Nutritional ketosis is the metabolic state in the human body that is caused by fasting or by consuming a ketogenic diet. This metabolic state is not achieved with a high-carbohydrate diet.

When carbohydrates are consumed they are absorbed as glucose which stimulates insulin. Carbohydrates minus fiber are called “net carbs”. Soluble fiber can help the gut microbiome. When protein and net carbs are restricted, the body uses fat to make energy. Ketosis is defined is having blood ketones above 0.5mmol/L which can be measured by a blood ketone monitoring meter.

The Charlie Foundation recommends medical supervision before attempting nutritional ketosis. Ketosis is beneficial for seizures and other medical conditions. Recipes are available on the Charlie Foundation website to help you enjoy a ketogenic lifestyle.

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