Podcast 52: Ketogenic Diets
Dr. Meaghan and Wendy talk about the benefits of ketogenic diet. Ketogenic diets focus on high fat, moderate protein, and low/no carbohydrates. Ketogenic diets focus on utilizing ketones for energy over glucose and carbohydrates. The power of ketogenic diets has been known since the 1920s and 1930s when it was utilized clinically for epilepsy. There were dramatic results from putting children with epilepsy on this diet. This kind of treatment was replaced though anticonvulsants and prescription drugs. When you are in a ketone producing state your liver produces this source of energy that fuels the body. Once in ketosis the body prefers ketones to glucose. There are also benefits with the fact that ketones do not feed foreign cells and tumors like carbs and sugars do.
Ketogenic diets also help to decrease weight because you are not relying on insulin like when you consume a diet higher in carbohydrates. It also helps to suppress your appetite while carbs stimulate appetite. Usually the hardest part of doing a ketogenic diet is breaking the addiction to carbs. Another type of way to incorporate ketogenic diets is by utilizing intermittent fasting.
There is new research out there about the benefits of ketogenic diets including possibly helping with cancer, autism, Alzheimers, and diabetes.
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