Health is Your Wealth: Are BHB Supplements Considered Safe?

Everyone from Mick Jagger to Halle Berry are turning to a keto diet to blast their body fat and stay lean. The diet produces fast and lasting results by drastically altering the way your body produces energy.

Instead of relying on carbohydrates for energy, by severely limiting carbohydrate intake, you can get your body to burn fat as energy instead. By upping your fat and protein intake, and reducing carbohydrate intake, you can put your body into a state of ketosis, where it is burning fat for energy, resulting in weight loss and muscle gain.

Exogenous Ketones 

The problem is that many people struggle to keep themselves in a state of ketosis. When you break you diet and eat something high in simple carbohydrates, your body kicks itself out of ketosis, leading to you putting the weight back on.

However, there are ways of keeping your body in ketosis. Most people do this by supplementing BHB (beta-hydroxybutyrate).

By taking BHB supplements, you can bring your body back into ketosis much faster after a slip up. After a carb-intensive meal, it can take several days of strict dieting to bring your body back into ketosis. With BHB supplementation, you can reduce this waiting period and bring your body back into a state of ketosis much faster.

The Benefits 

KetoLogic shows the benefits of taking BHB. These include appetite suppression, reducing hunger and sugar cravings, improved cognitive behaviour, better physical performance, and increased energy levels.

There aren’t just performance benefits from supplementing BHB. There is also mounting evidence of the health benefits it brings. A 2018 study found that taking a ketone ester supplement like BHB helped lower blood sugar. This could help patients with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels.

Is it Safe? 

Providing you are taking BHB supplements as part of a healthy and active lifestyle. Yes, ketone ester supplements are safe. The only cases where consumers should exercise caution is in cases where excessive alcohol consumption is taking place.

Alcohol stimulates the breakdown of fats and blocks the body’s ability to use glucose. This could mean that taking BHB and drinking heavily could lead to your body producing more ketones than necessary.

If you have high blood pressure or pre-existing hormone imbalances, it may be worth consulting a doctor before taking BHB supplements.

When and How to Take BHB 

BHB can be taken anytime, but to get the maximal effect it is best to take it first thing in the morning and between meals. Because of the appetite suppressing effects, taking it between meals will help reduce snacking and unnecessary grazing. It is good to take in the morning because it sets your energy levels for the day ahead.

BHB salts on their own can taste a little harsh. That is why most people take BHB in a smoothie, frozen in popsicles or in gummy bears. These methods of supplementation are popular because they give the impression of a sweet snack but have none of the negative health effects.

The bottom line is that BHB can boost the fat-burning benefits of the keto diet. If you are putting in the effort and restricting your carbohydrate intake, BHB can help you if you make a small mistake and stop your slip up from setting your diet back another few days.