MCT's: The Holy Grail Of Ketosis
A fundamental and inescapable dictum within life is that progress must and always will advance forward. This aspect of existence applies from everything to biological evolution to technological innovation.
As the beat of history drums on there will forever be expansions made on existing knowledge. Perhaps most applicable to mankind recent history has illuminated progress in the form of dietary science. Conventional beliefs on what constituted a healthy diet have been all but upended over the last twenty years, giving hope to the masses of individuals out there, sick tired shadows of the selves they aspire to be.
At the forefront of nutritional science lies the topic of Ketosis. Ketosis refers to a state where in one’s body utilizes Ketones or fat body, as opposed to glucose as an energy source.
How Your Body Operates
A majority of Americans, most of the time derive all their energy from glucose. It will be no surprise to anyone reading, some of the tastiest sugar crammed treats spike blood glucose leading to a whole host of metabolic problems. Sugar equates to low-quality fuel. Too much poor fuel adversely affects every biological system in the body. Turns out your body is also capable of using certain fats, which break down into ketone bodies, as a fuel source. Heck, some organs actually prefer it! Think of ketones as high octane jet fuel, compared to the cheap gasoline that is glucose.
So how do I begin the question of the moment is how do you actually make use of these ketones? It surely has to be more involved than just eating more fat! Yes and no. Traditionally ketosis was only attainable through two basic methods. The former involved taking part in water fast, and the latter worked by eliminating all carbohydrates and excessive protein from your diet. Believe it or not, but ketosis has played a major part in the diet of homo sapiens for what may be close to 1 million years. That's eons of evolutionary hard-wiring where our ancestors were forced to survive on almost no carbohydrates and sporadic meals, practically living in a state of intermittent fasting.
In today's day and age modern marvels have provided the consumer with Ketone Salts, Ketone Esters, and MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) Oil. These external supplements break down directly into ketones once they are metabolized by the body, immediately triggering a drastic rise in blood ketones. While MCT oil is simply coconut oil that has been refined through the use of a centrifuge, items such as Ketone Esters are artificially synthesized chemicals that are barely palatable yet highly effective. This makes MCT oil the obvious choice for those of us who wish to take a personal initiative and beneficially alter our quality of life.
When discussing MCT’s it important to note that most people refer to a combination of C8 and C10 carbon strands. The two forms have distinct differences that when used either in conjunction or exclusively from one another provide distinct results. For cognitive benefits, C8 or Caprylic acid metabolizes directly into BHB or Beta Hydroxy Buterate. C10 while also bolstering metabolic energy particularly beneficial to the brain aids in weight loss. Consumption of MCT’s, whether they come in powder or oil, trigger the metabolic utilization of fat, both externally consumed and then what has naturally been stored in the form of adipose tissue.
Ketosis is a state where your body utilizes fat instead of glucose as a source of energy.
The benefits of ketosis
The effects of incorporating a Ketogenic diet into one’s lifestyle cannon be understated. For some this lifestyle alteration holds the key between merely surviving or thriving in one’s life. In the 1950's it was used as a highly effective treatment for individuals with uncontrollable epilepsy. One mechanism of action by which ketones ameliorate seizures is by naturally triggering an up-regulation of GABA, the primary neurotransmitter responsible for calming the mind. Ketosis is the very definition of a natural anxiolytic, making it a perfect intervention for those who suffer from anxiety.
Other benefits include:
- Triggering weight loss
- Increasing Cognitive Function
- Upregulation of Mitochondrial Function
- Ameliorating bodily inflammation
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When discussing Ketosis and MCT's for that matter the information provided proves to be the tip of the iceberg. For those interested in learning more I suggest researching the work of Dr. Dom D’Agastino, one of the worlds leading researchers in Ketosis. A ketogenic diet triggers a slew of epigenetic changes that leave room for continuous and advancing research. For many, one of the easiest ways to garner the benefits of ketosis is simply incorporate MCT’s into one’s diet. For most entirely eliminating carbohydrates from one’s diet is a bit of a stretch. The good news is that once that body acclimates to Ketosis this elimination becomes much less difficult. For most the process of acclimatization takes anywhere from 2 weeks to three months. The body needs this time to retrain itself to utilize this different energy source. For those willing to make the sacrifice and out in the work the results are incalculable.