Is the Keto diet safe?
Over the years, many of my customer have asked about a ketogenic “keto” diet. Asking is a keto diet safe? Is the Keto diet good for you? Is the keto diet healthy? We have been managing keto diets for a long time now and despite the recent hype, a ketogenic diet is not something new. We wrote an article about how the Keto diet started in medicine. People have been using the Keto for nearly 100 years to treat drug-resistant epilepsy, especially in children. Dr. Atkins, In the 1970s popularized his very-low-carbohydrate diet for weight loss that began with a very strict two-week ketogenic phase.
What is a Ketogenic “Keto” Diet
Ketogenic Diets are high in fat, adequate in protein and low in carbohydrates. This combination changes the way energy is used in the body, converting fat into fatty acids and ketones in the liver. In essence, the keto is a diet that causes the body to release ketones into the bloodstream. Most cells are fueled by blood sugar, which comes from carbohydrates. In the absence of blood sugar from carbs, we start breaking down stored fat into something called ketone bodies (the process is called ketosis).
Is the Ketogenic “Keto” Diet Healthy
There are decades of research and evidence showing that a ketogenic diet reduces seizures in children, sometimes as effectively as medication. Due to the neuroprotective benefits, people are now asking about the possible benefits for other brain disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, autism, and even brain cancer. We wrote an article about how Dr. Otto Warburg was a leading cell biologist who led to the discovery that cancer cells are unable to flourish using energy produced from cellular respiration, but instead from glucose fermentation. Dr. Thomas Seyfried and other cancer researchers agree, and have further discovered that cancer cells are also fueled from the fermentation of the amino acid glutamine. With ketogenic diets, lowering carbohydrates will reduce your levels of glucose, the fuel that feeds cancer cells. This will put your body into ketosis and will assist in depleting cancer cells of their energy supply.
When referring to weight loss previous research shows a great amount of evidence of faster weight loss when patients go on a ketogenic or very low carbohydrate diet compared to participants on a more traditional low-fat diet, or even a Mediterranean diet.
In closing the ketogenic diet is a great alternative to certain treatments and will accelerate weight loss journey. But it the keto diet isn’t done correctly it can be heavy on red meat and other fatty, processed, and salty foods that are notoriously unhealthy. Check out our blog called the Keto done the right way, and see how to properly eat Keto. No bacon fat, no processed foods, no salt heavy foods. The only way to do Keto the right way is with a balanced, unprocessed diet, rich in very colorful fruits (certain ones) and vegetables, lean meats, and more…