Ketogenic Supplements

The Keto Diet is a very straightforward, simple way of eating & living.  It involves removing a lot of carbohydrates from your diet and training your body to use fat as its fuel source.  It uses science to achieve success while dieting.  Two of the most common questions we get are, what is the ketogenic diet and what ketogenic supplements should I take?  We hope to answer those questions while providing a rundown and explanation of the ketogenic diet.

Ketogenic Diet:  History & Science

Keto:  then and now

While the Keto Diet has recently been gaining traction and popularity, it is not a new diet, nor is it a “fad” diet.  Although, in the past ten years, there has been more and more medical research done on the benefits of living a ketogenic lifestyle.  The Keto diet dates all the way back to Hippocrates, a Greek physician, who used metabolic changes for treating epilepsy.  This grew in popularity again, especially in the 1920’s, when doctors realized chronic illness was dramatically minimized by this way of eating.  Scientific and Medical Research is now showing so many more benefits to the Keto Diet that serve the majority of the population.  The hundreds of thousands of testimonials don’t hurt the reputation of the Keto Diet, either. This way of living has given people their health, well-being, and their lives back.

“Keto” is short for Ketogenic.  The Ketogenic Diet is focused on increasing your fat intake, decreasing carb intake, and moderating your protein intake.  This type of eating is fueled on ketones rather than glucose.  Ketones are produced in the liver, which cause your body to burn fat as an energy source, rather than just burning up the glucose (carbohydrates & sugars).

KETO = eating a lot of fat.  To break it down, of the calories you consume on a keto diet, 70-80 percent will come from fat, 15-20 percent will come from protein, and about 5 percent will come from carbohydrates.

Your body on keto

When people first start a keto diet, many changes inside of the body occur.  As your body adjusts and adapts to using fat as energy, you may experience a period of feeling a bit lousy.  Many refer to this period as the keto flu.  Where you don’t actually have the flu, the symptoms are similar.  Headache, nausea, tiredness, and brain fog are a few of the common symptoms.  This occurs when you flush extra water and sodium out of your body in the first few weeks of your new journey. As your sodium levels decrease, your potassium levels will, too.  This mineral deficiency is one of the culprits of the keto flu.  Although it is temporary, it can be very discouraging and unpleasant.

Aside from possible mineral deficiency, with the major change in your eating habits, you likely will not be consuming some of the vitamins and nutrients you typically would on a standard American diet.  Between the keto flu and missing nutrients in your diet, you may be wondering what supplements you should consider when thinking about how to fill in the nutritional gaps.

Ketogenic Supplements

Ketogenic supplements are like any other supplements and work to meet the demands of your body. As you’ll be eating low carb and your body starts using fat as fuel, it’s important to eat ample, high-quality fats.  By doing this and adding supplements to your diet, it helps to ensure that your body is getting the correct ratio of nutrients and fats.

Although the list can seem endless, here are the Ketogenic Supplements we suggest looking into if you want to take your diet to the next level while improving your mood, energy levels, and fat loss goals without experiencing the keto flu or nutrient deficiencies.

Sodium

Sodium, you ask?  Isn’t that bad for you??  There is a lot of misinformation about sodium floating around the health marketplace.  Where an overabundance of table salt in your diet may negatively impact your health, sodium is essential to your body’s chemistry.  If you are practicing a low carb diet and experience symptoms such as fatigue, constipation, headaches, or weakness, your body is likely low on sodium.  When you transition to a low carb or keto diet, you may experience dramatic weight loss in the first few weeks.  About half of this weight loss is credited to retained water and sodium loss, so it’s super important to make sure you’re getting enough sodium.

Dr. Eric Berg recommends taking an extra teaspoon per day of salt to make sure your sodium levels are healthy.  We recommend using Sherpa Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. We like the Sherpa brand, because it is Kosher Certified, Non-GMO, and does not contain any MSG, Soy, Gluten, Dairy, or anti-caking agents.  It also includes trace minerals, including Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Iron.  Simply add a teaspoon of your Sherpa salt to a glass of water.  It’s as simple as that!

