What is Ketosis?
Did you know that there are two sources of fuel for the body? They are Ketones & Glucose.
The ketogenic diet differs to a typical western diet, in which the majority of our energy comes from carbohydrates and sugar. Our bodies break down carbohydrates into glucose (sugar) for energy and we store a limited amount of sugar as glycogen in our muscles and liver.
Burn the fuel your were born to burn!
In ketosis, we restrict our carbohydrate intake to the point where our metabolism needs to search for another fuel source: Ketones. The liver converts fat (both nutritional fat and body fat) into ketone bodies that fuel our brains and bodies.
We then switch from burning glucose to ketones for energy; this is called being ‘Fat/Keto Adapted’ and is actually the more natural metabolic state for the human body to be in. As hunter gatherers, our Palaeolithic era ancestors would have been in ketosis most of the time. Did you know that babies are born in ketosis?
What can you eat on the ketogenic diet?
On the ketogenic diet, you derive most of your calories, approximately 70-80% from fat. If you are consuming this much fat, it needs to be healthy, unprocessed and made up of Saturated Fatty Acids (SFAs). The remainder of your nutritional macros should consist of 10-20% protein and 5% carbs. Avocados, eggs, coconut oil, leafy greens, MCT Oil and butter will feature heavily in your diet. Find out more about ketogenic foods here.
A truly therapeutic diet
The Ketogenic Diet was originally developed in the 1920s to prevent epileptic seizures in children and it has shown to be more effective than the current prescribed epilepsy medication at preventing seizures.
Through reducing sugar, you can eliminate inflammation and a host of other issues and diseases. The Ketogenic diet is now used to cure cancer, autoimmune disease, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes and a myriad of other inflammation and sugar related diseases. Learn more about the benefits of the Ketogenic Diet here.