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Metabolic Side of Cancer

CANCER RADIATION: We highly encourage everyone to focus on key life markers but particularly if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer and is considering radiation.

If you have elevated insulin above 3

Igf levels above 100

A1C above 5

and/or

Fasted Blood Glucose above 85

cancer cells will not respond appropriately to radiation.

These same markers as well as many others should be tested on a regular basis as part of a “panel” starting at a young age.

Parents should be aware of their children’s baseline numbers including what genetic factors put them at higher risks and how their gut biome. This may all seem extreme, but it should be common talk.

Exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle habits are key to maintaining healthy panels.

Beyond Aminos for Performance, Anti-anxiety meds, and All the Essentials

FOOD for thought:

Branched-Chain Amino Acids only account for roughly 35% of the essential amino acids in our muscles. That leaves 65%…. BCAAs are out. Vegans trying to gain muscle or “vegan athletes” could consider supplementing LEUCINE specifically due to MANY vegans lacking proper leucine levels for muscle growth but we see no reason to load up on BCAAs without other essentials. BCAAs are cheaper than EAAs (duh). There is an abundance of marketing claims behind BCAAs (but they are so 2005). We recommend eating real food sources of protein and supplement with EAAs for specific application.

Specific applications may include:
Brain health (sleep, mood, anxiety)
Muscle Preservation (growth and maintenance)
Gut Health
Sports Performance
Nursing (yes, that is correct…)
… and many others.

How we formulated KTX Nutrition’s Essential Amino product:

1.) There is a very specific ratio needed of essential amino acids to make protein. The balance study is done on nitrogen utilization.

2.) We removed L-histidine. Arguably an essential amino acid, L-histidine can be formed by the body with the proper ratios of the 8 essentials and has been proven to decrease the efficacy of the other EAAs from 99% to 94% when consumed in addition to Arginine. Every % counts.

3.) We use 100% L-Form aminos. Any aminos not “L-Form” are essentially useless and a waste of money. Many supplements will claim high numbers of amino acids but really they are just loaded with “fillers” like “r-form” or those no listing any “L-” before the amino type.

4.) Our aminos will not cause a blood glucose spike, insulin sensitivity, and are not “cheap quality” like BCAAs. The essentials contain branched chain aminos L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine however these BCAAs are not “superdosed” like many other products and they are in proper nutrition balance.

EAAs compared to FOOD:

Products like “whey protein” may only convert 15-20% of the protein by weight into useable Aminos. This means 100 grams of whey protein consumed would compare to taking 20 grams of essential amino acids, but will also likely add some undesirable gastric effects, unfavorable uric acid levels, as well as inflammatory issues at this amount.

Similar to Aminos in the form of BCAAs (branched chain amino acids), up to 70% of a beef steak can be converted into carbohydrate once consumed. Over consumption of these proteins will spike blood glucose, create insulin sensitivity, and are not ideal protein forms. This is one of the main reasons many people who eat excess flesh meat protein without a balanced diet have metabolic health concerns.

Lastly, egg whites are still trending (we don’t know why). Approximately 16% of the protein consumed from egg whites is effectively utilized into body protein. This is a horrible conversation rate and the egg white lacks the nutrients and supportive aminos that come along with the yolk. This is mainly in part to the majority of the methionine existing in the yolk, which increases the efficacy of the protein retention from the WHOLE EGG. We encourage whole egg or no egg at all. (+ they should be free range eggs).

SO What Are Amino Acids?

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and serve as the catalyst for nearly every chemical process in the body. Most people associate amino acids purely with protein synthesis and muscle gain, but they’re also necessary for nearly every other physiological function, including enzyme production, hormone regulation, cognitive ability, neurotransmitter balance, and metabolism. There are 20 amino acids in total, and all of them are required to make these vital processes happen.

What Are the Essential Amino Acids (EAAs)?

Of the 20 amino acids, nine are classified as essential. Essential amino acids are the ones that the body can’t produce itself; they must be acquired through diet, specifically from protein-rich foods like meat, fish, and eggs, and of course, amino acid supplements. EAAs support the body in several critical ways:

Lysine plays a role in growth hormone secretion, which supports muscle repair and recovery. It’s also a critical component of structural proteins like collagen and elastin, which are important for building strong connective tissue.

