Ketogenic Diet

So as many of you know my son is suffering from Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) and to help his brain heal he is now on the Ketogenic Diet.  A lot of my clients are on low carb diets, fighting cancer or just trying to eat better.  So given I had to learn all about the Ketogenic Diet I'm offering it to all of you.  Below is an article from Dr. Ax he has been really helpful on my quest to learn about this diet and how to do modifications.

A keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc.

When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin.

  • Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source.
  • Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body.

Since the glucose is being used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis.

Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver.

The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates.

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Our bodies are incredibly adaptive to what you put into it – when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source. Optimal ketone levels offer many health, weight loss, physical and mental performance benefits.

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  • Leanne Pashkov

    Feeling great thanks today the Keto diet. It’s not so much about lbs for me it’s inches…. I dropped another pint size this week and the best part is I feel good, no bloating and swelling..

    Thank you Michelle….. you’re my Keto superhero!!

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