You might know somebody who is living on the Ketogenic Diet (KD), or at the very least you might hear people using the term "keto." You might even be annoyed by it by now. Vital Energy Wellness and Chiropractic Center would like to take a closer look at this diet as a way to educate our patients and readers.
The ketogenic diet is hardly a fad diet, the type that takes the nation by storm only to be eclipsed by the next fad diet. No, the ketogenic diet has been around since the early 1920s as a prescriptive diet that helped keep epilepsy under control.
Nowadays, there's been new interest in the KD approach for treating conditions like:
- Certain Types of Cancer
- Neurological conditions
- Chronic Maladies and Ailments
What Does the KD Consist Of?
A standard ketogenic diet is going to consist of:
- Healthy Fat (80-90%)
- Protein (8%-15%)
- Carbohydrates (2%-5%)
This diet has you staying away from alcohol, sugars, fruits high in carbs, potatoes, yams, barley, grain, pasta, even quinoa. Instead, you eat healthy fats, like avocado, cheeses, pork, poultry, coconut oil, kale, broccoli, mixed greens, beef, olive oil, and more.
The KD puts the body in a state of ketosis. This means that the diet mimics what happens to the body when fasting. When a person consumes protein in moderation and largely limits carbs and sugars, energy comes from burning fat already in the body or fat that has been recently consumed in the diet.
Health Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet
The KD has anti-inflammatory benefits and disease-fighting properties that minimize, reduce, and diminish serious life-threatening conditions. It can be used as a prescriptive diet for those who already live with chronic conditions and ailments, or it can be used at a person's own discretion.
If you'd like to know any additional information about the ketogenic diet, contact Vital Energy today at 303-229-5374.
We help our patients get healthy, clean, and lean by modifying their lifestyles to incorporate on-going cleansing, sensible eating, and active lifestyles. We help set up our patients for a lifetime of improved health & wellness.