There are many benefits of adopting a ketogenic diet.
The definition of a ketogenic lifestyle is low in carbohydrates (sugar), high in healthy fats, with a moderate protein intake.
In fact, a ketogenic, high fat, moderate protein diet can alleviate many serious health issues. Physicians and scientists are utilizing a ketogenic diet to:
- Drive cancer into remission. The diet for cancer patients is somewhat different than the treatment for other illnesses.
- Improve epilepsy outcomes by reducing, and in some cases, eliminating seizures.
- Help patients with Alzheimer’s disease regain memory and thought function.
- Give diabetics control over their blood sugar.
- Eliminate gluten sensitivity and relieve the symptoms of other allergic conditions associated with autoimmune disorders, such as IBD, inflammatory bowel disease, and lupus.
For those interested, Dr Peter Attia gives a great lecture of the benefits of ketosis.
Here are some of the highlights:
- A physician conducted a decade-long experiment on the health effects of a ketogenic diet, using himself as the laboratory rat; he experienced improvement in insulin sensitivity, body fat, lipids, blood sugar and other markers
- A ketogenic diet requires carbohydrate and protein restriction, with 50 to 80 percent of calories coming from fats; this forces your body to shift toward using ketones as its primary fuel source, instead of glucose
- Although your brain is more dependent on glucose than your heart, your liver can produce a ketone-like compound that your brain can efficiently use for energy