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How managing your deuterium levels can optimize performance and longevity.

So many of you are probably asking yourself, what the hell is deuterium? Deuterium is an isotope of hydrogen. This form of hydrogen is containing one neutron and one proton. Compared to a normal hydrogen atom which only contains one proton, and this makes deuterium heavier. Deuterium is used in some nuclear applications as a moderator in heavy water reactors. In the process of making heavy water you also get deuterium depleted water (DDW) as a by-product.

Deuterium and energy production in the body

Most of the research on deuterium and the effects on the body originates from eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. This research began as a search for the reason for why some regions in Siberia had a higher number of centenarians. Their investigations led to examine the water the people were drinking. The glacial melt water showed to have 15-20% lower amounts of deuterium compared to “normal water “. In 1966 the Russian scientist published  Biological Role of Heavy Water in Living Organisms and in the book they discussed the potential benefits of DDW. Their research showed that mice fed water with higher concentrations of deuterium got smaller offspring and lost their reproductive capacity. In another experiment mice that was fed glacial melt water had the adverse effect. This resulted in faster growth and higher sexual function compared to the high deuterium group.

During this time, it was also found that our mitochondria has nanomotors than spins about 9000 rpm(faster than many sports cars). The mitochondria are responsible for all of our energy production. The energy produced in the body is called ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) and this nanomotor has a crucial role in the generation of ATP. This motor is not really a motor but rather an enzyme acting as a motor called ATP-synthase.

This “nano motors “shuffles hydrogen ions through the proton channel and this generates ATP se fig 1.

Figure 1 Mitochondrial nano motor ATP -synthase

It is also here in this nano motor that deuterium becomes a problem. In a simple way we could say that deuterium due to its heaviness get stuck in the nano motor and eventually can destroy them. This inhibition of the nano motors function could lead to less energy being produced and mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been linked to over 100 different diseases.

For me it’s quite obvious that lower energy production in the body leads to less energy for all processes and this could lead to problems like fatigue and eventually disease.   

How to optimize your lifestyle to lower deuterium.

    Luckily there are multiple of hacks and lifestyle changes that you can apply to lower your deuterium levels. The body does by itself detoxify deuterium and it also makes its own DDW in the cells so called “metabolic water”. There are also different deuterium levels in foods so by eating low deuterium foods you can manage your levels quite good. Generally, we could say that all forms of mitochondrial improvement will mitigate the problems derived from high deuterium levels.

  • Drinking deuterium depleted water. This water is one of the fastest ways to aid the body in getting rid of excess deuterium. This water is quite expensive because of the high cost of production. The good part is that you only need to drink it 1-3 months per year. I use Preventa which is a Hungarian company that has a food grade DDW facility. I get mine from this shop
  • Make your own metabolic water by fasting or dry fasting. Fasting or dry fasting will break down fats in the body. In the process of breaking down fats you also free stored water from your fat cells. This metabolic water is naturally low in deuterium.
  • Do a ketogenic or a carnivore diet. Ketogenic or carnivore diets are low in carbohydrates. Deuterium are usually stored in the sugary parts of the food. By eliminating carbohydrates, you will get less deuterium in to the system. Also, by eating high fat foods you also teach your body to become efficient in oxidizing fats which will help to ramp up the production of metabolic water.
  • Get out in the sun or use red light therapy. We know that red light or infra-red light can help with ATP production. Also, red light can change the viscosity of the water in the cells and by this making the energy production less friction less. Get our red-light panel here.
  • Avoid GMO foods and meat that has been fed grains. GMO foods are modified to grow faster and usually contains higher amounts of deuterium.
  • Drink hydrogen water the hydrogen gas will push out the deuterium
  • Use oxygen or ozone therapies to oxygenate the body. Oxygen binds deuterium and can help with lowering your total deuterium load
  • Cold therapy can improve mitochondrial function and increase your fat burning or conversion of white fat into brown fat.
  • Sleep well, the body detoxifies deuterium during sleep

Sources and links for further reading:

  1. https://issuu.com/sciencetosage/docs/history_of_deuterium_by_victor_best
  2. https://evolutionnews.org/2013/05/atp_synthase_an_1/
  3. https://www.ddcenters.com/resources-papers/
  4. https://www.nature.com/articles/150021a0
  5. http://www.romj.org/2014-0201
  6. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306987715004399

  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4701522/

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The carnivore diet gave me scurvy and diabetes!

Since 2008 I have eaten LCHF or ketogenic and combined it with fasting. This diet has really helped me overcome many of my health problems. In 2017 I started to hear and read a lot about people who where on a so called “carnivore diet” which is a diet that only consists of meat and animal products.
At first, I was very skeptical, as this goes against most of the things I learned recently about diet and health. But I recognized skepticism from the first time I heard of low carbohydrate diet. Not eating more than 5% of carbohydrates and pushing 80% of the calories from fat then felt like madness.
I decided in early 2018 to test the carnivore diet. I thought that the transition would be relatively thin free from keto to carnivore as I was already quite high on protein and fat intake.
What I noticed at first was that I felt very tired after eating, it was almost like I started eating carbohydrates again. My cravings for sweets initially increased and I had to be really disciplined to not follow my cravings for sweets. Perhaps not so strange as the large amounts of protein probably stimulate more gluconeogensis and also that the increased amount of protein releases more insulin per se.

