KETOSIS

Many people are now talking about the ketogenic diet and its benefits.

The doctors are warning people not to overdo on the animal products as eating too much meat and saturated fat may cause ketosis which is dangerous for the body and may result in great health problems including kidney deficiency.

I am not surprised that many of my readers are asking me to explain ketosis because it is very confusing to them.

Do not think that you are stupid because you are not getting it. The doctors around the world and major recognized experts on this issue are confused as well.

Why?

The reason for the confusion is not seeing the whole picture.

This is the problem with our modern science in general. We are instructed to trust what we are told in the school and not to question it. This type of education fills our head with rules and regulations that later prevents us from analysing what we see especially when the results differ from the expectation.

Going back to the ketosis, if you look it up, no matter on what site or medical book, you will receive the information of the dangers that eating meat and saturated fats presents to our health. Eating meat and animal fats will force the liver to produce ketone bodies which are acidic and sending them into the blood stream. This acidifies the blood making it dangerous for our health.

Often fasting will be related to this process and correlation will be made with the blood glucose levels, insulin dependency, and diabetes.

To make it simple, here is what we are basically told about the ketosis.

Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body.

If there is not enough glucose available to meet energy demands, the body will adopt an alternative strategy in order to meet those needs. Specifically, the body begins to break down fat stores to provide glucose from triglycerides.

The Ketones are a by-product of this process. The Ketones are acids that build up in the blood and are eliminated in urine. In small amounts, they serve to indicate that the body is breaking down fat, but high levels of ketones can poison the body.

Basically, what we are being told is that since our cells use glucose, we will burn just a small amount of fat so a few ketones will be produced and this does not create any problem for our body.

On the other hand, if we start fasting, as our body runs out of glucose it will start burning more and more fat which produces more ketones and we get into a ketogenic state where too many ketones may hurt our health by acidifying our blood to a dangerous level.

All of this is not describing a ketogenic state of cells but an unhealthy state of ketoacidosis.

When does ketoacidosis occur?

KETOACIDOSIS

The Ketoacidosis occurs when people who are consuming a lot of carbohydrates and other sugars do not have an access to the sugar when their cells require more energy.

As the cellular energy drops to a critical level, stress hormones are released and cells start to utilize the glycogen they have stored as a boosting fuel. Since the glycogen reserves are small very soon they will be depleted. Cells will absorb every available molecule of glycogen from the blood and we become hypoglycemic.

Now the liver jumps into help and starts to break its stores of glycogen and releases glucose into the blood to supply the cells. If a person is diabetic, cells cannot absorb this glucose because of the lack of the insulin and as the glucose level rises, the body starts to eliminate it with the urine.

At the same time, the liver starts to oxidise fatty acids and produce ketone bodies as preprocessed energy supply for the energy-depleted cells and sends them into the bloodstream. As those energy-depleted cells receive ketones, they convert them into acetyl coenzyme A to produce the much-needed energy. This process occurs within the mitochondria. Since people who eat a lot of carbohydrates (diabetics) have very small amount of the mitochondria, only a small amount of ketone bodies can be utilized and the blood becomes saturated with ketones and acidic. This forces the kidneys to start eliminating them through the urine and we get ketonuria.

None of this will happen with people who are on the animal protein diet and avoid the carbohydrates or eat them in small amounts.

KETOSIS

The truth is, that the ketosis occurs within the cells that are producing the energy.

When our body works properly, our cells possess plenty of mitochondria. The energy is sent to them through the blood in the form of triglycerides. The cells strip the fatty acids from the glyceride and within the mitochondrion, the fatty acid gets oxidized and changed into the ketone. As such it enters the citric acid cycle of energy production.

With increased demand for energy in the case of a occasional hard work or stress, to speed up the energy release, the liver will send some ketone bodies as pre processed energy units but they will be quickly absorbed by needed cells that have ordered them to be send in the first place. This is why the level of ketones in the blood does not raise much and ketone is not eliminated through the urine.

As you can see the truth is completely different from what we are being told. In the properly functioning body, the ketone bodies never  exceed the normal levels at all. The liver itself has nothing to do with the normal process of the cellular ketosis. It only helps with unexpected higher energy demands upon the cellular request. This is the normal reaction and not what we are being told that burning the glucose is the normal thing for our cells to do. Using glucose from the glycogen should happen only under the stress situation.