Potassium 

When you lose sodium, you will also likely lose potassium.  The symptoms are similar to a sodium deficiency, with weakness, constipation, and muscular cramps topping the list.  You may also experience irritability and skin problems.  It is extremely important to make sure you’re keeping your potassium levels where they need to be, or you may experience heart palpitations, irregular heartbeats, or even hear failure in extreme cases.  The good news is, however, that most keto-approved meats and vegetables contain potassium, but cooking them robs the foods of much of the mineral.  Some potassium-rich foods that are good in their raw form are spinach, avocado, kale, and mushrooms.

If you aren’t a fan of these foods, or, you want to ensure you’re where you need to be by taking a supplement, we recommend Solaray Potassium Supplement. Solaray’s Potassium Amino Acid Complex has 99 mg of potassium, which can help balance out low levels of potassium.  We love that their products are free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and gluten, and they make a great ketogenic supplement.

Magnesium

Aside from a potassium deficiency, if you’re practicing a low-carb or keto diet and you’re suffering from muscle cramps, a lack of magnesium is likely the other culprit. Magnesium works in your body to keep your muscles relaxed. It’s also essential for bone density, cardiovascular health, blood sugar control, energy metabolism a number of other biochemical reactions in the body.  Much like potassium, magnesium can be found in many keto-approved foods.  Leafy greens such as spinach and swiss chard deliver over 150mg per cup, and oysters or avocados will also help increase your levels.

If you’d rather play it safe and take a Magnesium supplement, we recommend Dr. Mercola Magnesium L-Threonate. Magnesium L-Threonate has a better absorption rate – which basically means that your body will use more of the good stuff instead of it passing right through your system. Its high cellular penetration helps it cross your blood-brain barrier and penetrate the cell membranes to support and detoxify your brain and body.  Unlike other forms of magnesium, you don’t need to take these capsules with a meal to absorb the nutrients. You can take all 3 capsules right before bed without having to eat any food. We also love that Dr. Mercola supplements are non-gmo, gluten free, and are eco-friendly – making them Top Notch approved ketogenic supplements.

MCT Oil

Medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs, are a popular ketogenic supplement, because they are quickly broken down by your liver immediately enter your bloodstream to be used as a fuel source for your brain and muscles.

MCT oil is a highly concentrated oil that is odorless, colorless, and tasteless.  MCT oil is made through a process called fractionation, which involves extracting and isolating the MCTs from coconut oil.

Even though there are four types of MCTS in coconut oil, MCT oils generally contain either caprylic acid (C8), capric acid (C10) or a combination of the two.  Caprylic Acid, or C8, is the shortest of the two found in MCT oil, so, it is the one that turns into ketones quickly providing an almost-immediate and stable energy boost.  It is also said to fight infection improve skin conditions, reduce LDL cholesterol  and reduce gut inflammation.    Capric Acid, or C10, also provides energy through the production of ketones.  It also has the ability to treat the overgrowth of yeast-like fungus that can live and grow in your intestines.

Supplementing with MCT oil can help keto dieters since it is a fast and effective way to increase your fat intake, in turn, increasing ketone levels.  It’s also an amazing supplement for fast and long-lasting energy.  We use our Keto Super Collagen protein, which has 2000mg of MCT in it, but if we needed an additional MCT oil source, we personally look for pure C8/C10 MCT oil, with Terraformulations being among our favorites.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements, such as fish oil, are rich in the omega-3 fatty acids which benefit health in many ways.  They have been said to reduce inflammation, lower heart disease, improve mental health, and reduce BMI.  Extra exciting news for keto dieters is that researchers have also found that fish oils can also optimize triglyceride levels when paired with the Keto diet, and can help maintain a healthy omega-3 to omega-6 ratio when following a high-fat diet.

