We all strive to keep our immune systems strong—especially in the age of COVID-19.
And if you’re a regular reader, you may already be doing one of the very best things to keep it firing on all cylinders!
Because according to the latest research, this low-carb, high-fat diet is emerging as an effective strategy to manage many comorbidities associated with obesity, including COVID.
(When you effectively manage your weight, your immune system gets stronger—and disease risk decreases.)
Better yet? It’s one that makes up the foundation of my very own A-List Diet(and Hamptons Diet)…
Benefits of keto
I’m talking about the ketogenic (keto) diet.
Attaining ketosis—a process when your body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates to burn for energy—is the goal behind this way of low-carb eating.
This puts our bodies into a fasting state… and actually gives us an extreme health advantage.
In fact, the beauty of this diet is you’re rarely hungry. Plus, portion sizes don’t need to be reduced, it preserves muscle mass and function, improves resting metabolic rate (the amount of energy that your body needs to function while at rest), and is incredibly successful for weight management (and supporting overall health).
Who wouldn’t want to reap those benefits?
Now, let’s dive into the latest scientific research…
In a recent study, researchers collected and analyzed blood samples from participants before starting a keto diet, at peak ketosis, and after low-carb dieting ended. Ultimately, they found a specific DNA methylation pattern in obese people.
But after achieving weight loss on the keto diet, that pattern was REVERSED—and matched that methylation of those with a healthy weight.
Furthermore, 292 genes were influenced by a state of ketosis—which help regulate metabolism, adipose tissue function, CNS function, carcinogenesis, and more.
A ketogenic diet was also able to support the immune system (a benefit that was not seen in those who chose bariatric surgery for weight loss).
It appears the ketogenic diet helps guard the body from inflammation and, therefore, from the potential of serious illness once/if infected with a virus like COVID-19.
Reap the benefits today
I could have told these researchers about the benefits of keto a long time ago. (It would have saved millions of dollars in research!)
After all, when you maintain a healthy weight AND fuel your body with a healthy, balanced diet, the rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more plummets.
When following a ketogenic-type diet, it’s important to focus on the following food categories:
Lean protein. Including organic, pasture raised poultry; grass-fed and -finished meat; wild-caught fish and seafood; and eggs.
Healthy fats. Opt for nuts, certain superfoods (like avocado), and healthy oils (like my favorite, macadamia nut oil, which is full of monounsaturated fatty acids [MUFAs]).
Fresh vegetables. Head to your local farmer’s market for the freshest varieties, as I always recommend local and/or organic produce.
For more guidance on this way of healthy eating, I encourage you to order yourself a copy of my A-List Dietbook.
And check out the October 2018 issue of my monthly Logical Health Alternatives newsletter (“This simple weight loss plan that can prevent, treat, and even REVERSE chronic disease”). Not yet a subscriber? Click here to become one.
Until next time,
“Low-Calorie Ketogenic Diet Improves Immune Function”. Medscape, 05/13/2022. (medscape.com/viewarticle/973967)