Benefits of Ketosis

Ketosis is when your body turns to fat rather than carbohydrates for energy

KETOSIS

A more powerful way of fueling

"LCHF and KETO is taking the world by storm"

 

Zuber Vitality advocates eating real, unprocessed, food whenever possible.  LCHF eating is low in carbohydrates, high in fats and moderate in protein and should include real foods such as good fats (saturated and unsaturated) and avoid processed vegetable oils!  Did you know that the fat content of the human body is about 97% saturated and monounsaturated fat? Our body needs fat for rebuilding cells and hormone production.

 

In contrast to protein and fats, carb is the macro-nutrient your body can survive without.

 

From losing unwanted fat, to ceasing diabetes medication, reduced inflammation, improving brain clarity, improving mood, reduced hunger and living a full life, the benefits of LCHF are numerous as demonstrated in dozens of verified scientific studies.  Benefits also include seizure prevention, cardiovascular health, ADHD and Alzheimer’s disease.

LCHF eating emphasizes natural, whole, unprocessed foods like fish, eggs, low-carb vegetables and nuts and discourages highly processed, packaged items.

Added sugar and starchy foods like bread, pasta, potatoes and rice are restricted.

What you eat and how you move shapes your health

KETONES are the FUEL of CHOICE

But why?

Most of our lives we’ve been told the primary source of energy for our bodies is carbohydrates.  In fact at any one time carbohyrates represents only 1% of the available energy in your body.  Fat provides a massive fuel tank - often under-utilized.

When the body metabolizes fat it produces ketones, which are then used by cells for energy. When you are in a fat adapted metabolic state, you are able to burn your stored body fat reserves to produce ketones for energy.  Ketones are the clean burning alternatives to carbohydrate supplied glucose.

Ketogenic vs LCHF Diets

What is Ketosis?

Ketosis is when your body turns to fat rather than carbohydrates for energy

If your muscles and other tissues in your body use ketones rather than glucose for energy metabolism by choice you are fat adapted.

What are Ketones?

Ketones are the clean-burning alternatives to carbohydrate supplied glucose

In a healthy person, ketones are always present in the blood and production is the body’s natural response to starvation.  This means that ketone levels increase during periods of fasting, periods of low-carbohydrate intake after exercising for a long period of time..  This is because when glucose is in short supply, your liver will break down fats into ketones, which are then used throughout your body for energy.

What are Exogeneous Ketones?

Exogenous ketones are a supplement to the ketones produced by the body

Exogenous ketones are beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) nutraceuticals that are ingested, as apposed to the BHB ketones produced by the body.

Ketosis Science: Do Exogenous Ketones Work?

Thomas DeLauer

Strength coach and keto expert Brady Brewer discusses Pruvit exogenous ketones

What are the benefits of therapeutic Ketones?

 

"Exogenous ketone supplementation could provide an alternative method of attaining the therapeutic benefits of nutritional ketosis and further augment the therapeutic potential of the ketogenic diet"

2016 study in Nutrition & Metabolism

Exogenous ketones provide the amazing benefits associated with a ketogenic state and ketone bodies without the hassle of drastically restricting carbs and:

Ketones make your metabolism more efficient

This increases the production of superoxide and glutathione, two antioxidants that protect our cells from oxidation.

Ketones help regulate blood sugar

Studies of type 2 diabetes patients have pointed to the ways in which ketone bodies themselves can improve glycemic control and improve lipid markers, so much so that participants were able to stop using medications—even before they experienced weight loss.

Another study that measured blood glucose and cholesterol levels during a 38-day period of giving exogenous ketone supplements to rats found that supplementation significantly reduced blood glucose and inhibited weight gain as well.

Ketones conserve and maximise energy

The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell, and it’s the main target of ketone bodies!  Improving mitochondrial function provides advantages such as: increasing ATP (energy) synthesis, reducing oxidative stress, and reducing inflammation. Keep in mind: high levels of inflammation are predictors of a number of different diseases, so reducing inflammation does your body a huge favour!

Ketones effectively fuel your body during exercise

Exogenous ketone supplements specifically can provide an advantage since they require less oxygen per mole of carbon to oxidize.

Ketones help improve clarity of thinking and eliminate "brain fog"

Did you know your brain is around 60% fat and loves fat as fuel!  Exogenous ketones can reduce neuronal loss and even improve neuronal functioning. Further, they can prevent damage from oxidation in an area of our brain called the hippocampus—the part of our brain in charge of memory, emotion, and the autonomic nervous system. Beyond that, ketones can provide a protective function against neurodegenerative diseases and illnesses.  In one small study, 20 subjects with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairments were asked to consume a drink that helped elevate ketone levels in their body. They found that those with higher ketone levels experienced greater improvements in recall versus those with lower ketone levels.

Few or no side effects

In a study of exogenous ketone supplementation, subjects had higher levels of ketone bodies with little to no side effects. This is especially good news given that a common complaint of MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides) is that it can be hard on one’s gastrointestinal tract.

Ketones help your muscles after a workout

Nutritional ketosis can optimize protein synthesis after a workout, helping with recovery and also encouraging more fat oxidation in comparison to carbohydrate metabolism.

LCHF Eating reduces cancer risk

Due to the glucose reliant properties of proliferating cancer cells, ketogenic diets have demonstrated powerful tumour suppressing properties in a multiple studies. The role that increased blood ketone levels played in this equation was once a mystery; however, a recent study published in the International Journal of Cancer highlights the promising potential of exogenous ketone use to suppress metastatic tumour growth. According to the Poff et al. (2014) study lowered blood glucose commonly associated with a ketogenic diet is not the sole mechanism by which therapeutic benefits are achieved; it appears that ketones themselves may innately possess anticancer/cancer-modulating properties.

Starting Keto

Exogenous ketones help “kick you back into ketosis” at a much faster rate than waiting for the process to occur naturally. What does this mean?  With ketone supplementation, you will experience increased energy and focus even during the beginning stages of your ketogenic journey.

Fitness and Strength

You may be restricting your calories and carbohydrate intake in order to make weight and need all the energy you can get to power through your training! That’s precisely where exogenous ketones allow you to reap the benefits of a low-calorie/ carb state while still being able to refuel.

Already in Keto

Exogenous ketones can supplement your good habits.  Not for everyone all the time, but if you are concerned that you may have slipped out of ketosis you have another tool.

If you happen to be one of those low-carb nuts that prefers to steer clear of brown rice and sweet potatoes at all costs, you can say goodbye to the Low-Carb Flu and extreme fatigue—exogenous ketones are the supplement you have been waiting for to kick you into gear.

Endurance Athletes

Benefit greatly from such supplementation because ketones provide more “fuel in the tank” for them to rely on during
competition (glycogen stores can only take you so far).

On the go, busy people

 If you’re an on-the-go business executive or entrepreneur who generally enjoys the ketogenic diet, we all know endurance is just as important to you as it is for the athlete. You will experience increased energy and focus with none of the jitters or crash associated with caffeinated beverages.

Who will benefit from therapeutic Ketones?

 

"The ketogenic diet isn’t always easy. Many people state that it’s difficult to stick to or hard on their bodies if they have trouble digesting fats. Furthermore, ketosis can be unsustainable in the long-term considering that just a small amount of carbohydrates or excess protein can kick you out of ketosis.