A ketogenic diet is focused on eating healthy fats, low carbs, and protein. It is typically 75 percent fat, 5 percent carbs, and 20 percent protein. However, these numbers vary, depending on the recommendations of your nutritionist or doctor.
The goal of ketogenic diet is to minimize carbs and sugar, allowing the body to enter a metabolic state known as ketosis. In a state of ketosis the body burns fat for energy, not glucose.
Why cancer patients are using a ketogenic diet
The theory behind ketogenic diet is that cancerous cells require glucose to thrive. As carbohydrates are converted in glucose when metabolized, lowering the glucose levels in your bloodstream through limiting sugars and carbs will strip cancer cells of their energy source. In other words, it will starve them to death!
Have you heard about Dr. Otto Warburg and his discovery? He is an eminent German researcher who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1931 for his findings about the differences between healthy cells and cancer cells, as well as the remarkable finding that malignant tumors thrive on sugar. One of the features of cancer cells is the high amount of insulin receptors on their cellular surface, 10 times more than healthy ones.
This allows the cancers cells to absorb higher amount of glucose, which is one of the reasons why sugar is harmful for any cancer patient. As a matter of fact, sugar contributes to a wide range of chronic illnesses, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. As cancer cells feed on sugar and multiply with its help, a diet that reduces sugar and carbohydrate intake could be extremely effective at both preventing and fighting cancer.
Additional benefits of ketogenic diet
Ketogenic diet isn’t designed for cancer patients only. It is great as it over time switches the body from a carb burning mode to a fat burning mode, which is beneficial for anyone who wants to lose weight. In addition, ketogenic diet can help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation. Ketogenic diets have been also used for increasing good cholesterol, reducing HDL cholesterol, managing seizures, and helping type II diabetics reduce their medication.
As with any other diet, people with medical conditions should consult their doctor to monitor their condition and make any adaptations as needed, depending on their diet or medication.
What foods are included in a ketogenic diet?
Healthy fats such as:
Low carbohydrate vegetables such as:
Grass fed organic dairy
Wild fish and seafood
Grass fed beef
Organic pastured poultry
Conditions that may benefit from a ketogenic diet
Neurodegenerative conditions (Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s)