This diet holds the secret to fighting some diseases.
According to The Hearty Soul, a ketogenic diet may be helpful in fighting cancer, and diabetes while also helping in weight loss.
The diet is centered on consuming healthy fats, protein, and low carbs. Though numbers may vary based on a doctor’s recommendations, it generally consists of 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs.
A ketogenic diet aims at minimizing sugar and carbs to help the body remain in a metabolic state called ketosis. The body burns fat for energy instead of glucose in this state.
Cancer cells require glucose to strive and the carbohydrates turn into glucose in the body. A ketogenic diet works to lower the glucose levels in the body by limiting carbs and sugar. This will then deplete cancer cells of their energy source and starve them to death.
Dr. Otto Warburg, a German researcher who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1931, discovered the fundamental differences between cancer cells and healthy cells. He also found that malignant tumors feed on sugar.
One of the traits of cancer cells is a high amount of insulin receptors on their cellular surface, ten times more than healthy cells.
Due to these insulin receptors, the cells absorb a significantly higher amount of glucose. Besides sugar being detrimental to anyone with cancer, it contributes to other chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
A diet that drastically reduces sugar and other forms of carbohydrates could be effective in fighting cancer cells.
Ketogenic diets over time convert the body from a carb burning mode to a fat burning mode. Hence it is useful not only for those with cancer concerns but also those who want to lose weight.
The diet can also reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity and they have been used for managing seizures, increasing good cholesterol and reducing the number of LDL particles in the blood. Even those with Type 2 diabetes could find that the diet is able to reduce their medication.
The following are the foods included in a ketogenic diet.
Grass-fed organic dairy
Organic pastured poultry
Wild fish and seafood
Low carbohydrate vegetables include:
A word of caution before jumping into the diet. As with any diet, anyone with medical conditions should consult a doctor or nutritionist to monitor their condition and make adjustments to their diet and/or medication.