Feb 13, 2018
By now, you know that our brains and bodies can run on various fuel sources.
No longer confined to run on glucose, we know that FAT is not only an effective fuel source, but often preferred for high performance.
But what if you've never been fat adapted?
What if you're yet to take that plunge to re-program your metabolism, give us sugar and get yourself into ketosis.?
What if you've never measured your blood ketones, but are are curious about the wonderful world of ketone esters, ketone salts and (of course) optimal performance.
Exogenous ketones my friends. Exogenous ketones.
I've been eating for ketosis about 80/20 for about 2.5 years. Meaning, most of my meals are keto-friendly, high fat, moderate protein, low carb. I have a cheat day though, sometimes two.
But, after trying exogenous ketones twice in one week, I can tell you, there's a shortcut.
My first test with Ketoneaid went like this: Woke up, opted for black coffee instead of my daily butter coffee (upon suggestion), skipped breakfast as well as my typical Natural Stack supplements: Krill, D3, Curcumin, Vit C, Ciltep, MycoImmune, MycoMind. Then around 930am, I tested my blood ketones and they read .4. Mind you, the standard fat-burning ketosis range starts at .5 - but it was the day after the superbowl and I watched at Ben's house...and his lady Deana made these ridiculous chocolate chip cookies (I had 3).
After my first blood test reading of .4 - I chugged the 30 grams of Ketoneaid. Within 20 min I was in full ketosis.
Frank Llosa is the founder and CEO of KetoneAid - the same ketone ester company that raised over $150,000 on Indiegogo to continue research on their ketone ester product. They had so many people pre-order the product, that they had to stop the offer. YOU COULD SAY PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED.
Frank is an interesting and energetic guy. I had a great time talking with him. He got into the wide world of ketones after his wife's godfather - the creator of the exogenous ketone Dr. Richard Veech tapped him on the shoulder.
Our conversation ranges from both the very technical, to the standard operating procedures when taking exogenous ketones.
Here's some highlights:
Back to my first exogenous ketone ester experience.
I tested my blood ketones 20 min after drinking the 30gram bottle of Ketoneaid - and they had jumped from .4 to 2.9. That's full ketosis. I tested 20 min later and again got 2.9, then I kept working and did another test at 60 min and it registered at 3.2. My cognitive speed noticeably increased, as well as my vocabulary. I was able to focus faster and more clearly almost immediately. I liked the energy boost as well. Energy without jitters.
After talking with Frank a little more about baselines, he suggested that I do another test, but take the same standard vitamin/nootropic stack i usually do. So, about a week later I took another 30 gram test, on top of my daily stacks.
At 930am I tested my blood ketones beforehand again, and I was at .5. Then I drank another 30 grams of Ketoneaid and tested after 20 min. They had jumped to 3.4! Also, my immune system had been tested all week by a cold that both my kids and wife had been working through. I was holding out, and at the day of my second test, I woke up with a bit of dryness in the sinuses and a little brain fog...not bad, but noticeable.
I was actually pretty interested in seeing what effect, if any the Ketoneaid had on my incoming cold symptoms. After a second post-drink test, I was at 4.2 (well within the ideal range of ketosis). This day wasn't a big cognitive load day, instead, my family was headed to the beach to walk and built driftwood forts. But, after driving about 15 minutes I felt like the pressure mounting in my sinuses and brain fog had lifted noticeably and I actually mentioned to my wife that i felt much better.
I didn't test again that day, but I did notice a few things:
This was my first experience with Ketoneaid, or any other sort of ketone ester. I like it. I can absolutely see why it's getting these really exceptional results for people. Of course, I took the mind protocol, which Frank explained to me in an email. But the other protocol is for performance and I can clearly see how it's effective in that respect.
I'd do it again for sure. And since it sounds like the goal is to make it available at convenience stores everywhere (but probably health food stores and amazon before that), it sounds like everyone will have the chance to try it.
I don't know of any research that says exogenous ketone esters are harmful. I think it's really really early in the process to try and understand how all of this works, the effects and it's uses.
But I dig the stuff.
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