5 Health Benefits of the Keto Diet Part 2
5 Health Benefits of the Keto Diet
If you haven’t read Part 1 to the 5 Benefits of the Keto Diet, you can read it here!
In part 1 we learned how the Keto Diet has many health benefits such as lowering your Triglycerides, lowering your blood pressure, eliminating the “bad” fat in your gut, reduces your appetite, and reducing your blood sugar and insulin levels.
These are just SOME of the Health Benefits that the Keto Diet can give you! There are many more, and we are going to discuss 5 more of them right now.
Let’s get down to it, shall we?
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The Keto Diet helps to eliminate Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic Syndrome is linked to your risk or Diabetes and Heart Disease. In fact, Metabolic Syndrome is not just “one” condition, but a collection of various conditions:
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
- Obesity (especially around the abdomen)
- High Blood Sugar Levels (fasting)
- Low HDL Cholesterol Levels (the good Cholesterol)
- High Triglyceride Levels (one of the bad Cholesterols)
As I explained in Part 1 of this series, a Low-Carb or Keto Diet is very effective in treating all of these conditions! As a matter of fact, a Keto diet can almost eliminate them. By being consistent with the Keto Diet, you can lower your risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes significantly.
TIP – Remember to always speak with your Physician before starting any Low-Carb Diet!
Your HDL Levels Rise on the Keto Diet!
HDL or High-Density Lipoprotein is the “good” Cholesterol, and you always want this number to be higher than your LDL and Triglyceride levels (the “bad” Cholesterol). The higher your HDL levels are compared to your LDL levels, the lower your risk of Heart Disease.
A low-carb or Keto diet is rich in Fats, and a great way to increase your HDL levels is to eat FAT! This diet is ideal for anyone needing to reduce their LDL or bad Cholesterol levels and eventually get off their Cholesterol lowering medications.
DID YOU KNOW? – A low-fat diet can actually raise your HDL Cholesterol Levels.
The Brain on the Keto Diet
Your Brain uses glucose just like the rest of your body, but only certain parts of it burn glucose. This is why your liver produces glucose from protein when you don’t take in any carbs. A large part of your Brain burns keytones, which are made when your carbohydrate intake is low, or during a “Starvation” diet.
This is the “force” behind the Keto diet in which children who have Epilepsy can benefit when they don’t respond to Anti-Epileptic or Seizure medication therapies.
In one study, half the children on a Ketogenic Diet experienced 50% less seizure activity, while 16% were seizure free. In some cases, following a Ketogenic Diet has been shown to cure some children of Epilepsy.
There are other studies out there (clinical trials) that are testing the effects of the Keto Diet on other diseases of the Brain, such as Alzheimers and Parkinson’s Disease.
Did you know? – A Ketogenic Diet can increase memory and focus.
The Keto Diet may Reduce Acne
What you eat can have an effect on the health of your skin! A diet that is high in processed foods and refined carbohydrates can change the bacteria in your belly and cause your blood sugar to dramatically fluctuate, which can change the health of your skin. In short, following a Ketogenic Diet can improve the health of your skin and may dramatically reduce acne.
Did you know? – The look of your skin can determine your overall health status.
Can improve the Health of Women with PCOS
PCOS is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which is an Endocrine disorder that causes enlarged Ovaries and painful cysts on those ovaries.
I haven’t seen very many studies on the Keto Diet and PCOS, but in one study that involved 5 women over a 24 weeks period on the Keto Diet has shown:
- Increased weight loss
- Improved fasting blood sugar and insulin levels
- Better Hormone balance
- Improved LH and FSH levels (Luteinizing hormone and Follicle-Stimulating hormone)
This was a Pilot study and of course, more research is needed, but it looks pretty promising.
Did you know? – 5 to 10% of all American women have PCOS. A high-carbohydrate diet can cause adverse effects on women with PCOS.
Of course, before starting any form of a Low-Carbohydrate diet you always want to discuss it with your Physician or Nutritionist (that’s what I am!) first. Especially if you have Diabetes, Hypoglycemia, or Heart Disease.
Your body is not geared to stay in Ketosis for long periods of time, so ask your Doctor or Nutritionist for alternatives when you let your body take a break from Ketosis. For example, if you’re taking in 25g or less of carbohydrates a day, then you would need to double that amount or even triple it depending on your overall health when you take a Ketosis break. Then, when you have reached your goal, talk about maintenance to help you stay at your goal weight.
The Keto Diet requires the elimination of refined and processed carbs, which are sugars. Not all sugars are bad for you however, natural sugars from fruit and carbs high in fiber do not affect the body in the same way that refined and processed sugar do.
If you’re interested in the Keto Diet, then I invite you to read my post about the basics of the Keto Diet. Here you find a very basic explanation of how it works! The Keto Diet Explained
In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 of this post here…..
Part 3 coming soon….
We will discuss more Health Benefits to the Keto Diet and even some of the drawbacks and side effects (Keto Flu!)
What did you get out of this post? Am I missing anything or is my information confusing? Let me know in the comments! I am a Nutritionist and am fluent in many types of diets, the Keto and Anti-Inflammatory Diets just happens to be my specialty! I’m working on an email course that will guide you through the beginning stages of the Keto Diet, with other Courses in the works for each stage. I’m excited to launch this first Course because I know that there are many of you that are either confused about this diet or just don’t know enough about it to know where to begin. If you’d be interested in this type of Course, then let me know in the comments! Oh, and by the way…it’s FREE! (Happy Dance!)