Methionine helps the body process and eliminate fat, promotes cardiovascular health, and supports liver function to help the body eliminate toxins.

Phenylalanine has a pain-killing and antidepressant effect and is necessary for the synthesis of norepinephrine and dopamine. It also stimulates the release of adrenaline and noradrenaline, which are critical for nervous system function.

Threonine supports fat metabolism and immune function. Like lysine, it’s also a crucial component of structural proteins and connective tissue.

Tryptophan is a precursor for serotonin, which regulates sleep, appetite, and mood. It also has pain-suppressing qualities and can increase pain tolerance during hard workouts or competitions.

Leucine is critical for protein synthesis, blood sugar regulation, and growth hormone production.

Isoleucine helps prevent muscle from breaking down during exercise, which could lead to faster recovery. It’s also important for immune function, hemoglobin production, and energy regulation.

Valine helps stimulate muscle regeneration and is involved in energy production.

Histidine is a precursor to histamine. Histidine’s status as “essential” is debatable since it can be easily produced in the presence of the other essential amino acids. This is why histidine did not make the cut in our “essentials blend.”

What Are the Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)?

Three of the essential amino acids – leucine, isoleucine, and valine – are known as the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), named for their branched chemical structure.

The BCAAs are unique because they are metabolized in the muscle instead of the liver. This means that they’re available in the bloodstream soon after ingestion and can be used for quick energy during exercise. BCAA supplements are popular among athletes because they’ve been linked with increased muscle mass, decreased fatigue, and improved glycogen storage.

However, the supposed benefits of BCAAs are often embellished, misunderstood, and some even flat out wrong.

The Problem with BCAAs:

A recent meta-analysis of research conducted between 1985 and 2017 revealed zero human studies in which BCAAs alone were responsible for more efficient protein synthesis or improved athletic performance.

In fact, the meta-analysis detailed two studies which found that BCAAs decreased muscle protein synthesis and actually accelerated the catabolic rate of lean tissue. This means that muscle was being broken down faster than it could be repaired.

The catabolic state was so aggressive in the presence of BCAAs because the body was rapidly trying to derive the other essential amino acids to complete protein synthesis. Without a complete profile of essential amino acids, the body was left with no choice but to break down muscle to derive the six that were missing.

In other words, BCAAs do not work in isolation; all of the essential amino acids are required to complete protein synthesis.

The study concluded that the idea that BCAA supplements stimulate muscle growth or produce an anabolic response is entirely unwarranted. And that’s just the beginning. In addition to being ineffective for building muscle or faster recovery, BCAAs can also have deleterious effects on overall health:

High doses of BCAAs can deplete B vitamins. The utilization of BCAAs requires several B vitamin cofactors. This siphoning of B vitamins can disrupt the hundreds of other biological functions that require them including digestion, nervous system function, cognition, and hormone production.

An overabundance of BCAAs can hinder serotonin production. The BCAAs and tryptophan both use the same carrier system to get to the brain. This means an overabundance of BCAAs will disrupt the brain’s uptake of tryptophan and therefore create a shortage of serotonin. Low serotonin can cause depression, anxiety, sleep problems, carbohydrate cravings, attention disorders, and more.

BCAAs may cause insulin resistance and interfere with blood glucose regulation. Increased BCAA levels are associated with a high risk of metabolic disorder and insulin resistance, and may even predict the development of type 2 diabetes

Why EAAs Are Superior to BCAAs

Despite all of this, BCAAs are still essential for human health and actually serve as a good source of fuel for workouts.

They simply don’t build muscle in isolation.

You need adequate levels of all of the essential amino acids to optimize health and complete protein synthesis. Think of it this way: BCAAs begin the process of protein synthesis, and the other six EAAs complete the process.

This is why it’s best to choose supplements that contain all of the essential amino acids if you truly want to maximize performance, recovery, and well-being.

Health Benefits of Essential Amino Acids:

Muscle Maintenance: EAAs have significant muscle-preserving effects, especially when training in a fasted state. These include decreased indicators of muscle damage and the maintenance of a healthy inflammatory response.

Exercise Recovery: Supplementing with EAAs post-workout increases muscle protein synthesis and net muscle protein balance. This may stimulate faster recovery and reduce fatigue after training.

Appetite Regulation: Having a sufficient balance of amino acids may help normalize appetite because EAAs activate the brain cells that regulate hunger and satiety.

