5 UNUSUAL Benefits of the Keto Diet

A ketogenic diet has endless, surprising benefits that you don’t find in a low-fat diet. 

Anti-aging

A ketogenic diet slows down aging due to several factors. The first reason it slows down aging is that a keto diet reduces the destructive formation of AGEs by eliminating sugars and processed carbs. [1] The second reason is the keto diet increases the human growth hormone isor HGH is also known as the youth hormone. [2]

 The humgan growth hormone  is a secreted by the pituitary gland. This hormone repairs tissue mobilizes fat stores and shifts the metabolism to “enjoy” the use of fat. [3]

Let me explain. Eating a high carbohydrate diet elevates blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels are high, it promotes the destructive formation of AGEs, which is correlated with the process of aging.

 

 

 

More AGEs= More aging. [1] AGEs develop in the body whenever sugar or starch is consumed, no matter how small of an amount.

This means the more sugar you consume= the faster you will age. Think about that the next time that donut on the office table is taunting you with its gooey deliciousness. Not only will it help your waistline expand, but it will also age you.

Now for human growth hormone… 

A study published in the New England Journal Of Medicine by Daniel Rudman, M.D. ,[7] showed that even tiny amounts of the growth hormone produced miraculous events, in only six months!

 

The elderly men’s lean body mass increased by 8.8 percent, body fat decreased by 14.2 percent, and bone density increased in the lumbar spinal bones, and skin thickness increased by 7.1 percent. The elderly men also did not begin to exercise or change their diets.

 

It’s the everlasting fountain of youth. Except, how do you gain access to this ever-fountain of youth?

 

Well, you can’t, it is not released to the public, and comes with a whole variety of symptoms. 

 

What you can do, is you can stimulate your body to produce more HGH through natural ways.  Some of the Factors that increase HGH

  • Decreased blood glucose levels
  • Fasting
  • Stage IV sleep ( which is increased by keto [11])
  • Exercise
  • Carbohydrate-restricted diet.

Yup, reduce your carbs, sleep more, intermittent fasting, and exercise. When exercising, it seems that resistance training is the most effective in promoting HGH, because your body needs to repair muscle tissue through HGH. This is the primary benefit of exercise, and not to lose weight because you are burning more calories than what you eat. 

 

Let me repeat, you do not need to exercise to lose weight, however, it will help you lose weight due to several factors including the release of HGH. [11]

 

It’s good to note that HGH can be decreased by several factors.

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Increased Blood Glucose levels

 Also, a void all of these foods right before we go to bed. This is because carbs and sugars will elevate blood glucose, which will prevent the normal shot of growth hormone during sleep.

 

 

Controlled Epilepsy

 

Epilepsy is someone who has uncontrolled seizures. It is an electrical problem of the brain, and not due to emotional problems or being possessed by demons, as they thought back a century ago.

It has long been known for the last 2,000 years, that epilepsy could be controlled with fasting. A way to mimic fasting is by restricting carbohydrates. 

 

 Fast forward to the 1920s, when a Dr. Peterman from the May clinic found   83% of children with epilepsy put on a ketogenic diet improved and 60% were completely seizure free.

 

So why is epilepsy not commonly treated with the Ketogenic Diet in the 21st century? In late 1930, a drug called Dilantin was created. This created the perception that Ketogenic Diets were expensive, unnecessary, and less effective.

 

That pharmaceutical drugs were somehow superior and civilized they were compared to natural remedy’s The worst part is that One-third of the people taking the drug do not even respond. Compared to the 80% of people who improved with a keto diet.

 

A very interesting study on the ketogenic diet and epilepsy show that a ketogenic diet not only suppresses seizures but may also MODIFY the course of epilepsy! [4] You are not going to get that kind of solution from big pharma.

 

A heartwarming example is when in November 1993, a 20-month-old boy with severe seizures was brought from California to Johns Hopkins Hospital to be started on the keto diet. After 4 days on the diet, his seizures stopped, and never returned! He is now 18 years old and living a seizure-free life.

 

Always speak with a doctor before changing your diet so drastically.

 

Boosted Energy

A ketogenic diet makes  “adaptive changes in energy metabolism, including a striking enhancement in mitochondrial biogenesis that leads to an increase in energy stores. “

 

Bahaha,  in layman times a keto diet followed properly will boost energy, and make metabolism more efficient, even on fewer calories.[5] Along with this, whether you eat or not, you will be able to tap into fat stores- if you are keto adapted.

