MCT oil can be a useful tool to rapidly increase ketone production. They're a healthy source of fat that many keto dieters claim to help them feel full throughout the day, while also providing a mental boost. By knowing the science behind MCTs, you'll be better equipped to use it on your keto diet.
10% body fat. Achieving 10% body fat is a popular fitness freak goal - that often means finally getting those hollywood-style abs. What if you’re already sitting at an impressive 8% body fat...with the goal of getting to 4%? At that level, an incredibly methodical and disciplined approach to diet & training is required. We’d go a step further and say that knowledge and understanding of the scientific literature and mechanisms of fat burning, lean muscle growth, and the like are as well. At such a low fat percentage already, what else could one possibly do to get even leaner?
Your coffee, shakes, smoothies and baked good just got a boost. Today, we're launching MCT Oil Powder and Keto Collagen+ to support your keto lifestyle. Learn why they're the best products in each category.
Coffee—it's what gets most people through every morning. Want to make that morning coffee even better? Try adding MCT. Maybe you've heard about people on keto using MCT for extra energy or weight loss, but you aren't sure how to use it. Here's how you can add MCT to your routine.
Keto and paleo are extremely popular diets with several overlapping characteristics—but each is unique in its own way. This guide can provides all the science, benefits and considerations to help you make the best dietary decision for your overall health.
A ketogenic diet, or “keto diet,” refers to an extremely low-carbohydrate, high-fat pattern of eating. This article dives into the history of the keto diet, explains the basics of the science behind it, and provides tools for those looking to try keto for the first time.
Every serious athlete knows recovery is essential to make the most out of a workout. Supplements can help kick that process into overdrive. Knowing which supplements to take, and when to take them, can provide an added boost to your recovery regimen.
Ketone salts, also known as BHB salts, provide the body with a way to enter ketosis. But the results are mixed. There are a few options for someone looking to enter ketosis through an external supplement, most notably–ketone esters.
Misconceptions about the ketogenic diet are everywhere. People tend to worry about everything from heart disease to declines in performance, but many of these concerns are grounded in fiction–not fact. We look at the science to debunk a few of the most common keto myths.
Commonly known as "the trots," runner's diarrhea can put your perfect race right in the toilet. Learn what causes runner's diarrhea, and a few ways you can combat the issue–like diet and timing of fuel ingestion pre-race.
The story of Dr. Terry Wahls is a fascinating, deeply personal dive into the tie between nutrition and disease management. Dr. Wahls has struggled with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis for more than a decade. In the year 2000, Wahls was jogging every morning. Just three years later, she found herself confined to a wheelchair suffering from chronic pain and brain fog. Despite having access to the latest drugs from reputable establishments like the Cleveland Clinic, it wasn’t until a radical change in her diet that Dr. Wahls finally felt she was on the road to a form of recovery. Now, she can walk, work, and has since even completed an 18-miler bike race.
You can't see what's happening inside your body. But if you listen to your body's subtle signals, you may start to understand what it's trying to tell you. Find out if your body is trying to tell you that you're vitamin K deficient, what that means for your overall health, and how you can fix it.
There's nothing like a good massage to relax your body. But releasing stress starts in the mind. Magnesium is the nutrient with numerous mechanisms for total body calm. Find out what makes magnesium the original chill pill.
Vitamin K: the nutrient best known for its compulsory role in blood-clotting. But in a culture of diligent macronutrient tracking, how do you know if you're getting enough of this mandatory micronutrient? We've compiled the top food sources alongside the added benefits of vitamin K.
Do you suffer from stress and anxiety? L-theanine may be able to help—and them some. Learn how L-theanine can also improve memory and help you immune system. Here's the benefits to expect, dosing protocols, and potential side effects.
Throw beef in a slow cooker. Season with salt & bacon bits (hold the pepper). Consume. Race a triathlon. This is the life of the carnivore Ironman champ: Pete Jacobs.
Although many people are aware of the keto diet, they may think there is only one way of practicing it—by being low-carb, high-fat all the time. By following a cyclical keto diet you can enjoy the benefits of ketosis while still occasionally eating carbs for certain purposes, like training.
Butter coffee has become a popular drink choice for people on the keto diet. Although it is not a miracle solution for weight loss, it does provide health benefits. If you're practicing keto, adding butter in coffee is a great way to onboard health fats. Here's how to mix it into your daily routine.
Vegan replacement meats have been a huge trend in recent months. The question is, are these products (such as the popular Beyond Burger) healthier than their real meat counterparts? Let's look at the actual ingredients. In addition, I discuss the considerations of sunscreen (hello summer!) and the rise of the "sober curious".
Caffeine gives you that extra boost to get the most mileage out of your day, while L-theanine can help you destress from it. But when you combine the two, they do much more than just coexist.
Vitamin K deficiency is on the rise. Everyone knows the value of vitamins like A and C—but what about K? This essential nutrient often gets overshadowed, despite being required for blood clotting, bone protection, and much, much more.
