A Keto Diet Isn’t Just About Losing Weight
Are there other health benefits with following a ketogenic diet ?
A ketogenic (keto) diet is high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrates(carbs). With recommended carb intake down to 50g or less a day, the body naturally looks for and uses an alternative source of energy to glucose from carbs. It uses fat instead. Many studies have shown that individuals on a keto diet tend to lose more weight and are better able to maintain the weight loss compared to other diets.However, the keto diet has also been linked to other health benefits.
Here are some lesser known health benefits associated with going keto.
Managing blood sugars
The keto diet is widely regarded as a safe and natural way to keep blood sugarlevels healthy. High blood sugar levels lead to high levels of insulin which will likelybring on diabetes. The keto diet has been found to be successful in managing type 2 diabetes under the care and guidance of a health professional.
Moderating good and bad cholesterol
A keto diet has been known to improve cholesterol numbers, helping to lower triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol and increasehigh-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good” cholesterol.
Normalising blood pressure
Studies have associated the keto diet to the lowering of blood pressure, hence mitigating the complications that come along with the condition.
Busting food cravings
The high-fat, low-carb diet can reduce food and sugar cravings as each meal tends to be very satiating and rich in the complex nutrients that the body naturally needs.
Sugars and carbs cause inflammation in our body. Without them, the body can be free from inflammation, reducing and perhaps even eliminating issues like heart disease and cancer.
Research suggest that a keto lifestyle may keep anxiety and depression at bay, improving brain function and uplifting the mood.
Bringing on better sleep
The keto diet helps you to get more restful and deeper sleep by improving the connection between brain cells, therefore calming and healing the brain.
Upping energy levels
When the body uses only fats to fuel energy, you are in ketosis. Many people experience more heightened energy levels and improved ability to focus and concentrate.
Improving gut health
High intake of carbs, sugary foods and grains can lead to acid reflux and heartburn. The keto diet has been linked to improved human gut microbiome which enhances digestion and overall gut health.
Going the extra mile for ladies
Keto has been found to stabilise hormones and enhance fertility, eliminatinginfrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, and incidences of acne.
Great for the eyes
High blood sugar can damage eyesight and increase the risk for cataracts. With blood sugar levels kept at a healthy low, a keto diet is great for the eyes.