We are being fooled and played as idiots and no one is paying any attention.

Why are the “experts” fooled?

Because they are not thinking and they are afraid to be different and object. Everyone is hiding in their own “safe space!!!”

The whole problem starts when we accept the idea that glucose is the primary cellular fuel.

How can limited glucose be the primary cellular fuel when there is not enough of it to allow us any extended activity without access to a food since our body does not store potatoes or grains that would allow an unlimited supply of glucose to our cells.

What we have, is the unlimited storage of triglycerides which will provide our cells with the unlimited amount of energy for days at a time without the need to eat anything. Doesn’t this look like the correct and primary cellular fuel to you? One has to be blind not to see this.

Unfortunately, we are not just blind when it come to common sense, we are dumbed down incapable of a rational thinking.

Fortunately, our body has a fantastic design and it can easily repair itself once we stop poisoning it and allow it to hydrate and cleanse.

Stop being fooled by the “experts”. Do the thinking for yourselves.

Through the articles on this blog, you can see the relation between the chronic diseases and dietary glucose. Carbohydrates are not just unnecessary as energy for our body, they are right out toxic and should be eliminated from our diet.

No harm will be done to our body no matter how much animal fat and protein we eat. Cellular ketosis is a normal healthy state of our cells and when we eat correctly no ketoacidosis will ever occur.

Love and light to us all my loving family.

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10 comments on “KETOSIS

  1. Hi Darko. You have wrote that there is no ketones in blood only fat that is converted in mitochondria to ketones. I have ketone blood measurmend device that is measuring beta ketones. Usualy when i am in ketosis it show big number im mmol\l. But acording to you i can be in ketosis and get low blood ketones measurment?!

    Is that possible?

    • Ante as long as you eat dietary carbohydrates, you will have slightly increased ketones in the blood as your mitochondria count is not in the optimal levels and your cells are still dependent on the glucose.
      Also when doing intense work or under a stress your cells may require more energy so to help, liver may send some ketones as they are partially prepared for the energy extraction but all of this is in what we call normal levels, nothing out of the ordinary.
      Ante I made some corrections. Thank you for pointing this out. I have noticed that I did not explain this clearly.

  2. Hey Dr, have you heard of Blue Zones? It was a study done on healthiest people, living until 100. Okinawa, Costa Rica coast, Sardinia Italy, Greece coast, Loma Linda. Their diets are grain free usually, but also low in fats and higher in legumes. Have you ever looked into those and have an opinion?

  3. Hi Darko, on its last book Mercola talks about ketosis, and says that prolonged/life time ketosis is not beneficial, as in the absence of insulin the liver will start to create more glucose, and glucose level will rise (tested on a 6 month period). At this point, consuming a small amount of glucose will release a small amount of insulin, suppressing liver gluconeogenesis, and glucose level will go back to normal. Does that sound correct for you?

    As I understand Self Healer Protocol is not a ketogenic diet, as fruits (glucose/fructose) and milk (lactose) are allowed, as well as occasionaly honey (glucose/fructose). Also, when we eat perfectly following SHP, occasionaly we can have a “cheat” meal once in the month, if we are not fighting a critical health issue.

    Am I correct?

    Thanks!

    • Guillaume you will never hear anything new from Mercola. He is only repeating what the mainstream “science” is saying brother.
      What they call the ketogenic diet is the normal diet for all animals. That is a diet where glucose does not come into the body through the digestive system brother.
      As far as the occasional cheat goes, once you lower down your sugar absorption, you can have a fun occasionally that is correct bro.

    • Protein is degraded into amino acids before being absorbed into the body. Our body uses those amino acids to produce cholesterol if it is needed and uses them as the building blocks for manufacturing proteins within our cells. Surplus will be converted into fats and glycogen if requested by the cells. Conversion of proteins will use some insulin but this is happening within the cells so there is no need for insulin to be released into the bloodstream since cells can make it themselves. We are talking about a small amounts of insulin.
      As an emergency when our cells are starving of energy, liver may release some glucose which will require insulin being released into the blood but this happens only in humans who are depleted of mitochondria which is 99.9 % of people on this planet since we all eat incorrectly. Our observation and conclusion of how human body works is wrong because we are referring to a sick state of the body as normal.

  4. thank you darko. Is it possible to write an article about how human body works and how to make it functions optimally?

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