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Why Go Keto?

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April 15, 2018

Learn how the keto diet can work for you. Here we explore the general benefits people experience from a ketogenic diet.

Keto diet health benefits

There are many benefits to being on a Ketogetnic Diet – from weight loss, mental clarity, energy levels to treating chronic diseases. Here is a breakdown of how going Keto can benefit your overall health & lifestyle.

Long Term Benefits

In general, studies have shown that almost everyone can safely benefit from maintaining a low-cab, high fat diet. Here are some of the main advantages:

  • ‍Weight loss
  • Control Blood Sugar
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Appetite Control
  • Maintain better levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL and large LDL)
  • Decrease in symptoms commonly associated with Heart Disease (reduced triglyceride levels – fat molecules in the bloodstream that lead to heart disease)

General Benefits

Weight Loss

Once in Ketosis, your body is using fats (both ingested and stored) as an energy source.  This results in tremendous weight loss benefits especially for those who treat the keto diet as a lifestyle and maintain their keto-adapted regimen.

Weight loss on the keto diet is also attributed to the decrease of insulin in your bloodstream and to the usage of existing fat storage as energy.  Actually, insulin is a fat storing hormone, so when the levels of Insulin drop, your body is going from storage mode to burning mode.

Find more information on The Keto Diet & Weight Loss here.

Mental Clarity & Focus

Ketones produced during ketosis are a preferred fuel source for our brains. They can actually pass directly through the brain’s blood-brain barrier.   Research is estimating that your brain may perform as much as 25-30% more efficiently when in ketosis (as opposed to running on carbs).

Many people report an increase in mental clarity, ability to focus and in general feel sharper while maintaining a Keto Diet.

Stable Energy & Reduced Cravings

By using a more reliable energy source as fuel for our bodies, we will feel an increase in energy throughout the day.  In fact, fats are considered to be the most effective molecule our bodies can burn for fuel. 

In terms of appetite, fats will keep you fuller, longer.  Also, without the impact of sugars and glucose in your body – these absences of insulin spikes will result in a more consistent energy level.  In fact, a lot of people report feeling more satisfied, less lethargic or tired after meals, and don’t suffer from afternoon slumps in energy. 

Treating Medical Conditions & Diseases

A ketogenic diet can be incredibly useful for the treatment of moderate to serious medical conditions and diseases.
Lowering Blood Sugar

Type 2 Diabetes is directly linked to the body’s amount and reaction to blood sugar and insulin.  With a keto diet, the triggers, onset and consequent symptoms stemming from Type 2 Diabetes can be significantly reduced with the control of insulin in the body.  Since following a keto diet introduces little to no carbs to the body, your blood sugar and insulin levels are significantly decreased therefore naturally treating a serious condition.    

Epilepsy

The keto diet was initially used as a therapy to help people dealing with Epilepsy (most studies have been performed on children).  In fact, it has been used for over a century to successfully treat epilepsy, and more recent studies have shown that it can be even more effective in reducing seizures than some commonly used medications.

Lowering Blood Pressure

Researchers have also found a low-carb diet is  proven to have a more effective impact on lowering blood pressure than a low-fat diet + blood pressure medication, (Orlistat).  The study’s findings confirmed a decrease in both their systolic and diastolic pressure.

Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol levels can also see a benefit from a ketogenic diet.  According to research, HDL (known as healthy or “good” cholesterol) increases on a very low carb diet, while LDL (or “bad” cholesterol linked to heart disease), showed favorable changes to the particles themselves - suggesting a decreases risk of heart disease. 

Cancer

Research is currently underway exploring ketogenic diets as a treatment for cancer.  Doctors are examining the role of Ketones – which seem to halt the growth of cancer cells. While further research suggests that many types of cancer cells seem to only survive with glucose as a source of energy, meaning that a Keto Diet running on fats will subsequently starve the cancer cells. This would be a tremendous breakthrough but it’s currently in a research phase. 

Improved Skin

There are interesting new studies that are proving the link between the keto diet & improved cases of acne.  In fact, one study shows a significant drop in inflammation and lesions associated to a switch to a low-carb diet.  While other studies highlight an increase in acne which they link to a high-carb diet. 

Conclusion

The Ketogenic Diet can be transformative in the way that your body stores and uses energy.   With the introduction of Ketones into your system through a low-carb diet, your brain, blood sugar level, insulin, autophagy (cellular clean-up), inflammation, and fat burning all benefit from this simple shift in fuel. 

Whatever goals or health issues you’re wanting to tackle or address, the Keto Diet is something that can be tailored to your needs.  It’s really through a dedication, practice and commitment to your health that this diet can work for you!

Disclaimer - Before you embark on your Keto journey, it’s important to check in with your physician, especially if you are doing so as an intended treatment to any of the ailments listed above.  Your doctor will be able to help you track any relevant biomarkers, talk to you about any potential risks, and start you off with some baseline information on your body that can help you track your progress. Read our full disclaimer here.