 

Instead of your metabolism being a beat up old car that chugs along, you will be a fat burning Ferarri- smooth, quick, and sexy. ( Yes, I know too much)

The poorest quality foods such as bakery goods, cereals, candy, and so forth are automatically eliminated on the Keto diet. Healthy fats will be added, and hopefully, grass-fed and organically sourced meats will be considered.

MCTs will also be introduced. MCTs, found in grass-fed meats and eggs, palm kernel oil, and coconut oil, will boost energy levels through the roof. Think of MCTs as high-octane fuel into your car. The car will run more smoothly and have better mileage. [6]  MCTs when digested are immediately used, giving you a burst of energy, and a smooth burn.

 

Many athletes, knowing the benefit of boosted energy levels with MCTs will add coconut oil or MCT oil in order to enhance their performance.

 

In one study they were testing the endurance of the Mice by giving on group MCTs in their daily food, and the other group of mice LCTs. The study lasted for 6 weeks. The total swimming time until exhaustion was measured, and at first there was no difference. As the weeks went by, those fed MCTs quickly began to out-perform the others and continued to improve throughout the testing period.

 

 

Appetite Suppressant

This is the super-secret of the Ketogenic diet, and one of the reasons many people following the diet are successful. Many diets call for the restriction of calories in order to lose weight.

 

 

The common mantra is you have to burn more calories then you take in. However, this is short-sighted. Various calories affect the biochemistry of your body differently.

 

The way your body processes a bowl of broccoli will be vastly different than how your body processes a slice of New York Cheesecake.

 

 

 Yes, if you consume too many calories, you will gain weight, and in order to lose the most weight on the Ketogenic Diet you will have to  “ consume fewer calories than you burn”. However; the Ketogenic diet has many benefits such as regulating your hormones and reducing hunger. [8]

 

 

I’ve had many times when following the keto diet where I have had to FORCE myself to eat. You heard that correctly, not only was I not eating as much as I was previously on a regular diet, I also was not hungry! My appetite naturally lets me reduce calories, without forcing it, or feeling deprived. We all know how feeling deprived ends up…

 

 

You see one piece of that delicious cake, and the next thing you know, you are devouring it! This is not about willpower, it’s about hormonal balance. Sadly, in the Western world, we blame the person, when, it’s the food they are consuming that is making them eat even more!  

 

 

This effect can also be demonstrated by researchers at Kraft Foods, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. For 12 weeks one group ate a low fat, calorie restricted date, and the other ate a low-carb, high-fat diet without restriction… other than low carb of course. After 12 weeks, the low-fat group lost 5.5 pounds and the low-carb group lost 10.8 pounds.

 

Improves Memory

 

Ketones are the ultimate brain fuel and improve memory. [9]

According to George F. Cahil JrMD humans are the only animal that can run virtually entirely on ketones. Not only that, but our brain PREFERs to run on fats. Ketones you produce stimulate pathways that enhance the growth of new neural networks. [10]

 

That means it’s easier to learn new things. Ketones also and protect neurons against multiple types of neuronal injury. This is why using a Ketogenic Diet to control seizures works so well. Source: Malaof MA, RHO JM, Matteson MP. The Neuroprotective properties of calorie restriction.

 

A study done by the University of Alabama in Birmingham, have shown that mice fed diets high in sugar develop the same plaque deposits in their brains and memory defects that characterize Alzheimer’s disease. These mice not only performed worse on tests designed to measure learning and memory intention. 

 

The amount of water consumed by the mice was equivalent to a human drinking 5 five 12 ounce cans of regular soda a day!! Certain sodas would equal around 3 cans. This equals around 210 grams of sugar. Most people don’t drink soda or eat desserts, but a thing such as pasta, juice, fruit, barbeque sauce, and bread all add up. Any type of carbohydrate consumed is broken down and processed like sugar.

 

Better Sleep

 

The last benefit of keto is better to sleep. There have been testimonial stories that they now can sleep less ( around 5 hours) and still feel productive, alert, and happy. Multiple studies have shown that the ketogenic diet [11] reduces sleepiness, improves mental cognition, improves sleep IV sleep ( the most important sleep).

 

 

 

 

References:

  1. https://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/body-mind-spirit/hair-skin-nails/does-sugar-cause-wrinkles/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/773953
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20020365
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28141738
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1867088/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25636220
  7. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199007053230101
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23632752
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5371359/
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3826507/
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5782363/
  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1279784