A low-carb diet is referred to as "ketogenic." The goal is to consume fewer carbohydrates and more protein and fat in terms of calories. The easiest-to-digest carbohydrates, such as sugar, soda, pastries, and white bread, should be reduced the most.
Did you know? The ketogenic diet was first used to treat epilepsy by Russell Wilder in 1921. The term "ketogenic diet" was also created by him.
The most common reason people use a ketogenic diet is to lose weight, but it can also be used to treat other medical conditions, like epilepsy. There needs to be more research in those areas, but it may also benefit those who suffer from heart disease, certain brain diseases, and even acne. If you have type 1 diabetes, in particular, check with your doctor to see if you should try a ketogenic diet.
Ketogenic diet benefits
- Aids in losing weight.
- Reduces acne.
- Might lower the risk of developing specific cancers.
- May improve heart health.
- Maintain brain health.
- Reduces PCOS symptoms
Numerous potential health advantages of the ketogenic diet exist. Long-term adherence to the ketogenic diet, however, may have negative consequences, influencing one's health, including an increased risk of contracting the following diseases:
- kidney stones
- excess protein in the blood
- mineral and vitamin deficiencies.
- a build-up of fat in the liver
Keto flu is a term used to describe the harmful side effects of the ketogenic diet. These negative effects could include
- Low blood sugar
- Low tolerance for exercise
The keto diet should be avoided by certain groups, including:
- Insulin-dependent diabetes patients
- Individuals suffering from eating disorders
- Those suffering from kidney disease or pancreatitis
- Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers
Ketogenic diets can help reduce thrush and yeast infections by lowering blood sugar, which reduces the amount of glucose excreted in the urine.
The glucose in the urine that bacteria feed on creates a breeding ground for yeast and bacterial infections.
Furthermore, consuming more lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid found in coconut oil, a staple keto food, has been shown to have anti-microbial properties. It can kill Candida albicans and aid in the treatment of yeast infections.
(Disclaimer: The content on this site is for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other health professionals for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.)