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Top 7 Reasons Why You Should be Consuming Caffeine Free Meltdown

What is Ketosis?

Ketosis is a biochemical process through which the body breaks down fatty acids into ketone bodies.  Being in ketosis is often referred to as being in the “fat burning zone.” Ketosis occurs when the body does switches from burning glucose to burning fat as its primary energy source.  The ketogenic diet is not a new diet; it’s been documented being used as far back as the 1920’s for its use in suppressing seizures! Ketosis is the result of metabolizing fat to produce energy. Most Americans rarely are in “ketosis” because of higher levels of insulin from higher carbohydrates which blocks ketone formation. In order for a person to be in ketosis, there must be a depletion of glycogen thru carbohydrate reduction.

Ketones are naturally produced in the body after consuming an ultra-low carbohydrate (< 50 grams a day) or ketogenic diet over an extended period. However, it can take many days for this to occur. Ketones can be produced in the body, but thru technological breakthroughs in science, ketones can be synthesized in the lab in supplemental forms.  Caffeine Free MeltdownTM is the first carbonated beverage that contains 7.5 grams of BHB ketones.  Furthermore, Caffeine Free MeltdownTM results in an immediate increase in ketones in the blood which has many potential health benefits.  Here are the top 7 reasons to include Caffeine Free MeltdownTM into your daily regimen when starting or following a keto-diet.

Reason #1: Supplemental Ketones Prevent the “Keto-Flu.”

As anyone who has ever gone on a ketogenic carb diet knows, the first few weeks can be rough and many people often suffer what is called the “keto-flu.” No, you don’t catch a virus, but the symptoms are similar to when you are sick.  These symptoms include low energy, bloating, irritability, headaches, and fatigue. There is a process called “keto-adaptation” in which the body becomes efficient at burning ketones as an energy source, but this process can take several months1.

When going on a ketogenic diet, there is increased urinary sodium, potassium, and water loss in response to lowered insulin levels2.  “Keto-Flu” experienced by many dieters will stem from deficiencies in electrolytes. When your calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium levels are out of balance, a variety of flu-like symptoms may set in as your body reacts to the dietary changes. Loss of electrolytes can cause weakness, irritability, and overall lower mood. Electrolytes are responsible for nerve impulses. One of the reason people feel so awful after a heavy night of drinking is due to electrolyte deficiencies caused by dehydration.  Ketogenic diets enhance water loss and there is often an enhanced excretion of electrolytes making a person feel lethargic.

Meltdown®: 1 KETOTM  Caffeine Free results in an immediate and significant increase in blood ketone levels without the side effects described above. As mentioned previously, the keto-adaptation period can take several months but Meltdown®: 1 KETOTM  Caffeine Free can result in immediate rise in blood ketones.  Additionally, Meltdown®: 1 KETOTM   Caffeine Free has added electrolytes, so there are no “keto-flu” symptoms because Meltdown provides 7.5 grams of exogenous BHB ketones to put your body into ketosis.

Reason #2: Supplemental Ketones Supports Cognitive Function

One of the benefits of switching to a ketogenic diet is increased mental clarity and improved cognition.  Ketones are a neuroprotective antioxidant4. This means that exogenous ketones protect the brain cell from free radicals5.  One exciting aspect about ketones is that the brain and nervous system will prefer ketones!  Ketones can cross the blood-brain barrier, but fat does not. Ketones have been shown to enhance cognitive function3. A recent study found that when athletes were given supplemental ketones during exercise, they had better decision making processes than the control group.  This suggests that ketones are improving cognitive function during exercise8.

Reason #3: Supplemental Ketones are Good for Mitochondria.

Mitochondria often referred to as the “powerhouse of the cell.” They are structures located inside most human cells that are responsible for ATP production.  The mitochondria are imperative to the overall health and play critical protective roles in our cells.  Oxidative stress and free radicals can damage mitochondria and accelerate aging, and damaged mitochondria are associated with many age-related diseases such as Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders6.   Ketone metabolism has been shown to create much lower levels of oxidative stress in comparison to glucose metabolism, effectively lowering inflammation and supporting mitochondrial health7. Ketones can be thought of as anti-aging supplement9.

Reason #4- Supplemental Ketones Suppress Hunger Hormones and Appetite.

Ketones may help out with weight loss by reducing appetite10.  One of the biggest misconceptions is that ketones directly enhance fat-loss, but ketones indirectly enhance weight loss thru appetite suppression.   One study found that ketone supplementation inhibited the appetite increasing hormone ghrelin, reduced appetite, and hunger9.

Reason #5: Supplemental Ketones Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation plays an integral part in the body’s ability to heal itself and stay protected from illness and other damage. However, too much inflammation can have serious consequences — including chronic diseases that become debilitating for many people. Recent research has shown that supplemental ketones can block inflammation11,13, 15. Ketones also mimic the lifespan-extending properties of calorie restriction (fasting), which includes improved glucose metabolism and reduced inflammation12,14.  Inflammation has been previously found to have been linked to obesity and insulin resistance.

Reason #6: Supplemental Ketones Can Help Preserve Muscle

Ketones have numerous health benefits such as reducing blood glucose, improving insulin sensitivity, enhancing cognitive function, and reducing muscle tissue breakdown. Two previous studies showed that infusion of ketones, decreased muscle tissue breakdown by >30% during prolonged fasting in humans16,17. A third study published this month found that BHB ketones can reduce muscle tissue breakdown18. Researchers wanted to examine the anti-catabolic effects of BHB ketones for hospital use. Researchers administered BHB ketones to patients and found that ketones resulted in potent anti-catabolic effects. This is exciting news for dieting bodybuilders or people using ketogenic diets who want to preserve muscle mass. Meltdown®: 1 KETOTM  Caffeine Free contains 7.5 grams of BHB ketones.

Reason #7: Supplemental Ketones May Help You Sleep Better

Ketones before bed may also help out with improved sleep.  One of the more common effects of ketogenic diets is a reduction in magnesium, an essential mineral, and electrolyte that calms the nervous system.  Low magnesium can also keep you from falling asleep fast20. Studies show that a ketogenic diet will also improve the quality of sleep by increasing REM sleep19.  The research on ketones and sleep is very preliminary but seems to be a new area of interest.

Caffeine Free Meltdown®: 1 KETO

The problem with the current batch of keto supplements on the market is their horrible taste. Jack Owoc, CEO, CSO has developed a revolutionary new carbonated ketone product that tastes just as amazing as our best-selling Bang® Energy carbonated beverages.  Meltdown®: 1 KETOTM  Caffeine Free has three amazing keto carbonated flavors such as Grape Blade LemonadeTM, Peach MangoTM, and Citrus TwistTM.  Ketone bodies are water-soluble, thermodynamically efficient substrates that connect the brain with its most abundant energy supply.  During ketosis rapid fat burning takes place. Meltdown®: 1 KETOTM   Caffeine Free ® contains 7.5 grams of BHB ketones which enhance mental clarity, increases exercise performance, and improves energy.

The ultra-delicious and super refreshing Meltdown®: 1 KETOTM  Caffeine Free beverage contains a potent 7,500 mg blend of four ketones. Research supports the capability of supplemental ketones to increase mental focus, enhance energy, and improve body composition when consumed on an empty stomach in conjunction with exercise. Meltdown®: 1 KETOTM  Caffeine Free benefits may be enhanced when used in conjunction with The Bang Anti-Diet and other low carb diets such as, ketogenic and carnivore diets. Other potent ketone enhancing supplements include KETONZ and STRAIGHT 8.

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