Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet
Hey, guys. Dr. Axe here, founder of DrAxe.com
and Doctor of Functional Medicine. Today,
I’m going to share with you the benefits of
a ketogenic diet and how ketogenic diets can
help weight loss, cancer, and even the treatment
of Alzheimer’s disease.
Basically, what a ketogenic diet is, it’s
putting your body in ketosis, which means
your body is burning fat for energy rather
than carbohydrates. So again, your body will
burn its own body fat or fat that you’re consuming
dietarily for its overall energy production.
This is very effective. In fact, there are
medical studies now showing that the ketogenic
diet is an effective treatment for cancer,
for Alzheimer’s disease, and effective for
very fast weight loss. I’ve worked with thousands
upon thousands of patients over the years
in my clinic, and I’ve actually found that
the ketogenic is quite possibly the best diet
for very fast fat loss.
Now, I don’t believe that the ketogenic diet
should be done for typically periods more
than three to six months. After that, I think
that you do want to add some good carbohydrates
back in. But if your goal is especially fast
fat loss, the ketogenic diet is the perfect
The reason why it works so effectively is
that when your body goes into ketosis and
starts burning fat for energy, your body is
burning up its own body fat. Your body also
stops feeding on sugar. So let’s go into next
in terms of what it does for those three conditions.
Let’s start off with cancer, so the ketogenic
diet for cancer. We know that cancer cells
feed off of sugar. So when you restrict your
body, a ketogenic diet is essentially a diet
that is made up of around typically 80% fat,
10% carbohydrates, and 10% protein or maybe
even let’s say 70% fat, 20% protein, and 10%
carbohydrates. The carbohydrates are very,
very minimal. So again, you can see your body
is really burning fat for energy.
But the reason why the ketogenic diet is effective
in cancer treatment is that the cancer cells
are being starved. They have no sugar to feed
off of and so the cancer cells starve to death.
That’s why the ketogenic diet is effective
in cancer treatment.
The second thing a ketogenic diet is effective
for is weight loss and the reason being, again,
your body starts burning its own body fat
for energy. Think about this. Your body will
also then continue to burn fat even while
you’re sleeping at night. So your body is
burning fat 24/7. It’s not just burning the
fat you consume. It’s burning your own body
fat. That’s why it’s the most effective way
to burn fat fast.
And last, but not least, the ketogenic diet
is effective for Alzheimer’s disease. In fact,
there is a female medical doctor in Florida
who treated her husband, who had dementia
and Alzheimer’s, with what she called the
coconut ketogenic diet and said it cured his
symptoms completely. The reason why it would
be effective is we know that part of what
happens in dementia and Alzheimer’s is the
degeneration of the nerve system in the brain.
So you really need to support the brain nerve
system. Well, a diet that has around 70% healthy
fats, we know will help the brain, and we
also know that ketosis and your body being
able to burn fat for energy or utilize fatty
acids is critical for the brain and for the
natural treatment of dementia.
Now, if you want to know what a diet would
look like on a ketogenic diet, again it’s
going to be specifically you want to add three
types of healthy fats in your diet — healthy
saturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and then
healthy fatty acids from things that are omega-9
fats that are going to be found in olive oil,
avocados, and almonds, so sprouted nuts and
seeds. The omega-3 fats, so eating a diet
that’s high in things like salmon, chia seeds,
and flax seeds. Then also getting good quality
saturated fats from things like coconut oil
and high-fat dairy like butter, so again coconut
oil and grass-fed butter or ghee. Those are
some of the most effective healthy fats you
want to be consuming as part of this ketogenic
So again, I can tell you in working with thousands
of patients over the years, the ketogenic
diet is absolutely effective in the treatment
of weight gain as well as cancer, and also
it’s effective for the treatment of Alzheimer’s.
So again, if you can follow a ketogenic diet,
I recommend it. It is beneficial, but I only
recommend it for about a three to six month
period of time. You don’t want to do it longer
than that because your body does need carbohydrates
long term to function at its absolute best.
Hey, guys, this has been Dr. Axe talking about
the many benefits of a ketogenic diet.