To Keto or Not To Keto
Bacon! Butter! Burgers! Oh My! When most people think of a ketogenic diet this is the first thing they envision – lots of fats, some protein and no carbs like bread, rice or pasta and most people are under the impression that vegetables aren’t allowed. The Keto lifestyle, often confused with Atkins, encourages high healthy fats, unlimited nutritious low glycemic greens, moderate protein and under 20 grams of carbs a day. This method of eating was created by medical doctors in the 1920’s to treat epileptic seizures in children and has been proven to be effective in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), cancer, neurological conditions and autoimmune diseases. It’s also very effective at reducing overall inflammation which many people believe is the root cause of all dis-ease in the body.
When embarking on a ketogenic lifestyle it is important to note that not all carbohydrates are created equal. For example, according to Cardiologist William Davis, MD, two slices of whole grain bread increases blood sugar higher than two tablespoons of pure sugar. Whereas, rice bran solubles contain gamma oryzanol and alpha lipoic acid which have been shown to have a positive effect on blood lipids by burning fat, mobilizing stored fat and increasing lean body mass. Green algae like chlorella and spirulina are great sources of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and proteins. They are commonly known as superfoods and are also great for boosting weight loss, increasing energy and assisting in detoxification. A ketogenic diet has been proven to be effective in lowering blood sugar, reducing overall inflammation and pain, increasing the body’s ability to burn stored fat and improving memory and mood and if followed correctly, may effortlessly give you the weight loss results you’ve been hoping for.
Jessica Schneider, CPC-Certified Professional Coach and Wellness Advocate, specializes in nutrition and health. She also offers Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (Thermography) at For Your Health Thermal in Melbourne. For more information, call 321-987-7893 or visit YourThermalHealth.com.