Cognitive Function: Appropriate levels of tryptophan are necessary to produce serotonin and optimize cognitive performance.

Improved Sleep: Amino acid supplementation has been shown to improve sleep and mood and reduce symptoms of depression.

Metabolic Health: Proper ratios of amino acids could increase red blood cell count, hemoglobin, hematocrit, and serum albumin. They can also lower fasting blood glucose, support better red blood cell formation, and improve glycogen replenishment

Fasting and Ketosis: Ingestion of high amounts of leucine triggers an insulin spike, which may “break a fast” and interfere with ketosis. However, this only happens when leucine levels aren’t balanced by the other EAAs, which help buffer the glycemic response. The insignificant insulin response from a supplement with the proper ratios of EAAs won’t interfere with fasting or ketosis, and might even make them easier!*

*The one exception is fasting for autophagy or cellular healing. In this case we support water fasting with nutrient dense re-feeds, where EAAs can be used in conjunction with healing foods. For the proposes of insulin and performance goals EAAs may be used in a fasted state pre, intra, and post workout with great success.

Conclusion

EAAs crush BCAAs as the best amino acid supplement, and their benefits go far beyond building muscle. EAAs are a true nutritional powerhouse that can help you optimize your training, recovery, sleep, mood, and so much more.

If you would like to purchase the greatest aminos in the history of the world we won’t judge… just follow the link below.

https://ktxnutrition.store/products/ktx-eaa

Life is More than Just Flesh Meat

Most of our culture today views “protein” as animal meat. This protein obsession at overly high levels is not only toxic to us but the meat we consume is lacking the structure and nutrients that they once contained.

“Flesh meat” makes up the mass majority of the animal consumed today. Although this flesh meat contains large amounts of essential amino acids, the majority of the micronutrients and healing components come from areas of the animal we need to re-familiarize ourselves with. Our ancestors consumed the vital organs, connective tissues, bone marrow, and used every bit of the animal. Today we end up with all sorts of different “meat products” loaded with chemical flavorings and preservatives as well as MSG and many “others.”

One way to alleviate health issues we are experiencing today we need to take steps BACK to how our earth and foods were designed. This is much more complex than just eating clean animal sources and more varieties of organ meats…

Animals originated on earth eating luscious clean grass high in omega 3s & “CLA” as well as fruits and vegetables. Not grain pellets. Chickens were small and ate bugs… not genetically modified corn.

Herbicides and pesticides came in the form of herbs, spices, and he right balance of “bugs” which allowed for a healthy environment. We are a long, long, way from the way things were designed but we can use these ancestrial principles and COMMON SENSE applications to begin the “reversing process” or at the very least try our best to avoid these damaging chemicals and replace them with healthier options.

MEAT EATERS

Carnivors should eat more than just flesh meat. Bone broths, organ meats, or supplemental liver, kidney, heart, & collagen products should be used in addition to consuming meat products. ESPECIALLY for those who do not get these vital enzymes and vitamins through vegetables and fruit consumption.

Organ Meats

We like local, grass fed and free range organ meats from places like Katerra Market in Katy i.t found at your local farmers market.

Bone Broth

We make our own bone broths but we also support Kettle & Fire Bone broths found commonly at local grocers.

Collagen & Supplemental

This is the most practical starting point for most people in this process. They are easy, convenient, and when purchased from reliable sources you know they are high quality. We like Ancestral Supplements and Vital Proteins.

Many of the nutrient deficiencies commonly seen today can be fixed with adding in a wide variety of these vital animal organs and tissues. We believe they are better options than traditional synthetic vitamins and this is a step in the healthier direction!

MORE RESOURCES

https://chriskresser.com/how-to-eat-more-organ-meats/

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/03/05/are-organ-meats-good-for-you.aspx

https://ancestralsupplements.com

https://www.vitalproteins.com

No see ums Rant

Oh no, here I go again… the relapse. Started talking about bug reactions then all hell broke lose. This is what happens when I have an hour to kill sitting in a parking lot. Don’t worry, I wasn’t mugged. I know everyone is scared to sit in a parking lot these days and the only people who sit in their cars in parking lots are crazy guys waiting to attack (that was sarcasm).

