Well, in the past I was totally against the use of BHBs (keto pills). In the past few months I have changed my mind on the use of them for certain people.
First, lets learn what keto pills are. Keto pills are exogenous ketones or ketones produced outside of your body. The exogenous ketone are made of beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHBs). Beta-hydroxybutyrate is a chemical that is made by the body to provide energy in times when not enough carbohydrates or sugars have been eaten. Beta-hydroxybutyrate can also be made in the lab and taken as a supplement.
There are two main forms of ketone supplements:
We live in a time where we are constantly looking for the "magic pill" with weight loss. When keto hit mainstream we saw many keto pills hitting the market that claimed to give you all of the advantages of keto without restricting your carbohydrates. These pills also made claims to get you back into ketosis quickly after a cheat meal. If you had a cheat meal and then digested ketones you would be back in ketosis. Well, if I digest ketones of course ketones would be in my system so that doesn't mean nutritional ketosis. At that time it was the consensus among most doctors high in the keto industry that these were a waste of time, the promoted false claims and the best ketones are those made naturally in your body. Fast forward two years and research indicates that exogenous ketones might be beneficial to some.
First, I do not and will not ever suggest keto pills for weight loss. Pills give a false sense of hope and you can take pills daily but if you do not learn to eat correctly you will continue to struggle. Digesting exogenous ketones as a way to get you back into ketosis after cheating is also a way to continue feeding the carbohydrate addiction. It can also be extremely unhealthy by continuing to consumes highly inflammatory foods that will increase your chances of heart disease and metabolic disorder. So again, I do not suggest exogenous ketones as a weight loss supplement.
There are people who might benefit from the use of exogenous ketones. Beginners, those with underlying health issues (diabetes, alzheimers, hypertension, cancer, etc.), those who exercise frequently and those who are doing extended fast. The benefits of exogenous ketones include reduced feelings of hunger, improved mental performance, increased physical performance, longer lasting energy, minimizing or preventing keto flu and enhanced immune health. I actually listened to a documentary where they were actually using exogenous ketones on some areas of the military to help strengthen soldiers during combat.
I want to discuss immune health in dept since we are currently in a pandemic. Research has shown that exogenous ketones can reduce inflammation on the brain and in other areas of the body. We know that increased inflammation is also one of the common issues with COVID. Blocking inflammation appears to minimize immune system damage when your body is infected with a virus or bacteria. When your body burns ketones for your energy source, immune cells called gamma delta T-cells start expanding in your body. The tissue protective cells will help improve metabolism and lower blood sugar and inflammation.
After deciding that exogenous ketones would be beneficial actually to most of the people we coach, I started looking in to different brands. That took a lot of time. There are so many available. Of course there are some that are better than others. There were several factors that were taken into consideration: the amount of BHB, the number of BHB, other ingredients. After searching, I decided Approved Science Keto https://amzn.to/3fU6EDK was the best option. It has 4 different beta-hydroxybutyrates:
BHBs are considered to be naturally formed during metabolism and fat digestion so it not only safe, it's natural. So in conclusion, I now approve the use of exogenous ketones if you are looking to have the benefits listed above. As always, the information listed here is my opinion and should in no way be replaced with instructions or information you receive from your doctor.
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