What Is Ketosis
 
 
Ketosis is a metabolic process that occurs when the body does not have enough glucose for energy. Stored fats are broken down, resulting in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body.  We encourage ketosis by following a diet called the ketogenic or low-carb diet. The aim of the diet is to try and burn off unwanted fat by forcing the body to rely on burning fat for energy, rather than carbohydrates.
 
In normal circumstances, the body gets its energy from glucose. Typically, glucose comes from carbohydrates – sugar and starchy foods such as bread and pasta – which the body is able to break down. Glucose can either be used to fuel the body or stored in the liver and muscles as a chemical called glycogen.
 
If there is not enough glucose present, the body will resort to an alternative strategy in order to fuel itself. Excess fat will begin to be broken down in order to provide a source of glucose. A by-product of this process are ketones.
 
Ketones are acids that build-up in the blood and can appear in urine. In small amounts, they serve to indicate that the body is breaking down fat, but high levels of ketones can poison the body, leading to a process called ketoacidosis.
Ketosis is the name of this metabolic process whereby the body converts fat into products that can be used to burn for energy, in turn making ketones.
 
 
The Ketogenic Diet
 
 
Due to the fact that ketosis breaks down fat stored within the body, some diets instigate the process with an aim to losing weight.
Ketosis diets are also referred to as ketogenic diets, or sometimes low-carbohydrate diets. The diet itself can be regarded as a high-fat diet, with around 75% of calories being acquired from fats. In contrast, around 20% and 5% of calories are gained from proteins and carbohydrates respectively.
 
Why do we need Ketones?
 
Ketones help solve cellular energy dysregulation by improving “mitochondrial function
Reducing premature cell death and protecting and energizing neurological tissues.
 
Research into the benefits of ketones has established that ketones:
  • Improve Brain and Cognitive Function
  • Ketones are an being used to support treatment for epilepsy and are now being tested on other brain disorders such as Alzheimer’ Parkinson’s, and ALS.
  • Provide Neuroprotection for the Brain
  • Ketones protect this vital organ from trauma, concussions, aging, and reduced capacity.
  • Optimize Energy
Using ketones and glucose together allows optimal use of the body’s two energy engines to boost performance.
 
 
Control Glucose
  • Ketones put less pressure on the body to produce insulin, thereby decreasing the risk and impact of type 2 diabetes. 
  • Provide Anti-aging Effects
  • Ketones cleanse and “de-junk” cells by producing10 times fewer free radicals that cause cell damage and premature cell death.
  • Facilitate Fat Loss
  • Ketones support low carb diets by minimizing the “keto flu” and keeping metabolism high during a calorie reduced diet that consumes fat stores.
  • Many types of cancer cells have difficulty utilizing ketones as a fuel source, thereby potentially retarding their abnormal growth rates.