Solve Your Health Issues with a Ketogenic Diet

Ketogenic diets emphasize foods rich in natural fats and adequate in protein, and restrict foods high in carbohydrate (sugars and starches). While the standard American diet (SAD) contains 45-65% of calories from carbohydrate, ketogenic diets restrict carbohydrate intake to about 2-4% of calories on a standard 2000 calorie diet.

And contrary to what many "experts" think, a ketogenic, low carb diet is NOT a high protein diet. It's a high fat diet with a moderate protein intake and a very low carbohydrate allowance. A typical ketogenic meal includes a small amount of protein, a source of natural fats (for example, butter, beef tallow, lard, duck fat, cream, olive oil, or coconut oil) and some green leafy vegetables.

On this website, you'll find information on how these diets work, the right way to "do" the diet, and the details on how you can increase your energy and improve your health simply by changing the way you eat.

How Do Ketogenic Diets Work?

When carbohydrate containing foods are digested, they are broken down into blood sugar (glucose) in the body. The more carbohydrates we eat, the more glucose is made. As diabetics know, high blood sugar is toxic to the body. Eating more fats and protein and less carb causes our internal biochemical pathways to switch to using our stored fat for fuel instead of burning sugar.  This switch produces ketone bodies while at the same time reducing blood sugar levels. As glucose drops and ketone body levels rise in the bloodstream, the heart, muscle and brain stop burning sugar and instead use the ketones as an alternative fuel.  This is called being "in nutritional ketosis."

Once the body is using ketones as a main fuel source, all sorts of beneficial effects become apparent. A ketone producing, high fat, low carb diet is terrific for weight reduction, slowing the aging process and addressing health issues such as heartburn, fatty liver and achy joints.

However, these diets are much more powerful than those popular uses would suggest.  In fact, being in ketosis can alleviate many serious diseases. For instance, there is strong research evidence that ketogenic carb restricting diets can help the following medical conditions:

  • Cancer:  research on metabolic cancer treatments using a keto diet are extremely promising. The keto diet for cancer patients is somewhat different than the treatment for other illnesses, and is discussed in detail in my e-Book "Fight Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet."
  • Diabetes:  The ADA recommends a diabetes diet which results in an HbA1c of less than 6.5. This is equal to an average blood sugar of 140 mg/dL or 7.7 mmol.  What you may not know is that sustained blood sugars above 118 mg/dL are damaging and result in diabetic complications of blindness, nerve pain, amputations, kidney damage and heart disease.  Learn more from the Conquer Type 2 Diabetes book . A low carb, high fat type 1 diabetes diet is also beneficial for children with diabetes.
  • Epilepsy:  Keto diets have been used for years to improve epilepsy treatment outcomes by reducing, and in some cases, eliminating seizures.
  • Alzheimer's disease:  Ketones help replenish brain energy pathways resuling in a better memory and thought function. 
  • Heart disease and improve cardiovascular risk factors:  Cardiac risk factors improve on a ketogenic diet.
  • Autism:  New research is showing that keto diets are helpful in the treatment of autism.
  • PCOS:  This insulin resistance condition responds very well to ketogenic diets.
  • Neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease and ALS: research is showing that ketone bodies exert a protective affect on the nervous system and slow the progression of nerve related diseases.
  • Mitochondrial support: Keto diets provide mitochondrial support and have been used to treat metabolic energy disorders such as glucose transporter type 1 (GLUT1) deficiency, pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency (PDHC), McArdle disease, and mitochondrial myopathies.

And of course, millions of people have used low carb diets to lose weight quickly and easily while eating healthy, whole foods.

In other words, the ketogenic diet is not a “fad.” It is a potent regulator of metabolic derangement, and when formulated and implemented correctly, it can be extremely effective. (References here and here). 

Ready to Learn More? 

If you are ready to get started, check out the keto diet plan page, or the low carb food list.  You can read about the benefits of the diet, or see some recipes and meal plans.  Or just peruse the navigation bar on the left and click on what interests you.

In addition, Well Being Journal (WBJ) published an article I wrote about the health effects of keto diets in their July/August 2012 issue. It includes a detailed overview of the diet benefits.

 



NEW! Second Edition of the Fight Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet eBook is now available. Click on the link or book cover above to purchase.

The Conquer Type 2 Diabetes with a Ketogenic Diet book is available! Click on the link or book cover above to purchase.

My Keto Plan
is a new tool designed by Ellen Davis and Austin Voss to help people achieve fast, healthy weight loss with a ketogenic diet.

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My friend and colleague Patricia Daly has created  Practical Keto Meal Plans, a recipe and meal plan eBook specifically geared toward the ketogenic diet for cancer patients. Click on the link or book cover to learn more.

You can also read my hypoglycemia and low carb diet myths articles which were published in the 2012 Nov/Dec issue of Well Being Journal. Just click on the magazine cover:

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