You have probably heard of a keto diet and probably dismissed it as a fad diet. However, a keto diet can bring your loved ones a host of health benefits. At its simplest, a keto diet is where the primary source of energy for the body comes from proteins and fats, as opposed to carbs. When people go on a keto diet, they primarily consume food rich in fats and proteins. Some approaches to a keto diet call for the complete elimination of carbs from one’s diet while others simply require one to significantly reduce their carbs intake. Regardless of the approach, here are some great benefits that your loved ones can derive from a keto diet.
Lower Stress Levels
Carbs, especially simple sugars are known to increase stress levels. It is no coincidence that many people when facing stressful situations will often binge on sugary snacks. This raises the amount of sugar in the body, which in turn leads to mood changes. By eliminating or reducing the amount of carbs that you take, you can stabilize your mood and lower stress levels. When you go on a keto diet, there is also an increase in the amount of ketones that are in your blood. These are thought to have a calming effect on neurological impulses, thus leading to lower stress levels.
Management of Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a common condition in the United States. One of the effects of a keto diet is to stabilize the production of insulin in the body. This in turn helps to reduce the effects of type 2 diabetes and may even reverse the condition. This is thought to occur due to increased sensitivity to insulin, thanks to lower glucose levels in the body. Reversing type 2 diabetes will significantly boost the health of your loved one. This is because type 2 diabetes is associated with many other conditions such as high blood pressure, liver failure, and kidney complications.
When you or a loved one go on a keto diet, you may experience reduced inflammation thanks to fewer carbs in your body. It is thought that food such as corn, gluten, soy, and other carbs can cause inflammation when the body breaks them down to simple sugars. This inflammation can lead to a variety of health problems. When the body burns ketones for energy, the reverse happens. Not only does this process not cause inflammation in the body but can reduce it.
The process of breaking down ketones is slower than how the body processes carbohydrates. This ensures that if you are on a keto diet, you tend to have more sustained energy. Carbs on the other hand spike your energy levels, then shortly after it drops again, forcing you to constantly keep snacking.
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