Anyone following science and nutrition these days has probably noticed that Ketones and the Ketogenic Diet sure seem to be getting a lot of attention.
For most people the Ketogenic Diet is this mysterious way of eating that seems awfully extreme. It is probably one of the most misunderstood ways of nourishing the body out there and the rumours are wild. The human body will produce ketones only under certain conditions - in starvation or extremely low carb diets (for most people less than 50 grams of carbs a day) as well as alcoholism and uncontrolled type 1 diabetes (not so good).
From an evolutionary perspective our ability to produce ketones and use them for energy (instead of glucose) in times of famine is probably largely responsible for the survival of humans as a species . Think about it - in the absence of Loblaws, McDonalds and Starbucks, our Palaeolithic ancestors (and likely all others leading up to the Agricultural Age) most probably alternated between periods of feast and famine. Given these two extremes, it makes sense that our bodies are programmed to store fat in times of plenty and then burn it for fuel in times of scarcity. Fast forward to today and most peoples’ bodies haven’t seen a ketone since the day they were born (interesting fact is that babies are born in a state of ketosis!) since our constant supply of carbs, protein and even fat ensures that there really is never a need to produce an alternative to glucose. It turns out that this may be a real shame as ongoing research seems to show increasingly that ketones have some real benefits to our bodies.
A short (incomplete) list of what ketones can do for you:
The list goes on but suffice to say that for most of us, getting some ketones into our world would be a great thing.
For many of you reading this - you are Cross Fit Athletes, a lot of what you do is anaerobic and explosive - typically not the circumstances best suited to fat adaptation. But wait. What if you could drink your ketones? What if, you could follow a nutrient dense, healthy carb, moderate to high protein diet with adequate amounts of healthy fats (this would not be enough to get you into ketosis) and get enough ketones into your body to at least enjoy the benefits above for part of the day? How would you do this without adopting a ketogenic diet? Here are a couple of ideas:
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If you’ve made it this far - give yourself a pat on the back - I know this post was long but I do believe that this renewed interest in ketones is well warranted - I have been using them myself and in my practice for over a year now (either as MCT’s, endogenously or from Keto O/S) and I am continuously amazed at the incredible results that people are obtaining.