Our human bodies are amazing, and somewhat similar to a computer in certain ways. For example, our body can rely on default programs if something goes awry or if there is some deficiency. One of those default processes is the creation of ketones.
What’s so great about ketones?
The Process Of Ketogenesis
Ketogenesis is the biochemical process that occurs when the body breaks down fats and fatty acids and creates ketones as fuel. This happens primarily when we lack or restrict our carbohydrate intake reducing the glucose and glycogen levels needed for energy.
Ketosis is when the body uses fat for fuel instead of carbs. Low carb diets or ketogenic diets create this process as our body searches for and creates a new source of energy.
This can occur is someone is fasting, on a low carb diet, after excessive exercising, or with starvation.
Benefits Of A Ketogenic Diet
When you restrict carbs and become less reliant on them, it’s possible to burn more fat. A low-carb diet (like Atkins) relies more heavily on protein for energy and creates ketones. Ketones can be great if regulated properly.
Some benefits to creating ketones include:
- Increased energy
- Improved mental performance
- Feeling less hungry
- Helps to lower blood pressure
- Reduces cravings
- Improves cholesterol levels
- Helps with weight reduction
In addition, some research corroborates that a ketogenic diet may lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Studies are ongoing about the effects of ketogenic diets on the nervous system and diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease. This type of diet may also be beneficial for children with epilepsy since it helps prevent seizures.
A Cautionary Tale
Be aware that ketogenesis can be dangerous and cause blood to become too acidic. This condition is known as ketoacidosis which can lead to a coma or even death. Ketoacidosis is especially dangerous for those with diabetes. Symptoms can develop quickly, sometimes within 24 hours.
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