On National Keto Day, January 5, we were reminded that ketogenic dieters cut carbs out of their diet to the extent that the body began consuming fat - instead carbohydrates - for fuel. The obvious benefit of fat used for energy is weight loss, but it also helps patients with epilepsy avoid seizures, and has been shown to increase brain cognitive function.
For those wanting to start taking keto, keep in mind the possible side effects called the "keto flu". However, there are many trustworthy sources out there, and celebrities like Kardashians and Halle Berry swear it too!
Two of the most important benefits seen with the keto diet are weight loss and support for healthy blood sugar. In fact, studies have shown improved glycemic control for people with type 2 diabetes while on a ketogenic diet.
Other health benefits of the keto diet may include healthy cholesterol and support for blood pressure. It may also benefit people with Alzheimer and Parkinson's.
How does the diet work? By eliminating carbohydrates, your body uses up its stored glycogen. It then goes into ketosis and starts burning fat.
Mainly, the keto diet consists of healthy fats, like eggs, butter, olive oil, and sustainably raised meat. Nuts, seeds, dairy, and low-carbohydrate vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, and green peppers are also easy to combine. Coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and buffalo butter add fat and flavor to the keto diet. Occasionally, a small serving of berries is added to the menu.
Eliminate these foods if you're considering a keto diet:
- Candies, sugar, soft drinks, baked goods
- Cereals, whole grains and starches
- Starchy fruits and vegetables
- Hydrogenated oil, vegetable oil
- Dietary foods, including low-sugar, sugar-free, and low-fat foods
The history of National Keto Day
The ketogenic diet was known as a modern medical strategy since the 1920s, as a treatment for epilepsy in both children and adults. Then, with the advent of effective anticonvulsant prescription drugs for seizures, the medical community no longer favored keto. However, some vendors still recommend a 4: 1 fat / protein ratio diet and reduce foods made with whole grains, sugars and high-carb fruits, instead of medicine.
It was until 1994, Jim Abrahams, a Hollywood producer with epilepsy, was controlled by a keto diet well, founded the Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapy. This led to widespread media coverage, including an interview on "Dateline" and a film for television starring Meryl Streep directed by Abrahams himself. Soon after, his foundation published an advanced scientific study on ketogenics, and new national and international interests began to rise.
So how did doctors in the early 20th century know that reducing carbs is beneficial for epilepsy? The real history goes back to ancient Greece, where the doctors wrote in "Hippocratic Corpus" that epilepsy is not as supernatural as is commonly believed, but a possible biological disease. Treatment with severe fasting.
In 20th century studies and treatments, neuroscientists have discovered that a diet free of carbohydrates and sugar can reproduce the results of whole fasting, and refining and Testing has of course led to today's keto version, fueled largely by the nation's preoccupation with weight loss.
Today, the brain health benefits of the keto diet are known to apply to Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, insomnia, and more. Vitamin Shoppe established the National Keto Day on January 5, 2019, to educate and raise awareness about the keto diet and further highlight the many health benefits that the keto lifestyle offers.
How to observe National Keto Day
If you are considering the keto approach to a healthier lifestyle or have already participated in it, prepare your best keto meal or snack and post a photo of it on Instagram using hashtag #NationalKetoDay. Furthermore, you can try fasting for part of the day. Scientists prove many benefits of fasting. It is a practice dating back many centuries, playing a central role in many cultures and religions. Besides, many successful keto dieters include intermittent fasting in their plans, with positive effects.
ObservedNational Keto Day has been observed annually on January 5th.
Sunday, January 5th, 2020
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The Vitamin Shoppe on January 2nd, 2019