Keto Diet And Adrenal Fatigue (Is It The Best Diet?)

Keto Diet And Adrenal Fatigue (Is It The Best Diet?)

July 25, 2019 35 By William Morgan


keto diet and adrenal fatigue a lot of
people are interested in these two
topics but they have some concerns that
it may not be a good idea to combine the
two so we’re gonna explore those topics
coming right up so can you do the keto
diet if you think that you have adrenal
fatigue so let’s talk about the adrenal
glands first what do they do what’s
their purpose etc whenever we have
stress whenever your nervous system
perceives stress then it’s the adrenal
glands that sit on top of the kidney
they’re actually an extension of the
brain the adrenal glands even though
they’re so far out into the body they
are an extension of nervous tissue
because the nervous system doesn’t have
time to relay the information it wants
to drop the info right away so there are
no synapses between the brain and the
adrenal glands so adrenal glands are
super important and they need to respond
quickly that’s their purpose so they
carry out the hormonal instructions
whenever the brain responds to stress
what is stress well stress is an
increased need whether we have an
emotional stress that you’re sitting in
your car on the freeway and somebody
cuts you off or does something rude and
your knuckles go white
now you just had a stress response
because your body is anticipating a
fight it thinks that there’s going to be
something in the short near future that
requires increased energy resources so
it wants to mobilize more resources so
that you’re prepared for that fight
physical stress that’s if you exercise
for example then you have an increased
demand and your body makes available
those resources or if you’re fasting so
if you’re not eating for a while then
your blood sugar starts to go down and
need to have a system of mobilizing
energy from the stores you need to get
the resources available so whether it’s
emotional physical or fasting that’s
still a stress that results in the
perception of an increased need so now
what the body does is it responds the
adrenals respond by making cortisol and
cortisol the purpose of cortisol is to
raise blood sugar because blood sugar is
the fastest fuel in an emergency
so when we have stressed the body wants
more blood sugar and the cortisol
mobilizes the blood sugar from glycogen
stores so the way the body can store
glucose is in the form of glycogen then
we have a limited amount of stores and
whenever we have stress cortisol tells
the body to start retrieving fuel from
those stores and then when the blood
sugar goes up we also have an insulin
response because the insulin is
necessary to deliver that glucose to the
cells that need it for fuel another
function of cortisol is to regulate your
sleep rhythms your circadian rhythms so
when you go to bed your blood sugar is
high because you’re normally in a
well-fed state but then you don’t eat
during the night so cortisol is the
lowest when you go to bed but then
because you don’t eat because you’re
fasting while you’re sleeping the
cortisol rises gradually and it hits a
peak right around the time when you wake
up and that’s because cortisol is also
involved in waking you up cortisol is
directly opposed to melatonin which is
your sleep hormone so that’s why it’s
part of your sleep cycle so it’s the
highest when you wake up and your body
anticipates food and once you’re awake
you the cortisol starts dropping off
again so so far it seems like everything
I’ve said indicate
that keto and fasting would be a bad
idea because it would increase the
demand on the adrenal gland and that is
true but we need to really explore this
next part to understand the the bigger
picture of this that even though fasting
and keto can be a little stressful in
the short term it is the best solution
in the long term and to eat more carbs
and frequent meals is the very thing
that perpetuates the problem so what
happens when we go keto when we cut our
carbs way way way down then the body has
to start looking for an alternative
source of fuels so it looks for fat fat
is plentiful it’s a great fuel and it
learns to burn the fat and now the
glycogen stores go down because we’re
not eating so much carbohydrates so much
glucose that the body can turn into
glycogen so the glycogen stores go down
so again that might look like a bad
thing because we want that glycogen for
blood sugar and if we don’t have it then
the body might have to work extra hard
to make cortisol but again it works the
other way around because and here’s the
key when we go into ketosis we teach the
body to use another fuel so now we learn
to burn fat for the most part and
ketones for the brain so the body can
learn to run on 90% fat and the brain
can run about 75% or so on ketones and
25% on glucose but that’s a very very
small amount of glucose needed so when
we go into keto when we become keep keto
adapted fat adapted we reduce our
reliance on cortisol we reduce our
reliance on glucose for fuel so the need
for cortisol is much much less and now
the adrenals get to rest one further and
of course is that if we don’t need to
make so much cortisol and we don’t eat
so many carbs then our insulin is also
going to go down cortisol drives insulin
so with less carbs less cortisol now we
have two ways of reducing that insulin
so the key to understand is that yes
cortisol does work like this but we’re
more dependent on cortisol if we are
adapted to a carbohydrate metabolism
once we come adapted to a fat metabolism
we don’t need so much glycogen we’re not
as reliant on glucose and then the need
for cortisol drops dramatically when we
develop a stable blood sugar through fad
adaptation now most of these problems go
away the adrenals get to rest up and
everything starts balancing itself much
much better the other thing that I want
to mention though is there’s the caution
here and for people who will also want
to combine the keto diet with
intermittent fasting because there’s a
transition period here when you’re going
from a carb dependency into a fat
adaptation and intermittent fasting that
is a stress on the body because during
this transition your body isn’t really
good yet at getting the fuel from the
fat it still wants that carbohydrate so
now it’s gonna go crazy on the cortisol
because it’s trying to retrieve it so
what you want to do then is you want to
go really really slow you start off with
lowering your carbs somewhat you stop
you cut out all of the processed foods
and the sugary foods and then you start
reducing the number of meals you start
cutting out the snacks you get down to
three meals and then you start gradually
maybe pushing the breakfast a little bit
until you can get down to two meals so
do all this very very slowly so that
your body can
adaptive so your body can slowly get
adapted to the fad adaptation because if
you are carb dependent and you go
straight into intermittent fasting and
keto then there’s going to be a few
weeks where your adrenals are going to
be overworked and that may not be a good
idea it probably won’t be a good idea
because you won’t feel so good in the
process but the keto and the
intermittent fasting is the long-term
solution so just learn how to do it and
do it gradually so if you enjoy these
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