How The Keto Diet Can Help You

By: Joe Martinez, RPh, PDE, CMS, Founder and CCO, HMS

Contributor: Stephanie Wu

The ketogenic diet (often referred to as “keto”) is a popular diet that is widely touted for its weight-loss success. As a high-fat, moderate protein, and low carbohydrate diet, its goal is to replace your usual carbohydrate calories with good fat. This process rids your body of its sugar (carb) supply, and that means  it will burn the fat as its primary energy source – causing fat metabolism and then weight loss. This is called “ketosis.”  The keto diet has been all the buzz lately with more than a million Google searches every month

In addition to weight loss, various scientific studies show us that when followed to the rule, the Keto Diet can also help to treat serious illnesses.  As per the NCBI, the Keto Diet was first used to treat epilepsy as early as 500 BC.  In 1920, once again it was introduced by modern physicians as a treatment for epilepsy. Then, fast forward one hundred years to today and the Keto diet is also thought to help better manage diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides (NCBI) as well as providing other health benefits.  Wow, that’s a lot indeed…Let’s review:

  • May aid in treating cancer risk. 

A  study published by Redox Biology in 2014 suggests that the keto diet may provide a complementary approach to chemo-radiation by selectively enhancing the responses of these therapies in cancer versus normal tissues. 

  • Heart health improvement.

 A study published by Clinical Cardioloy  found that the keto diet improved heart health by increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels and lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

  • Potentially helps to treat polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that causes enlarged ovaries with painful cysts in women.  A high carbohydrate diet has been associated with PCOS. A small study published by Nutrition and Metabolism, showed that when eating a proper keto diet,  participants experienced weight loss, their hormone balance improved and two of the women in the study became pregnant despite previous infertility problems.

  • May support brain function 

The keto diet may have some neuro-protective benefits and may be able to help treat conditions like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and some sleep disorders. While more research needs to be done in this area, a study published in Epilepsy Research  found that children following a proper ketogenic diet had improved alertness and brain functioning.

  • May improve athletic performance. 

Whether you’re a hard-core athlete or just like to get moving, an article published by BMJ  argues that endurance athletes on the keto diet found improvements in their training and competition. 

These are just a few of the potential health benefits of eating a proper Keto diet.  As with any diet adopted to help with a condition or goal, it’s best to consult with your medical professional before and during the process.  Your medical professional can help to give you specific advice that should be followed. And if the meal preparation instructions seem overwhelming, don’t worry, that’s why there is Healthy Meals Supreme. 

At the Healthy Meals Supreme website, you and your medical professional can easily review the nutritional values for each meal, as well as a summary of the nutritional values of all your meals with the HMS nutritional calculator. All the information is right there for you – no guessing. It’s that easy!

No matter what your meal preferences are, we have an easy solution for you.  Here some of my favorite Keto meals and desserts…low carbs, great taste, easy to do!. 

To your good health in 2020 and the years to come!  

* Always check with your doctor or healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine.

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