Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet
Axe here, founder of DrAxe.
Comand Doctor of Functional Medicine.
Today, I'm going to share with you the benefits ofa ketogenic diet and how ketogenic diets can help weight loss, cancer, and even the treatmentof Alzheimer's disease.
Basically, what a ketogenic diet is, it'sputting your body in ketosis, which means your body is burning fat for energy ratherthan carbohydrates.
So again, your body will burn its own body fat or fat that you're consumingdietarily for its overall energy production.
This is very effective.
In fact, there aremedical studies now showing that the ketogenic diet is an effective treatment for cancer,for Alzheimer's disease, and effective for very fast weight loss.
I've worked with thousandsupon thousands of patients over the years in my clinic, and I've actually found thatthe ketogenic is quite possibly the best diet for very fast fat loss.
Now, I don't believe that the ketogenic dietshould be done for typically periods more than three to six months.
After that, I thinkthat you do want to add some good carbohydrates back in.
But if your goal is especially fastfat loss, the ketogenic diet is the perfect diet.
The reason why it works so effectively isthat when your body goes into ketosis and starts burning fat for energy, your body isburning up its own body fat.
Your body also stops feeding on sugar.
So let's go into nextin terms of what it does for those three conditions.
Let's start off with cancer, so the ketogenicdiet for cancer.
We know that cancer cells feed off of sugar.
So when you restrict yourbody, a ketogenic diet is essentially a diet that is made up of around typically 80% fat,10% carbohydrates, and 10% protein or maybe even let's say 70% fat, 20% protein, and 10%carbohydrates.
The carbohydrates are very, very minimal.
So again, you can see your bodyis really burning fat for energy.
But the reason why the ketogenic diet is effectivein cancer treatment is that the cancer cells are being starved.
They have no sugar to feedoff of and so the cancer cells starve to death.
That's why the ketogenic diet is effectivein cancer treatment.
The second thing a ketogenic diet is effectivefor is weight loss and the reason being, again, your body starts burning its own body fatfor energy.
Think about this.
Your body will also then continue to burn fat even whileyou're sleeping at night.
So your body is burning fat 24/7.
It's not just burning thefat you consume.
It's burning your own body fat.
That's why it's the most effective wayto burn fat fast.
And last, but not least, the ketogenic dietis effective for Alzheimer's disease.
In fact, there is a female medical doctor in Floridawho treated her husband, who had dementia and Alzheimer's, with what she called thecoconut ketogenic diet and said it cured his symptoms completely.
The reason why it wouldbe effective is we know that part of what happens in dementia and Alzheimer's is thedegeneration of the nerve system in the brain.
So you really need to support the brain nervesystem.
Well, a diet that has around 70% healthy fats, we know will help the brain, and wealso know that ketosis and your body being able to burn fat for energy or utilize fattyacids is critical for the brain and for the natural treatment of dementia.
Now, if you want to know what a diet wouldlook like on a ketogenic diet, again it's going to be specifically you want to add threetypes of healthy fats in your diet — healthy saturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and thenhealthy fatty acids from things that are omega-9 fats that are going to be found in olive oil,avocados, and almonds, so sprouted nuts and seeds.
The omega-3 fats, so eating a dietthat's high in things like salmon, chia seeds, and flax seeds.
Then also getting good qualitysaturated fats from things like coconut oil and high-fat dairy like butter, so again coconutoil and grass-fed butter or ghee.
Those are some of the most effective healthy fats youwant to be consuming as part of this ketogenic diet.
So again, I can tell you in working with thousandsof patients over the years, the ketogenic diet is absolutely effective in the treatmentof weight gain as well as cancer, and also it's effective for the treatment of Alzheimer's.
So again, if you can follow a ketogenic diet, I recommend it.
It is beneficial, but I onlyrecommend it for about a three to six month period of time.
You don't want to do it longerthan that because your body does need carbohydrates long term to function at its absolute best.
Hey, guys, this has been Dr.
Axe talking aboutthe many benefits of a ketogenic diet.