What are the top ten health benefits of the ketogenic diet?
The Top 10 Health Benefits of Keto diet.
Lowering blood triglycerides
Increased Levels of 'Good' HDL Cholesterol
Focusing the brain
Preventing Heart Disease
Prevent or reverse chronic disease
Improves health in women with PCOS
When people hear about the ketogenic diet one of the first questions they ask is what’s so good about it?
This is a good question to ask so in this post I’m going to show you the wonderful benefits of the keto diet.
1. Low-carb diets are very efficient at lowering blood triglycerides, which are fat molecules that increase your risk of heart disease.
That is the advantageous effect of a long-term ketogenic diet.
It significantly reduced the body weight and body mass index of the patients.
Furthermore, it decreased the level of triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and blood glucose, and increased the level of HDL cholesterol.
2. Increased Levels of 'Good' HDL Cholesterol.
Read the study about the Long-term effects of a ketogenic diet in obese patients.
3. Weight loss.
Initially, the weight loss comes from the loss of water, because you cut down on carbs in your diet and your body uses up the carbohydrates stored in the liver, which hold onto water.
4. Sharpening the brain (increased memory, cognition, clarity, and seizure control; fewer migraines).
When one is in a ketogenic state, ketones are used by the brain to generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the molecule responsible for carrying energy where it’s needed for metabolism within the cells.
Ketones provide the brain with a huge source of energy and allow it to more efficiently process the extra glutamate into GABA.
So, by helping increase the production of GABA, ketones can then help decrease the number of extra neurons that are firing in the brain and improve mental focus.
This might even help reduce the presence of anxiety and stress, which is beneficial for anyone.
5. Preventing Heart Disease (lower blood pressure, lower triglycerides, better cholesterol profiles).
HDL is your friend, but drugs are not.
Observational evidence has consistently shown that higher HDL is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
However, our healthcare establishment does not prioritize HDL for one simple reason- Drugs that raise HDL don’t make you healthier.
Trial after trial has failed to show any benefit from drugs that significantly increase HDL.
Instead, it’s the HDL-raising lifestyle that provides the benefit, not artificially increasing it with drugs.
What’s the best lifestyle to naturally raise HDL? You guessed it. LCHF/Keto lifestyle.
Add in some resistance training and you have your friendly HDL climbing the way it was meant to…Naturally.
6. Prevent or reverse chronic disease.
Being inflamed can keep you overweight, running on empty, and feeling uninspired in the bedroom.
Plus, chronic inflammation puts you at risk for nearly every disease on the planet.
Because the keto diet's principles powerfully support your body's natural anti-inflammatory mechanisms, it has the potential to reduce your risk for chronic diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's.
And because it optimizes blood sugar and insulin levels, you can potentially prevent or reverse metabolic syndrome complications.
One study among people with type 2 diabetes found that a ketogenic diet dramatically improved glucose concentration could discontinue or reduce diabetes medications.
7. Reduces acne
There are a number of different causes of acne, and one may be related to diet and blood sugar.
Eating a diet high in processed and refined carbohydrates can alter gut bacteria and cause more dramatic blood sugar fluctuations, both of which can have an influence on skin health.
Therefore, by decreasing carb intake, it's not a surprise that a ketogenic diet could reduce some cases of acne.)
8. Improves health in women with PCOS
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that causes enlarged ovaries with cysts.
A high-carbohydrate diet can negatively affect those with PCOS.
There aren't many clinical studies on the ketogenic diet and PCOS. One pilot study that involved 5 women over a 24-week period found that the ketogenic diet:
increased weight loss.
aided hormone balance.
improved luteinizing hormone (LH)/follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) ratios.
improved fasting insulin.
9. Reduced inflammation.
One of the most basic and most profound benefits of a ketogenic diet is that it drastically lowers inflammation.
This is mainly due to the decreased amount of free radical creation that occurs when burning ketones for energy instead of glucose.
Less inflammation allows for more energy production and an overall more efficiently functioning body.
This allows for a heightened ability of the body to heal in many various aspects.
Another reason that a ketogenic diet is so anti-inflammatory is that it allows blood sugar and insulin to stabilize.
Blood sugar imbalance is one of the most pervasive inflammatory activities that goes on in the bodies of people who are massively relying on sugar for energy.
Because of this anti-inflammatory benefit, a ketogenic diet may be well suited for improving cancer outcomes, autoimmunity, neurological disorders, and metabolic disorders alike.
10. Abundant Energy
Instead of fueling with carbs, you’ll be draining your body of its excess stores and fueling it with healthy fats.
Your body won’t scream at you for added energy; it can tap into its stores (your fat) at any time, you are now a fat-burning machine instead of a sugar machine.
A ketogenic diet steadies blood sugar levels, providing slow, sustained all-day energy so you're focused, energized, and fulfilled.
Research has shown that mitochondria—those little power plants within your cells—actually prefer ketones as fuel.
You have enhanced amounts of energy for several reasons when following a ketogenic diet.
Upregulation of Mitochondrial Biogenesis.
More ATP per Molecule of ketone vs glucose.
Stable Blood Sugar.
Merged, these benefits drastically increase energy output in the body.
Mitochondria are basically your energy factories.
So, taken together you get less inflammation, more efficient energy production, AND more energy production factories that result in an overall increase in the energetic potential of your body.
Many diets suffer from only having a single benefit and that is weight loss.
The problem with this being the only benefit is that it becomes a lot easier to fall off the wagon.
Keto has numerous benefits due to how it changes your body’s chemistry.
Your body is much more efficient when it has ketones as a fuel source.
Check out this blog about Famous people on the keto diet.