103: Blood Donation Impact On Ketones, Ammonia Smell After Exercise, Numb Hands In Bed, Itchy Head, Insulin And hsCRP Rising On Keto, Defining A Well-Formulated Ketogenic Diet

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"Just because you have genetic markers for things doesn't mean you necessarily have associated risks as long as you are eating real foods." – Dr. Will Cole

If you are interested in the low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat, ketogenic diet, then this is the podcast for you. We zero in exclusively on all the questions people have about how being in a state of nutritional ketosis and the effects it has on your health. There are a lot of myths about keto floating around out there and our two amazing co-hosts are shooting them down one at a time. Keto Talk is co-hosted by 10-year veteran health podcaster and international bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” and Pittsburgh, PA functional medicine practitioner Dr. Will Cole from DrWillCole.com who thoroughly share from their wealth of experience on the ketogenic lifestyle each and every Thursday. We love hearing from our fabulous Ketonian listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes and listened to the past episodes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. We’ve made it to 100 episodes, thanks to YOU! Listen in today as Jimmy and Will chew the keto fat in Episode 103.

HERE’S WHAT JIMMY AND WILL TALKED ABOUT IN EPISODE 103:

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– Stop Blaming People for Being Fat!

– The fight against 'fake meat' has officially begun

– Meat Madness: Americans Expected To Eat Record Amounts Of Protein In 2018

– Does giving blood temporarily reduce blood ketone levels? Why does this happen?

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Hi Jimmy and Will,

I’m a long time listener and really enjoy the wisdom and experiences you guys share. You both do such a great job!

I started eating keto in January 2017. Unfortunately I wasn’t too strict last year with way too many “cheats” and I had a terrible time breaking my sugar addiction. Still I dropped 30 pounds in the first 2 months. I also do intermittent fasting and short extended fasts. I very gradually dropped another 10 pounds since then for a total of 40. I’m 58 years old and at 5’9” weigh 158 pounds. That’s probably where I was in high school and I feel great in so many ways!

At the beginning of this year I gave a renewed effort to be strict with my keto and IF and have had pretty good success. I purchased a blood ketone meter from BestKetoneTest.com and I test daily to stay in nutritional ketosis. A few days ago, we had a blood drive in our community and I donated as I normally do. Before donating I had regularly been in the 3.0 blood ketone range. The morning after donating I dropped to 1.1, but then the following morning I was back to 3.1. My eating stayed the same and there were no other changes. While I’m not concerned, I am very curious about this—does donating blood affect ones ketone levels?

Thanks again for all you guys do!

Rich

"They pretend that carbohydrate is the only source of glucose, but your body can make it from your dietary protein just fine." – Jimmy Moore – STUDY: Study Finds Food Quality Matters For Weight Loss, Not Calories

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1. Why do I have a strong ammonia smell after exercising? Is it the acetone indicating deep ketosis?

Dear Jimmy and Will,

I am a 49-year old man who has been low-carb/keto for 2 years and I’ve lost 50 pounds and have kept it off. I don’t measure ketones because I don’t suffer from metabolic syndrome or diabetes so I can’t justify the expense of a breath meter or the pain of a finger prick. However, based on energy level, constant satiety, and mental clarity I’m pretty sure I am in ketosis more often than not.

I recently started taking hour long walks at a brisk pace and transitioned to interval sprints with a goal of eventually running a 5K. At the end my last two sessions I smelled a strong ammonia scent. What does this mean? Online forums mentioned the following words and phrases: burning protein as fuel, amino acids, urea, nitrogen, uric acid, low glucose/glycogen levels in the muscles, and wait for it….kidneys!

Am I doing more harm than good by exercising? Could the scent be an indication that I am in deep ketosis? Am I smelling acetone as a byproduct instead of ammonia? One forum mentioned the cure to the ammonia smell is to eat more carbs! Not going to happen! What gives? Love your show and your other platforms?

Thanks,

Ken

2. Why does my keto husband get tingling hands while sleeping? Why do I have an itchy scalp while eating ketogenic?

Hi Jimmy and Dr. Cole,

I listen to you guys often. Thanks for everything you do. I have a couple of questions for you guys:

1. When my husband eats strict keto, his hands tingle and go numb especially when sleeping. The strange thing is if he eats lots of carbs this doesn't happen. He supplements with potassium and magnesium, but it isn't helping.

2. I have eaten a strict keto diet for 18 months with no cheating with junk food. I have a bad itch towards the front of my scalp. It’s not dandruff, just a bad itch. Is this related to my ketogenic diet?

Thank you for your help with my questions.

Erin

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Hi Jimmy and Will,

I just had some blood work done and my lipid panel looks worse, although I understand that this isn't uncommon when you’re losing weight following a ketogenic diet. Maria Emmerich stated in one of her books that all the excess fat from the fat cells gets released into the blood when you go keto. So, that part makes some sense to me. However, my fasting insulin has also increased (it was 10 in June 2016 and is now 13) and my C-Reactive Protein reading is also dramatically higher (1.6 in June, now 7.7). I'm mostly just shocked about the fasting insulin since I'm not eating hardly any carbs at all and no sugar. I'd be interested to hear any ideas you might have.

I eat chicken or beef (homemade) bone broth regularly, Sauerkarut (no sugar) regularly, avocados almost daily, red leaf lettuce salad with black olives, some onion (white or green) with Primal Kitchen Ranch dressing almost daily, free range eggs, grass fed meats whenever possible, Wellshire sugar-free bacon, grass-fed ghee, coconut oil, avocado oil, Chai tea sweetened with Stevia with whipping cream (grass-fed), Lakanto monkfruit chocolate, cheeses from grass-fed cows, some beets, Miracle Noodles from time to time, and ketogenic wine usually only once per week. That's pretty much the extent. No fruit, no starchy vegetables. I usually don't eat until about noon every day and try not to eat after 6:30 pm.

Thank you,

Shelley

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– What is the criteria for a well-formulated ketogenic diet?

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