I was having a conversation on Facebook, and it was brought up that a ketogenic diet, which causes the body to go into ketosis, can lower the PH in the body and cause it to be acidic. The source of the comment is someone I trust, who I think is brilliant a young man.
So, I set out to find out for myself.
After I brief search, I found something that explained everything. The fact that the information was so easy to find makes me wonder if this issue wasn’t a hot button at one time. I found an article, by a Dr. Jockers, called “Is the Ketogenic Diet Acidic?” If you read the article, which I did several times, you’ll see that a common misconception is people confusing ketosis and ketoacidosis.
Ketoacidosis is a harmful physiological condition associated with type 1 diabetics that is a dangerous metabolic state, where the body becomes acidic, and the ketones rise to a harmful level, often above 15 MMOL (Millimoles Per Litre). I’ve read these people are often told not to undertake fasting or a keto diet because their ketones are too high already.
Ketosis is a healthy state where the body burns fat for fuel, and the ketones are at a reasonable level of 1-5 MMOL.
Dr. Jockers goes on to say that a properly formulated ketogenic diet has massive health benefits and you can expect better overall health.
This piece is one of the best articles I’ve seen on the subject, and I’ve bookmarked the website, so I can go back and visit and see what other gems I can find.
Are Extended Fasts Harmful?
Fasting is not harmful as the body goes from burning sugars to burning fat for fuel. If the body has adequate fat stores, which most people do, fasting will never break down muscle, or send you into “starvation mode.” The only things consumed by the body is fat and damaged cells through the process of autophagy.
I’ve seen numerous stories about long-term fasts, and I know they are healing and not harmful. Everyone has their own unique case, and if you are ever unsure, you should see a doctor first.
I changed to a new posting schedule, so I have not updated you on my progress from Friday to Monday (today). I fasted all four days, though not consecutively. I’ve told you in another post that I was watching the withdrawal process closely and if I felt like I needed to eat, I would. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were all over 18-hour fasts, with Sunday being 24 hours. I normally eat something sensible and healthy and then immediately start fasting again. This schedule has been working very well for me, and I feel great!
While I do want to do some extended fasts, I am not pushing my body right now, as I don’t know the strain that is caused by the stoppage of medication. I am practicing a “wait and see” attitude. I’m not going to hurry and get sick. I’ve been doing very well on intermittent fasts.
My stats as of 6-11-2018 at 8:00 pm PHT are:
- Weight: 101.1 kilos (222.89 Lbs.)
- BMI – 30.44
- Weight Lost – 4.4 kilos (9.70 Lbs.)
You’ve probably noticed I haven’t lost any weight since the last update, but it does fluctuate somewhat throughout the day, due to the loss and gain of water. I am not worried about the weight. When I weighed myself this morning, I was at 100.4 kilos!
I am noticing a difference in my body. Some areas, like my moobs and waist, are considerably smaller now.
My wife also said she had noticed that my breath does not smell like it did when I was eating all the time. I’ve always had issues with my breath, both from smoking and dry mouth, but it seems to be getting better. Even I’ve noticed it.
One last thing. On July 16th, it will be one year since I quit smoking. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be a non-smoker. I’m not even bothered when someone smokes around me. I’m surprised how bad I smelled all those years.
As I said in my video yesterday, I have been doing better with the withdrawals. They are not so hard to handle, and most of the day, I don’t even think about it at all. I’ve not been depressed or anxious since I quit my medications, which is a record for me. The fact that the medication was causing my problems does not surprise me. I’ve known it for some time.
I think next year, when I look back on 2018, one of the most significant things I’ve done will be stopping my medication. I am glad I finally did it and stopped living in fear. For me, stopping my medication was a good decision, but everyone has to make this decision for themselves. It probably wouldn’t be good if everyone went off their meds, but I think for the vast majority, diet could play a key role in controlling their moods.
We have to stop looking at the medical community like gods and keep excepting everything they say. They are often wrong, and just as subject to misinformation as the rest of us. I would even say that many doctors do wrong for the sake of profit, at least that has been my experience. If the powers that be (big pharma) want something, they have the money to do it. Doctors aren’t perfect. If they are offered enough money, they can be corrupted.
Not all doctors, mind you, but many.
A New Experiment
Tune in later this week as I try something new. It doesn’t have to do with health, but something completely different.
I’m going to be experimenting with the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) of this website. It will be interesting to see if there are a set of principles that will work with any small personal blog just starting out like this one. I already know quite a bit about the subject, but here and on my other blog (Leave. Earn. Thrive), I’m going to immerse myself in the subject and focus on it for some time. This exercise is a good starting point, and I know that I can make some noticeable improvements from here.
Join me, won’t you?