Author Archive: Dustin Sikstrom

Low carb since 2010, ketogenic since June 2013, lifting consistently since September 2013. Musician and music teacher, sax, guitar, and drums. You can't brute force biology, but you can outsmart it and work with it.

Insomnia, meditation, cannabis, polyphasic sleep, and a sleep protocol to help you sleep better.

When I was a child, I slept… well, like a baby. I remember waking up at 6:00 AM bright and refreshed all the way up until puberty. As I grew, so did my mind and all the exciting things in life to think about. It would run, and run and run. I struggle with insomnia like so many others, but I think I’m getting a handle on it. I sleep from 10 or 11 PM until 7:15 AM, usually at least 5 nights out of the week, uninterrupted, waking up feeling refreshed. How do I do it? I’ll share my…
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Iodine: why, what kind, recommended amounts and how to supplement.

For quick reference later – Iodine recommendations –  RDA -150 ug (micrograms) – Ketogains recommended starting at .5- 1 mg up to 3 mg with 1 mg maintenance+ 200-400 ug selenium

 

(for those without pre existing thyroid conditions, not recommended to supplement iodine if you have existing thyroid conditions until further research is conducted, proceed at your own risk)

Iodine is a vital nutrient for every process in the body. Iodine was added to table salt to prevent goiter from deficiency but the amounts in it are hardly enough. The RDA of 150 ug is just enough to prevent…
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Will This Kick Me Out Of Ketosis?

A common question people have when starting keto is “will this kick me out of ketosis?” I’m going to address as many items as I can think of and explain why it will or will not kick you out of keto. This is going to be as comprehensive as possible so either use ctrl + f to find what you’re looking for or buckle up and read on.

 

How do humans enter ketosis in the first place?

Things will become much more clear if we explain how humans enter ketosis. Mainly, liver glycogen is what determines if ketones will…
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Don’t Fall Victim To Ketone Envy.

Ever wanted to know what it means to have more or less ketones, and how should we measure them?

 

A common misconception of ketones, since they are produced from fat, is that more ketones = more fat burning.

This sadly is not the case.

Let’s explore some entry level biochemistry.

So the image below  is about the most simple one that I like and we can use for our purposes. With carb reduction, fats first enter lipolysis (about 50-150g of carbs/day). Yes, someone can maintain this level of carb reduction and not be in ketosis yes still use free…
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