Dr. Axe is one of my favorite low carb health gurus. He know a lot of scientific facts on the benefits of ketogenic diet. This sounds amazing but I can personally tell you it is true and the Emotional & Mental benefits Of The Ketogenic Diet do exist.
Check out the five benefits Popsugar found out when they talked to Dr. Axe:
“If you regularly feel hungry, tired, shaky, or have headaches and mood swings in between meals, there’s a good chance you’re not eating enough fat and/or over-consuming carbohydrates and sugar,” said Dr. Josh Axe, D.N.M., C.N.S., D.C., founder of DrAxe.com, bestselling author of Eat Dirt and co-founder of Ancient Nutrition.
The ketogenic diet puts the body into a state of ketosis, meaning it pushes the body to burn through glucose (sugar from carbohydrates) and forces stored fat to be used for energy. “This process creates ketone bodies, which provide the brain with a steady supply of fuel. Research shows that ketones are effective against mental-health-related pathologies associated with altered glucose metabolism,” Dr. Axe said.
A study conducted by the University of Tasmania, where rats were given a keto diet, showed they had reduced levels of anxiety. Two of the main reasons the keto diet can help alleviate anxiety is due to the increase in healthy fats and the decrease in sugar. “Sugar is a culprit of many mood disorders and can be found in most everyday items, which can make it hard to stay away from. Additionally, when you are feeling stressed or anxious, your body tends to crave sugary foods because your body is looking for a quick, feel-good serotonin boost. However, sugar will only lead to a crash and can actually worsen anxiety symptoms over time,” said Lindsey Smith, author of the forthcoming book Eat Your Feelings: The Food Mood Girl’s Guide to Transforming Your Emotional Eating.
“These neurotransmitters play a role in anxiety and depression, which is why the ketogenic diet may offer some antidepressant and anti-anxiety benefits. Other benefits associated with the keto diet include increased vascular density in the brain, protection against neuronal loss, and reduced risk for Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and brain cancer,” Dr. Axe said.
Eating plenty of healthy fats is important for preventing blood sugar swings and symptoms of hypoglycemia, which can trigger nervousness and other feelings of anxiety. “If possible, it’s ideal to do intermittent fasting in tandem with the ketogenic diet for even more powerful effects. Intermittent fasting (or IF) involves limiting your ‘eating window’ to about 8-10 hours per day — in other words only consuming solid foods within a finite period of time to give your body a chance to digest, cleanse, and focus on repair work while you fast,” Dr. Axe said.
The keto diet, especially when combined with fasting, can also be helpful for normalizing “hunger hormones,” particularly ghrelin and leptin, and reducing cravings tied to low blood sugar. “Ghrelin, known as the main hunger hormone, is responsible for making you hungry so that you know it’s time to eat, while leptin helps to control your appetite.
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