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One cornerstone of the pervasive ketogenic diet is the idea that ketones are a powerful alternative fuel source for the human body. But it turns out, ketones aren’t necessarily the mechanism that makes a keto diet effective. In his newest book, Dr. Steven Gundry explains the science behind how we’ve largely misunderstood the keto diet. 

New science shows that our mitochondria have a protective mechanism called mitochondrial uncoupling. To better understand how mitochondrial uncoupling works, today I’m bringing Dr. Gundry back on The Model Health Show to share the cutting-edge science from his new book, Unlocking the Keto Code. Dr. Gundry is a cardiologist, a heart surgeon, and a best-selling author. His focus is to help folks achieve true health and longevity through sustainable diet changes. 

On this episode, Dr. Gundry is sharing key insights on mitochondrial function, and its link to other mechanisms like metabolism and microbiome. You’ll learn food sources you can incorporate to boost the power of your mitochondria, the power of fasting, plus a whole lot more. I think you’ll find this conversation both fascinating and enlightening. Enjoy! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The truth about using ketones as a fuel source.
  • Why metabolic flexibility is so important. 
  • How our ability to create ketones allowed our species to evolve. 
  • The connection between ketones and mitochondria. 
  • What it means to have efficient mitochondria. 
  • The definition of mitochondrial uncoupling. 
  • Three things that ketones instruct mitochondria to do. 
  • The two mitochondrial antioxidants and how they work.
  • What brown fat is and how it creates heat. 
  • The relationship between mitochondria and the microbiome. 
  • Why coffee and vinegar are powerful players in mitochondrial health.
  • How polyphenols work. 
  • The importance of eating the rainbow for mitochondrial uncoupling.
  • What the flexibility of your blood vessels can predict about your health.
  • The role of prebiotic fiber for overall health. 
  • Why fasting can improve your mitochondrial health. 
  • What you need to know about melatonin, plus some real food sources. 
  • The biggest benefits of the Mediterranean diet. 
  • Why vitamin C is a critical supplement. 

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