How the Ketogenic Diet Reduces Inflammation in the Body

How the Ketogenic Diet Reduces Inflammation in the Body

July 29, 2019 0 By William Morgan


Believe it or not the reason
you might feel so amazing
on a ketogenic diet could be because
of the modulation of
inflammation within your body.
I’m about to get sciency but
I’m going to break it all down
so it makes perfect, easy since.
I’m Thomas DeLauer with Keto-Mojo
and let’s go ahead and dive in
to some inflammation science.
You see, before we get in to any detail,
we have to understand what
inflammation is within the body
and why you feel so good
when it’s under control.
You see, inflammation is
sort of like our body’s
immune system response to things.
Any time we have a foreign invader
or we have any kind of trauma,
we have an inflammatory response.
A good example is acute inflammation.
If you get a cut or scrape
or maybe you bump part
of your body you’re gonna swollen and red
and you’re going to feel that
little swelling that goes on.
Well that is inflammation
in its acute form.
Now we also have inflammation that happens
in a chronic form or in a cellular form,
which is basically the
same kind of response
as on the outside of
the body but happening
at a cellular level.
You can see how that’s not
necessarily a good thing
unless we specifically need it.
If our bodies are always
overreacting to things
and always sort of swollen
then we’re putting ourselves
in a situation where
we’re run down.
Our body’s using energy for that.
Now ketosis has been prove
to modulate inflammation
in a lot of different subjects
and a lot of different studies.
But I want to help you understand
by giving you a matter of reference.
So this is one study is from
the Yale Medical School.
And what this took a look at was
exposing human immune cells to ketones,
particularly, beta hydroxybutyrate,
which is the main ketone
body that we see in ketosis.
In fact, it’s the ketone
body that we’re measuring
with the Keto-Mojo meter.
And what they found is
that when they expose
human immune cells to beta hydroxybutyrate,
inflammatory markers went down.
This is very, very powerful.
It shows us that in the
presence of ketone bodies,
we can control high levels
of inflammation a bit better.
Specifically, in this case,
it modulated what is known
as the NLRP3 inflammasome.
The NLRP3 inflammasome is
a multi-protein oligomer
and it’s very, very
reactive, it’s very jumpy.
You see, what it does
is it sort of dictates
what the rest of the immune system
and the rest of the inflammatory responses
in our bodies do.
So if our NLRP3 inflammasome is elevated,
it means that we are
going to be hypersensitive
to any little responses in the body.
What that means is that if
we have anything that occurs
that might trigger a little
bit of an inflammatory response
well it could exacerbate
and create a bigger inflammatory response
if our NLRP3 inflammasome is elevated.
So through this study they found
that that gets modulated,
that level comes down,
which means that our immune system
and our inflammatory
response is less jumpy
and less reactive.
This is good for everyone involved.
And in some other interesting research,
there was a doctor from
UCSF’s Neurology Department
that took a look at the effect
of ketones on brain inflammation.
So what he did is he gave
subjects a specific chemical
that would block the
absorption of glucose,
forcing them to go into a ketogenic state.
Now what happened in
this study was not only
did inflammatory markers go down
they actually went down to control levels,
meaning they went down
to levels that were lower
than what we would normally see.
They went down to total
baseline normal levels
of someone that is perfectly healthy,
even in people or subjects
that were not healthy at all.
Now it’s also been known on
the other side of the equation
that excess glucose or
excess carbohydrates,
specifically in people
that already have issues
with blood sugar or are
diabetic can cause these
different pro-inflammatory
markers to elevate
that can eventually
lead to atherosclerosis.
There’s a multitude of things
that we have to look at
when we are looking at inflammation
and how the ketogenic
diet can control that
and help us out.
But by and large, one of
the reasons that you’re
probably feeling so
good is your body is not
having to spend that extra
energy on its immune system.
Think about having a low
grade flu all the time.
A flu that you don’t even know exists
but it’s occurring inside your body
and all of a sudden that’s
healed, that’s gone.
You’re going to feel like
you have more energy,
you’re going to feel cleaner,
you’re going to feel less achy.
And honestly, inflammation is a big thing
that we have to look at when we’re looking
at the ketogenic diet.
So as always, if you’re
trying to make sure
that you’re in a ketogenic state
and make sure you’re
maximizing your results
with ketosis, you want to make sure
that you’re utilizing the Keto-Mojo meter.
It’s the gold standard
when it comes to ketone testing
and its going to ensure that you know
when you’re in that
powerful state of ketosis.
So as always,
keep it locked in here with Keto-Mojo
and I’ll see you soon.