THANKS to modern science. All the risks and issues associated with Ketogenic diet can become a complete non-issue if you implement what you’re about to learn to get to ketosis fast and safe.
Ketones, are organic compounds produced by in your body when your system experiences starvation, or when you restrict carbohydrates and increase fats, which inhibits a starvation-like state that produces ketone bodies.
There are three types of ketones: β-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), acetoacetate (ACA) and acetone. BHB is the primary ketone your body can most efficiently use as fuel and is the most stable of the ketones.
These ketones are an ideal fuel source for your body and your brain. Studies have suggested that when your body is in a ketogenic state, it utilises oxygen more efficiently in the generation of energy. Dietary science continues to prove the value of ketosis for the human body.
In short, ketones are secret weapons for anyone looking to take their body’s fueling system to the next level!
And surprisingly ketones are actually found in nature in many foods including eggs and milk.
So enter Exogenous Ketones.
The word exogenous describes something that is developed from external factors; something outside of the natural production. This means that exogenous ketones are synthetic: created outside of your body by scientists and then ingested for accelerated ketosis.
Exogenous Ketones are ketone supplements. They’re created outside of your body and ingested by you, instead of being produced in your body.
What it means is that consuming a product containing a BHB directly and immediately puts ketones in your body, without the need for you to eat tonnes of fats or engage in extreme carb restriction or fasting.
Yes, you heard me right…
Don’t you love science!
You can now bypass fasting or carb restriction by simply ingesting a BHB salt and get yourself into a deep state of ketosis in as little as ten minutes flat!
The use of exogenous ketones was first developed for performance in helping prevent Navy Seal Divers from oxygen toxicity seizures. The advantage of exogenous ketones was further displayed at the Tour De France when rumours of leading riders using supplementing them raised concerns over fairness for those who weren’t.
Exogenous ketones are an incredible asset to anyone struggling to stay in nutritional ketosis. This is because they allow you to decrease the ratios of fat to carbs to a less strict number. It means that you can eat more carbs, and you can get back into ketosis with the supplementation quickly and easily. Literally, have your cake and eat it too! For some, it’s TOTALLY amazing!
Like many supplements, exogenous ketones come in different forms. Liquid, powder and pill forms are all available depending on what suits you best. (More on exogenous ketones beginner’s guide is here.)
My personal pick is Prüvit’s KETO//OS® (Ketone Operating System).
In practice, KETO//OS is a supplement drink. Easy, clean, efficient, and delicious.
Whether you’re using exogenous ketones for increased athletic performance, cognitive ability, or weight loss, exogenous ketones can become a part of your ketogenic regimen.
It is important to note that all supplements are by nature and by definition OPTIONAL. What works for some people doesn’t mean it can work for everyone.
Now, should you be skeptical about the product and its benefits?
Yes, absolutely. The basis of this entire blog was born on the skepticism on mainstream nutrition and my relentless desire for learning. There is however the subtle difference between healthy skepticism and outright cynicism.
My advice is as follows and I certainly practice exactly what I preach (or share):
Understand the science behind the product.
Know your goal, health, wellbeing or fitness.
Know your body and try to learn the biology of your body. Be informed.
Decide to change. Small steps each time.