Panax ginseng has been used as a traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. From fatigue-fighting properties to attention-boosting effects, find out why this herb has stood the test of time—and what I can do for you now.
Should you still fast if you’re under heavy stress? Speaking from personal experience, Dr. Molly Maloof provides interesting insight into when it may be time to take a stress break from fasting. Geoff & Dr. Maloof chat about nutritional periodization to train your metabolism, continuous glucose monitoring and how to interpret different glucose spikes, and the importance of mitochondrial function.
You know all the benefits of caffeine from coffee–but what about its counterpart, L-theanine, found in tea? This amino acid helps cover the spectrum of overall health, and can help with stress, memory and the immune system. Learn about how L-theanine works and how to supplement with it.
Glycine is pretty sweet. Not just because of its sugary crystalline structure but also because this amino acid can pack some pretty great benefits for your heart, blood, and sleep schedule. As for beauty sleep? Find out how this amino acid takes the phrase quite literally.
A popular Facebook LCHF group with over 1.5 million members was banned by the platform without warning. 1.5 million people, a population akin to an entire city, suddenly found themselves without a support system, no new meal recipes to add to their week, and really...no home. What could have caused the banning of millions in the first place?
Not only was Dr. Tim Noakes an early leader in the ketogenic movement, a stance that temporarily costed him his medical license, but Noakes actually reversed his own Type 2 diabetes following a LCHF diet. Perhaps one of the reasons he has upheld a high reputation is his continued desire to question current scientific theory, even conclusions he first helped define. Rather than turning a blind eye and staying with his preconceived notions, Noakes follows the evidence...a model we should all aspire to have.
Docosahexaeonic acid (DHA) is one of the three essential omega-3 fatty acids we need for our day-to-day function, but its benefits may go deeper. From cardiovascular health to memory boosts, find out why this fish oil staple is quite the catch.
A multi-sport event requires a specific training strategy. The path to success should consider the swim, bike and run equally–or you may not even reach the finish line.
Dr. Ethan Weiss, a UCSF cardiologist & the founder of Keyto, discusses the ketogenic diet as a viable option for improving metabolic and cardiovascular health, what sets apart Keyto’s breath meter from other ketone meters, the consideration of tracking ketones via acetone, and best practices to drive positive behavioral change.
Fat cannot directly be used by the brain, but the converted ketones from the source can. If a brain can no longer effectively use glucose (an observation of many neurodegenerative diseases), can we look at ketones as an alternative fuel source? This is the genesis of Dr. Mary Newport’s story.
Meet Dr. Jason Fung, a pioneer of intermittent fasting in the clinical setting. Dr. Fung reveals similarities of intermittent fasting and the ketogenic diet, the hacks one can use during a fast and when to use them, and how fasting can be the cure for the underlying root cause of Type 2 diabetes.
What do you think the media touted as the next food ready to knock years off your life? This time it’s not cakes and soda, it's not red meat, it's not alcohol...it’s the humble egg. Dr. Stubbs analyzes the JAMA 2019 study behind the fear-mongering headlines: Associations of Dietary Cholesterol or Egg Consumption With Incident Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality.
Breakfast has been known to be a "problem" meal that leads to the largest blood sugar spikes within a day...particularly for Type 2 diabetics. Dr. Brianna Stubbs dives into a paper that aimed to explore if eating a low carb, high fat meal first thing in the morning is a simple way to prevent this large spike, improve glycemic control throughout the day, and reduce other diabetes complications.
mTor is a pathway that helps controls cell growth. Since it is a pathway that is sensitive to the nutrients we consume, controlling our diet enables us to regulate our mTor. This is especially exciting as mounting evidence points to mTor playing a role in longevity & metabolism.
Training for your first marathon can be a daunting endeavor. But with the proper training plan and nutrition strategy, you should be ready come race day–and ready to tackle future events.
When most people think about blood sugar, they're concerned about diabetes (which has become an American epidemic). The good news is—steps can be taken to lower blood sugar, and thus, rise for developing diabetes. Find out the best ways of lowering blood sugar levels, from diet to ketones.
Many popular drinks contain hidden calories and added sugar, which may be preventing you from reaching your weight loss goals. Find out the best beverage choices for sticking to your diet and hitting your weight loss goals.
Defining metabolic syndrome, why we should care, and what we can do about it. Featuring Ivor Cummins, AKA the Fat Emperor.
Bacopa monnieri can have a significant effect on cognitive function. But it can also reduce depression and anxiety while enhancing memory and attention. Here's how to supplement with it.
The gut microbiome is emerging as a crucial area of health, and is becoming an exciting area of research. Learn how the living bacteria in your gut can influence body weight and heart health (among other things)—and how you may be able to alter your gut microbiome.
You’ve probably heard that sitting at your desk can kill you. Why? What’s the science behind the claim that sitting is the new smoking? We dive into the topic and unearth some compelling research for, and against, that argument.
