are exogenous ketones right for you?

the truth on benefits and side effects of exogenous ketones and how to make endogenous ketones at home

are ketones insulinogenic and does it matter?

There has been a lot of hype around the interwebs lately about exogenous ketones and whether they are health promoting, particularly for people with conditions that relate to excess insulin such as diabetes, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s, cancer, epilepsy, obesity etc. Exogenous ketones are becoming trendy, particularly in the low carb scene! A couple of … Continue reading are ketones insulinogenic and does it matter?

Is the acetone:glucose ratio the Holy Grail of tracking optimal ketosis?

Key points The real magic of ketosis seems to occur in a lower energy state. High levels of beta-hydroxybutyrate ketones (BHB) can be a good sign, particularly with lower blood glucose levels. Unfortunately, forcing in extra energy in the pursuit of higher BHB levels (e.g. exogenous ketones or refined fat) has the potential to drive … Continue reading Is the acetone:glucose ratio the Holy Grail of tracking optimal ketosis?

the alkaline diet vs acidic ketones

Whether you think eating alkaline foods is useful or woo woo junk it appears that metabolic acidosis is a thing. Metabolic acidosis seems to be interrelated with insulin resistance, Type 2 Diabetes, and retention of muscle mass. To prevent metabolic acidosis, it appears prudent to ensure that your body has adequate minerals to enable your … Continue reading the alkaline diet vs acidic ketones

why do my blood sugars rise after a high protein meal?

There is a lot of controversy and confusion over gluconeogenesis and the impact of protein on blood sugar and ketosis. Some common questions that I see floating around the interwebs include: If you are managing diabetes, should you avoid protein because it can convert to glucose and “kick you out of ketosis”? If you’ve dropped … Continue reading why do my blood sugars rise after a high protein meal?

can you eat too much fat on a ketogenic diet?

Eating a low carb, high fibre, moderate protein diet will often naturally lead to elimination of processed high carb foods, increased satiety and reduced energy intake.  Reducing insulin will then allow stored body fat to be used for fuel. However if someone was trying to lose weight I would not recommend emphasising dietary fat once … Continue reading can you eat too much fat on a ketogenic diet?

how much protein do I need on keto?

There is a lot of confusion about ‘excess protein’ and whether you can have too much protein on keto. Insulin and protein are used to build and repair your muscles, organs and the other important parts of your body.  This is an important and beneficial use of protein and insulin. Foods that contain the harder … Continue reading how much protein do I need on keto?

vegan vs keto for diabetes… which is one optimal?

I recently watched the Mastering Diabetes teleseminar on ketogenic diets with high hopes of picking up some gems of wisdom from the rising stars of the plant-based diabetes community. Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed with what I heard. I shared my frustration on Facebook. Robb Wolf suggested I put together a response to some of the … Continue reading vegan vs keto for diabetes… which is one optimal?

optimal ketone and blood sugar levels for ketosis

how to use the glucose : ketone index to improve your metabolic health