Why Keto?

Why Keto?

As we were wrapping up the Gut Challenge in March, I asked around about dietary challenges that people would be interested in trying next, the resounding response was Keto, or the Ketogenic Diet.  Being the nerd that I am, I went to the research to find out what was so appealing about this style of eating. The most appealing research benefits of a ketogenic diet to me was the idea that a Ketogenic diet paired with intermittent fasting can actually kill off precancerous cells in your body!  I don’t know about you, but if I can eliminate cancer cells before they have a chance to make my body a home, I’m all for it!

For those of you who don’t know, the Ketogenic diet consists of very high dietary fat consumption, moderate protein consumption, and very low carbohydrate consumption.  

The Ketogenic diet dates back to the 1920s and originally took notice in the scientific world when it was discovered to be an extremely effective treatment for children suffering from epilepsy.  Since that time more and more research has been collected on the amazing benefits Ketogenic diet and I’ve listed some of the general benefits below:

  • Improved response to cancer treatments.

  • Reduction in blood triglycerides (results are more pronounced if you consume moderate to low levels of dairy on the ketogenic diet)

  • Reduction of total cholesterol

  • Increase in HDL Cholesterol

  • Reduction in fasting blood sugar and fasting insulin levels.

  • Freedom from hypoglycemia, food fixations and sugar cravings.

  • Lower blood pressure.

  • Reduction in blood levels of C Reactive Protein (CRP) and HbA1c proteins.

  • Increased energy.

  • Increased performance both strength AND endurance

  • Clearer thinking. The "fogginess" that accompanies a high carb diet will disappear.

  • Relief from GERD or other heartburn issues

  • Changes in your sleep patterns and an improvement in sleep apnea symptoms.

  • Weight loss.

  • Decrease in stiffness and joint pain.

  • Reduction in gum disease and tooth decay: Digestion and gut health improvements.

  • Mood stabilization. Ketone bodies have been shown to be beneficial in stabilizing neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine which result in better mood control.

KORE Wellness 4-week Ketogenic Challenge starts with an orientation session on September 16th. If you are interested in learning more about the ketogenic diet and why it might be for you, what happens to your body on keto, and some of the other geeky science behind ketosis, click here!

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