Would you recommend 5-HTP supplements or tryptophan supplements for low tryptophan.?

If my tryptophan is low, and I’m on a low-carb diet, would you recommend 5-HTP supplements or tryptophan supplements or both? Doug asks, “If my tryptophan is low, and I’m on a low-carb diet, would you recommend 5-HTP supplements or tryptophan supplements or both?” I mean, I don’t know why your tryptophan is low. It […]

Recommendations on magnesium supplements and dosage

Anonymous says, “What are your recommendations on magnesium supplements and dosage? Would you mix slow mag, which is magnesium chloride and calcium, for absorption, electrolyte balance, and magnesium oxide or glycinate to help with bowel function, or sprays like Ease or Ancient Minerals?” I’ve used a bunch of this stuff, and at the end of […]

How do you determine if you’re getting enough protein?

Anonymous says, “How do you determine if you’re getting enough protein? I heard Dr. Stephen Phinney say, for those on a keto diet, if ketones are greater than 3 on a regular basis, then it’s a sign you’re not getting enough protein.” Okay, first of all, why are you on a ketogenic diet? So, if […]

What supplements would you recommend for a ketogenic diet?

Anonymous says, “For someone on a keto diet, 80 grams total carbs, 40 g net, greater than 1 ketones,” I assume that’s more than 1 millimolar beta-hydroxybutyrate, “what supplements would you recommend? Any concerns with carbs being that low?” I don’t know that I would specifically tailor supplements on the basis of this data. So, […]

Why would a male have low blood levels of calcium?

Anonymous attendee says, “Why would a male be low in calcium?” Anonymous, write in the chat if you want, do you mean low in blood calcium, or do you mean low in bone calcium, or do you mean low in dietary calcium? So, I’m going to assume that you mean low in blood calcium. You […]

Heart palpitations as a result of vitamin K2 supplementation

Ellie says, “Vitamin K2, MK-4 and MK-7, might have caused prolonged heart palpitations. Upon stopping it, symptoms mostly resolved after a week or so. Does that mean that the body is better off without it? Might increasing calcium intake mitigate this?” And then there’s a link. Okay, I can’t look at the link now because […]

The Carnivore Debate Part 2 | Mastering Nutrition #70

Hey everybody. This is Dr. Chris Masterjohn of Chris MasterJohnphd.com, and this is a special episode of Mastering Nutrition where Dr. Paul Saladino, Carnivore MD came on my podcast, Mastering Nutrition, to talk more about the carnivore diet. So stay tuned for carnivore diet part two. This is Mastering Nutrition with Chris Masterjohn, take control […]

Can a low-carb diet cause waking up in the middle of the night?

Lawrence Tam says, “I keep waking up in the middle of the night and keep awoken for hours before I give up and get off my bed. Would low-carb, say 50 grams, make it worse? My blood glucose was 6 three days ago, which was too high. I like to try low-carb,” and he clarifies […]

How would you address normal TSH but low T4?

Scott Habermehl says, “How would you address normal TSH but low T4?” Well, the first thing I’d do is I’d look at your T3. So, for those of you who aren’t familiar with thyroid hormones, TSH tells your thyroid to make thyroid hormone. T4 is the precursor. T3 is the active hormone. So, your T4—so, […]

Supplements that may lower anxiety at night | Masterjohn Q&A Files #02

Supplements that may lower anxiety at night before or during sleep and improve heart rate variability during sleep. I don’t know enough about the HRV, the heart rate variability, to comment on improving that specifically. I do know that—so in my mind, heart rate variability is largely related to recovery from stress. So, I know […]