What Is Ketosis, What Are The Benefits Ketone Bodies

What Is Ketosis, What Are The Benefits Ketone Bodies

Ketone Bodies

So you’ve probably already heard that the main source of energy that our body normally uses is in the form of glucose or carbohydrates. Our body is really good at making us think that glucose is what our body needs on a regular basis. Hence addiction to sugars and carbohydrates. But what happens when we stop eating glucose is our body switches into another biochemical mode known as ketosis and that’s when our body starts producing things known as ketone bodies.

This is sort of our body’s way of switching into starvation mode and producing a fuel that can be used by our brain and our muscles when there’s no glucose or no food in the environment. When our body’s under ketosis it can burn fats and produce these ketone bodies that can act like another fuel source although they might not be as efficient as glucose in giving us the necessary energy that we need, it’s a great way of our body helping us to survive under starvation.

Carbohydrates

If you’ve recently shifted on to a keto diet then you probably already know that the first phase or the induction phase is probably the hardest phase that you’re gonna go through. A lot of people suffer from what is known as “keto flu” and that’s when we start feeling a bit nauseous. We feel a bit sick – a lot of people start getting headaches along with that sickness and that’s really when we’re starting to burn a lot of glycogen. Glycogen is a fuel source that our liver produces from all of that glucose and other carbohydrates that we’ve ingested.

And when we shift into a keto diet, our body starts burning that glycogen, and this induction phase the first week of a keto diet when people often say they’ve lost most of their weight. People with severe weight issues also say that they can lose up to 10 kilograms of weight in the first week itself although a lot of of this weight is lost in the form of moisture or water that can be trapped by carbohydrates that we eat on a regular basis, it’s possible that we might undergo dehydration and that’s why you really want to be drinking enough water when you enter ketosis in the first week.

Indications

Now, these keto flu symptoms tend to go away when we stay under ketosis for a while – generally after about seven days or ten days. I mean when you look at the sort of food that you’re eating in a keto diet – about 70 percent of your diet under ketosis is supposed to be fat, about 25 percent is supposed to be protein, and just 5 percent of that is supposed to be in the form of carbohydrates. So that translates to less than 15 grams of carbohydrates per day. So of course it’s gonna be a shock to our bodies.

When we first enter ketosis that’s probably because we’re used to our burgers and fries from McDonald’s. But I can assure you it gets much easier when you stay in ketosis for a while. Now let’s move on to the second stage of the keto diet. At this point, I should probably mention that our bodies do not work as a computer in phases and the time that you might have to put up with having keto flu may vary depending on your diet,

Keto Diet

Your lifestyle, or even your genetic makeup and I should probably also mention that this article, not medical advice. It’s just an Article based on information that I’ve gathered from my experiences and online reading. With that aside, congratulations on reaching the next phase of the keto diet that’s where things start to get much easier than they were in the first week, or however long your keto flu took you, and it’s where you are probably going to stop feeling a headache or nausea from your keto diet.

So if you remember correctly from the first part of the Article where we stopped eating carbohydrates, that where our glucose starts to get depleted. At least when it comes to our dietary intake and as a result, our body compensates by burning more glycogen which is usually stored in our livers. But it’s not over yet our bodies have a trick up their sleeves and it’s called GLUCONEOGENESIS. Our bodies can actually produce glucose using proteins and fats.

Enough Proteins

Our bodies can start burning down our muscle tissue to form that glucose. You now see how much we love glucose. Butgluconeogenesis is not going to be a big problem. It’s just our body doesn’t understand that we’re trying to get into a keto diet and it might take some time for you to actually do so. Now during the keto diet, you really want to make sure that you are getting enough proteins and that doesn’t mean indulging in excessive amounts of protein because that protein is definitely gonna get converted into glucose via gluconeogenesis.

But if you don’t get enough proteins you’re also gonna start breaking down your muscle tissue. So if you’re into bodybuilding or maintaining your muscle mass make sure you’re getting enough protein in the day. And if you remember correctly you’re supposed to be getting about 25 percent of your daily calorific intake in the form of proteins.

harmful reaction

Make sure you vary the source of that protein intake because that will help ensure you’re getting the right amino acids that that protein is composed of, and you’re also not excessively consuming anything that’s gonna give you a harmful reaction in the longer term and if you love eating red meat then make sure you’re also combining that with white meats and egg protein because they’re good, healthier sources of protein. As time passes our glycogen reserves get fully depleted and we no longer can form glucose from that glycogen.

That’s also when our muscles and fat cells start using ketone bodies instead of glucose. And as time passes and again this time may vary depending on who you are you will eventually reach the next phase of the keto diet, which is where things start getting interesting. The third and final phase of the keto diet is where you set your brain free from the clutches of glucose and your brain can now start using those ketone bodies that are present in your blood as the primary fuel source.

IQ Improvements

Now usually your brain does depend on glucose because it’s such an efficient fuel source, but as time progresses your brain starts to learn how to use ketones instead as fuel this is also the stage. where a lot of people say they feel more mental clarity and some people even go as far as saying they feel IQ improvements. I can’t vouch for the latter but I can definitely say that the keto diet does get much easier in this phase, when you start feeling good about the diet now, the issue here is a lot of people take several weeks or even several months to reach this final phase of the keto diet.

Now there’s even a chance that you may get completely tired and sick of the keto diet before you even reach this phase if your body takes too long to reach it. But one thing is for sure you’re definitely gonna see the weight-loss benefits of the keto diet even if you don’t reach this phase.

Now one side effect that I forgot to mention about the keto diet is that since a lot of ketone bodies tend to smell you’re going to have a breath also called the acetone breath. And not everybody has an issue with this ketone breath, but if you do have an issue with it you can always chew on gum or just mint leaves. It’s a little issue for big benefits.

Toxicity

Now if at any point in the keto diet you want to check whether you’re still in ketosis then you can use what is known as ketone test strips. And you can pick these up from your local pharmacy or even Amazon as I picked them up from and all you need to do is just urinate on them. And they will tell you by color code how many ketone bodies it’s detected in your blood. Having too many ketone bodies in your blood can also lead to toxicity. So you’re probably not gonna see a massive color change, but even a mild color change will mean that there are some ketone bodies detected in your blood and you’re still in ketosis.

Cardiovascular Disease

So when we cut out grains from our diet we can possibly face the issue of being deprived of those nutrients. We might want to look at attacking them in tablet form. Now I leave this completely up to you to think about what sort of vitamins you might lack when you go under the keto diet. Perhaps you’re gonna cut out milk completely and you also want to add Calcium to your diet, but again these entirely depend on what sort of keto diet you’re going to do. The keto diet has come really far.

It was initially developed for epileptic seizures and diabetes, and it’s such a beautiful way of our body helping us to actually burn that fat that we want to get rid of. And this is why I always say fats are not bad for us. Gats is actually good for us. There are local diets in this world that have high-fat intakes but actually help to cut fat instead of increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Damaging Your Health

Eating more fat does not necessarily lead to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Now the same cannot be said about carbohydrates. The same cannot be said about sugar. If you eat too many of those one things for sure. You’re probably going to be damaging your health in the longer term.

In the low-carb diet, you can restrict your carb intake to less than, let’s say 50 grams per day. The low-carb diet can also be good if you’re looking for weight loss benefits. But not necessarily doing something that’s biologically extreme or if you feel like it’s biochemically extreme.

 

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