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?

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

does insulin resistance REALLY cause obesity?  

Many people believe that insulin resistance causes obesity. But as you’ll see in this article, it may very well be the other way around. Excess body fat appears to drive insulin resistance.  But first, your fat cells need to be insulin sensitive to fill and expand beyond your Personal Fat Threshold. Once your adipose tissue … Continue reading does insulin resistance REALLY cause obesity?  

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?

is ‘too much protein’ on keto really a thing?

There is a lot of confusion in keto land about ‘excess protein’. 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 to find nutrients (e.g. potassium, magnesium, choline, … Continue reading is ‘too much protein’ on keto really a thing?

keto… do you want some more?

key points “Keto” is booming!   But there is still a lot of confusion about what exactly constitutes “optimal ketosis”. Most of the magic of ketosis occurs when you burn your own body fat rather than eat more dietary fat or consume exogenous ketones. If your goal is weight loss or diabetes management, chase lower blood … Continue reading keto… do you want some more?

fat loss and muscle gain (the Ketogains method)

Ever wondered what foods and meals are optimal for fat loss and muscle building? Ketogains’ Luis Villasenor recently put a call out for recipes for their upcoming Ketogains Boot Camp, so I thought it would be interesting to see what the Nutrient Optimiser had to say about optimal foods and meals that align with the … Continue reading fat loss and muscle gain (the Ketogains method)

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?

how much protein is too much?

Now that fat is out of the spotlight, the focus for many in low carb and vegan circles has turned to protein as the macronutrient that needs to be avoided for health, good blood sugar control and longevity. At the same time there are still are plenty of ‘meat heads’ who say that their ‘brotein’ … Continue reading how much protein is too much?