Growing evidence shows that nutritional ketosis helps treat many health problems, starting with obesity. A ketogenic diet causes metabolic changes in the body, causing the body to shift from burning carbohydrates to burning fats.
This diet requires 50-70 percent of the food intake to come from beneficial fats, such as organic pastured eggs, avocado, raw nuts, grass-pastured butter, and coconut oil.
The carb intake is limited, leading to burning of fat for energy. In other words, there is little sugar blocking the body from using fat in favor of burning sugar.
Health Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet
– First, ketogenic diets can aid in weight loss, as our bodies gradually relearn to use fat as a primary fuel, producing ketones from stored body fat.
– Cancer cells love sugar! Sugar essentially feeds cancer cells and encourages cancer growth. This is why a diet that gets rid of sugar and other carbohydrates can be effective in preventing or fighting cancer. The regular cells found in our bodies are able to use fat for energy, but cancer cells cannot metabolically shift to use fat.
One review published in Redox Biology indicated promising results for:
– and prostate cancers.
According to this review, ketone bodies stop cancers by changing the availability of energy processes in cancer cells.
– The low-carb, high-fat diet has also been linked to helping with other neurological disorders. Research published in Behavioral Pharmacology found ketogenic diets may be effective for minimizing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. In one study, Parkinson’s patients who followed ketogenic diet experienced, on average, a 43% improvement in their symptoms after one month.
Studies also support the benefits of a ketogenic diet for autism.
According to one article, autism shares some features with epilepsy, and many people with autism experience seizures related to the over-excitement of brain cells.
The research found that a majority of autistic children showed improvement after following a cyclical ketogenic diet for six months.