For almost 70 years we have been hearing the horrible effects of a high fat diet. But more and more research is disproving this idea. In this webinar we talk about adopting a ketogenic diet and how it can help improve your health. Learn more about the ketogenic diet below, and be sure to watch the full webinar.
Satisfy the Brain First
Your brain is arguably the most important organ in the body. Those of you who have experienced issues with your brain will know what we’re talking about. The brain is made almost entirely of fat (57%) and protein (38%), and contains very little carbohydrate (5%). Our modern brains grew up in a low glycemic index environment. While this is what your brain is composed of, it doesn’t necessarily mean that’s how you should break down your diet.
Today we’re going to talk about why following a ketogenic diet is helpful to your brain health, and your overall health!
Ketogenic Diet Breakdown
One of the hardest thing to wrap your brain around is the lack of carbs and starchy foods, and changing your mentality about fats. The recommended breakdown for the ketogenic diet is as follows:
- Fat: 70-80%
- Protein: 20-25%
- Carbs: 5-10%
This can be a confusing diet breakdown. During the last few decades our “health” foods have been pushed as “low fat” but we’ve learned that that isn’t necessarily the best for us. Healthy fats, like avocado and fish, have shown to be great for your health.
Fasting and Ketosis:
Fasting on a ketogenic diet provides additional benefits. Since our body is depleted from glycogen, we use fat and ketones for energy instead of glucose. As your body gets used to fat and ketones as main sources of energy, you will naturally eat a lesser amount and less frequently.
Types of Ketone Bodies
Acetoacetate – Created from the breakdown of fatty acids. Either converted into BHB or turned into acetone.
Beta-hydroxybutyric Acid – Formed from acetoacetate. Not technically a ketone because of its structure, but we consider it as one within the keto diet.
Acetone – Created as a side product of acetoacetate. Breaks down quickly. Is removed from the body through the waste or the breath.
Weizmann Institute of Science – Personalized Nutrition
According to the Weizmann Institute of Science, November 19, 2015, “Scientists have released new results underscoring the importance of a personalized diet, prepared based on complex factors such as your gut microbes and lifestyle. Surprisingly, the foods that raise blood sugar levels differ dramatically from person to person.”
The study was unique in its scale and in the inclusion of the analysis of gut microbes, collectively known as the microbiome, which had recently been shown to play an important role in human health and disease. Study participants were outfitted with small monitors that continuously measured their blood sugar levels and were asked to record everything they ate, as well as such lifestyle factors as sleep and physical activity. Overall, the researchers assessed the responses of different people to more than 46,000 meals.
They discovered that it wasn’t only WHAT we eat, but WHEN, because of the microbial circadian rhythms.
Watch the full webinar to learn more about personalized nutrition and the ketogenic diet.