Ketosis is a metabolic process which is responsible for burning stored fats when there is not enough glucose in the body for energy. In order to activate this metabolic process in the body, you need to consume a diet that is 60-70% healthy fats such as raw nuts, coconut oil, organic-pastured eggs, grass pastured butter, avocado etc.
The process of burning the fat is due to the reduced consummation of carbohydrates. And with the low intake in sugar, your body has nothing else left but to burn the fat. The state of ketosis produces the ketones by the lives and it uses the consumed fat. The primary objective in a proper ketogenic diet is to force the body into a metabolic state. This is accomplished with lack of sugar, and not lack in calories. The body will get used to this diet, so when you lower the intake in carbs and increase the fat intake, the body will turn toward the ketones and they will become its energy source.
Here are the advantages of a ketogenic diet:
1. Promote weight loss
Lower intake in carbs is the best way to achieve the process of weight loss. The ketogenic diet promotes higher intake in fats, medium intake of protein and reduced intake in carbohydrates,and leaving the body with not much choice, but to start producing ketones using the fat and making it the main source of energy.
2. Fights Cancer
Cancer cells feed on sugar. It is also the food of tumors and it promotes faster growth of cancer. The ketogenic diet does not include sugar and it is beneficial in the treatment and the prevention of cancer. The normal cells feed with the fat as their energy source, but the cancer cells are not able to do this.
One study was published in Redox Biology and it showed that the ketogenic diet is highly efficient in the treatment of gastric, colon and prostate cancer. Dr. Eugene Fine from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine claims that the ketone bodies can kill cancer due to their capacity to stop the energy production in the cancer cells. Dr. Fine has also written a paper where he clarifies that it is 100 % natural and doable to put the cancer patient on an insulin free diet. The degree of ketosis depends on the partial remission and a stable disease, but there is no lack in calories and no weight loss.
3. Protects the brain
A diet abundant in fat and low in carbs is very efficient in the treatment of various neurological disorders. This diet is also efficient in treating Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. One study evaluated the influence of the ketogenic diet on Parkinson’s disease and the participants were put in a 4 to 1 ketogenic diet. Their symptoms were better by 43% in just one month.
Ketogenic diet is also very beneficial in other conditions like autism. Autism is practically the same as epilepsy, because autism patients also experience seizures as a result of over excitement of the brain cells. And the ketogenic diet improved the condition of numerous autistic children in the period of 6 months.