Electrolyte imbalance may be a potential side effect of a keto diet. But with proper guidance, you can ensure they stay in balance for optimal bodily function and performance. Use this guide to ensure you don't get caught short on electrolytes.
BHB stands for beta-hydroxybutyrate, one of the three main ketone bodies. It's a clean-burning energy source for both the body and the brain. What's more, it's easily measurable in the blood, providing a great biomarker for ketosis.
Monitoring ketone levels in urine is important for both diabetics and those waiting to maintain ketosis. Here's what to look for, how to test and the advantages vs. disadvantages of testing urine for ketones.
Are all calories created equal? Not on the keto diet. Weight loss has emerged as a primary incentive for going keto. That's not driven by the amount of calories, but instead by the type of calories consumed.
Exogenous ketones provide a way to achieve deep ketosis without needing to maintain a ketogenic diet or fast. There are several different types of exogenous ketones to choose from, and selecting the right one depends on your goals for ketosis.
Your mission: achieve ketosis. But how do you know when it has been accomplished? There are a few telltale signs that you've entered ketosis, both from a positive and possibly negative perspective. Outside of simply testing blood ketone levels, be sure to watch out for these signposts that indicate you're headed down the road for ketosis.
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.
Early keto dieters can be met with a series of symptoms as the body adapts to using other sources of energy (besides carbohydrates). Often called the "keto flu," these symptoms are often overcome quickly with a few tips and techniques.
Ketones are a brain fuel. They cross the blood brain barrier and can be used by brain cells. Not only do many people report they can "feel" ketosis, but also that they gain a boost of mental clarity and focus. How...and why? Let's look at the evidence and mechanisms of action.
Achieving ketosis from intermittent fasting or ketogenic diet can take as little as a day, or as long as a week. But it varies from person to person. Things like exogenous ketones can increase this process exponentially, but to optimize ketosis, learning how to keto-adapt is important.
A research group set out to answer this question— can ketone ester supplementation during endurance exercise training prevent symptoms of overreaching? The study didn’t necessarily look at how ketones acutely influence exercise performance, but rather how consistent supplementation could affect recovery and training capacity. Let’s take a look at how the study was set up & what was discovered.
Omega fatty acids, such as Omega-3 and Omega-6, has been well-known to play a crucial part in the human ecosystem. In fact, the human body can't make Omega-3's internally and must rely on foods to get it. The problem is...the majority of us aren't getting enough. Nearly 100,000 American deaths are caused by this key nutritional deficiency.
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.
Dr. Rhonda Patrick described her use of our exogenous ketone ester as "feeling less anxious and more in the present." Can ketone esters help with anxiety? This is what we'll be exploring today.
Why is the gut microbiome known as the "new final frontier"? Dr. Brianna Stubbs dives into three papers studying the effects of diet (plant-based, animal-based, & ketogenic) & intermittent fasting on the gut microbiome.
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.
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.
The low-carb, high-fat keto diet has been shown to improve body composition and increase endurance performance. But getting into ketosis is difficult. Here's how you can use healthy fats and intermittent fasting to get into ketosis a little quicker.
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.
When thinking about the ‘art and science’ of communication, you might need to lean even more towards the art when communicating science - to try and bridge the gap between research and public understanding. With the inescapable rise of social media and scientists who are taking to Twitter to share their findings and thoughts, science communication has changed a lot in the last few years. It will surely continue to evolve.
Dr. Brianna Stubbs tends to read a lot of scientific literature...a lot. In this episode of Research Roundup, Dr. Stubbs dives into three papers studying the influence of our biological clock: The circadian rhythm.
Pandora's box was opened when Dr. He Jiankui created the world's first gene-edited babies. Let's discuss this controversial scientific milestone in an unfiltered episode of the HVMN Podcast.
To stay up to date on the cutting-edge of health and performance, HVMN Research Lead Dr. Brianna Stubbs tends to read a lot of scientific literature...a lot. In this episode of Research Roundup, Dr. Stubbs dives into three papers studying the effects of intermittent fasting. Featured researchers include Dr. Jason Fung, Dr. Valter Longo, Dr. Courtney Peterson.
When people fall asleep on the couch after Thanksgiving, it’s often blamed on “too much turkey.” They’re actually blaming tryptophan–an amino acid present in turkey. Turns out, the combination of tryptophan from turkey and carbs from dessert is a recipe for a food coma.
A culmination of over a year and a half of research and development across the company, HVMN Performance Supplements marks an evolution of our existing nootropics line complete with improved formulations and new ingredients. Here's what's new.
CTE has been chronicled extensively as a problem existing in the NFL. But traumatic brain injury also happens frequently in the military. We explore what causes these brain injuries, how they get worse with repetition, and what can be done to prevent them.
In this episode of Research Roundup, Dr. Brianna Stubbs dives into three research papers relating to the topic of aging and longevity: BHB Prevents Vascular Senescence Through hnRNP A1-Mediated Upregulation of Oct4, Quantitative Analysis of NAD Synthesis-Breakdown Fluxes, & Young Blood Reverses Age-Related Impairments in Cognitive Function and Synaptic Plasticity in Mice.