Nutritional Ketosis Protects Against Neurological Degeneration
Most of us know of friends or have loved ones suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and may have personally witnessed the ravages of this neurological disease.
The good news is there is strong evidence that nutritional ketosis helps prevent the kind of neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), as well as many other chronic diseases, including many cancers, Type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and heart disease.
Nutritional ketosis is also a powerful adjunct to cancer therapy.
Recently, at 6th Global Symposium on Ketogenic Therapies for Neurological Disorders on the island of Jeju in SKorea. participants listened to the science presented for not only epilepsy, but also for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and also saw the ketogenic therapy used for schizophrenia, bipolar, attention deficit and hyperactive disorder and traumatic brain injury.
The attendees learned of the strides that the science is making is absolutely fantastic. It is clear that foods can make a massive change in people’s lives.
Some experts recommend cyclical ketogenesis (intermittent fasting) to help manage health and weight.
Cyclical ketogenesis where you intentionally increase your net carbs a couple of days a week, essentially cycling in and out of ketosis rather than staying in ketosis continuously.
It is called “ketofast,” where higher-carb, higher-protein days are directly followed by an 18-hour fast. The meal that day is limited to 600 calories, and then you fast again for a full 24 hours.
Essentially, it’s a 42-hour fast, and you can do that once or 2X a week. Doing it one is going to lose about 4 or 5 lbs in water weight, which suggests you have got glycogen depletion, and your ketones rise dramatically.
The Big Q: How will you know if you’re in nutritional ketosis?
Over time, you will learn your body and have a fairly good sense of where you are, but in the beginning, it’s really helpful to test for your ketones.
There are 3 methods available for measuring ketones, they are:
1.Urinalysis strips, designed for Type 1 diabetics, who need to avoid ketoacidosis. It is important to realize that ketoacidosis has nothing to do with nutritional ketosis. I have used Keto sticks in the past but learned to gauge my ketones by the color of my urine
2.Breath analysis, There are many cheap and substandard breath meters and only 2 of these types of devices with any degree of accuracy on the market, they are expensive. You will learn that in ketosis your breath is a bit harsh and your mouth tastes metallic.
3.Blood testing, is the Gold standard and used in clinical trials and by doctors. I have not done that.
A Guide to the Ketogenic Diet: Optimize Your Health
Notes: This guide will tell you everything you need to know about a ketogenic diet; how you can apply it to your lifestyle and what positives you can reap from it
Before coming up with an actual keto diet food list, it is important to 1st take a look at what you are eating and take out anything that is. unhealthy
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