So it all started with…

The great bug outbreak “no see ums” of 2019 is leaving people feeling miserable and scared of bugs. Let me first ruffle some feathers by saying this is going to be more and more common due to the auto immune epidemic we are facing that we all seem to be ignoring.

Trust me, I get it… without anyone trying to throw the race card at me please just understand growing up I was often told I had “that white boy skin.” I would react to EVERYTHING under the sun (literally the sun too). The further removed from real food and natural healing we become as a culture the more prevalent these systematic reactions are going to be.

Listen… I didn’t have white boy skin I had poor gut health, my body was inflamed, and I didn’t have the nutrients I needed to heal because I was living the traditional western modernized “dream.”

Wake up: eat sugary stuff covered with cows mucus.

Take allergy medications so I could breath followed by anti biotic to “cure” my acne & be on my way to school…

oh wait I skipped a step… I had to brush my teeth with the leading brand of artificially sweetened fluoride toothpaste and lathered my armpits with chemically infused aluminum deodorant because heaven forbid I sweat. Oh and then I had to squirt aqua di gio Armani right on my neck so It could absorb into my pours & the ladies would think I smelt like a true flower 🌸 not like a Kyle flower.

Then I would sit in classroom ready to eat my heavily processed “excellent school district food choices.” More concerned about the headache I had and the anxiety from my acne than what the teacher was saying. Kinda hard to process all that info with the brain fog I was experiencing anyways.

Then I would make sure I had my 50grams of sugar sports drink with extra yellow 5 since that’s what Micheal Jordan drank & I wanted to be the best. I would make sure I had extra fresh hose water at practice so I didn’t get cramps.

When I got home I was careful that I had at least a quarter gallon (32+ ounces) of cows milk with dinner since I would choke if I didn’t drink when I ate and I needed to have strong bones.

I want everyone to know it doesn’t have to be like that. These dramatic reactions seem “NORMAL” now since so many people have them.

I believe these reactions, although each unique, prove weakness in different systematic processes.

Here me out….

Histamine reactions, food sensitivities, allergic reactions, inability to handle the sun, auto immune symptoms, acne (just to name a few) all tie into the SIBO or small intestine bacterial overgrowth, a distinctional gut lacking the bacteria and enzymes it needs (dysbiosis).

These dramatic skin reactions directly tie into our full systematic healing.

INFLAMMATION

DISFUNCTIONAL GUT

CELLULAR HEALTH

Same words all day long…

The last week I just handled a poison ivy reaction the best I ever have in my life. Traditionally speaking that stuff would last me around 3 weeks spreading around my entire body and nether regions. This time however, the reaction was controlled for about a week, no creams or crazy chemical baths involved like I tried in the past.. my immune system is almost to where it should be.

Mosquito and bug bites used to tear me up also. I would get huge red swelling and if I itched them the red scratch marks would show and would swell also. During this same time frame I would need regular doses of the trending allergy medications as well.

The signs of poor health were all so obvious looking back:

Allergies

Asthma

Acne

Anger

Anxiety

Depression

Athletes foot

Extreme food intolerances

Skin reactions to you name it

Sunburn easily

I’m still healing… it’s a long process and lifestyle shift.

You can do it. Your family can do it.

But…. good luck doing it alone. It requires understanding, patience, persistence ( all the Ps), and lots and lots of practice.

People are going to call you crazy. Those are lies.

There will be times when you want to say EFFF this because it’s so much more convenient to go back to your old habits. Reach for people stronger than you in different areas that will push you to grow.

Continue to learn and grow together.

People will act like you aren’t the same anymore… well… if you are growing then you aren’t the same.

Changing your lifestyle is hard because ITS YOUR LIFE.

Changing an entire families’ lifestyle is impossible if you haven’t changed your own.

Katy Texas needs help. We do not have the quality restaurants, fresh foods required, clean water sources, and enough TRUE health practitioners readily available to handle a QUARTER MILLION PEOPLE.

I’m sick of preaching like a clown because the misinformation out there is what the 99% believe in the Katy area. But it is what it is. I’m sick of it but I won’t stop so “whatever.”

I love Katy. I was born and raised here. The “Health Revolution” Dr. in Katy “dr. Hotze” is not affordable to anyone under the top 15-20% financially in Katy particularly the middle class who have 3+ kids.

