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The Benefits of The Ketogenic Diet

The Benefits of The Ketogenic Diet

There is a ton of hype surrounding the ketogenic diet. Some researchers swear that it is the best diet for most people to be on, while others think it is just another fad diet. To some degree, both sides of the spectrum are right. There isn't one perfect diet for everyone or every condition, regardless of how many people "believe" in it. The ketogenic diet is no exception to this rule. However, the ketogenic diet also has plenty of solid research backing up its benefits. In fact, it has ...

What is the Keto Flu & How to Remedy It?

What is the Keto Flu & How to Remedy It?

Adapting to the ketogenic diet can feel like the flu. Tiredness, fatigue, stomach pains, and dizziness are common symptoms that the ketogenic diet beginner can experience, but these symptoms don't come from a ketogenic virus or an infected mosketo (like “mosquito” — sorry, I couldn't resist). In fact, the symptoms for keto flu are not even caused by ketosis, ketogenesis, or the flu at all. The keto flu is caused by the body's response to carbohydrate restriction. Carbohydrate ...

Are Omega’s 6s Healthy or Unhealthy?

Are Omega’s 6s Healthy or Unhealthy?

We recently documented the health benefits of eating sufficient omega-3 fatty acids. Oftentimes, researchers discuss omega-3 fatty acids in the context of their counterpart omega-6 fatty acids. News outlets such as authority nutrition state that eating too many omega-6 fatty acids causes health problems ranging from inflammation to heart disease. Additionally, others tout the importance of eating a proper ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids. But what is the real story behind this ...

What Are Omega 3 Fatty Acids?

What Are Omega 3 Fatty Acids?

Omega-3 fatty acids are a special type of fat molecule. As a triglyceride, they consist of a small compound called glycerol (C3H8O3) attached to three chains of carbon atoms called fatty acids. They are a polyunsaturated fat, which means that they contain more than one carbon-carbon double bonds. In contrast, monounsaturated fats contain only one carbon-carbon double bond while saturated fats contain no carbon-carbon double bonds. Fatty acids generally have two ends: a carboxylic acid, which ...

Keto: The Best Fatty Liver Diet

Keto: The Best Fatty Liver Diet

Fatty liver disease is exactly what the name suggests - a disease characterized by the build up of fat in the liver. There are two main types of fatty liver disease: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease Alcoholic fatty liver disease (also called alcoholic steatohepatitis) Both types of fatty liver disease are diagnosed when fat makes up at least 10% of the liver, but the cause of the fat build up is different for each type. The cause of alcoholic fatty liver disease is obvious. The ...

Ketogenic Diet & Cancer: Interpreting the Research for You

Ketogenic Diet & Cancer: Interpreting the Research for You

We recently covered the science and clinical research behind using keto to treat pediatric epilepsy. Recently, scientists, doctors, and dietitians have assessed how the ketogenic diet can be utilized to manage symptoms of cancer. Below we report the findings of their preliminary research. While it’s a stretch to say that keto cures cancer, in some cases, it might be a useful complement to conventional cancer treatments. The Basic Facts of Cancer There are over 100 documented forms of ...

Can a Low Carb Diet Lower Blood Pressure?

Can a Low Carb Diet Lower Blood Pressure?

We previously looked at research suggesting that a well-planned, low-carb diet coupled with exercise can help you lower blood sugar, triglycerides, and body weight and also improve HDL cholesterol and insulin sensitivity. But what impact does ketogenic diet have on blood pressure? Recent research suggests that maintaining an optimal blood pressure is even more critical for your heart and overall health than previously thought. Read below to learn how cutting carbs and keto may be a good ...

The Ketogenic Diet and Epilepsy

The Ketogenic Diet and Epilepsy

Many people use the ketogenic diet today to manage symptoms of diabetes, lower triglycerides, and lose body weight. However, the high fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet was not first used for any of these purposes. Instead, doctors created it to help treat epilepsy in children. Below we give a brief overview of epilepsy, specifically pediatric epilepsy, and the origins of using keto to treat it. Then, we investigate the hard evidence from high-quality research showing its ...

What Are Ketones? Everything You Need to Know

What Are Ketones? Everything You Need to Know

One miraculous energy source has garnered the attention of many nutrition experts and researchers over the past decade. No, it is not carbohydrates, fats, or even protein. We call them ketones or ketone bodies (more on the difference between the two later). To your body, however, ketones are nothing new. In fact, your heart and renal cortex (the part of the kidney where ultrafiltration occurs) are using ketones as fuel right now. These cells prefer to use ketones instead of sugar. After ...

What is Gluconeogenesis?

What is Gluconeogenesis?

Eat fat burn fat. Eat carbs burn carbs. It's that simple, right? Yes and no. There's more to it. Your body has many different metabolic pathways that it uses to provide energy for your cells. Glycolysis (using sugar for fuel) and lipolysis (using fat for fuel through beta-oxidation) are the most well-known metabolic pathways, but there are many more.  One pathway, in particular, can turn the amino acids from protein into fuel. Why does it matter? Because this may be the one thing that is ...