Greetings, in this article we are going to talk about whether or not the ketogenic diet is healthy. First of all, I want you to understand what the ketogenic diet is. It is basically a very, very low carbohydrate diet. Usually about five percent (5%) of your calories coming from carbs, twenty percent (20%) from protein, and seventy-five percent (75%) from fat. It is a fat-based diet. The idea is, is that you are going to get your energy from fats.
It takes a lot of energy for your cells to actually use fat as an energy source. And, because it it takes so much more energy and so much more cellular resources, fat energy is very wasteful. You get more toxins from it. And that causes you to go into something called ketoacidosis which you can measure by checking ketones in your urine, using a urine dipstick. That is how you measure whether or not you are burning fat.
Hormone Healing Tip 1: Beware the Keto Flu
The problem is it can be a little bit toxic, so there are side effects to the ketogenic diet. The number one issue with the ketogenic diet is what is called the keto flu. You actually feel like you have the flu. You are fatigued, you are weak, you have muscle aches, that is because of the toxins and the electrolyte imbalances that occurs when you are burning fat. It can be caused by dehydration as well, as a lot of water weight is lost right away, because glucose as an energy source allows you to hold on to more water.
Hormone Healing Tip 2: You Could Develop Vitamin or Mineral Deficiencies
The number two issue with a ketogenic diet is that you can develop vitamin and mineral deficiencies. It can be pretty severe. The reason for that is the majority of your vitamin and minerals are coming from vegetables and fruits. You do not get as many from meats and fats. Now, you do get fat soluble vitamins but you will have water soluble vitamin deficiencies and mineral deficiencies. The mineral deficiencies are what causes the most issues, from which you can develop kidney stones.
You can also develop some bone loss as your body is robbing from your bones the composite calcium, phosphorus, and boron. Your body is robbing many different minerals in order to fuel resources within the cells. It is really important that if you do follow a ketogenic diet, that you take a multivitamin mineral supplement because you are not going to be getting enough minerals and vitamins from that diet. The ketogenic diet is really a short-term diet, it is not a long-term life plan.
Hormone Healing Tip 3: Foods to Avoid PCOS
Number three, and this is a big issue for a lot of people, gastrointestinal distress from the ketogenic diet. The issue there is, again, you get fiber from fruits and vegetables, and if you’re limiting your carbohydrates to five percent (5%) of your diet, you are not going to be eating enough fruits and vegetables to get enough fiber. You are going to have to take some kind of fiber supplement, like psyllium or a soluble fiber like oat bran, or flax seeds, but some kind of fiber in order to prevent constipation. You may also notice some maldigestion.
We are really not meant to eat that much fat, so the pancreas is not setup to make enough lipase, which is fat dissolving pancreatic enzymes. It takes awhile for your pancreas to make enough lipase to try to break down that fat, so the fat just kind of sits there causing quite a bit of maldigestion. You can also get some malabsorption. It takes awhile for your body to get used to a ketogenic diet.
And, if you have had your gallbladder removed, it is not a good idea for you to go on a ketogenic diet. It will be very difficult for you to produce enough bio acids to break up that fat. It will be very difficult to get the pancreatic enzymes to then break up that fat, in order to use that for energy.
So, I see the ketogenic diet as really a very short-term weight loss program. It really was meant for people that can handle that high fat load. It is recommended in medicine for children with severe epilepsy. It does help mitigate the seizures by putting them on super high fat diet.
Hormone Healing Tip 4: Try the Insulin Resistant Diet for Long Term Dietary Needs
For weight loss, I think a much healthier diet would be my insulin resistant diet, which is more of a thirty percent (30%) fat, thirty percent (30%) protein, and forty percent (40%) carbohydrate. It allows your body to get the vitamins and minerals that you need from the vegetable family, as well as some fruits, and get enough fiber so that your bowels are functioning normally. You can sign up for the Harmony Boot Training in the link provided. Thank you for reading!