If you want to start a health revolution how about you offer services to middle and lower class as well as train up a network of local physicians who can practice what you preach. Trust me, I get it, it’s not that easy. I am trying to do the same in Katy except I’m not even a doctor and I don’t have even close to the amount of money as this dude so I’m just whining cause I’m surrounded by this stuff 24/7. Ooops “shots fired.”

Well we all are surrounded by this stuff just open your eyes and look around.

Fat Bombs

Nutrient dense & super infused BOMBS 💣. To source these ingredients is roughly a $100 upfront cost depending on how many different foods or supplements you decide to add but the iodine, D&K, and B12 will last awhile (awhile meaning more than 1 batch). One of the reasons these are not commonly found in coffee shops is probably because if the upfront cost to make 12 is $100 they would need to sell them for $20 each to make the same profit margin of a processed pastry product. Personally, I would rather be broke paying $20 for a super bomb and coffee then waste $5 on a pastry that would leave me with brain fog and lazy butt for a few hours. But to each their own.

Grass Fed butter should always be used due to higher levels of CLA and omega 3 to 6 ratio is more favorable than grain fed cows milk/butter. Higher that “natural” omega 6s is a huge contributor to the INFLAMMATION issues in our country. When folks act like grass fed or organic do not matter they do not fully understand or see the big picture. We like @nutiva coconut manna for the full spectrum coconut. This in combo with the butter creates the “fat base.” Many Keto followers get fats but they are not the optimal fats so they run into health issues. Others may get the fats but they neglect key nutrients in the diet which leads to health issues. We add 1 cup of hemp seeds for quality protein, fats, fiber, and micro nutrients. Hemp seeds are NON PSYCHOACTIVE we need to add since it’s asked on the reg. On the reg = its a FAQ. Hemp seeds generally run $10-$20 per lb. be careful in the future with the farm bills passing we are concerned GMO variants will start to pop up, creating a more appealing lower price tag, and the end result could be that of WHEAT/CORN etc. Also, we need to monitor the herbacide and pesticide use on these products since they will be grown in areas that they were not traditionally grown. This is valuable information.

The cocoa nibs are for texture and flavor but also are loaded with nutrients. Cocoa gets a bad rap because milk chocolate demonized it. Cocoa is super when used properly. We ain’t talkin about Hershey’s coco Jamboo either. Raw. Organic. Cocoa.

MACA is awesome. If you are into sexual vigor then this should be of particular interest to you. If not, then carry on. MOST products we’ve seen with maca infused add in the bare minimum just to say that it’s in there but really it’s not the amount needed to work it’s magic. We used an entire package in this batch. It’s roughly $10 per bag. If you’re going to use “superfoods” use the proper serving size & don’t get scammed at local smoothie bars for $2-$5 for a 1/4 serving. That’s what we call #fraud.

We used unsulphured and unsweetened shredded coconut, then infused with low dose (1,000IU) vitamin D with K added. Most people take way too much vitamin D. 5,000-10,000 IUs per day of a fat soluble vitamin for people who do not assimilate vitamin D properly is a RECIPE FOR DISASTER. Just because your vitamin d levels are low on a blood panel doesn’t mean you should shove 5,000IUs down your throat everyday. If you are taking synthetic D or getting regular sunlight and still low on D then the issue could be lack of vitamin K, A, or possibly thyroid related. But that doesn’t mean get on thyroid medications. That’s why we add iodine and b12. MOST people will not test positive for iodine deficiency however most people (even those in range) for t3 & t4 will find that WHEN TRYING TO OPTIMIZE THYROID FUNCTION OR GET OFF THYROID MEDICATIONS that getting EXTRA iodine and selenium + vitamin A,D, & K (mainly from diet) will turn “out of range” numbers to “in range” and “in range” numbers to more OPTIMAL AND IDEAL levels for PEAK PERFORMANCE AND LONGEVITY.

We like these bombs consumed at noon with an organic cup of joe to break a fast & then continuing to eat in a pre determined 6-8 hour time frame daily. This practice is known as time restricted eatign to some, others call it intermittent fasting, and we just don’t really call this anything- it’s just a way of life here at KTX.

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Recipe:

In VERY LOW HEAT

Full jar of coconut butter “manna” or UNrefined coconut oil.

Two sticks ~8oz grassfed butter

-cup of nuts of choice ( we used walnuts)

—– add others to hit your desired macros/micros etc. as long as your base is set (fats) the possibilities are endless. Keep in mind when taking measurements how many fat bombs you plan to make so they should be infused appropriately. Good luck.

