Ketosis: is a metabolic state where your body burns fat for energy.
Pretty simple, right? So why is it discussed like a hot-button issue at a presidential debate?
Some nutritionists praise it while others label it as unsafe. Which is it?
The funny thing is, whether you’ve tried the ketogenic diet or not, you have already at some point in your life gone into a mild form of ketosis. Strenuous exercise or skipping a couple of meals will cause your body to turn to its fat stores for energy. Ketosis is your body’s insurance plan when there is not enough sugar, or glucose, to feed your cells.
Your body prefers to use sugar for energy because it is a faster process than converting fat. When you restrict your carbohydrate intake, you can no longer metabolize enough glucose to meet your energy demand. At that point, the level of ketones in your bloodstream will start to rise. These ketones signal to your brain that is it time to start metabolizing fat.
A Safer Energy Source
Ketones can be used more efficiently in the body and provide more energy than glucose. Research has shown that ketones can improve brain function and help with epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and even Alzheimer’s. They act as an antioxidant in the body and produce less free radicals and oxidative damage than sugar. Ketones can also fight certain types of cancer since those cells cannot use them as fuel.
Fat Vs. Sugar
Ketosis seems unsafe when you first hear about it because we have been brainwashed into thinking that eating fat makes you fat. In reality, sugar-laden snacks and processed carbs are the biggest contributors to weight gain. When you eat more carbs than your body needs, the excess glucose is actually stored as fat. Excess ketones are not stored, they are eliminated when you urinate. That is why the ketosis ideal for weight loss. Stored fat is used for fuel during times of intermittent fasting since no glucose is present. Healthy fats also keep you satiated longer and reduce cravings to help fight against overeating.
Introducing: Exogenous Ketones
The sad truth is you can’t eat keto most of the time and expect the benefits. Too much protein or one high-carb meal can drop you out of ketosis because your body will always revert back to burning glucose.
The solution? Exogenous ketones delivered by way of a powder supplement will work as a shortcut to get you into ketosis. Wellthy’s KetoFuel allows you to achieve that fat-burning state immediately. This supplement bonds the ketone body beta-hydroxybutyrate, or BHB, along with calcium and sodium to promote ketosis and hydration. You still get all the benefits of burning fat for fuel like weight loss, increased energy levels, and improved brain function without the wait or worry of a restrictive diet.
With the keto diet, you constantly have to test your ketone levels through blood or urine tests. These tests cost money and are not always accurate, not to mention inconvenient. However, with exogenous ketones, you know exactly the amount of ketones that are going into your body. If you want to supercharge your fat burning potential, try using this supplement as a fasted-workout enhancer! The energy you feel and the results you see will amaze you.
So What Is The Downside?
Some people are worried about the connection between ketoacidosis and the keto diet. This condition of unnaturally high levels of ketones in the bloodstream is caused by insulin deficiency when your blood sugar is elevated for too long. This is more likely to happen to people with diabetes. The keto diet actually helps regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels. It is extremely rare for your body to produce more ketones than it needs, so while the names may be similar, ketoacidosis is not a result of ketosis.
What are you waiting for?!
By now you hopefully know that ketosis is a natural, safe chemical reaction that comes from elevating your level of ketones, either through restrictive dieting or exogenous ketones. You know the benefits: more energy, less body fat, improved brain function. Now it is time you experience the results for yourself!
- Mercola, J. (2017) Fat for Fuel. Carlsbad, CA. Hay House, Inc.
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