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The Keto Diet: What It Can Do For You and Your Health

The buzz around the Keto diet is growing. In 2018, health company Ancient Nutrition announced it was investing $103 million dollars into an expansion aimed at keto diet followers. In both the food and supplements industry, the term ketogenic is rising rapidly in popularity as people seek to approach their days in a healthy way to experience the perks of their body being in a ketosis state. The diet is aimed at tricking your body into a fat burning state, resulting in steady weight loss and other health perks. It focuses on nourishing your body with healthy fats and protein using a ratio of 80/20 and cutting your carbohydrates intake to between 20-30 grams a day. Americans typically get about 50 percent of their calories from carbohydrates and 30 percent from fat, based on estimates by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So why has the Keto diet suddenly got the attention of people all over the world? Check out these surprising benefits of practicing a keto diet.

Improve Your Mental Focus

A ketogenic diet can improve your brain function in many ways. Developed in the 1920s as a tool for reducing seizures in epileptic patients, the keto diet has been favored not only for its weight loss benefits but also benefits such as improved cognitive function and improved learning. In a 2012 study by R Krikorian, a ketogenic diet was shown to improve the memory abilities in older adults while the brain is claimed to run 25 percent more efficiently on ketones than on blood sugar, according to Dr Myhill. Further evidence of the improved brain function keto dieters can experience was also found in a 2009 study by K Nylen K, which found an 50 percent increase in concentration in its test subjects.

Get Your Skin Back On Track

Secondly, placing your body in a keto state can dramatically improve your skin health. Lower carbohydrate intake can mean less acne breakouts due to the removal of refined sugar and processed carbohydrates. High glycemic foods have also been linked to acne in an article published by The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2007. The nutritional properties can help to mitigate the effects of any faults in your daily beauty routine, such as neglecting the use of sunscreen. Lastly, the foods included the the keto spectrum also happen to be great for your nutritional health: lean proteins, leafy greens and healthy fats, all rich in collagen boosting properties. The antioxidants properties in these foods protect your skin from sun damage and aging signs such as wrinkles and fine lines.

Regulate Your Blood Sugar

One of the results of your body running off of ketones is that it allows your body to maintain low glucose levels, a important factor to type 2 diabetes patients. Highly suggested as a natural way to lower your blood sugar, patients who were placed on low carbohydrate diets ketogenic diet saw their health improve. A 2012 study saw participants follow a 12 month keto diet where they experienced improved cholesterol levels amongst other markers. Most carb laden foods are filled with sugar. Constant consumption of these foods at mealtimes will in turn, continue to increase your blood sugar levels and place you on the fast track to being diagnosed with diabetes.

In addition, there have been links between the treatment and prevention of type 1 diabetes and the ketogenic diet. Although still in its early stages, it follows the thought process that carbohydrates are the elements that can raise your glucose levels the most and the fastest. Due to the minimization of carbs in the keto diet, the body burns fat instead which gives you much better control over your blood sugar (through elimination of most threats to your sugar levels).

Keep in mind that the ketogenic diet needs to be tailored to your individual needs and metabolism. Depending on your reasons and motivation for following the diet, your diet and proportions may slightly vary. However, with the possible perks it may offer you it is certainly safe to say, it is worth the consideration.

by Jane Sandwood

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