Obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease are among the deadliest diseases in the world. Scientists have been trying to determine how they are related and they’ve been able to find that all these diseases have one thing in common – they’re connected to leptin and insulin resistance. This makes metabolic dysfunction the main trigger for all these diseases that can be fatal if left untreated.
Insulin and leptin resistance mainly occur due to the high amount of sugar in our diets. We eat too much sugar and processed foods nowadays which are slowly destroying our health. Besides weight gain, too much sugar can decimate your overall health and cause the development of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other health problems. The good news is that all the aforementioned diseases are treatable and preventable – you just need to optimize your mitochondrial and metabolic function in order to improve your overall health.
What Is Nutritional Ketosis?
The so-called keto diet is a diet based on consuming low-carb and high-fat foods in order to put your body in a state of ketosis. There’s mounting evidence that ketosis might be the answer to some of the deadliest diseases of our time including cancer. Besides helping you lose weight, ketosis will also improve your stamina and athletic performance and lower the risk of various health problems.
Ketosis has been suggested as a great solution against diabetes, insulin resistance, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s diseases and even some types of cancer. A keto diet will curb your cravings and help you eat less, which will eventually result in weight loss. During ketosis, our body starts burning fat for fuel instead of carbs which is far better for our health and has even been associated with improved longevity.
Dr. Jeff Volek from the Ohio State University has done a lot of research on keto diets and has written several books on the topic. Dr. Volek claims that the primary function of some of the genes associated with longevity is to stop the degradation of leucine and similar BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids). BCAAs are similar to ketones in structure – they are energy molecules produced by the liver from fats, while ketones are preferentially metabolized. In simple terms, the ketones (a by-product of ketosis) spare BCAAs and leave high levels of them in the body which improves your longevity and helps you retain muscle mass.
Ketones – The Best Fuel For Your Cells
The main cause of obesity and weight gain nowadays is the abundance of non-fiber carbs as primary fuel for our cells. This affects our body’s ability to burn fat and makes us overweight. On the other hand, if we shift our metabolism to burn high-quality fats as primary fuel, we can make our metabolism run more efficiently.
How To Enter Ketosis
The most efficient way of entering nutritional ketosis is to stop consuming sugar and starch and replace the carbs with healthy fats. In general, we can enter ketosis by consuming 50 gr. of less net carbs per day while keeping the protein intake low or moderate. Of course, the amount of carbs required to enter ketosis is personal, so in order to find your personal carb target, you need to measure your glucose and ketone levels first. Nutritional ketosis occurs when the ketone levels are 0.5-3.0 milimoles per a liter of blood.
The best way to add healthy fats in your diet is through coconut oil. This oil is full of medium-chain triglycerides which will raise your ketone levels and help your body enter ketosis.
Besides shifting your body’s metabolism, a keto diet has a wide range of health benefits as well.
Ketosis has been known to help reduce:
- epileptic seizures
- improve brain function
- prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- improve memory and cognitive performance
- treat diabetes
- polycystic ovary syndrome
- some types of cancer
Nutritional Ketosis Improves Our Brain Health
When the body starts burning fat instead of glucose, it will help the brain work better and heal. Fats are unable to cross the so-called blood-brain barrier, but ketones can do it. They will then feed your brain and reduce inflammation markers such as IL-6, making your brain work much better.
Ketones are a great source of energy for your brain and are even better for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, diabetes, ALS or Parkinson’s disease. When ketones are present in our blood, our neurons have a better chance of surviving. Studies have shown that ketosis can reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 43%, which is far better than any other treatment.
Ketosis is also great for treating diabetes, obesity or metabolic syndrome. This isn’t surprising, considering the fact that ketones can fix insulin resistance. A keto diet can also help you treat non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, nervous system disorders, hormonal imbalance and other health problems.
Nutritional Ketosis May Be The Key For Cancer
According to latest studies, keto diets can prevent cancer from spreading and kill all cancer cells without harming the healthy ones. This is great news as science hasn’t been able to find a cure for cancer despite the hard work. If we view cancer as a metabolic disease instead of a disease of damaged DNA (a down effect of mitochondrial dysfunction), we can control it by choosing foods that can optimize our mitochondrial function. In this, nutritional ketosis can treat and prevent various types of cancer, including the most aggressive ones.
The choice you make in dietary fats is critical – fatty acids play a major role in the formation of cellular membranes and it’s impossible to have proper biological function without healthy membranes. So, healthy fats will serve as a fuel for your cells, but also as a building block or various structural components in the body. You can find healthy fats in coconut oil, avocado, cacao butter, raw butter, nuts, seeds, butter and olives.
Of course, ketosis isn’t the only way of losing weight and preventing obesity. If you want to lead a healthy life free of diseases and maintain your weight, you need to eat a healthy diet, regularly exercise and find a way to relax. All of this is the key for a long, happy and healthy life.