104: High-Carb For Concussion, Feeding Microbiome With Low Vegetable Intake, Keratosis Pilaris Flare-Up Since Keto, Ascorbic Acid, Mostly Plant-Based Keto Boosting Ketones And Lowering Blood Sugar


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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 104.




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HOT TOPICS: – Is keto too stressful for adrenal fatigue? – Is elevated fasting blood glucose in the morning on keto a bad thing? – If weight loss is happening on keto, should you cut your dietary fat intake? – Is fermented dairy good for everyone eating a ketogenic diet? – Is there any reason why kids should eat keto?


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– A dietitian weighs in on the Ketogenic diet for weight loss

– The drastic measure Instagram model took after 'letting down' followers

– Revisiting My Big Fat Diet: How a Métis doctor lost weight with a traditional Indigenous diet


– What are your thoughts about our pediatrician’s recommendation for our daughter to eat “plenty of carbohydrates” to treat her concussion? Wouldn’t keto be better?

Hi Jimmy and Dr. Will,

I've been binge listening to your show since October and have finally caught up. I love learning about all of the new things that Dr. Will talks about.

Last week, my daughter fell at school and bumped her head. Her pediatrician said that she had a mild concussion. She sent me home with the protocol below to follow. I thought it was interesting that they advised us to feed my daughter lots of carbohydrates. I would think that keto would help decrease the inflammation and improve her brain function from this traumatic injury. What are your thoughts on this protocol? BTW, my daughter is doing okay now.

Thank you for your wonderful show!


– STUDY: Is Ketogenic Diet Superior to Standard American Diet for Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Weight Loss?

BECOME A NUTRITIONAL THERAPY PRACTITIONER Sign up by February 2018 for the 9-month program NOTICE OF DISCLOSURE: Paid sponsorship 1. Is it possible to feed my healthy microbiome with only 10g vegetable carbs per day?

Hey guys,

I have questions about how to best maintain my healthy microbiome while on the keto diet. I have researched this topic extensively and keep doing the math. My hunger is minimized and blood sugar is better controlled by counting TOTAL carbohydrates aiming for around 20g daily, including my vegetable intake. I never get more than 10g vegetable carbs per day. Is this enough for me to feed my good gut flora? I take probiotics and have heard that without fiber the bad bacteria grow and will even start snacking on the stomach lining. Any thoughts?



2. Why did my Keratosis pilaris condition (with skin flare-ups and spreading across my body) become worse when I became keto-adapted?

Hi Jimmy and Dr. Cole,

As a T1 diabetic for three decades, I’m constantly working on ways to control this disease. Keto has been a tremendous help over the past three months of being strict with it. I recently noticed a big flare up of my Keratosis pilaris (KP) and it’s spread to my thighs and calves when it has remained mostly on my arms since I was diagnosed. A clean diet is supposed to help improve KP, but this seems to have gotten worse than ever before. Is this because of my autoimmune disease or could it somehow be related to keto? I’ve tried dry brushing, oil pulling, and more, but nothing is helping. Can you help me figure this out? Thanks for your great podcast!


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3. Will taking ascorbic acid as a supplement to my keto diet to help manage my Lyme disease actually block my ability to make ketones?

Hi Jimmy and Dr. Cole,

I recently embarked on keto and have reached a state of nutritional ketosis. I would like to add in megadoses of non-GMO ascorbic acid as a supplement to my keto diet since it helps me with the symptoms of chronic Lyme disease. However, in my research about this, I’ve learned that ascorbic acid is biochemically similar in nature to glucose and the body treats it as such. Will taking this interfere with my desire to produce ketones?

Kind regards,



– Would the increase in blood ketones and decrease in blood sugar levels after switching to a mostly plant-based keto approach be from the microbiome changes?

Hi Jimmy,

I want to share this with you because I find really interesting what happen with my numbers after doing a ketogenic diet with lots of vegetables and only eggs as my fat and protein source. I was surprised to find that my blood ketones went up considerably around 2.0 mmol/L in the morning with blood sugar levels in the low 70’s eating this way. Previously on my ketogenic diet, I’d see closer to 0.5 blood ketones and blood glucose levels in the 90’s. Do you think this very positive change in my numbers is a direct result of embracing a mostly plant-based ketogenic approach that fed into changing my microbiome for the better?

I really admire the work you guys are doing and keep it up!


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