OCD , ADHD, and FREE AS CAN BE

Attention to detail is not OCD. Having systems in your life that you are strict and DISCIPLINED about are not part of a disorder. When people try to make you feel crazy for sticking to a vision you have in your head that’s not “right” in my book.

I’ve had difficulty concentrating in classroom settings my entire life cause it’s hard for me to focus on something I AM NOT PASSIONATE ABOUT. It was challenging to sit in a classroom for 8 hours a day when I wanted to be outside in the sun running around and foraging the dewberry fields, catching crawfish with my friends or shooting them with Roman candles. Sitting in a classroom isn’t for EVERYONE. It’s not natural. What’s natural about it? Especially for a male designed to hunt, gather, and kill… not everyone is designed for the same tasks… or are they? I wouldn’t know I don’t have any certificates.

Hyperactivity is a disorder ? Then I’m disorderly. I’ve been hyper as EFFF my entire life. The difference between now at 32 and then at 12 when I was throwing pencils at substitute teachers that pissed me off was that I didn’t know how to channel that energy… well I did know how to channel it (sports) but I was FORCED to sit in a classroom all day with raging hormones and “hyperactive disorderness” when I should have been hands on learning how to build houses and develop a farm to live on. Wow imagine how nice that house and land would look now 20

years later if my TRUE POTENTIAL was tapped into….?

Oh wait the 3rd “diagnosis” of ADHD is impulsiveness. I’ve been impulsive or “compulsive” or whatever you want to label it or me my entire life as well… so I’m 3 for 3 on ADHD and more than zero times I’ve been called “OCD” but really I’m just not normal or what people want to consider normal because my brain moves faster than I can keep up with at some times (which is when I need to write stuff down- on paper- not in my phone) and then it moves slower than I want it to process “randomly” sometimes (aka: brain fog).

What I’ve learned over the years is that self evaluation, learning the root cause to my WEAKNESSES, and PURPOSELY putting OCD SYSTEMS IN PLACE IN MY LIFE that REQUIRE DISCIPLINE help me utilize my GOD GIVEN STRENGTHS that society tries to make me feel are weaknesses.

Lack of focus on BS that you do not find relatable to YOUR life is not a weakness. Your time is valuable don’t waste it on garbage that won’t help you grow or enjoy life or help others enjoy theirs.

Hyperactivity to me means energetic and full of life. Find something you are passionate about and drive that hyperactivety to it. Just do it with a purpose.

Being passionate about your daily systems is NOT “Obsessive compulsive behavior.”

When you have systems in place and hold others accountable to those systems you are not “OCD.” Those are lies fed to you 👿 to hold you back. If you believe them you may fall away from your systems.

“ADHD” according to “online resources” is A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.”

They claim:

Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured.

Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong

Requires a medical diagnosis

Approximately 6.1 million children between the ages of two and 17 were diagnosed with ADHD in 2016, according to a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

I’ would like to those 6 million kids and put them in educational programs focused towards ANCESTRAL activities that can help them flourish. Not force them to sit inside and take drugs to be “normal.”

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Ummmmm. The reason for this rant… is the link at the bottom. This stuff is a joke. The FDA approving this is a joke. By joke I mean I’m “laughing my struggles off.” To accept that this is the “future.” When it shouldn’t even be a “thing.”

I was “diagnosed” as a child and my mom didn’t allow me to get on medications. It has been a battle (and always is… that’s life… life is a battle worth fighting for in my opinion).

https://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2019/04/fda-approves-first-device-treat-kids-adhd/156461/

Life after Keto?

Good mornin’ Friends,

What I’ve seen with males is a 30-45 day plateau on keto which can be GOOD because that means you most likely have adapted to higher fats assuming they are high quality. It can also be BAD because many people give up on their healthy lifestyle journey because the goal was all about weight loss.

LIFE IS a JOURNEY… DO NOT STOP GROWING.

An immediate recommendation would be to start time restricted eating if you haven’t already. That’s just start basic with choosing an 7-8 hour window to eat in every day and try to keep it consistent and the same every day for 8-12 weeks. In this time your hormones should balance out and that should increase testosterone. If you already do this then move on to the next recommendation.

