By Jennifer Smith, Natural Medicine Practitioner and Certified in Holistic Nutrition
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The ketogenic diet is often seen as a way to lose weight, and while that is a benefit, it isn’t the only one. There are a wide range of advantages to being on the ketogenic diet, from infertility assistance to helping fight cancer.
Type 1 is said to be an autoimmune disease where the beta cells in the pancreas are attacked and killed off because the immune system believes they have been compromised by an outside source. Potential sources are virus, bacteria or possibly fungi. Dr. Richard Bernstein’s book The Diabetes Solution, recommends a form of the Keto diet (very low carb, high protein, moderate fat) to all his patients and readers.
One of Dr. Bernstein's tenants is the law of small numbers, which says that the smaller the carb count, the smaller the chance for being over or under on the required insulin dosage. Trace minerals are an often-missed component of reversing type 2 and having better control of type 1.
One of the benefits you might not realize about the ketogenic diet is that it can help you fight cancer. Many people think about benefits like losing weight, but don’t forget about this very important advantage!
The way keto helps is by reducing your sugar, since you are also reducing your carbohydrates. This will reduce the cancer cells ability to feed off all those extra sugars in your body. Cancer cells tend to grow much slower when you follow a diet that restricts your carbs and sugar, such as with the keto diet.
The keto diet helps you to lose weight and keep it off in a few different ways. The first way is by helping to suppress your appetite. When your body goes into ketosis, you crave less sugar, carbs, and food in general, so it helps you to eat less.
While the first week or so might be difficult, as long as you keep up with ketosis every single day, you will soon discover that you can eat smaller meals with plenty of protein and nutrients, but not overeat. Your cravings start to go away and your appetite overall starts to regulate itself.
If you are someone that suffers from infertility as a result of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), then the keto diet can definitely help you. Through ketosis, your hormones start to regulate and you are actually able to regulate your blood glucose levels.
This allows you to get help with your PCOS and might even cause your body to normalize enough to ovulate on time and have a higher likelihood of getting pregnant. While the research is still being done, many infertility specialists are already recommending it.
Another major illness that the keto diet can help with is Alzheimer’s disease. This disease does not have a cure, but doctors often look for different ways to alleviate the symptoms.
While in ketosis, you are eating more healthy fats that help provide nutrients to the brain, which can strengthen it and slow down progression. This is becoming one of the more well known natural treatments for Alzheimer’s.
I have partnered with a keto expert who has literally written the book on her simplistic version of the Keto Diet.
Most authors of keto books are men, and frankly they just don't have a good understanding of how keto affects women's hormone balance. Leanne wrote Fat Fueled and The Keto Beginning to help women tailor the diet to fit their individual needs and balance their hormones.
Here are some resources from Leanne, to get you started losing weight with the Keto Diet, the easy way! These are still my favorite books on the subject and I refer back to them frequently.
Jennifer Smith, BA, NMP, CHN, FBCC
Jennifer Smith is a Natural Medicine Practitioner, Holistic Nutrition Practitioner, and Faith-Based Clinical Counselor. She has a Bachelor's degree in Christian Counseling. She has completed advanced training in Functional Nutrition, Functional Medicine, Natural Health Consultant diploma, Biblical natural medicine, and Biblical Eating and Clinical Nutrition. Jennifer has a virtual Natural Medicine practice in Naples, FL called Fx Remedies Virtual Care.
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