BY MICHELLE BORTHWICK
Diets come and go. Yet, the recent surge of Keto is now intersecting with science in a way that puts data behind it and proves the case that food is medicine.
Here are just a few of some amazing physical benefits of nutritional ketosis—most of them converging around internal balance—including:
- Body composition
- Satiety level
- Improved mood
- Reduced insulin and insulin resistance
- Resolved or lowered inflammation
- Benefits mood disorders
- Cognitive improvement
- Reduced anxiety
- Hormone management
Let’s break down even more what nutritional ketosis can do for your health:
#1 CHANGES IN BODY COMPOSITION.
Keto can increase levels of human growth hormones, supporting your muscle mass and metabolic state. A customized keto diet will reduce body fat and help you maintain muscle mass. And, because you aren’t hungry, and you are burning ketones for fuel (not glucose) you lose weight.
#2 FEEL SATIATED.
Keto diets do not require limiting calories, but studies have shown that eating a keto diet reduces appetite and helps promote weight loss. Keto increases your brain’s sensitivity to leptin. Leptin sends signals to your brain that your body has plenty of stored fat and can burn more calories and eat less food.
#3 STABILIZE MOOD.
Keto can help stabilize a variety of mood disorders. Essentially, Keto helps your brain work better, which can help your overall mental health. That, paired with reduced cravings and drops in blood sugar, means keto diets are a mood stabilizer.
#4 EVEN BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL.
Multiple studies have shown that keto improves blood sugar control and lowers insulin. When struggling with blood sugar levels, including prediabetes or Type 2 diabetics, this typically results in significant weight loss.
#5 KETO IS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY.
Keto diets naturally remove many highly inflammatory foods. By eating clean foods Keto means your diet has anti-inflammatory foods, including berries, green leafy vegetables, salmon, nuts, olives, and healthy fats.
#6 MOOD DISORDERS.
Burning ketones for fuel makes your brain work better and has demonstrated promise as an intervention for depression and other mood disorders.
#7 COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE.
Increase cognitive function with Keto. The keto diet improves the body’s ability to produce and utilize antioxidants, which help counteract the effects of free radicals in the body. By limiting oxidative stress, our brains can function fully, without memory and cognition problems or brain fog.
#8: MELLOW OUT STRESS
What about stress and anxiety? The keto diet helps prevent the negative effects of stress on our bodies, reducing fat storage, particularly in our belly area!
#9 MODULATE YOUR HORMONES AND FEEL BALANCED.
Keto directly impacts the pituitary gland affecting hormones. The use of fat as fuel in the keto diet metabolizes estrogen stores. Keto positively impacts hormone production, helping modulate hormones that might be out of balance.
Is a ketogenic diet right for you?
It’s encouraging to think that we can heal ourselves with diet. The more Keto is studied it’s learned that a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet is often fixing or optimizing our bodies that have gotten out of whack from years of high-carbohydrates and low-fats.
Many people use keto diets to burn fat and lose weight, but as this article demonstrates…. there are many other health benefits. It’s important to do Keto correctly. If you want to know more about how to make Keto safe, effective, and easy for your body type and health, please schedule a consult with me.
About Michelle Borthwick: Michelle is a Keto customization expert and lifestyle coach. Keto weight loss results can be greatly improved with Coaching, Customization, Accountability, and a trusted partner to guide you every step of the way. Michelle offers private sessions, proven Keto diet hacks, goal setting, ongoing support and more. Follow Keto is Easy coach on Facebook and Instagram or go to Ketoiseasycoach.com.