The number of studies which imply that nutritional ketosis is the solution to various problems, including obesity, is quite big. A person who is on a ketogenic diet has their metabolic engine changed from burning carbs to burning fats. A person on this diet needs to consume beneficial fats like coconut oil, grass-pastured butter, and avocado, raw nuts such as pecans and macadamia nuts, and organic pastured eggs. Moreover, 50 to 70% of the food intake should be consisted of these fats. There is minimal intake of carbs, thereby the body needs to burn fats for fuel. This is the reason there is less sugar in your body, and it does not allow the body to use fat in favor of burning sugar.
During this process, the human body produces ketones. These ketones are made from fats which are processed in the liver. The main goal of this diet is to make the body reach this metabolic state. However, reaching this state is not done through calories starvation. It is done by carbohydrates starvation. The human body can adapt to whatever you consume, and if it lacks carbohydrates, but is overloaded with fats, it is going to start burning ketones at is main source of energy.
Some of the Health Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet
Promotes Weight Loss
Reducing carbs consumption is very simple, yet very effective way of losing weight. The consumption of dietary carbs is very low when on the ketogenic diet. On the contrary, fat consumption is increased and protein is consumed in moderation. This stimulates the body to burn fats as its prime energy source and to utilize the stored fats and produce ketones.
Sugar feeds cancer cells, thus promoting cancer growth. Therefore, a diet which lacks sugar and carbohydrates is powerful against cancer. The healthy cells in the body are able to utilize fat as energy source. However, cancer cells cannot.
Dr. Eugene Fine said that ketones alter the accessibility of the energy processes in the unhealthy cells, thereby killing cancer. The review which was brought out in Redox Biology offers promising results for gastric, prostate and colon cancer. Furthermore, according to another preliminary paper, published by Dr. Fine’s team, a diet that is insulin inhibiting is safe and feasible in some patients who were in advanced cancer stage.
Protects the Brain
Ketogenic diet has also been linked to various neurological disorders. There was a study brought out in Behavioral Pharmacology, and according to it, this diet is very beneficial for minimizing the symptoms of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Moreover, other studies suggest that this diet is extremely beneficial for people with autism. According to an article, there are similarities between epilepsy and autism and many autistic people suffer from seizures as a consequence of over-excitement of the brain cells. Another research has proven that children with autism, who were on this diet for six months, showed certain improvements.
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