5 Top benefits that come with following a Ketogenic lifestyle
The Ketogenic diet is becoming more and more known for its many health benefits, from weight loss to reducing the body's inflammation.
What are your goals? Is Keto for you? Let's consider some of the many benefits that come with following a Ketogenic diet.
- Weight Loss
As many know, by allowing your body to enter into a state of Ketosis, this can promote weight loss. As your body is starved from carbs, it is then forced to turn to fat for energy. This means, as you are taking in/ consuming fat, your body will start to produce ketones. Ketones help break down fat and fatty acids, and help your body to use these as energy fuel. Therefore, your body will then be burning fat as energy instead of carbs! No more storing fat inside you.
- Reduction of Body Inflammation
When our bodies are functioning on a daily basis, your immune system creates inflammation. This it to protect the body from infections, injuries, diseases and the like, whilst also creating a healing response. However, inflammation in your body can cause some discomfort, sometimes less severe than others. The Ketogenic diet is known for being a naturally anti-inflammatory diet. How? Sugar and carbs feed inflammation in your body, this means as you reduce the intake of these, naturally you reduce the inflammation in your body, lessening the discomfort that comes with these.
- Brain Health & Function
Over the years there have been numerous studies showing that following a Ketogenic diet can improve Epilepsy. The keto diet leads to metabolic changes in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid, and these changes, along with other factors, may decrease the excitability of neurons, limiting seizures. (Epilepsy and the keto diet: Can diet help with seizures? (medicalnewstoday.com)
In addition, Keto can help with the common 'brain fog', especially if your diet is rich in MCT oil. "Brain fog, although not a true medical condition, can be caused by a slew of diseases and even your medication. Not sleeping enough, failing to manage stress, and eating a poor diet can worsen brain fog as well.The keto diet, which is high in brain-boosting fats and MCT oil, could be the first step to a healthier brain!" (What Does Brain Fog Feel Like? (authentic-keto.com)
- Hormonal Balancing
There has been a lot of research around the benefits of naturally balancing hormones whilst following a Ketogenic diets. This can help with Acne symptoms, PCOS symptoms and more. For example, when it comes to acne, the limit on carbs helps improve the body's gut bacteria and blood sugar levels, which leads to a reduced acne appearance. Given that your body, on Keto, now uses ketones for energy fuel rather than glucose, this also leads to a lower inulin level within your body. This can lead to a lessening of PCOS symptoms and a greater mood lift!
- Reduce the Risk of Cancer
"A recent study from 2018 suggests that because the ketogenic diet reduces blood sugar, it could also lower the risk of insulin complications. Insulin is a hormone that controls blood sugar that may have links to some cancers." (Keto diet: Benefits and nutrients (medicalnewstoday.com)
"Some cancers lack the ability to metabolize ketone bodies. This means that if such a cancer has no access to sugar for energy, it cannot thrive. In these cases, a ketogenic diet essentially “starves” the cancer cells. Unfortunately, not all cancers respond the same way.." (11 Health Benefits of Ketosis and The Keto Diet Lifestyle | KETO-MOJO)
A low carb and ketogenic diet can have many health benefits and can enhance your life in so many different ways. However, following this lifestyle may also not be for you. We advise that you do some research prior to starting Keto and gather some professional advice from your local dietician or practitioner.