25: Doing Keto Without Testing, Hot Flashes, Gallstones, And Candida On A Very Low-Carb Diet

25: Doing Keto Without Testing, Hot Flashes, Gallstones, And Candida On A Very Low-Carb Diet


If you are interested in the low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat, ketogenic diet, then this is the podcast for you. We zero in exclusively on all the questions people have about how being in a state of nutritional ketosis and the effects it has on your health. There are a lot of myths about keto floating around out there and our two amazing cohosts are shooting them down one at a time. Keto Talk is cohosted by 10-year veteran health podcaster and international bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” and Arizona osteopath and certified bariatric physician Dr. Adam Nally from “Doc Muscles” who thoroughly share from their wealth of experience on the ketogenic lifestyle each and every Thursday. We love hearing from our fabulous Ketonian listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes and listened to the past episodes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Adam bring their A-game answering all of your questions in Episode 25!

KEY QUOTE: “We know if the triglyceride suddenly spikes, you will see the potential for the formation of stones or small pebbles within the gallbladder. So the risk for gallstones occurs when there’s a spike in triglycerides.” — Dr. Adam Nally

Here’s what Jimmy and Adam talked about in Episode 25:

– What are the benefits of ketosis and supplements on heart health?

Hey Jimmy and The Doc,

I’m loving the Keto Talk podcast! I’d love to hear about the benefits of nutritional ketosis on heart health? I know you already touched on this topic a little bit in Episode 8 but perhaps you can cover some of physiological effects of nutritional ketosis on the heart and related health markers. Plus, I’d be interested in hearing about the cardio-protective value of supplements such as Mg, CoQ10, and others, on top of a nutrient-dense diet for us Ketonians.

Cheers guys! You rock!

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– Can I get the benefits of ketosis without actually measuring ketones?

Hi guys,

I’ve been doing low-carb, high-fat since July 2015. I don’t measure my ketones so I’m not really sure I’m actually in ketosis. But I have adhered to the diet dialing in my macronutrients making sure I average around 30 gram of total carbohydrates daily. Will I still receive the benefits of keto even if I possible don’t get into ketosis often or ever?

Love your show, I listen every week!


– Can a ketogenic diet help with hot flashes?

Hi Jimmy and Adam,

I’m enjoying your new podcast and was wondering if my hot flashes should go away with a keto diet. I’m sure I’m not alone in asking this question, so I look forward to your answer. Thanks guys!


– Is being in ketosis right for someone with gallstones?

Hi Jimmy and Doc Nally!

I’ve been following a keto diet for a few months now and feel great. I’ve read Keto Clarity and listen to all of your Keto Talk podcasts. My question about my brother who is overweight and eats the SAD diet. A recent trip to the ER led to the discovery that he now has gallstones and the doctor is recommending removing his gallbladder all together. This raised my curiosity about how a ketogenic diet would affect his gallbladder. Is it possible that starting keto for him right now while he still has his gallbladder could help the gallstones or make them worse? I’ve also researched that fasting can increase gallstone production due to the decreased need for bile during the fasting period. Because many of us Ketonians intermittent fast as part of our lifestyle, I’m concerned this could be a problem for my brother as well.

Thank you so much for taking the time to review my questions!



KEY QUOTE: “The only way to really know that you’re in ketosis is to test. If you don’t test, then it’s just a crapshoot at that point. Now you can feel it, but if you’ve never tested before how do you know when you are in ketosis and how do you know what to feel for?” — Jimmy Moore


Do you know if there is a relationship between very low-carb diets and Candida gut bacteria? I am suspecting I may have Candida and I have read online from people like Chris Kresser and Paul Jaminet that my very low-carb diet could be an issue. They make the claim that Candida feeds off the ketones. My diet is not necessarily ketogenic, but I’m sure I generate more ketones than the average person. So I’m not sure if the diet aspect would even affect me. My blood ketone levels are around 0.3 on average, which is below the level of nutritional ketosis (I can’t cut my protein as much as a ketogenic diet requires). This information is out there on the Internet and I’d love to have your take on this topic.


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Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb”
Dr. Adam Nally, DO from DocMuscles.com
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2 responses to “25: Doing Keto Without Testing, Hot Flashes, Gallstones, And Candida On A Very Low-Carb Diet”

  1. Bethany says:

    I am a new listener to your show and I’ve been doing the Keto diet since the end of April! I really enjoy all the great information–THANK YOU! I found your answer about the gallbladder interesting as I lost mine at age 31 (after my second pregnancy and changing to a new diet where I added back in fat after doing low fat for so long but also eating too much sugar!). Now I’m (ahem) 49 and am finally understanding how to take care of myself well. I also heard from Maria Emmerich that my gluten intolerance could have the been the factor in losing my gallbladder too in the first place. Along with my appendix when I was only 13. I want to cry when I think of all the bad medical advice I’ve followed for so long. Now everything makes sense and I’m hoping my husband and I are conquering disease in our family histories– both of his grandfathers and his father and brothers have heart issues! He is 46 and looks like he is in his 30’s and is in great shape! He is great at exercising (I’m not!) and Keto has helped him melt what small bit of extra fat he had. Even though he is slim, I was still worried about his heart and now I am not worried! He loves Keto and everyone asks him what he is doing because it’s obvious it’s working! I’ve lost 17 lbs. so far and am hoping to one day be the one people also ask! And to be at my best health by November 4 when I turn 50! 😀

    • deb says:

      Go Bethany! It was combining keto with JasonFung-style fasting for me that made the difference. Best Wishes.