Alcohol, for all its importance in cultures around the globe, is a neurotoxin. How does a health-conscious person consume it knowing the drawbacks? Let's welcome Todd White to discuss Dry Farm Wines - A keto-friendly and sugar-free "biohacked" wine.
Diligent training should be rewarded. Leading up to a race, you get up every day and put in the hours, pushing yourself to better adapt your body. But where's the line? Overtraining syndrome is a sign you've crossed it. Here are a few ways to spot overtraining, and some suggestions for what to do if it's too late.
The sprint triathlon is a great way for beginners to try multi-sport races. It's much shorter than other triathlons, and thus requires an appropriate pacing strategy. But pacing is something many new triathletes don't consider. Proper pacing may be the difference between a beautiful race and a bonk.
Debates about a healthy heart rage on in the medical community. Let’s take a look at the science behind heart health, analyzing the literature about eating fat, exercise and family history.
Exercise periodization is popular with many top athletes, but what if we viewed nutrition in the same lens to maximize metabolism? Bob Seebohar, a dietician for the US Olympic Committee, coined the term "Metabolic Efficiency Training". He reveals real-life applications for anyone searching to optimize their metabolism for both performance and health.
Worried about your cholesterol while eating keto? With years of rigorous n=1 self-experiments around low-carb diets, Dave Feldman is helping drive a new conversation around cholesterol by challenging the traditional lipid hypothesis. He shares what a ketogenic diet “hyper-responder” is, the role of cholesterol in the body and how risky high cholesterol really is (in context of other biomarkers), and reflects on the good and bad of modern scientific research culture.
Orthopedic surgeon, world record holding masters athlete, US Air Force veteran, and hardcore carnivore...it’s none other than Dr. Shawn Baker. Shawn is an interesting n=1 case study of someone not only following the carnivore diet to resolve health issues, but also experience performance gains.
Amy Berger is the author of the Alzheimer’s Antidote, is passionate about the link between diet and brain health. Her research focuses on how a low-carb, high-fat diet can improve neurological brain conditions like Alzheimer’s, and why the wrong diet can worsen and even cause it. There’s a reason it is increasingly being called “Type 3 Diabetes”, and Amy is here to shed some light on why.
Christopher Kelly looked normal on the outside, but had constant brain fog, uncontrollable food cravings, non-existent libido, allergies, chronic fatigue. His doctor prescribed pharmaceuticals that didn’t work. Instead, Christopher altered his diet, cleansed his gut microbiome and began to take control of his health.
Growing evidence suggests that insulin resistance is an important metabolic driver behind diseases like diabetes, neurological conditions like Alzheimer's, and even some forms of cancer. We chat with Dr. Benjamin Bikman, whose research emphasizes the etiology of insulin resistance and disrupted mitochondrial function.
The HVMN team is comprised of engineers and designers and athletes with diverse interests. We select some of our favorite items (for athletes and non-athletes alike) to help your gifting struggles this holiday season.
A doctor practices intermittent fasting for the first time. The benefits begin to be noticed. The potential becomes fully realized. This is the story of Dr. Molly Maloof, who shares her fasting journey with us today.
Thanksgiving is the most traveled holiday in the US. It's a time for sharing a meal with family and giving thanks...but it can also be about stressful travel and overeating. Learn from the HVMN team how we try to maintain healthy habits during the holiday.
"Meat heals" is a popular tagline within the carnivore community. This rings true for Mikhaila Peterson, who has suffered from various autoimmune disorders & depression for the majority of her life. Simply eating an organic olive could trigger a waterfall of symptoms that makes the next few weeks an ordeal.
Muscle recovery begins at the end of your last workout. By skipping this all-important process, you could be losing out on gainful training. Use these techniques to help put your muscles in the best position to perform their best during your next workout.
Metabolic health, a favorite topic here on the HVMN Podcast, is about much more than just how we metabolize our food. Our metabolic biomarkers can act as a signal to how we perform...perhaps even in the bedroom. Let's chat with Dr. Priyanka Wali, who has expertise in applying low-carb, ketogenic diets to combat the root cause of many metabolic diseases.
The carnivore diet. Eat meat, drink water. With no vegetables, fruits, or carbs, the carnivore diet is reaching fad/cult status as a nutritional strategy that some swear by...while many wave off as unscientific and unsafe. Let's explore the diet with Travis Statham, a moderator for various carnivore online communities.
Josh Macin was at the top of his world: He was a recently minted Brazilian Ji Jitsu world champion and had a stable sales career with a healthy family life. He was, on the surface, completely healthy. Over a two week period, he mentally broke down and began to lose his sanity: Depression ensued, panic attacks became a regular occurrence, & suicidal thoughts were not uncommon. When his doctors and traditional pharmaceuticals couldn’t help him, Josh went on a three- year journey to figure out what he could do to cure himself and essentially save his own life.
Overload principle is a technique often employed by weightlifters, but it's something all athletes can use. Progressively switching up your workouts can help you avoid the dreaded plateau. These techniques for implementing overload principle can be tackled by athletes of all levels.