Let’s talk about keto.
Many of you know about the ketogenic diet—maybe you even follow it.
But do you know its history …
And how it can help during all stages of life?
Strive to achieve ketosis
The ketogenic diet originated in England in the 1800s.
It’s a low-carb, high-fat eating plan based on the process of ketosis.
Simply put, ketosis is the metabolic state in which your body starts breaking down fat instead of sugar (and sugar from carbohydrates) for energy. Your body then uses the byproducts from this process—ketones—as an alternative source of fuel.
In the early 1900s, pediatricians began prescribing the diet for seizures (epilepsy). But this option was eventually abandoned, thanks to Big Pharma—who introduced expensive, side effect-laden drugs to “treat” the condition, instead.
Now, researchers are looking at the benefits of the ketogenic diet to help control the surging twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes, as well as Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
And there’s MUCH to be excited about…
Because when followed correctly, the keto diet can tackle many health problems—like obesity, joint pain, headaches, brain fog, fatigue, and more.
Combat age-related disease
During the aging process, tissues, including in the heart, brain, and muscle, will lose the ability to effectively metabolize glucose, leading to insulin resistance.
But the state of ketosis can target the crux of the issue—potentially warding off the many different diseases of aging across different organ systems.
For example, some studies show ketones help offset age-related muscle loss.
In turn, this improves physical functioning and the ability to perform everyday activities. Plus, it helps prevent falls, a leading cause of death (or bone fractures) among older adults.
In addition, the anti-inflammatory properties of ketones can reduce oxidative stress—a main contributing factor behind Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, asthma, and arthritis.
It’s even believed that ketogenic diets can support the immune system. In fact, research shows ketones are a favorable source of energy for T cells—one of the main components of a healthy immune system.
Of course, while the mainstream has pooh-poohed this diet my entire career, I’m a huge fan and proponent of it. It’s how I continue to eat—and it’s how I encourage YOU to eat as well.
Not sure where to start? I suggest ordering yourself a copy of my A-List Diet or The Hamptons Diet, both of which are based on a ketogenic approach.
And just remember, good health takes persistence, patience, and consistency.
“Are Ketogenic Supplements the Key to Healthy Aging?” Medscape, 09/25/2023. (medscape.com/viewarticle/996794#vp_1)