Our human bodies are amazing, and somewhat similar to a computer in certain ways. For example, our body can rely on default programs if something goes awry or if there is some deficiency. One of those default processes is the creation of ketones.
Okay, so what’s so great about ketones?
The Process Of Ketogenesis
Ketogenesis is the biochemical process that occurs when the body breaks down fats and fatty acids and creates ketones as fuel. This happens primarily when we lack or restrict our carbohydrate intake reducing the glucose and glycogen levels needed for energy.
Ketosis is when the body uses fat for fuel instead of carbs. Low carb diets or ketogenic diets create this process as our body searches for and creates a new source of energy.
This can occur is someone is fasting, on a low carb diet, after excessive exercising, or with starvation.
What About The Ketogenic Diet?
When you restrict carbs and become less reliant on them, it’s possible to burn more fat. A low-carb diet (like Atkins) relies more heavily on protein for energy and creates ketones. Ketones can be great if regulated properly.
Some benefits to creating ketones include:
- Increased energy
- Improved mental performance
- Helps with weight reduction
A Cautionary Tale
Be aware that ketogenesis can be dangerous. One of these danger is when ketogenesis causes blood to become too acidic. This condition is known as ketoacidosis which can lead to a coma or even death. Ketoacidosis is especially dangerous for those with diabetes. Symptoms can develop quickly, sometimes within 24 hours.
Ketogenesis can also negatively effect the heart and kidneys. Since ketones are removed by the body through frequent and increased urination, this can lead to a loss of electrolytes such as sodium, magnesium, and potassium. Without these necessary electrolytes, people are prone to acute kidney injury and cardiac arrhythmia.
Always consult with a doctor if you are embarking on a low carb diet or have concerns about diabetes.
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