How Ketone Diet can help against cancer and other illnesses
You may have recently started to hear about the ketone (or ketogenic) diet, but do you know that it’s been around since 1924? That’s when Dr. Russell Wilder of the Mayo Clinic designed the diet to be used in treating epilepsy. He found that it helped control seizures in children.
Today the ketone diet is still used effectively for treating other diseases, such as diabetes and cancer.
So what is the ketone diet?
Well simply put, it’s a diet low in carbohydrates and high in fat.
When you are on the Ketone Diet, ketones are formed when your body is using fat as its energy source. When a diet is high in carbs, and not fat, the carbs are the energy source. So the ketone diet forces stored fats to be used for energy. This is called ketosis.
How does the ketone diet affect your health?
According to WebMD:
Some research suggests that ketogenic diets can help lower your risk of heart disease. Other studies show specific very-low-carb diets help people with metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. Researchers are also studying the effects of these diets on acne, cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and nervous system diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Now in regard to cancer, because the ketone diet focuses on eliminating starchy foods and replacing them with healthy fats and proteins, the body does not have as much glucose as it would in a normal or high carb diet. It’s important to know that cancer cells thrive on glucose – or sugar. And we know from middle school science class that carbohydrates turn into sugar when digested.
With little sugar in your body, cancer cells cannot grow.
And in case you’re wondering, the ketone diet recommends around 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. It’s similar to the Atkins or Paleo diets, where your body’s system is converting from carb-burning to fat-burning. This is why the ketone diet is helpful if you’re looking to lose weight as well.
Want more information on how the ketone diet can help starve cancer cells, reduce blood sugar, lose weight, improve cholesterol levels, and keep blood pressure down? Ruled.me is a great resource with diet plans, recipes and a keto calculator. Ketogenic Diet Resource is also a great website with lots of info.
Have you tried the ketone diet? Do you think you will? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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