Here are some benefits of doing the Ketogenic Diet:
- you lose weight
- your blood sugars now are regulated
- you have better mood
- you have improved cognitive function, focus, memory concentration
- you have less inflammation
- you have decreased cravings
The common thread between doing the diet and doing intermittent fasting (IF) is that you have a lowered glucose and you also have lowered insulin.
But there are some very unique additional benefits that occur with fasting. When you do fasting you create an epigenetic effect. Epigenetics means above genes. So if you were born with bad genes or you had a gene that triggered a disease, those genes could be controlled epigenetically.
- Effect on your genes. Fasting creates an effect on your genes that turn off the bad genes and turn on the good genes.
2. Autophagy. Autophagy is like getting the junk out of the trunk. All the dead cells all the damaged proteins in your body get recycled and turn into brand new cells. This is why you look younger when you start doing IF because you induce autophagy, which does a lot more than anti-aging but it’s just a cleaning process you’re recycling garbage through the body. That way that garbage doesn’t sit there and create inflammation and a lot of a lot of bad things.
3. DNA repair. It will turn on genes that specifically allow DNA to repair better. Inside the cell you have these blueprints they’re called DNA and your body actually makes a copy of them then it’s called RNA and it’s transported outside the cell into these little machines or factories that start building body tissue.
It’s very bad if there are some errors in this genetic code in the blueprints because then they’re going to start reproducing the wrong body tissue. When you do fasting it improves the repair process in scanning the code and looking for errors and fixing them before they’re used in the factories.
Fasting will turn on genes to adapt to stress better. You become more protected against stress even if someone is on some type of chemotherapy or radiation when you do fasting, your cells become more resistant.
4. Increasing your antioxidant networks. Your body actually makes antioxidants. You can get them from food or your body makes them. When you do fasting your body builds up that network so now you have more antioxidants to protect yourself against oxidation and pollution, etc.
5. Decreased inflammation. This helps especially if you have arthritis some autoimmune disease or you have some pain in your body that tends to be chilled out number.
6. Decrease your risk of cancer. Certain genes that trigger cancer are turned off. In addition to that, there’s something else in your body that controls growth, called mTOR, It a thing that can be good or bad. It can actually increase the growth of cancer if it’s too high. Fasting turns mTOR off. When you’re on the ketogenic diet and you’re eating it doesn’t turn mTOR off because eating increases mTOR. So fasting especially if you’re doing periodic prolonged fasting can turn mTOR off, which can greatly reduce the size of tumors and actually prevent and shrink cancer.
Also, you’ll get a decrease in something called IGF-1, which you normally always see when you have cancer as well because it’s a growth hormone. When you fast you get a decrease in mTOR and IGF-1.
Anyone that gets cancer should be doing fasting in a major way it’s probably the most important thing.
7. Increase in growth hormone. That’s the anti-aging that’s fat burning. Growth hormone helps prevent the loss of muscle. When you’re eating regardless of what you’re eating you’re not stimulating growth hormone near as much as when you’re doing fasting.
Of course when you add exercise that will increase it as well.
8. Increase your stem cells in your immune system. Very important.
This increase is going to protect you against invading pathogens: viruses, bacteria. Fasting is vital to your immune system. You’ll get sick less often and when you do get an infection you recover faster.
9. Gut microbe diversity. Apparently as you starve off the microbes they become stronger and become more diversified.
10. Migration motor complex. It is basically when the muscles in your colon start creating a little bit of a wave and push all the food particles through the rest of your digestion so you can kind of clear out stuff that has been sitting there for a while
Think about the average person who eats not just three times a day but they have the snacks in between the meals they eat late at night. Their digestive system is constantly filled up 24 /7. They never actually have a chance to clean it out. IF is a cleaning out process. When you do IF that’s very therapeutic for the lining of your colon to prevent bacteria from being in the wrong place, etc.
There are many more effects, but a really big one is when you are doing IF you will completely get rid of your hunger. Your appetite goes away even more than when you are on the ketogenic diet simply because even though a low-carb diet reduces insulin the fact that you’re eating can stimulate some insulin.
This is why the combination of keto and IF is essential because if you’re doing IF without keto, the higher amount of carbs that you would eat is going to prevent some of the 10 cool effects that you experience but if you’re doing keto without IF you won’t get those 10 effects. You’ll get reduced glucose, insulin, weight, lowered blood sugars, inflammation and cravings. You will improve your mood and cognitive function but you won’t get the whole package.
So what are the benefits of IF:
you get younger
you get thinner
you get happier
you get smarter because your brain neurons start to grow
and less disease.
To learn more please read this Blog Post, Keto and Intermittent Fasting – How It Works https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2020/11/27/keto-and-intermittent-fasting-how-it-works/
This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video Why Do You Need To Do The Ketogenic Diet And Intermittent Fasting At The Same Time?
Dr. Berg is a chiropractor, who specializes in Healthy Keto & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.
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