Episode 9 – Amy Berger’s new book “The Alzheimer’s Antidote”, gluconeogenesis and exogenous ketones

Short summary: In her new book “The Alzheimer’s Antidote”, Amy Berger explains how improving one’s metabolism through a well-formulated low-carb high-fat diet is a worthwhile strategy to manage the disease. We then discuss how ‘excess protein’ is an overblown concern when it comes keeping adequately low blood sugar by not excessively stimulating gluconeogenesis. Lastly, we discuss the right and wrong reasons to sell and use exogenous ketones. Show notes: We first discuss Amy Berger’s background as a registered dietician, her

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3 ways to measures ketones: which is best?

3 ways to measures ketones- which is best?

Intro: the age of Do-It-Yourself at-home medical technology The medico-technological age we’re in goes by many names, such as biohacking, self-experimentation or the quantified self. A lot of it is about tracking biochemical markers and performance metrics that can tell you something about your past and present state, usually in an attempt to predict or change it in the future. Ketones are one such biochemical marker of metabolism that can be measured in blood, breath and urine (see our What’s

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The Ketogenic Diet 101: Make Fat Work for You

What’s a ketogenic diet? A diet is ketogenic when it is very high in fat, high enough to cause a change in your metabolism whereby more fat is turned into ketone bodies rather than being directly oxidized into a form of cellular energy called ATP. Like fats, these ketone bodies (or ketones) can also be oxidized to make ATP.   For this metabolic switch to happen, not only must there be a lot of calories coming from fat, it’s also

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Ketogenic diet and Vitamin C: the 101

Vitamin C and ketogenic diet

The Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) for different nutrients were developed on Western diets, and therefore, high-carb diets. Given that a ketogenic metabolism uses different metabolic pathways and induces cascades of drastically different metabolic and physiological effects, it would be astonishing if any of the RDAs are entirely applicable as is. One micronutrient that seems to be particularly warranting reassessment is vitamin C, because vitamin C is biochemically closely related to glucose. Most animals synthesize it themselves out of glucose. It

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How to be in ketosis?

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Different ways to be in Ketosis  Be a new-born baby reared on breast-milk [1] Don’t eat, use a diet that includes fasting [2] Use up your glycogen by exercising [3] Eat a high-fat diet [4], low in carbs with moderate protein Take exogenous ketones [5] (aka ketones in a pill) Ketosis is a metabolic state. It is normal for humans to be in and out of ketosis. Once your body starts relying on lots of fat for energy you get into ketosis.

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