[Preview] The mood-stabilizing properties of keto after a traumatic brain injury
I have a good friend who about 15 years ago had
a traumatic brain injury in an auto accident
and after seven or eight years
wandering around in the wilderness
trying to get diagnosed and treated at all
finally got some traction.
Now she still is disabled to the extent
that she can’t hold a standard 9-to-5 job.
But about a year ago I took up the low-carb
ketogenic sort of program in my own life
and she liked what it did
for me physically
and adopted it
about two months ago herself.
And what she tells me is that her emotional
life is a lot more stable than it used to be.
My knee-jerk reaction was,
“Yeah, you got off the sugar roller coaster.”
But some of the things that I’ve heard
at the conference made me wonder
if there was some basis
for leveling out your emotions
on a more ketogenic energy source.
You know, and this is where it’s cool,
where it works synergistically.
We may not fully know
what the mechanisms are,
but clearly everybody understands
that if we’re not on that carb roller coaster,
our emotional state is better.
How many people have heard
that exercise can increase growth of new
brain connections, new brain tissue?
So there’s a substance called BDNF,
brain derived neurotrophic factor.
Do you know
what the signaling molecule is
that releases and activates and makes
efficacious brain derived neurotrophic factor?
it’s ketone bodies.
If you can’t produce ketone bodies
you don’t grow new brain.