In the beginning, my stomach did not feel good about this change either. I suppose that the bacteria that normally used to make vegetable fibers break down began to die and that there is an adaptation in the intestinal flora to optimize it against breaking down protein. This is perhaps something that could be hacked by the use of digestive enzymes.
During the first few weeks, I also noticed an increased pulse during my sleep, which I measure with my oura ring.
However, these problems were a transitional phase, and after a couple of weeks and a with little adjustments to my food schedule, both stomach sleep and energy levels were on top.
I felt that I got more strength in the gym and also noticed that small inflammations that I received from the training started to disappear. The biggest change, however, occurred with my stomach from having been chaos before keto. To be later periodically really good during my keto / paleo / fasting protocol to become perfect. No feeling of bloating at all.
But of course I missed my vegetables so even though I got good results, I decided to phase in some vegetables again. To start eating fiber again after 2 months but is perhaps not the best experience and I recommend starting carefully. Maybe phasing in with leafy vegetables and other things you know you tolerate well.
However, I felt that there was something with a carnivore diet that was really good for my health. My stomach had improved my sleep had also improved over time and above all I noticed that it was much easier to build muscle.
So after 2 months with keto I decided to go back to carnivore for a longer experiment.I set the time for a diet of meat, butter egg for at least 6 months. Then to start measuring my blood values and see what impact a carnivorous lifestyle had on my health .
A certain concern for a high protein diet and mTor was something that worried me a bit so I decided to stick to a protocol where I implement a daily fast of 12-18 hours and also some longer fast once per month. What is now mTor? You may be wondering. To make it very simple
so one can say that mTor controls the growth and production of proteins in the body and to stimulate this continuously by eating a lot of protein can increase the risk of getting cancer. By implementing fasting, there will be periods during the day when mTor is lower and this should be able to reduce the risk of cancer somewhat. And let the body cleans out debris by a process called autophagy. If one simplifies the concept then one could say that mTor and autophagy have an inverted relationship ie when one is high, the other is low and vice versa.

Other concerns about a diet without carbohydrates. Of course, it is possible to increase the risk of various vitamin deficiencies. The body cannot make vitamin C. One has heard stories of daggers who get scurvy because of a diet with little vitamin C.
But when I started to read about this, I quickly realized that this only applies if you consume carbohydrates. The glucose molecule apparently competes out of the vitamin C molecule and when eliminating carbohydrates from the diet, the need falls sharply.

So how does one day look and what do I really eat?
I currently eat about 2 meals a day and my first meal is about 12-13 o’clock. Then I eat dinner as early as possible because I noticed that it is better for my sleep to be optimal the last meal should be between 16-18. I eat about 70-80% fat and the rest is protein. I only buy grass grazed meat and game and only run organic butter / ghee and eggs. I would guess that the amount of meat on average is 750g a day.
How do I feel?
I have now, at the time of writing, followed a strict carnivore diet since August and feel very good. I have had difficulty building muscle on a ketogenic diet and had become very slim. During this year I have gained 8-10kg and became much stronger without putting on unnecessary fat. I no longer have any small inflammations from the exercise and I feel awake and alert during the daytime.
What are the disadvantages?
Most of the disadvantages have to do with the social, since people have a tendency to question my lifestyle from an ecological perspective which is a long discussion which I will not go into here. The other disadvantages are of course that there are not many long-term studies on what happens to the body on the carnivore diet. But what you notice is that for more and more people, it is an excellent tool to rid oneself of self from many different autoimmune diseases and I hear daily stories about people who fix themselves.
So what does the lab say?
My first lab results look at inflammation markers, liver, kidneys and blood counts. Most of the values are still within the ref values and I am categorized as fully healthy. It is also difficult to define what are good reference values since all ranges are based on values from people who eat a standard diet. When it comes to my CRP values, which is a marker for inflammation, they have dropped a lot, but I do not know how good the first measurement was when it says only less than 5 in results.

Parameter before after (1)
P-glukos   5.7 (mmol/L) 6,0 mmol/L
HbA1c 30 (mmol/mol) 34 (mmol/mol)
B-SR 4.9 ( (10)/L) 2 (mm/h)
B-LPK 4.7(10(9)/L) 4,3(10(9)/L)
B-TTPK 275 (10(9)/L) 256 (10(9)/L)
B-Hb 144 150
B-EPK 4.9 10(12)/L 5,2 10(12)/L
Erc-MCV 88 (fL) 90 (fL)
Erc-MCH   29.2 (Pg) 29 (Pg)
Erc-MCHC 322 (g/L)
Neutrofiler   1,9(x10*9/L)
Lymfocyter 1,9 (x10*9/L)
Monocyter 0,3(x10*9/L)
Eosinofila 0,1(x10*9/L)
Basofilia 0(x10*9/L)
S-protein 62 (g/L)
S-crp <5  (mg/L ) <1  (mg/L)
S-natrium 142 (mmol/L) 142 (mmol/L)
S-kalium 3.8 (mmol/L) 4,3 (mmol/L)
S-Bilirubin 6,4 (µmol/L)
S-ALP 0,92 (µkat/L)
S-ASAT 0.53 (µkat/L) 0,32 (µkat/L)
S-ALAT 0.66 (µkat/L) 0,38 (µkat/L)
S-Kreatinin 103 (µmol/L) 89  (µmol/L)

The only thing that is slightly different is that my fasted blood sugar has gone up while my long-term sugar even though it has risen slightly has is still low. This is absolutely not worrying and can be accredited to the so-called dawn phenomenon which is also common in the keto world. For a period of 8 weeks I will take 4-5 blood tests with the same markers to ensure good accuracy of the results. Then follow up with a more advanced analysis where blood fats, vitamins and hormones are checked. Please feel free to comment and comment on whether you notice anything of interest. But a first conclusion is that the diet’s effect on blood values is not huge after about a year.

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