What is Ketosis?
Ketosis is a condition where your body is creating ketones for fuel. Ketones are the by-product of fat burning and it only represents 40% of fat and 60% are fatty acids and a very small percentage of glucose.
That small percentage of glucose can be created by the liver from the fat and protein that you consume. You do not need to get your glucose from dietary carbohydrates.
Fatty Acids sources is listed in this short video, Basics of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
The maximum amount of ketones you can produce in a given day is 150 grams, which is less than half of your overall fuel.
Your body is burning a combination ketones and fatty acids.
Ketosis is a state where it has to be created by lowering your carbohydrates.
The type of ketones that is most accurate to test is the blood ketones – urine and breath ketones are good to test if you are just starting out because the ketones on this are not being metabolized or broken down.
Ketone Urine Strips: As you are eating a Ketogenic diet, over time your body is going to be more efficient and you’re not going to have excess ketones anymore at some point because your body’s using them as fuel and they will not show up on the test strip. Excess ketones in your urine do not tell the whole picture.
- Hunger reduced
- Cravings reduced
- Energy increased
- Cognitive Function increased
- Mood is increasingly positive
The key is lowering your carbohydrates (for foods other than vegetables) because carbohydrates elevate your blood glucose. There is a teeter-totter relationship between lowering your blood sugar or glucose and increasing your ketones. Ketones are an alternative fuel that your body prefers to run on it’s a much cleaner fuel so as you lower your blood glucose you raise the ketones.
Normally your blood glucose should be 82. As you go lower you start creating a condition where you it’s called hypoglycemia. You might think that’s dangerous but as you cut the dietary carbs and you lower your blood sugar your body’s going to be running on ketones so the need to keep sugar up even at 82 is unnecessary.
If your blood sugar goes lower and lower the questions need to ask is:
- Has your hunger disappeared?
- Have your cravings gone?
- Is your energy good?
- Do you have good cognitive function?
- Is your mood good?
If you answer yes, it means that you’re doing it healthily and your body’s getting the benefit from the ketones but your blood sugar goes low and you’re starving and you’re craving for carbs and you’re fatigued and you’re irritable and your memory is bad then we know this is more of an unhealthy hypoglycemic reaction and you probably did not develop the machine to make ketones. You probably have not done this correctly. Your body will always take the glucose before the ketones.
The goal is to get healthy by doing healthy ketosis and being very efficient in burning all those ketones. Here is how to get into healthy keto and get in deep ketosis.
Here is the link to, What is the Ketogenic Diet? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JATFrKrG9Cc
The focus on your health and the indicators that tell you are doing it successfully.
How do you know if you’re getting healthy?
These are the indicators:
- Are the cravings gone?
- Is your hunger a lot less between meals?
- How was your energy is it going up?
- Is your waist size shrinking?
If you are going to take straight ketones, you are NOT going to lose weight because your body’s stored fat is not being tapped into.You are basically taking ketones as fuel so your body doesn’t have to use your own ketones and fat. There is a misconception that many have, that taking exogenous ketones and eating the traditional diet will result in weight loss. This will not happen.
Two situations where Dr. Berg recommends taking exogenous ketones:
- If you are a long distance runner where you want extra energy – not recommended.
- Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, very frail and you don’t have a lot of fat to burn.
Ketosis vs.. Ketoacidosis: VERY DIFFERENT!
They are not the same, some people they don’t want to go into ketosis because they think they assume that is it dangerous because they have the same word keto, which is not.
Ketoacidosis is a very dangerous disease that happens when you are a type 1 diabetic or when you don’t make any more insulin. The blood sugars are extremely high because you don’t have any insulin to make it go down. Since ketones are acidic, the pH becomes very much of a problem. They have excessive thirst, too much urination and you are completely dehydrated, you lose the electrolytes, you have fatigue, breathing is off.
When we look at there is a massive amounts of ketones, it is about 20. Ketosis is between 1-8 or it’s a smaller amount of mild fat burning, it is controlled to diet, you don’t have very many symptoms, maybe some slight adaptation symptoms a little fatigue but if you took B vitamins and potassium, that would clear right up. There is a low amount of insulin, but it is still there and the cells are getting nutrition, low amounts of blood sugar, your blood sugars are good.
The ketosis is totally healthy and is not the same with ketoacidosis even though they have the same first four letters, but they are not the same.
Dr. Eric Berg DC, 53 years of age is a chiropractor, who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.
This post has been condensed from:
- How Do Your Know Your’re In Ketosis? By Dr. Berg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODQmZKB98Qo
- How Do You Know You Are In Ketosis? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE8Xh8wEAMQ
- Ketosis vs.. Ketoacidosis: VERY DIFFERENT! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr_aiF7KGq0
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