If not, black coffee, unsweetened green tea, and water are allowed in the “fasted window.” I usually stick to noon-8 Window. I also use different varieties of salts and minerals while “fasting” with no noticeable effects of the fast or the results.

Usually the second step after the 30-45 day keto period would be to do a 14-21 period where you try to create more efficient bile production through the organs. I’ve found this is basically taking keto and enhancing it with non-human growth hormone.

I like taking GLA in the form of borage oil. Hemp oil is also great and is not THC or even CBD it’s just hemp seed oil. Both of these contain high amounts of GLA so you will take those for 14-21 days in addition to

DAILY:

3oz extra virgin olive oil (this goes well with keto)

4oz lemon or lime juice

And

Either 1/2 grapefruit to break fast with the oils and lemon/lime.

-or-

Bitter melon extract instead of the grapefruit.

I prefer grapefruit because it’s a real food not supplement AND they are local (and cheap) but some people can’t stand grapefruit so the bitter melon works.

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I’ve found that doing this right after a keto cycle will yield amazing results.

I also find it easiest to pour the olive oil, citrus juice, and grapefruit on top of a leafy green salad with lots of Celtic Sea salt and of you need vinegar during the 14-21 days on the salad use 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. It’s still not perfect but it’s the best choice that I know of for now.

Throw whatever superfoods on top of the salad as you want as long as it has those ingredients.

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If people try this protocol without doing keto or high fat low carb for awhile before hand they may get an “upset tummy” this is nothing to freak out about but you shouldn’t have these issues if you have done 30+ days of successful keto.

Easter is coming up so Monday is probably a great day to start this.

I do this the 21 days leading up to Thanksgiving it’s called our “pre Thanksgiving challenge.”

FINAL NOTES:

I never like to run out of things to try or add to ENHANCE my life. This is part of living and continually growing. After the 14-21 day period have a plan or idea to continue.

For 99% of the people out there (those not using keto to HEAL FROM DISEASE) I believe the next step will be to reintroduce carbohydrates in a fiber filled nurturing way (aka: fruits and more vegetables, nuts, and seeds) added to what was learned in the “keto cycle.” Then use keto as a way to “reset” every so often.

GET OUT THERE AND CRUSH LIFE. Do a grueling workout for Jesus this weekend. When you think you’re about to die just visualize being nailed to a cross, thirsty, and starving & remember how great life is.

Yours truly,

KTX Tree Hugger man

Prove to Who?

DREAM- VISION-PLAN

Dream Big
Visualize YOUR Success
Get to Work on YOUR Goals (Plan)

I wouldn’t want to tell anyone how to live their life so I’ll just share a note that I wrote to myself and you can pretend I wrote it to you if you trust the process that’s helped me quite a bit 😉

Note to self:

Living your life to prove to someone else you can do “IT” or to prove others wrong is no way to live. Living this way and not for the God you believe in distracts you from what YOU want to accomplish. This type of seeking approval from others will never fullfil your heart.

Only YOU know YOUR vision so share it with others you trust & make it happen. What you may start to see is the vision that was only a dream years before is reality and the goals are changing each season.

Dream Big

I think this term gets abused and thrown aside because more often than not “dreamers” fail to turn those thoughts or ideas into an actionable “vision.” If you have an idea 💡 of how you want your life to be ask the right questions and you might find the right directions. If the people you’re surrounded by can’t seem to get you where you want to be then PERHAPS it’s time to look elsewhere? But it’s just a suggestion.

Visualize YOUR Success

The dream or idea will be possible only if you spend time visualizing that dream coming to life. The best place for this personal reflection time is ALONE and away from work. This doesn’t have to be a vacation but some of my most memorable visions occurred once everyone fell asleep and I was able to listen to music and create the “plan.” ….Or in a tube floating the Frio River. Either one works for seeing the vision.

Get to Work on YOUR Goals (Plan)

The dream or idea was then thought out in PRECISE DETAILED FASHION. AKA: “Attention to Detail.” AT THIS TIME AND AT THIS TIME ONLY should you share the dream and vision with those who you visualized or “carefully thought out” being with you in the end (once you’ve achieved success).

IF YOUR DREAM OR VISION IS SHARED WITH PEOPLE WHO DO NOT FIT YOUR VISION THEY WILL TRY TO CUT IT OUT BENEATH YOUR FEET! Make sure you share your ideas and plan with the ones you know will help you get where you want to be.

