I know I have been throwing around the word ketosis a lot lately.
No doubt it’s also become a buzz word in the world of nutrition and fitness.
I’m a science gal.
When I see a trend in health I watch it to see if it sticks. I look closely at the research. I try it on myself first. Run it through a test group of people. THEN I get excited.
I’ve been studying the ketogenic diet for over two years now. And I am excited!
Let me tell you why.
When you eat carbohydrates like sugar, grains, and fruit it gets stored in your liver. This stored version of sugar is called glycogen.
When you lower your carb intake, these glycogen stores get reduced and begin the release of fatty acids from your fat stores (aka- you lose weight). Your liver gobbles up these fatty acids and converts them into ketones.
And your brain LOVES ketones!!
But research is proving that the brain is not the only organ that loves ketones. Your cells do too. Especially the mitochondria of your cells.
Your mitochondria produce something called ATP. ATP is the energy currency of life. The more ATP you have the more energy you will have to heal.
Although the ketogenic diet was originally discovered because the increased ketones stopped seizures, it’s the cancer world that has propelled this diet to the popularity it has today.
So what does this all mean for you? Why would you want to follow a ketogenic diet?
Here are the top three reasons I love the ketogenic diet.
1.FAT BURNING-Low levels of ketones in your blood signals that your body is now burning energy from fat, not sugar. Every disease known to man has existed in a sugar burning body. If you want to prevent disease, you need to live in a fat burning body.
2.ACCELERATES HEALING-Because the presence of ketones heals your mitochondria, research is showing that the increase in ATP speeds up healing. Every patient that I have coached to get into ketosis, experiences their body healing at a significantly faster rate.
3.BOOSTS MENTAL CLARITY-The number one complaint I get from patients over 50 years old is lose of mental sharpness. Remember your brain loves ketones. Knowing how to get your body to produce ketones will help keep your brain healthy and functioning at it’s best.
Now here’s the tricky part. Ask a Diabetic patient about ketosis and they will scream. Diabetics are doing everything to avoid ketosis.
The ketosis I explained above is NUTRITIONAL KETOSIS, where your body is secreting low levels of ketones ranging from .5-3.0. What diabetics are working to avoid is ketoacidosis which ranges from 5.0-10.
Before you go off and jump on a ketogenic diet, there are several important steps you need to know about getting your body into this fat burning place.
This is why I am putting on a KETOSIS WORKSHOP on February 2nd at my office.
I will show you the tricks to getting into ketosis, how to measure ketosis, and to make this way of eating effortless and fun. Join me! Just respond to this email or call us at 408-298-8092 to reserve your seat.
Hope that helps! Reach out if you need anything.