Myths about Paleo carbs – Part 2 –

What you will learn #1 You cannot get much if any carbs from glycogen in muscle meat #2 A diet high in animal foods and very low in carbs doesn’t ‘kick you out’ of ketosis #3 The state of nutritional ketosis is not harmful to pregnant women Macro wars: backing up to...

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Myths about Paleo carbs – Part 1 –

What you will learn #1 What early modern human skeletons actually tell us about Paleo diets #2 Which foods were crucial in supporting the growth of our big energy intensive brains, sparking the Plants vs Animals and Carbs vs Fat debates #3 Some of the myths about the...

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Will taking oxaloacetate increase lifespan?

ABOUT THE CO-AUTHOR This post was written by Tomer Aviad, Chemical engineer (BA) Bio:I’m a science geek who loves sports and am interested in nutrition science as well as experimenting with nutrition and supplements in my life. Over the last few years I’ve been...

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How your body transports energy and nutrients in particles

You will learn #1 How your body traffics its main energy source (fat) to your cells #2 How your body uses dietary fat versus stored body fat #3 What the different fat-carrying ‘vehicles’ tell you about your metabolism #4 What Remnant Cholesterol tells you about your...

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Carbs: make, store and burn them

You will learn #1 Why your body makes it own carbs #2 The different ways your body makes its own carbs #3 How your body uses those carbs to accomplish many awesome tasks   Carbohydrates are an energy source that humans have eaten more or less of throughout...

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What do triglycerides have to say about your health?

You will learn #1 What triglycerides are #2 Symptoms of high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia) #3 Why measure triglycerides #4 How to lower triglycerides 1. What are triglycerides? Triglycerides are the form in which dietary fat is stored in our fat tissue (adipose...

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Does cholesterol function to harm or help us?

1. What is cholesterol?   Cholesterol is a lipid molecule essential to all animal life on Earth including humans. If you get some on your hands, it feels like a waxy substance. That’s partly why it has the latin word sterol in it, meaning ‘solid’. Cholesterol makes up...

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Cannabis la pharmacopeia (Part 1)

Cannabis, something for everyone   There are some things in this world which, when you learn about them, you learn about much more than you bargained for. Some ‘things’ connect to so many subjects from different magisteria that anyone can find something that interests...

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Reversing brain damage & cancer: 2 case-reports

Two interesting medical case-reports caught my eye last week. I want to tell you about them because they’re different avenues to appreciating the importance of metabolism in health and disease, something I already emphasize when discussing diet. Reversing brain damage...

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Heart disease and cholesterol: a new hope

Heart disease: the car, the driver & the crash   Complex disease processes are best explained with analogies. Heart disease is no exception. To explain two competing theories of heart disease I’ll use an analogy consisting of a driver, a car and a crash. The anatomy...

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A brief history of micronutrients

Nutrients: how much, how often, which ones?   Most people can’t go more than a few minutes without air, about 3 days without water, approximately 9 to 11 days without sleep [1] and anywhere from weeks to over a year without food if they’re fat enough to start with [2]...

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Does beta hydroxybutyrate have an evil twin?

The discovery of CH3CH(OH)CH2CO2H   CH3CH(OH)CH2CO2H = beta hydroxybutyrate. It’s a molecule your body makes from fats. The correct spelling is β-hydroxybutyrate or 3-hydroxybutyrate and is often abbreviated BHB. We’ll use beta hydroxybutyrate here. It all started in...

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Can people with epilepsy benefit from the ketogenic diet?

What is the ketogenic diet?   Some might consider the ketogenic diet to be a fad diet, however, it was discovered centuries ago for the dietary management of refractory epilepsy. The ketogenic diet is a high fat, adequate protein and low carbohydrate diet.   The diet...

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Cold thermogenesis: how to freeze your fat off

Technology as a crutch   The industrial age started in the late 18th century in the United Kingdom and with it, brought about technologies that now keep us in the Goldilocks zone, not too hot not too cold. In effect, we outsourced a fundamental aspect of what it means...

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Is a Vegan Ketogenic diet Possible ?

Your friend the vegan   Picture this. Your friend the vegan who’s always up on the latest plant-based superfood suddenly mentions wanting to try this thing called a ketogenic diet - more specifically, a vegan keto diet. You’re told a ketogenic diet is super high in...

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Treatment for Metabolic Syndrome

What is the metabolic syndrome?   Metabolic syndrome is a set of criteria used to identify a pathological state of metabolism. If you qualify as having metabolic syndrome, this means one or more aspects of your metabolism is out of whack such that your odds of...

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What is the keto flu or low carb flu and what to do about it?

Keto flu symptoms, mitigation and getting over excess carbohydrates   Any major dietary or lifestyle change has the potential to cause discomfort or lets face it, even mess you up for a bit. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘flu’. It’s the most common time during...

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Kickstart your basic keto diet

What’s a basic keto diet? A basic keto diet is considerably higher in fat and lower in carbs than is typical of modern diets with pasta, bread and potatoes as their staples. Your protein intake will remain pretty much the same, although if in doubt, it may be wise to...

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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...

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How can ketogenesis and ketones treat inflammations?

Intro   Inflammation is a biological mechanism our bodies use to deal with internal and external events, such as combatting infections, repairing tissues or mitigating the immediate consequences of a fractured bone. However, it often carries a negative connotation...

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Do ketogenic diets have a place in human evolution?

Part 1: How to think about ketogenic diets within human evolutionary history   In the past decade ketogenic diets in humans have started to attract the attention of a few forward thinking researchers as well as a small number of online health enthusiasts. In any diet...

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Ketogenic diet and Vitamin C: the 101

Written by Amber O’Hearn (MSc Computer Science). Find more of her writings at www.ketotic.org   The Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) for different nutrients were developed on Western diets, and therefore, high-carb diets. Given that a ketogenic metabolism uses...

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Are low-carb diets good for high-intensity training?

Probably. For an even lower-carb ketogenic diet, maybe. It’s a controversial topic within the sports nutrition sphere. We should already know, but don’t, in part because of the corrupt practices in the sports nutrition industry (check out Tim Noakes’ book for an...

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