Mounting research suggests nutritional ketosis is the answer to obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, MS, autism, migraines, traumatic brain injuries, polycystic ovary syndrome and much more.
The underlying problem is metabolic dysfunction that develops as a result of consuming too many net carbohydrates (total carbs minus fiber) and/or protein. Sugars found in processed foods and grains are the primary culprits.
By eating a healthy high-fat, low-carbohydrate and low- to moderate-protein diet, you enter into what is known as nutritional ketosis: a state in which your body burns fat as its primary fuel rather than glucose (sugar).
How much protein, please review my Post: How Much Protein Do You Need In Nutritional Ketosis? By Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD Jeff Volek, PhD, RD, etc. al. on February 21, 2018 https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2018/11/09/how-much-protein-do-you-need-in-nutritional-ketosis/
Once you develop insulin and leptin resistance, it triggers biochemical cascades that not only make your body hold on to fat, but produce inflammation and cellular damage as well.
Other benefits include fewer hunger pangs, a dramatic drop in food cravings, helps you retain muscle mass and promotes longevity.
Hence, whether you’re struggling with weight and/or chronic health issues, the treatment is optimizing your metabolic and mitochondrial function. Your diet is key.
The primary reason that so many people are overweight and/or in poor health these days is that the Westernized diet is overloaded with non-fiber carbs as the primary fuel, which in turn inhibit your body’s ability to access and burn body fat.
High-quality fats are a far preferable fuel, as they are utilized far more efficiently than carbs.
How to Enter Into Nutritional Ketosis:
The most efficient way to train your body to use fat for fuel is to remove most of the sugars and starches from your diet, and replace those carbs with healthy fats.
A dietary intake of about 50 grams or less per day of net carbs while also keeping protein low-to-moderate is usually low enough to allow you to make the shift to burning fat (nutritional ketosis).
This is a generalization, as each person responds to foods in a different way. If you’re insulin resistant or have type 2 diabetes, may require less than 40 grams, or even as little as 30 grams per day, to get there.
Nutritional Ketosis Improves Your Brain Health:
Many times, improved cognition and mental acuity are among the first things people notice when entering nutritional ketosis.
Unlike blood glucose, blood ketones do not stimulate an insulin surge. They can even enter cells that have become insulin resistant. This is likely one of the reasons nutritional ketosis works so well for a variety of neurological problems and diseases.
Metabolic conditions (abdominal obesity, elevated triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure and/or elevated fasting blood sugar) have shown improvement with nutritional ketosis.
Hormonal and Nervous System Disorders such as Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and multiple sclerosis (MS) are two conditions that appear to respond well to this switch in primary fuel.
Nutritional Ketosis May Be the Key to Cancer Prevention:
It is my (Dr. Mercola) belief, as well as that of many of the experts I have interviewed, that over 90 percent of cancer cases are either preventable or treatable. The key is recognizing that cancer is really a mitochondrial metabolic disease, rooted in poor diet choices combined with a toxic lifestyle. Mitochondrial dysfunction sets you up for developing any number of diseases.
The central premise is that since cancer cells need glucose and insulin to thrive, lowering the glucose level in your blood though carb and protein restriction literally starves the cancer cells. Additionally, low protein intake tends to dampen the mTOR pathway that is often responsible for accelerating cell proliferation.
The remedy lies in optimizing your mitochondrial function and correcting the metabolic dysfunctions of insulin and leptin resistance.
This image of the list of food on the Ketogenic Diet and foods to avoid is from the website https://lowcarbalpha.com
This Post has been condensed from Dr. Mercola’s Post https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/09/26/nutritional-ketosis-benefits.aspx Please copy and paste the link into your address bar.
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