BHBs, am I right?
Here’s a fresh take on beta-hydroxybuturate.
Beta-hydroxybutyrate, or BHB, is a chemical your body already produces. Isn’t the human body amazing? This chemical is able to provide energy to you when your body does not get enough energy from carbohydrates. Beta-hydroxybutyrate can also be taken exogenously made by qualified supplement manufacturers. Dive into the deeper science of beta-hydroxybutyrate when you click this.
But wait, when is your body not getting enough carbohydrates? For starters, when you eat an ultra low-carb diet, the liver coverts fats into ketones. The ketones step up as the alternative source of energy in place of what would have been energy from carbs or sugar. This new alternative source of energy helps your body function.
Ketones do in fact deliver the cognitive and physical boost one needs as they begin a low-carb diet. This is especially true for anyone new to keto, finding themselves reaching that much desired state of ketosis. The transition, as anyone will tell you, can be challenging for some, requiring the exogenous BHBs to help mitigate keto flu.
Benefits of Macros
To truly understand more about ketones, low-carb diets, and why BHBs are even part of the conversation, let’s remind ourselves about the macronutrients that our bodies need to survive.
+Fats Fat helps your body store energy (later to be used as energy for diets like low-carb or keto), protects your organs, makes necessary hormones, and helps the cell membrane. Learn more about good fat intake here.
+Carbohydrates This macro is broken down into glucose which is the main energy source for your body. That is, unless you are on a low-carb keto-friendly diet. Still, your body does rely on carbs for specific organs to function properly. This is where your macronutrient balance comes into play. You do need all three to live. How you balance it out depends on your personal dietary needs and goals.
+Proteins Protein is how you build, repair, and grow your tissues. Protein is also how you can build and protect lean body mass. It’s made up of amino acids which are the building blocks of protein.
As with any diet that works in the background of balancing your macros, it is important to understand the science behind why it works and how. Here is a post to support the conversations being had regarding low-carb diets and where BHBs fit into the puzzle. Knowledge is power, so we encourage you to research more about BHBs as a fuel source as you seek to enhance cognition, clarity, physical adaptability, and more on the lifelong journey of wellness.