I get asked so very often if should you drink exogenous ketones and do I feel they are worth the money.
Most often, I am asked specifically about Prüvit’s ketone drinks. This is due to the fact their reps infiltrate every keto group they can find on social media. Then they push their products on people. Either making it seem like this is a miracle product. Or, in the alternative, convincing them they do not need follow the keto diet if drinking these drinks.
So, let’s cut right to the chase on this question. As a certified keto coach I can tell you, in no uncertain terms – do NOT use exogenous ketones.
Last year to prove this point to my Keto Facebook Community I documented the detrimental effects of these ketone drinks. Specifically, I used the Prüvit Keto//NAT exogenous ketones on video using Keto Mojo Blood Meter. When using their products my maximum level of ketones each day over the period of one week was only a measly 0.8 mmol/L no matter what time of day I tested. However, when I stopped using these drinks, my ketone levels at all times of the day ranged from 2.8 to 3.0 mmol/L. When I tried to use the products again after not using them for two weeks and having high levels of ketones daily, they tanked my ketone levels once again.One of the most common questions I am asked is should you drink exogenous ketones. So, let's cut right to the chase on this question. Click To Tweet
Why did that happen?
WebMD states “Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones.”
Simply put, ketosis is a normal process that happens when your body doesn’t have enough carbs to burn for energy. Instead, it burns fat and makes substances called ketones, which it can use for fuel. Key words being “your body makes them”. Not only is drinking ketones not necessary, they actually hinder your own body from making its own ketones.
The ketones produced in your own body (known as endogenous ketones) as a result of eating the keto way are much healthier and trains your body to continue making them. If they realize exogenous ketones are being ingested, our own body isn’t as efficient at producing them.
Exogenous ketones don’t trigger weight loss. They also won’t put you into ketosis. Only a low-carb diet or intermittent fasting can do this.
There is zero evidence they help with weight loss. They put Ketones in your body, but you pee them right out. Unfortunately, they only make expensive urine.
Dangers of Exogenous Ketones
Besides the lack of usefulness for fat loss, the question of should you drink exogenous ketones also can be answered by taking a look at some of the other risks they presesent.
The biggest danger by far about exogenous ketones is you should never use them if you have diabetes. Diabetics can be more likely to develop ketoacidosis than non-diabetics. Most of the time, ketosis isn’t dangerous. However, if you’re producing more ketones than you can use, ketoacidosis can occur. This is why it is important to continue allowing your body go go into ketosis naturally as discussed above vs using exogenous ketones.
According to one study those who are supplemented with exogenous ketones impaired their athletic ability because they reduce your body’s ability to use carbohydrates. (source).
Another issue is that if you you struggle with high blood pressure, exogenous supplements that contain keto salts put you at risk of elevating your blood pressure even further.
Lastly, digestive issues might be the most common dangers of exogenous ketones. These includes things such as diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, and reflux.
Just because Prüvit reps claim their Keto//NAT, Keto//OS and their other drink mixes put your body into a state of ketosis, doesn’t mean they follow through. So again my answer to the should you drink exogenous ketones question is a huge NO.
If you are following keto to burn fat it gets even worse. Even the company itself states right on the website and packaging “This product is not a weight loss supplement”. Further. it states to even be useful you must them also buy SIGNAL//OS to experience any of the other claims of therapeutic benefits.
Overall, what seems to be a really great idea and a cool product is nothing more than a waste of time and money. These supplements are expensive. Very expensive. And, if you follow Prüvit’s guidelines, you will require 2 servings of their drinks per day. This means around 60 servings per month, which will cost you $390.00 per month plus tax and shipping.
These are marketed as a magic keto drink by the reps. Customers are then sucked into an expensive and unnecessary product line. The only good thing, in my opinion, that exogenous ketones do, are to make people who sell them rich at the expense of those that consume them wasting their money.
The ketogenic diet and proper supplementation for your specific needs will have more long lasting, positive effects than exogenous ketones ever will!