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Knowing Your Body in Ketosis

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Knowing Your Body in Ketosis

Many people think of ketogenic diets as high protein diets but this is not the case. The Atkins diet is one of the most famous ketogenic diets, but certainly not the only one. There are many ways of implementing a low carbohydrate, ketogenic diet plans but most involve following a higher fat, moderate protein, low carb food plan. There are differences in how most people view low carb diet plans and a ketogenic diet plan, and these differences centre around the amount of carbohydrate and protein allowed on a daily basis.

I am going to discuss the health benefits of a ketogenic diet in detail in my future articles, however, I recommend getting a health check-up and a blood panel test done just before starting the diet. This is not to scare you, but to track the effect of the change in your eating habits on your blood sugar, cholesterol and other health markers. When you are in 4-8 week of the diet, you can get another blood test done and see if there are improvements. Knowing that you are greatly improving your health is a powerful reason to stay with a ketogenic diet plan, even if you don't lose any weight.

Getting sweet potatoes and other starchier vegetables back into your diet is going to bring you out of ketosis and resolve the issues. If you stay away from grains and rely on vegetables, a moderately higher carb content (60-100 grams/day) should result in health benefits. You won't be in ketosis of course, but still, you should feel better. No matter how little carb is consumed in the ketogenic diet, it is not a zero carb diet. After starting the diet, if you feel that the low carb levels in the diet aren’t meant for you, because you don’t feel too well after being on the diet for at least a month, add enough carbohydrate in your food. It has been proven that grain consumption is one of the root causes of illness, but also acknowledged that everyone is different in terms of their response to different food items. The cause of heart disease is a chronically high carbohydrate consumption, not a high saturated fat and cholesterol intake.

It’s a common misunderstanding that the brain doesn’t function without dietary carbs. It’s true that glucose is preferred and that there are some cells in the brain that can only use glucose for fuel. However, a large portion of your brain can also use ketones for energy, such as during starvation or when your diet is low in carbs. In fact, after only three days of starvation, the brain gets 25% of its energy from ketones. During long-term starvation, this number rises to around 60%. In addition, your body can use protein to produce the little glucose the brain still requires during ketosis. This process is called gluconeogenesis. Ketosis and gluconeogenesis are perfectly capable of fulfilling the brain’s energy needs. In addition, severe alcohol abuse may lead to ketoacidosis.

Some people have difficulty understanding why a child would need to be put on, or benefit from Ketogenic Diet. Epilepsy, which is a brain disorder characterized by recurring seizures, is a very common neurological condition, affecting around 70 million people worldwide. For the majority of patients, anti-seizure medications can help control the seizures. However, around 30% of patients continue to have seizures despite using these medications. In the early 1920s, the ketogenic diet was introduced as a treatment for epilepsy in people who don’t respond to drug treatment. It has primarily been used in children, with some studies showing remarkable benefits. Many epileptic children have had massive reductions in seizures on a ketogenic diet, and some have even seen complete remission.

There has been a proven benefit of Ketogenic diet not just in Epilepsy but in many other diseases, which I will discuss in detail in my future articles, so do keep coming back!


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