Hey, guys. Axe here, founder of DrAxe and of Functional Medicine. Today, I’m going to share with you the benefits of a ketogenic diet and how ketogenic diets can help weight loss, cancer, and even the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Basically, what a ketogenic diet is, it’s putting your body in ketosis, which means your body is burning fat for energy rather than carbohydrates. So again, your body will burn its own body fat or fat that you’re consuming dietarily for its overall energy production. This is very effective. In fact, there are medical studies now showing that the ketogenic diet is an effective treatment for cancer, for Alzheimer’s disease, and effective for.
Very fast weight loss. I’ve worked with thousands upon thousands of patients over the years in my , and I’ve actually found that the ketogenic is quite possibly the best diet for very fast fat loss. Now, I don’t believe that the ketogenic diet should be done for typically periods more than three to six months. After that, I think that you do want to add some good carbohydrates back in. But if your goal is especially fast fat loss, the ketogenic diet is the perfect diet. The reason why it works so effectively is that when your body goes into ketosis and.
Starts burning fat for energy, your body is burning up its own body fat. Your body also stops feeding on sugar. So let’s go into next in terms of what it does for those three conditions. Let’s start off with cancer, so the ketogenic diet for cancer. We know that cancer cells feed off of sugar. So when you restrict your body, a ketogenic diet is essentially a diet that is made up of around typically 80% fat, 10% carbohydrates, and 10% protein or maybe even let’s say 70% fat, 20% protein, and 10% carbohydrates. The carbohydrates are very, very minimal. So again, you can see your body is really burning fat for energy. But the reason why the ketogenic diet is effective in cancer treatment is that the cancer cells.
Are being starved. They have no sugar to feed off of and so the cancer cells starve to death. That’s why the ketogenic diet is effective in cancer treatment. The second thing a ketogenic diet is effective for is weight loss and the reason being, again, your body starts burning its own body fat for energy. Think about this. Your body will also then continue to burn fat even while you’re sleeping at night. So your body is burning fat 247. It’s not just burning the fat you consume. It’s burning your own body fat. That’s why it’s the most effective way to burn fat fast. And last, but not least, the ketogenic diet is effective for Alzheimer’s disease. In fact,.
There is a female medical in Florida who treated her husband, who had dementia and Alzheimer’s, with what she called the coconut ketogenic diet and said it cured his symptoms completely. The reason why it would be effective is we know that part of what happens in dementia and Alzheimer’s is the degeneration of the nerve system in the brain. So you really need to support the brain nerve system. Well, a diet that has around 70% healthy fats, we know will help the brain, and we also know that ketosis and your body being able to burn fat for energy or utilize fatty acids is critical for the brain and for the natural treatment of dementia.
Now, if you want to know what a diet would look like on a ketogenic diet, again it’s going to be specifically you want to add three types of healthy fats in your diet healthy saturated fats, omega3 fatty acids, and then healthy fatty acids from things that are omega9 fats that are going to be found in olive oil, avocados, and almonds, so sprouted nuts and seeds. The omega3 fats, so eating a diet that’s high in things like salmon, chia seeds, and flax seeds. Then also getting good quality saturated fats from things like coconut oil and highfat dairy like butter, so again coconut oil and grassfed butter or ghee. Those are some of the most effective healthy fats you want to be consuming as part of this ketogenic.
Diet. So again, I can tell you in working with thousands of patients over the years, the ketogenic diet is absolutely effective in the treatment of weight gain as well as cancer, and also it’s effective for the treatment of Alzheimer’s. So again, if you can follow a ketogenic diet, I recommend it. It is beneficial, but I only recommend it for about a three to six month period of time. You don’t want to do it longer than that because your body does need carbohydrates long term to function at its absolute best. Hey, guys, this has been Axe talking about the many benefits of a ketogenic diet.