Four Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

The time is upon us and our next Keto Challenge is almost here! I thought it would be a good idea for me to remind you why exactly the Ketogenic diet is so great and why I consider it a cornerstone of vibrant health. The last day to book in for the Keto Challenge is September 29th so hurry and reserve your spot today! Do you need a reminder of what the Ketogenic diet is? Read all about it here.

What are some of the benefits of the Keto diet? Well, let’s break it down:

Get Ready to RUN CLEANER!

Putting it simply – ketones are a superior source of fuel. It creates a lot less of the messy chemical by-products that come when you are burning glucose as your primary source of fuel. The mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell – thank you biology class!) breaks down ketones more quickly than glucose. Glucose must first be broken down in the liver before it can be used by the mitochondria. This slows the whole process down and decreases efficiency. Ketones produce 20% more ATP on average than the same amount of glucose. This is a natural metabolic pathway that we can easily utilize with a little bit of planning and foresight.

Get Ready for MORE ENERGY!

One of the quickest things I see happen in my clients is that they very rapidly report an improvement in energy levels and a lack of cravings for all things carb-related. Frequent carbohydrate consumption can create a dangerous cycle of blood sugar imbalances and spiked insulin. The Keto diet encourages stable insulin levels by switching the body from a source of glucose to a source of ketones. As well, ketones are an extremely available source of energy for our brain and body. The result? Improved energy! People often feel so good on Keto that they are able to take steps to move towards tackling their bigger life goals. It’s truly remarkable to see.

Get Ready for STABLE HORMONES!

Keeping blood sugar levels stable can result in lower overall levels of insulin in the body. This can assist in calming down fluctuating hormone levels, particularly in women. There have been promising studies on PCOS and reduced symptomology. My theory is as Keto becomes more and more popular, the amount of studies showing how good it can be will continue to grow exponentially. In the meantime, keeping blood sugars low also is significant for helping tackle a variety of metabolic symptoms like hunger levels. You can look into that pilot study here.

Get Ready for WEIGHT LOSS!

Let’s be honest. The number one reason people choose to adopt the Keto Challenge is weight loss. Initially, weight loss is brought on by finishing all of the stored up carbohydrates in your body, including the ones that are stored in your liver. These carbohydrates also cause additional water storage. In Ketosis, your liver will burn fats to create Ketones. This is unlike regular calorie restriction diets. Also, the basis of this diet is beautiful, nutrient-rich fats like avocados, nuts and extra virgin olive oil. I always focus on whole-foods consumption. Cutting carbs also means cutting sugar, which means a more stable supply of energy throughout the day. Say goodbye to the 3:00 pm sugar crash!

I feel extraordinarily lucky to do what I do here in the clinic with the Keto Challenge. This will be my fourth one and I’m super excited to help a new group of people in their Keto journey. I want everyone to feel healthy, happy and strong.  Space in our Fall Keto Challenge is limited and time is running out, so book today!

Ralitza Alexandrov - Wellness Advisor   Ralitza Alexandrov, C.H.N.C.

As your Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant at Naturmend, I am committed to creating healthy communities. I believe in honouring the unique biochemical individuality of each person who walks through my door and in the amazing benefits of a whole food diet. A healthy body and balanced mind are the cornerstones of a happy existence.

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