What are ketones?
Ketones are those things that, it’s a type of fuel for the body that’s alternative fuel than actual sugar or glucose. Ketones would be like riding a car using electricity versus diesel fuel, which is more sugar, so it’s a cleaner fuel source. It’s an alternative fuel source that will give a person way more energy than glucose.
Like 5% of your daily calories. Insulin is the hormone that regulates sugar. Normally, in your blood you only store, in your entire body, two little teaspoons of sugar. That’s all you store. I mean, the average person eats 145 pounds a year, so that’s just insane. Anything more than two teaspoons is going to be very toxic to the body. So, on an average person, they’re consuming so much carbohydrate.
Well, the body will just jack up insulin. It’s like a whiplash response, and then get it out of the blood fast and stick it into the liver, and start building up fat around the liver. That’s what it does, so all these people with a fatty liver, with high cholesterol, high blood fats, that is the sugar in their diet. It’s not coming from the fat in the diet. Our bodies make a lot of cholesterol, 2,000 milligrams a day. It’s not that.
The good benefits of being in ketosis, which by the way, is lowering your carbs, increasing your dietary fats, and having a moderate amount of protein. Is it will lower your bad cholesterol. It increases your good cholesterol. It lowers your triglycerides. It improves blood sugars. Improves insulin resistance. Now, there are studies that will tell you that it worsens. If you eat fat, it’ll worsen diabetes or insulin resistance and that has to do with the type of study that they did.
They did it on rats and they used corn oil. They didn’t use healthy fats. Corn oil is not only genetically modified, but it’s not a healthy fat, so I’m not surprised that that made things worse. Improve memory, improve dementia, good blood sugar levels, reducing acne. Reducing cancer risk, why? Because, sugar feeds cancer.
In fact, there’s even certain types of scans that they do to detect cancer and they look for areas of your body that you’re consuming excess sugar, because cancer is very hungry for sugar. So, why not just cut the sugar out and decrease the risk? Decreased polycystic ovarian syndrome. So, what is that? That’s a condition where a female has a lot of these little follicles that are growing on the ovaries, and it’s pumping out too much of the wrong hormone, the male hormone, and they’re getting acne, loss of hair.
A lot of issues, but that will reduce, if you’re on this eating plan. It decreases inflammation. I mean, how many people have inflammation? So, sugar will promote inflammation. Also, digestive bloating. This is very good for digestion. Now, the healthy fats that you need to be on are basically grass-fed animal products. Like beef, or something like that. Do not consume the lean beefs, or the turkey bacon, or the chicken without the skin. Why? Because, we need those healthy fats. Do not eat eggs without the yolks. We need that fat to be able to get you in ketosis. But, I know the concern. The concern is, “Oh, my gosh. I don’t want to clog my arteries.” We’ve been, literally, brainwashed to think that it’s bad for your arteries. All I’m going to tell you is try it for a couple weeks. Go get your blood test, and you will see that it will go down, and you’ll be …
If you combine sugar with protein, you create even worse problems with insulin and that’s why when I have people that say, “Well, I’m eating mostly healthy, everything in moderation,” but they have just enough sugar in there to cause, bump them out of ketosis, so all that saturated fat will plug up their arteries, because they have just enough to nullify the benefits.
By athletes, by researchers, because it is true and it creates a lot of benefits. There’s a couple little twists to it. For example, if you’ve been running your body on sugar for so long, it takes a little bit to trans adapt your body to this new fuel source. In that transition, you might have to take it gradual, because you’re not used to it. Some people, because sugar really holds so much fluid, you might drop a lot of water weight initially, and you also might lose a little too much sodium. So, you might need to consume more salt on this diet to be able to keep the blood pressure up, because it lowers blood pressure and then you’ll feel better, but when you start dumping all this fat and all this water off your body, and you might feel a little lightheaded, you just might need a little bit more salt.
So, I suggest you push through it. It’s only a transition phase, but running your body on ketones is much healthier long-term.