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Benefits Of A Ketogenic Diet

Where to Begin

The Benefits of a Ketogenic, or Keto Diet are vast to say the least. With that being said let’s take it from the top.

Fat Loss

This is the most popular reasoning that people have attached themselves to the keto diet….Thanks to TV ads and social media. Some of the promises made by slick marketers on how keto will drop bodyfat effortlessly, or selling you some type of keto supplement to help cut weight is almost always snake oil.

But there is truth in the fact that a keto diet will help keep your insulin levels low, which creates a great environment for your body to burn fat. When you are not taking in a lot of carbohydrate, especially 50 grams or less per day, your body will have to pull from other energy sources to fuel itself. The next fuel source from stored glycogen, or carbohydrate would be your bodies stored fat, which is how the magic happens. Once your body begins using stored fat as fuel you will begin to really see some progress in your fat loss goals.

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Greater Hormone Response

Not only does a keto diet aid in fat loss by utilizing stored body fat, it can also aid in increasing key hormones such as growth hormone as well. When the bodies insulin levels are lowered from eating keto, this causes growth hormone to stay more elevated. The benefits of more growth hormone production is tremendous, but here are a few key benefits…

Better Energy Production, Vitality, Joint Support, Fat Loss, Better Looking & Skin, Better Sleep Quality.

So eating keto is not just for weight loss purposes, but really can have anti-aging benefits as well by increasing growth hormone production. Lets move onto the next benefit.

Helps Build Mitochondria

Mitochondria, are the power plants of our cells, turning the nutrients we uptake from foods into ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, which is our cells energy source. The more mitochondria we have the more energy we can receive from food we eat. When the body goes into what’s called ketosis, after eating keto for a while, this state puts new demands on our bodies’ mitochondria, which causes the body to adapt by producing more mitochondria. This means more energy, and an increase in physical performance.

Better Cognitive Function & Reduction In Brain Fog

When the body is in Ketosis, it naturally produces more GABA, an amino acid that acts like a neurotransmitter, a calming neurotransmitter to be exact. Depressed GABA levels have been shown to cause brain fog, which now explains why a lot of dieters that go Keto begin to notice a certain clarity after a few weeks, due to the increase in GABA.

Ketogenic diets have also shown to cause a decrease in cognitive decline in patients with certain nervous system diseases, such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons.

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So eating a ketogenic diet is not just something that can be beneficial for weight loss purposes, but can be an aid to keep you healthy as you age. But always remember even eating keto you can not ignore food quality, which I can’t stress enough. Until next time.

Everything You Need to Know About Turmeric

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is actually a root grown in the ground that is orange and yellow in color and is full of health benefits. The key to turmeric is curcumin, which is a compound contained in turmeric root that is a super antioxidant. Here are a list of the benefits…

  1. Anti-Inflammatory- Curcumin has shown to reduce chronic inflammation and pain in the body. Taken at the right dosage, curcumin has even been used as a natural alternative to pain medication due to it being non addictive.
  2. Lower blood sugar- Curcumin has great benefits for type two diabetics in that it can help keep blood sugar more stable throughout the day.
  3. Anti Cancer- Test subjects that supplemented with curcumin have shown a decrease in tumor size and even cell apoptosis.
  4. Enhances Recovery Post Workout– Since strength training and other strenuous physical activity causes minor tears in muscle fibers and inflammation, curcumin causes quicker recovery from exercise because of its anti inflammatory benefits.
  5. Brain Health- Curcumin has shown to cause a release in what are known as macrophages, which are cells that can destroy abnormal protein structures that are in part responsible for cognitive decline.

What is the best way to take Turmeric?

Turmeric can be taken in various ways orally, whether that be the dried powder form used in a smoothie or juice, or in a more concentrated capsule form. One of the best ways to supplement with turmeric is with black pepper, or piperine. Black pepper extract, also known as piperine, has shown to increase the absorption rate of turmeric by as much as 300%, so this is definitely important if you want to get the most benefit. I would look for a capsule form of this product to avoid the mess the powder can cause, and make sure that the curcumin has the piperine in their as well for absorption benefit. One last thing to mention here, when buying curcumin pay attention to the actual percentage yield of curcumin in your dose! The percentages can range between 30 and 95 percent, with 95 percent being the best I would go for that so you do not have to use as much. Most people do not pay any attention to this detail when purchasing and end up buying junk.

Verbiage

You will notice that I have been using turmeric and curcumin interchangeably throughout this post. Just remember turmeric is the root itself, while curcumin is the active ingredient contained in the root with the above mentioned benefits. This being the case some folks will buy actual turmeric root at the grocery store and juice it, or grind it up into a powder. I find the best way for myself is to buy the capsules with a better yield of curcumin in them to avoid all the extra leg work, but to each his own here. Whichever way you prefer is all relative really. Just know the rule of thumb is that turmeric root itself contains between 5-15% curcumin per 1000mg or 1 gram. This will play a role as well when it comes to figuring out the dosage you want.

Dosing

The proper dosing is a wide range when it comes to curcumin. You will hear anywhere between 1000mg all the way up to 5000mg depending on the situation. Personally I take 1000mg daily monday thru friday as a maintenance dose. Keeps my inflammation at bay and aids my immune system this time of year, which by the way is another benefit I forgot to mention…Curcumin is an immune booster too.

Things to Consider

I would recommend doing a little more research if you are taking curcumin for any specific reason such as type 2 diabetes or cancer. Also curcumin can thin the blood and inhibit iron absorption so keep this in mind as well when supplementing. I always use the premise less is more. Mega dosing something deemed beneficial can turn up negative, hence the old too much of a good thing quote. If you have any questions regarding how to supplement with curcumin or just anything health and fitness related please feel free to leave a comment below.

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