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Everything You Need To Know About POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)

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Everything You Need To Know About POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) involves elevated heart rate and other symptoms when standing. Eating more sodium may help. Find out why. Millions of Americans suffer from a mysterious condition called POTS, or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. When someone has POTS, their heart rate rapidly increases when they stand up, causing symptoms like dizziness, brain fog, and nausea. POTS is generally attributed to a lack of proper blood flow to the brain. The blood stays settled in the lower half of the body, the heart beats faster to compensate, and a range of symptoms result. Beyond this general explanation, however,...

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How to get into ketosis

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How to get into ketosis

Getting into ketosis is fairly individual. How long it takes, how it affects performance, how you feel—all that stuff depends on your unique physiology and circumstances. Me? I feel my best when I’m in ketosis. My mind feels sharp, my mood euphoric, and my hunger nonexistent. All that considered, I DO take advantage of targeted carbohydrates from time to time. For example, I will take a bolus of glucose before jiujitsu. This is all dependant on the volume and intensity of the day, and although I may “leave ketosis” for a brief period of time, that’s not a concern under...

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Should you train fasted? Benefits, downsides, and when to do it

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Should you train fasted? Benefits, downsides, and when to do it

A lot of Ketogains clients ask me about fasted training. They want to know if they’ll burn more fat, enhance their performance, and build muscle faster if they exercise on an empty stomach. The answer requires some nuance. That’s why I wrote this article. When it comes to fasted exercise, most people fall into one of two camps. The first camp says that you should never exercise fasted. According to this view: If you train in a fasted state, your muscles will melt like butter in a skillet. The second camp, on the other hand, treats fasted training like a...

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4 Ways to become fat-adapted (And why it's different than ketosis)

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4 Ways to become fat-adapted (And why it's different than ketosis)

Ketosis gets credit for a lot of health benefits. Sustainable fat loss, better energy, a razor-sharp mind—the list goes on. But here’s the thing. If you’re not fat-adapted, you won’t experience most of these benefits. Being fat-adapted, although a bit technically distinct from “keto-adapted”, means you can effectively use ketones and fatty acids for energy. This allows you to access stored body fat during a fast, and get maximum mileage from a high-fat diet. I know, the whole ketosis vs. fat-adapting thing is a little confusing. Can’t we just pick one term and stick with it? Not necessarily. Yes, ketosis...

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How much water should you drink a day? A science-based guide to hydration

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How much water should you drink a day? A science-based guide to hydration

I’m asked all the time about water. People want to know how much they should drink to prevent dehydration. Dogma holds that you should drink at least eight ounces of water eight times a day. The 8x8 method is simple to understand and easy to remember. Unfortunately, this homespun wisdom isn’t well-suited to the complexity of human life and drastically oversimplified. There is no one-size-fits-all for nutrition. As with most molecules you consume, there’s a sweet spot for H2O. Drink too little and you’ll experience a low-water state called hypohydration. But drink too much and you’ll dilute blood sodium levels,...

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