Solve Your Health Issues with a Ketogenic Diet
Ketogenic diets emphasize foods rich in natural fats and adequate in protein, and restrict foods high in carbohydrate (sugars and starches). While the standard American diet (SAD) contains 45-65% of calories from carbohydrate, ketogenic diets restrict carbohydrate intake to about 2-4% of calories.
And contrary to what many “experts” think, a ketogenic, low carb diet is NOT a high protein diet. It’s a high fat diet with a moderate protein intake and a very low carbohydrate allowance. A typical ketogenic meal includes a small amount of protein, a source of natural fats (for example, butter, beef tallow, lard, duck fat, cream, olive oil, or coconut oil) and some green leafy vegetables.
On this website, you’ll find information on how these diets work, the right way to “do” the diet, and the details on how you can increase your energy and improve your health simply by changing the way you eat.
How do ketogenic diets work?
When carbohydrate containing foods are digested, they are broken down into blood sugar (glucose) in the body. The more carbohydrates we eat, the more glucose is made. As diabetics know, high blood sugar is toxic to the body. Eating more fats and protein and less carb causes our internal biochemical pathways to switch to using our stored fat for fuel instead of burning sugar. This switch produces ketone bodies while at the same time reducing blood sugar levels. As glucose drops and ketone body levels rise in the bloodstream, the heart, muscle and brain stop burning sugar and instead use the ketones as an alternative fuel. This is called being “in nutritional ketosis.”
Once the body is using ketones as a main fuel source, all sorts of beneficial effects become apparent. A ketone producing, high fat, low carb diet is terrific for weight reduction, slowing the aging process and addressing health issues such as heartburn, fatty liver and achy joints.
However, these diets are much more powerful than those popular uses would suggest. In fact, being in ketosis can alleviate many serious diseases. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect of nutritional ketosis is potent. In fact, nutritional ketosis and ketone bodies themselves are being studied extensively as a treatment for many metabolic diseases. For instance, there is strong research evidence that ketotic diets can:
- Act as an extremely effective diabetes treatment plan; in some cases, just switching to a ketogenic diet can reverse prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
- Drive cancer into remission with new and effective cancer treatments. The keto diet for cancer patients is somewhat different than the treatment for other illnesses, and is discussed in detail in my e-Book “Fight Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet.”
- Improve epilepsy treatment outcomes by reducing, and in some cases, eliminating seizures.
- Help patients with Alzheimer’s disease regain memory and thought function.
- Reverse heart disease and improve cardiovascular risk factors shown on blood tests.
- Alleviate the symptoms of autism.
- Reverse PCOS.
- Treat severe outbreaks of acne.
- Provide mitochondrial support for a wide variety of neurological disorders such as Parkinsons Disease and ALS.
- Eliminate gluten allergy symptoms and relieve the symptoms of other allergic conditions associated with autoimmune reactions
- Treat metabolic energy disorders such as glucose transporter type 1 (GLUT1) deficiency, pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency (PDHC), McArdle disease, and mitochondrial myopathies.
In other words, the ketogenic diet is not a “fad.” It is a potent regulator of metabolic derangement, and when formulated and implemented correctly, it can be extremely effective. (References here and here).