Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I know if I’m in ketosis?
You can only definitively know you are in ketosis by measuring the levels of ketones in either your urine, breath or, most accurately, your blood. An "at home blood stick meter" can be used. "Ketosis" will be achieved when blood ketone levels reach 0.5mmol/l or greater.
Q: How long does it take to get into ketosis?
The time of transition into ketosis can vary from person to person, depending on their state of health, level of activity and degree of discipline to restrict carbohydrates and/or fast. It will take the average person one to four weeks to achieve dietary or nutritional ketosis. Therapeutic ketosis is a way to "bio-hack" the body rapidly into ketosis by consuming exogenous (from outside the body) ketones, such as "Keto OS" supplements. These supplements allow a person to reach a level of ketosis in less than an hour.
Q: What is meant by the "keto flu”?
This is a temporary state of flu like symptoms that can occur as the body initially switches from glycolysis (burning sugar) to ketosis (burning fat). The duration can last one to several days, and the severity can be minimized by staying well hydrated and having an adequate intake of electrolytes. The use of ketone supplements, such as “Keto OS” can dramatically speed up the transition into ketosis with fewer ill effects. For more detailed information about the Keto Flu,
Q: Is Ketosis Dangerous? The quick answer is NO, unless your a Type1 diabetic or a severe insulin dependant Type2 diabetic and have deficient insulin intake. This is called ketoacidosis, which can be life threatening, but is NOT even remotely similar to nutritional ketosis, which is a NORMAL metabolic process AND essential to human health and survival! Ketoacidosis ONLY happens when blood ketone levels are 15mmol/L or greater and blood sugar levels are simultaneously extremely elevated. Healthy ketosis is achieved when blood ketones are moderately elevated between 0.5-8mmol/L and blood sugar levels remain normal. Remember, if you have a working pancreas and are producing insulin you don't need to worry about ketoacidosis. (that is unless you're an extreme endurance athlete or a raging alcoholic)
Q: Where can I find “low carb” recipes or recipes that work with your program?
Go to the “Recipe” section of our website for many delicious recipes that are keto-friendly. We are adding recipes all the time! There are also many ketogenic recipe books on the market today and many of those are also on our website under the “Resources” section where you will find “Books”. In addition, there are many recipes online when you search “ketogenic recipes” in your web browser. It is not difficult at all to find low carb or ketogenic recipes!
Q: Does your plan require me to purchase freeze dried or packaged foods? Does it require “diet pills" or expensive "add-ons?"
No! Actually, our approach is quite the contrary! Our program is designed to educate and help you find your way to healthy, natural foods easily found at your local grocer, health food store, or farmers’ market. Our goal is to get you away from packaged, convenience foods and teach you to eat a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet using foods that are organic, when possible, and as free of pesticides, toxins, hormones, chemicals and artificial ingredients as you can find. Our plan is an extremely affordable, one time expense, and offers you valuable information from Dr. Korman’s 28 + years of experience and education, so that you can help yourself to a much healthier lifestyle and rid yourself of so many of the toxins found in today’s world. There is no additional purchase and nothing required of you beyond the affordable price of our program, which is delivered to you electronically. Dr. Korman offers up many suggestions and a step-by-step instructional guide to assist along your way to optimized health. To learn more about what our program includes, click here.
Q: What does it mean to be "clean" and keto? How is “clean and keto" different from a normal ketogenic diet?
“Clean” takes a ketogenic diet one step deeper by emphasizing efforts to rid ourselves, and our environments, of the toxins that have become such a huge part of our diets and our lives. So many chemicals, additives, pesticides, sprays, fertilizers, hormones, dyes, etc. have been added to our food source that many of us are to the point where we’re eating toxins and carcinogens on a daily basis and often don’t even know it! Then, we wonder why our society has such an unusually high percentage of cancer, diabetes, obesity, brain diseases, and so many other debilitating conditions. Our diet and lifestyle habits are adversely affecting our health and our brain health in record numbers. No pill can fix this. Our program promotes a lifestyle that emphasizes ridding our bodies, and our environments, of these detrimental chemicals and toxins that have become all too common in our lives, and are negatively impacting our lives and our health.
Q: How much water should I be drinking?
The general rule-of-thumb for water drinking is to take the number of your weight, divide that number in half, and drink that number, in ounces, of clean, filtered, water each day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds and divide that number half, you are left with 75. Therefore, 75 ounces is the amount of clean, filtered water you should have in a day.