The ketogenic diet, also referred to as the KETO diet, is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat eating plan that can help with weight loss. The basis of the diet is to get calories and energy from protein and fat instead of carbohydrates and glucose.
When following the KETO diet, it is crucial to understand the physiological terms used on the diet, of which ketones, ketosis, and BHB are the most common.
The body produces three physiological ketones when following the KETO diet. Ketone bodies have different functions, such as providing signals to genes, regulating the metabolism, and operating as an energy source for organs.
Beta-hydroxybutyrate acid or BHB is one of the three exogenous ketones produced by the liver and consists of approximately 80% of the total circulating ketones in the blood. Endogenous ketosis means that the body produces ketones, which suggests that the body is burning its fat for energy. BHB is produced through ketogenesis—a metabolic pathway that produces ketone bodies.
Ketosis, which is synonymous with the KETO diet, is a metabolic state in which the body uses fat as its main source of energy. The body usually uses glucose or sugar as its main energy source, but when carbohydrate intake is low, the liver produces ketones, which results in a build-up of acids in the body. BHB, acetone, and acetoacetate (AcAc) are in the blood when the body is in a state of ketosis.
When in ketosis, the body’s acidity levels are higher, which could result in chronic inflammation. Alkaline supplements can help prevent inflammation on the KETO diet.
USN has launched a KETO BHB & Alkaline Powder supplement that can help activate ketosis faster while balancing the body’s alkaline and acidity levels. This supplement comprises BHB salts and alkaline powder.
BHB salts are used to maximise the state of ketosis. The goBHB® ingredient supplies ketone bodies to be used in the formation of ketones for energy. Due to a carbohydrate-restricted diet, the body benefits from exogenous sources to create ketones. BHB salts can also supply the body with vital minerals that are usually inadequate when following the KETO diet.
The benefits of BHB salts are:
Alkaline powder is a combination of tissue salts, minerals, and seaweed to assist with the body’s acid and alkaline balance. USN’s BHB Salts & Alkaline Powder has added L-glutamine to assist with muscle recovery. The alkaline powder helps to neutralise the stomach’s acidity and allows the body to maintain the fat-as-fuel state.
The benefits of alkaline powder are: