What is an Exogenous Ketone?

Keto (pronounced key-to) diets are all the rage right now, but very few people can explain to you, if asked, what exactly a keto diet is.  Most people understand that it involves eating lower amounts of carbohydrates, and may even confuse it with a gluten-free lifestyle, but other than that, they aren’t really sure how it works.  We’re here to change that.

“Keto” is short for ketones, and ketones are basically energy generators inside our bodies.  They’re a fuel source. It gets more complicated, so you can click here if you’d like to see the chemical makeup of these, and their structure.  There are different forms of ketones.  While ketones are produced inside the liver, you can take supplements to provide your body with more ketones.Because these ketones are outside of the liver, they are referred to as exogenous ketones (and ketones produced inside the liver are endogenous ketones).

When your body is in ketosis, it’s basically burning fat for energy instead of burning carbohydrates for energy.  This is helpful to you because it’s burning fat that otherwise would just be sitting on your body.  This helps you a) lose fat, and b) have more energy which helps you lose even more fat.  It’s a win-win for physical fitness.

Someone following a keto diet would likely eat barely any carbohydrates, a moderate amount of fat, and a significant amount of protein.  This is different from a gluten free diet because people on gluten free diets are trying to avoid gluten, which is a protein found in wheat.  It’s typically avoided not for weight loss or higher energy, but because certain people have an intolerance to it.  People who eat gluten who aren’t supposed to can have a variety of afflictions from leaky gut and irritable bowel, to heartburn and indigestion, all the way to auto-immune responses, allergic reactions, and even hair loss.

To maintain a keto diet you can try eliminating your carbohydrates and focusing on your proteins and fats, but you can also try adding exogenous ketones into your diet.

How do they help?

  • Suppressed AppetiteStudies have been done where appetite was measured in males and females after consuming a dextrose or ketone ester drink, and the desire to eat and perception of hunger changed after both drinks, but the ketone ester drink was 50% more effective.  Insulin levels rose with both drinks, but were three times less with the ketone ester drink. This has showed ketones to be effective for appetite suppression.
  • More energy — Exogenous ketone supplements can also help produce energy that will enhance athletic performance.  Exogenous ketones can bring about acute ketosis, which spares carbs and suppresses the break down of muscle glycogen, which can increase performance for longer.
  • Improved cognition —  Elevated ketone concentrations can make the brain utilize ketone bodies for synthesis of phospholipids.  This can drive myelination and growth in neurons and can enhance stress resistance in the brain, as well as cognition.  There is also data to suggest that ketones can decrease the possibility of getting Alzheimers and Parkinsons diseases.
  • Anti-Carcinogen —  Studies also seem to suggest that exogenous ketones can be an anti-carcinogen.  Unlike almost every other tissue and cell type in the body, ketones can not be preyed upon by cancer cells, so the more ketones you have, the slower the growth of cancer. Dietary ketone supplements have been shown to increase survival rates of cancer-stricken rodents by up to 70%.
  • Anti-inflammatories — There is evidence that ketone bodies can play a role in reducing inflammation by inhibiting inflammasomes, a special category of proteins.

Where can I get them?

Codeage has an amazing exogenous ketone product on the market, and it’s available by clicking here.  At $39.99 for 240 capsules, it’s one of the most cost-effective products on the market. It couples beta-hydroxybutyrates (BHB) to MCTs, along with antioxidant rich adaptogenic herbs to get you into fat burning mode and to take your performance to the next level.

To recap, the product provides:

  • More Energy
  • Less Stress
  • Activation of Fat Burning Mode
  • Improved Cognition
  • Suppressed Appetite
  • Cancer Fighting Anti-Carcinogens
  • Increases Physical Performance
  • Increases Endurance
  • And even helps with Better Looking Skin

What are BHB and MCTs?

BHB is short for beta-hydroxybutyrate and is one of the three types of ketones that naturally occur within the body.  The other two are Acetoacetate (or AcAc) and Acetone.  Acetoacetate accounts for about 20% of the ketones in your body, while BHB accounts for about 78%. Acetone only accounts for about 2% of the ketones, and they aren’t used for energy.

MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides, and is a type of fat found in certain oils, like coconut oil, and dairy products.    MCTs are basically turned into ketones, so they are also  useful for mental clarity, boosting endurance, and raising energy levels.

Good luck in your diet and newfound lifestyle.

I’m sure that this will be the keto-your success!