When shopping for omega-3 supplements, choose a reputable brand that provides at least a combined 500 mg of EPA and DHA per 1,000 mg serving.  We recommend Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega.  They are basically the perfect fish oil with 650 mg of EPA and 450 mg of DHA sourced from wild-caught fish.

Keto Super Collagen Protein

Collagen is said to have so many amazing benefits, such improved gut health, improved hair and skin, improved joint health, and more.  We set out to amplify the benefits of a typical collagen protein by making one that would really skyrocket the low carb/keto diet experience. We found success by combining 100 percent hydrolyzed marine collagen, avocado powder, pure C8/C10 MCT Oil powder and grass fed butter powder!  This makes our Keto Super Collagen Protein powder a wild card and the perfect ketogenic supplement!

Our tri-fat blend, made of 7000mg of high-powered fats, combined with 10800mg of marine collagen, is what truly makes us different from the competitors and what will help you power into ketosis. And just like all of our products, Keto Super Collage Protein contains zero artificial ingredients, colors, chemicals, or binding agents.

By adding one scoop to your coffee, water, smoothie, or recipes, you will be upping your healthy fats, enjoying the benefits of collagen, and enjoying 10 grams of protein for under 100 calories and 1 gram of carbohydrates.

Keto Magic Exogenous Ketones

 Now that we’ve provided you with all of that helpful information, we’d like to conclude by saying that if you use our Keto Magic exogenous ketogenic supplement, it will provide you with so much goodness, you may decide you don’t need anything else (aside from our Keto Supper Collagen)!  Let us explain.

Exogenous ketones are probably the most popular type of ketogenic supplement on the market.  They are simply ketone bodies that are ingested through a nutritional supplement, whereas ketone bodies produced in the liver are referred to as endogenous ketone bodies.  Most exogenous ketone supplements rely on BHB to produce their desired results because of its efficient conversion into energy and its ease of formulation, as well as the body’s ability to efficiently convert BHB to acetoacetic acid effectively raising blood ketone levels.  The presence of BHB in your blood boosts and maintains ketosis, so that your body can continue burning stored fat for optimal energy production and other benefits, such as weight loss.   Other benefits people have reported are accelerated weight loss, improved mental performance, increased energy, enhanced mood, improved athletic performance, appetite suppression, decreased inflammation, improved quality of sleep, ease of achieving ketosis after “cheat meals”, decreased keto flu symptoms, etc.

There are many exogenous ketone products on the market, but Keto Magic is in a league of its own!  Many other exogenous ketone supplements may support temporary Ketosis by adding an overload (5g or more) of BHB’s to their product, but for some, according to our research, this may actually inhibit fat loss. Keto Magic not only supports Ketosis with a highly concentrated, smaller dose of BHB’s (4g), but our patented coupling to the short chain fatty acid, Butyric Acid, also induces Ketogenesis. Ketogenesis is when your body is actively converting your own stored body fat into its own ketones!

Butyric Acid (BA) has so many benefits, including reducing inflammation and overall gut health, to name just wo.  The coupling of the BA and BHB’s in Keto Magic is known as Ketoba.  Keto Magic with Ketoba supplies BHB to support ketosis, but it also naturally trains your body to manufacture BHB from your body’s own fat stores. . .after the supplement has entered and exited your body!  This is only possible because of Ketoba.  To put it simply, the difference between us and ANYONE else is Ketoba.

In terms of ketogenic supplements, Keto Magic delivers all of the essential electrolytes your body needs!  Magnesium, potassium, and sodium can all be found in Keto Magic – without the use of any artificial colors, sweeteners, preservatives, additives, or ingredients.  We offer a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee, unmatched customer service, and the finest ingredients.

Conclusion

We understand the desire to understand what ketogenic supplements will enhance and compliment a keto diet.  We hope we have provided you with the information you need to make educated decisions about which ones to add to your daily regiment.

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