A number of research studies indicate that nutritional ketosis is the key for a number of health issues including obesity. Starting a ketogenic diet includes reverting your body’s metabolism from burning carbs to burning fats and altering your food intake to include 50-70% good fats like organic eggs, coconut oil, avocado, grass-feed butter, macadamia nuts and pecans. Ketogenic diets limit the consumption of carbs to a bare minimum which forces your body to burn fat for energy, which also means there won’t be any sugars your body would burn instead of fat, leading to a healthy weight loss.
While you’re on the ketogenic diet your body will produce ketones which are created from liver processed fats. The main goal of any keto diet, if done correctly, is to create a different metabolic state in your body which doesn’t include starving your body from calories but only from carbs. We are highly adaptive which means that if your main food intake includes fats rather than carbs the body will start burning ketones for energy.
Ketogenic Diet and its Health Benefits
Stimulates weight loss
Ask any nutritionist and they’ll tell you that cutting back on carbs is the easiest way to shed pounds. The ketogenic diet promotes exactly that, keeping a low intake of garbs, moderate intake of proteins and a high intake of fat. This boosts our body to start burning fat for energy and to use our body fat to produce ketones.
We all know that cancer cells feed on sugar so it would be correct to assume that a diet that limits your sugar consumption to a minimum would have a beneficial effect in cancer prevention. Our healthy cells can make to shift to using fat for energy but cancer cells are unable to do this, which leads to their starvation and eventual elimination
According to a review published in the journal Redox Biology, a ketogenic diet has been shown to have promising results in the treatment and prevention of prostate, gastric and colon cancers, one of the deadliest cancers.
Neuro protective benefits
It seems that this high intake of fats and low intake of carbs can be beneficial in the prevention of a number of neurological diseases and disorders. One study revealed that keto diets can minimize Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s symptoms and even improve the condition of people suffering from these disease, by 43% in a month of starting the diet.
There are even studies that indicate autistic people can benefit from a ketogenic diet. One article suggests that autism has some similar characteristics to epilepsy and many autistic people have suffered seizures as a result of too excited brain cells. According to research, a vast majority of children diagnosed with autism have experienced significant improvement after being introduced to a cyclical keto diet for a period of 6 months.
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