Zone
8 Days And 8 Steps To Get In The Os-Zone!
Step 1: 2X Keto-OS A DAY
Take your first serving of KETO//OS between 6-9am and your second serving between 1-4pm.
(Make sure you build up to two servings a day – usually by the 3rd day you can start) pruv-step-img
Step 2: DRINK MORE WATER
Try to drink 1/2 to 1 ounce of water per lb of body weight.
(Min. 10 – 8oz. glasses of water) pruv-step-img
Step 3: ELIMINATE REFINED SUGARS
Stay away sugary foods and drink (No soft drinks)
Step 4: ELIMINATE FLOUR, WHEAT & GRAINS
No gluten – Stick to leafy greens for sources of carbohydrates.
Step 5: INCREASE YOUR HEALTHY FATS
Drink BulletPRUV (fat infused) tea or coffee in the morning. Recipes Below
Step 6: HAVE YOUR FIRST MEAL BETWEEN 11AM-1PM
Limit yourself to 100 grams of carbs a day.
(Make them healthy carbs – leafy greens are the best)
If you are ambitious and you want to use a KetoLife guide line, here is a simple guideline:
Stay within a % fat/protein/carb ratio:
Beginners / Athletes: 65% Fats / 25% Protein / 10% Carbs
Advance KetoLife: 80% Fats / 15% Protein / 5% Carbs
Step 7: EAT YOUR LAST MEAL BEFORE 8PM
If you absolutely need to eat after, make sure it is fat only.
Step 8: MOVE YOUR BODY MORE
Workout, run, walk, do pushups, take the stairs, walk the golf course etc.
Step 9: GET SOME GOOD SLEEP
Try to get to sleep before 11:00 p.m. for 8 days.
1 – 2 tbsp. coconut oil or MCT oil (build up slowly if not use to digesting MCT)
1/2 tbsp. Real (unsalted) Butter
1-2 tbsp. coconut milk from a can (dairy option: Real Cream)
1 packet of truvia or stevia (optional)
*FUN SPICE OPTION: Sprinkle an Apple cinnamon Spice – We suggest McCormicks
Shake and add to 1 cup of coffee.
CEYLON TEA INGREDIENTS
1/4 tsp ceylon
1 mug of hot water
pinch of salt
stevia – optional
1 tbsp coconut milk from a can
1 – 2 tbsp. MCT oil or coconut oil
(build up slowly if not use to digesting MCT)
Combine ingredients in cup/mug and stir briskly.
This great snack helps add more fat to get you in the Zone.
3 tbsp of coconut mana (butter)
5 tbsp of coconut oil or MCT
2 tbsp of grass fed butter
a few drops of alcohol-free vanilla extract
1 tsp Ceylon Cinnamon
a few drops of liquid Stevia
a pinch of Celtic or Himalayan Sea Salt
Mix all of the ingredients together and shape the dough into balls.