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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve certainly heard about “keto” this year! Though the diet, itself, isn’t new, keto’s popularity is booming!
Ketosis is a natural metabolic condition in which the body uses stored fat for energy when glucose is not sufficiently available as a source of fuel. The burning of stored fats results in a build-up of ketones (a kind of acid) in the body. Ketones are usually flushed out of the body through urine and expelled through breath. When the body is in a state of ketosis, however, ketones may be burned for energy. In some cases, this may help achieve weight loss or other health goals.
This post is not an endorsement by BIPRI Wellness of a keto diet.Talk to your physician before beginning any new diet.
At BIPRI, we do not recommend specific diet plans outside of one-on-one consultations. Dietary planning is best left to you, your physician and a nutritionist. That being said, there are several diet plans that do promote and activate the state of ketosis within the body. The reasons to follow these plans could include:
Dietary plans that can cause ketosis are...
All of these diets focus on reducing or eliminating processed foods and sugar, particularly refined sugar, in favor of whole foods.
A ketogenic state may potentially provide some benefits for the brain. The brain is an energy hog! For an organ that doesn’t move or seem to exert a lot, it sure does require a lot. While the brain makes up only two percent of the body’s weight, it requires 20 percent of the body’s energy!
The brain is efficient at using glucose as a source of energy. Unlike muscles, the brain cannot use fat as fuel. It can, however, use the ketones produced from the liver during ketosis as an energy source. Ketones can account for 70 percent of the brain’s energy needs when carbohydrates are limited.
This is excellent news for patients experiencing Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury or other cognitive issues. In these patients, the ability to utilize glucose decreases. As a result, memory, language skills, verbal skills and overall cognitive abilities can be compromised. Providing the brain with a source of fuel it can efficiently use when glucose can not be used, could help support cognitive function.
Additionally, ketones seem to promote a housecleaning of beta-amyloid proteins. These proteins are building blocks of the brain. In individuals with Alzheimer’s, however, these proteins stick together, creating a toxic plaque that interferes with neural signaling.
Furthermore, animal studies indicate that following a ketogenic diet may actually prevent the risk of dementia and other forms of age-related cognitive decline. Further studies are needed.
Whether you’re following a ketogenic diet, low-carb, or some other diet, Keto Brain can provide you with extra carb-free energy. Feel great – all day long – with Keto Brain, a carbohydrate-free energy source for the brain and body.
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