Final Notes:

Personally, I’ve made these mistakes enough times to understand the consequences of each. Pretty much comparable to a hangover or black jack relapse. I know what I need to do so just get it done. “Get it done son.” -thanks Dad

CrossFit causes Rhabdo

Rhabdo is no new thing in the CrossFit, functional fitness, high intensity, military, or fitness world… Recently, a popular fitness pro who has a large following got rhabdo from a CrossFit workout that included near 100 GHD sit ups. This sparked a large social media outroar about the dangers of crossfit (like we haven’t heard them all before) and led me to sharing what I’ve noticed in training plus the link to rhabdo.

CLAIMING THAT CROSSFIT CAUSES RHABDO IS LIKE THE CLAIM THAT THE SUN CAUSES SKIN CANCER.

Sure, the sun can contribute to cancer but why do some get cancer from the sun and some do not?…. metabolic system, immune system, inflammation, and cellular weakness are a few… sure, cancer is not rhabdo but the ROOT of most of these serious health issues remains to be the same.

Like most other health issues people look at the immediate cause and fail to consider the ROOT of the issue contributing to the kidneys and liver struggling during the recovery process (healing from a workout).

MY “UNEXPERT belief” (since I’m not a doctor) is THE ROOT CAUSE IS SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION. From what I’ve seen in over 10 rhabdo cases (in real life) is that OVERTRAINING IS NOT THE MAIN ISSUE. I’ve seen people get rhabdo without taking long periods of rest, I’ve seen “fit” people not overtrain or overreach and they still get rhabdo. The rhabdo had little to do with the exercises themselves.

In high intensity training the goal is to produce as much power as possible….

Most “athletes” I’ve seen consume WAY TOO MUCH PROTEIN. This can be verified with a simple blood panel (look nitrogen balance). These high levels of URIC ACID are toxic to the body (hint hint: the kidneys)… stacked on top of this when the immune system is compromised (someone goes too hard in a workout), people working out sleep deprived or stressed, partying in the weekend, or those with AUTO IMMUNE CONDITIONS (to name a few ways)… the stress on the kidneys due to nutritional errors because fake news on nutrition, high levels of “inflammation”, an unfavorable immune response + D.O.M.S. due to some training = hello hospital.

All the modifications in the world are great and needed for new athletes. HOWEVER, when you see people end up in the hospital for a week after a workout done in a group where everyone is the same is similar fitness level it makes sense to take a few steps back and link COMMON DENOMINATORS that the people have who got rhabdo.

The common link from what I’ve seen is inflammation and a negative immune response.

True fitness incorporates health as a whole. Many of these severe incidents can be prevented by having blood panels done and ensuring you are treating your total health like you would a well balanced training program.

Just because someone LOOKS healthy or PERFORMsS at an ELITE level does not mean their body is near OPTIMAL HEALTH.

Melatonin

Should you take melatonin?

Melatonin is a hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles. Keep in mind exogenous hormones (of any kind) are not TYPICALLY the best choice for optimizing your health.

200-300mcg per day is an approximate amount the body would produce in a day. So when you supplement 5mg per day that is is 5,000 mcg. This means the 5mg dosage commonly found in sleep supplements provides you 2-3 weeks worth of melatonin in one night.

There are certainly more practical ways to improve sleep however if melatonin production is your focus then try to increase the amount of tryptophan in your diet.

The primary focus at KTX Nutrition with melatonin will stert wirh increasing seratonin and dopamine through diet and “happy thoughts.” Decreasing stress with (breathwork, mediation,prayer, and showing gratitude are great tools).

The power of the GUT cannot be underestimated. If you have a “leaky gut” the brain will not get the optimal level of nutrients like amino acids (tryptophan as mentioned), magnesium (promotes nervous system relaxation), and will most likely end up with DECREASED MELATONIN.

When are we fans of melatonin???

Time zones and travel etc. could prove melatonin to be beneficial as “cheat meal.” The body’s circadian rhythm can get all out of whack when traveling. 5-10mg melatonin taken to “trick” or “bio-hack” your body into falling asleep at an hour necessary due to work, sports, or times where cognitive and physical energy are important could be very effective. This is much different than taking daily doses of a hormone (in our opinion).