What is ketosis?

Self-tutoring about health: the tutor looks into ketosis.

ketosis (noun):

a state of metabolism in which ketones are being consumed for fuel. It results from low availability of glucose due to low carbohydrate intake.
During ketosis, the body releases fat stores into the bloodstream. In the liver, the fat is transformed into ketones that cells can use for energy.
Ketosis is a natural process that normally does not pose risk to a healthy person. However, to people with health conditions – diabetes, for instance – ketosis may pose serious risk.




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Key ideas to help choose whey protein for muscle growth

Self-tutoring about muscle building nutrition: the tutor looks into whey protein.

Two features I look for in whey protein:

  1. The first ingredient being whey protein isolate or hydrolysate (or hydrolyzed whey protein).
  2. A scoop should yield at least 80% protein (divide the grams protein per scoop by total grams per scoop).



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Effects of stress and cortisol, Part 1

Self-tutoring about stress and health: the tutor explores some effects of cortisol.

Back in my post from March 14 I bring up cortisol, Part 0. I observe therein that cortisol is released in response to stress. Cortisol, in turn, causes a flood of glucose into the bloodstream without a corresponding increase in insulin. The reason: neither brain cells nor exercising skeletal muscle cells need insulin to take up glucose, while fat cells do. Therefore, the cortisol makes a deluge of calories available for the brain and skeletal muscles so the body can solve the stress it faces.

A consequence of cortisol is that it can suppress normal body functions in favour of the stress response. In nature, the threat would soon pass, then the stress would release and the normal body functions would resume. However, the modern, long-term stress people can face may lead to elevated cortisol long-term. Immunity, digestion, reproduction, and growth can be disrupted. Elevated cortisol, combined with adrenaline and other hormones of stress response, can eventually compromise a patient’s physical and mental health.

Exercise can help regulate stress, as well as consume the immediate calorie flood that accompanies elevated cortisol.




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What is the 2 hour, 4 hour rule for food safety?

Self-tutoring about food safety: the tutor brings up the 2 hour, 4 hour rule.

During summer, food safety might be apropos, for a couple of reasons:

  1. People often cook food for outdoors, and possibly large batches.
  2. The elevated temperature might cause more rapid spoilage.

One rule I find interesting is the 2 hour, 4 hour rule, which refers to foods that are harmful to consume if they spoil. It focuses on time the food has spent between 5°C and 60°C, and assumes refrigeration temperature < 5°C.

2 hour, 4 hour rule:

  • 0 to 2 hours: safe to use or refrigerate.
  • 2 to 4 hours: safe to use but too late to refrigerate.
  • > 4 hours: discard.



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Licorice anti-inflammatory effect

Self-tutoring about home remedies: the tutor inquires about licorice.

My wife mentioned to me that licorice can have anti-inflammatory effect. I looked up the idea for confirmation.

From the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information, United States) point of view, licorice has observed anti-inflammatory effect.




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Food: banana: a good source of fibre?

More lifestyle self-tutoring: the tutor mentions the fibre content of a banana.

A typical banana has around 100 calories, with 2.6g of fibre.

Suggested fibre intake might be 14g per 1000 calories, or 1.4g per 100 calories. The banana offers nearly twice that amount of fibre: I’d call it a good source fibre.





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Lifestyle, health: sleep: do hours before midnight count for double?

More lifestyle self-tutoring: the tutor begins research about the question of sleep quality before midnight vs after.

I first heard the adage “hours of sleep before midnight count for double” from a judo coach. I trust he’s probably right, though I’ve no specific idea why.

Today I started looking for a reason and encountered organicolivia.com, where I read interesting logic that supports the claim of hours slept before midnight counting for double those after.

Olivia’s point is that the functions of sleep – starting with falling into proper sleep – are energy-expensive. Hence, the reason that when overtired, actually falling asleep can be difficult.

Olivia observes, then, that during the hours before midnight, you still have energy “left over” from the day. If you spend that energy in a productive, wakeful activity between 9pm and midnight, your body won’t have it to invest in sleep past midnight.

Olivia’s claim sounds logical to me. I know that going to bed an hour earlier, then waking an hour earlier, seems easier than staying up another hour when I’m tired.

I hope to pursue the sleep-before-midnight concept in future posts:)



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Biology, nursing: what is blood plasma?

Tutoring biology, you might be asked about blood plasma. The tutor mentions its defintion.

blood plasma:

the liquid that holds the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The plasma consists of water and substances suspended or dissolved therein: proteins, salts, etc.

Plasma does not include blood cells or platelets.


Mader, Sylvia S. Inquiry into Life, 9th ed. Toronto: McGraw-Hill, 2000.

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Health: what is cortisol and what does it do, part 0

Researching the human body can mean continual self-tutoring. The tutor begins about the critical hormone cortisol.

Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Its release is augmented when the person feels stress. It has many effects; what follows is one mechanism in which it participates. The first two points are necessary background, while the third explains a function of cortisol:

  1. The human body interprets stress as physical danger rather than a social condition.
  2. Neither brain cells nor exercising skeletal muscle cells need insulin for glucose uptake. However, as I understand, fat cells do need insulin to import glucose.
  3. Cortisol increases blood sugar but inhibits insulin secretion and possibly even insulin sensitivity. Doing so channels the glucose (blood sugar) towards use by the muscles and brain, rather than by the fat cells (which would change it to fat for storage). Therefore, under stress, the muscles and brain have access to lots of energy so they can respond.

I hope to talk more about cortisol:)








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Zinc: supplement?

Fitness and health involve constant self-tutoring. The tutor mentions zinc.

Apparently, zinc is lost in sweat: during athletic performance, therefore, a person might likely lose some.

I take zinc supplement – not every day, but most days. I just take 25mg.




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