The 4:1 Classic Ketogenic Diet (Epilepsy/seizure control)

The 4:1 Classic Ketogenic Diet (Epilepsy/seizure control)

August 10, 2019 1 By William Morgan


hi Cara from Health Home and Happiness here
we’re talking about different versions
of the ketogenic diet and the first one
that I’m going to touch on is the 4:1
and this is also called the classic
ketogenic diet it is most often if your
doctor prescribes the ketogenic diet for
seizure control and you’re working with
a neurologist this is most likely the
one they will go to it has been used for
over a hundred years and because of that
they have seen lots of studies that it
is very effective for controlling
drug-resistant epilepsy which means that
epilepsy and seizures that are not
controlled by using standard medications
and so this is something that it’s a
very restrictive version of the
ketogenic diet there is some evidence
which I’ll link below that less
restrictive versions are as effective a
lot of doctors and nutritionists are
going to be hesitant to prescribe that
but this is me as a mom I’m just talking
to you mom to Mom I’m definitely not
qualified to give any medical advice
look into it yourself and kind of see
what you can do to get the most benefits
out of the diet for you or your child
and to be in the least restrictive diet
as possible so what is the four to one
diet the four to one diet is for every
one gram of either protein or
carbohydrate you have to consume four
grams of fat and so this is a very
strict ratio and all of the meal plans
and stuff are very strictly counting and
weighing what each of these children are
consuming on the classic four to one
diet originally liquids were restricted
as well again this is something that
people kind of fell into they realized
when they cut out all of these foods and
they did this ratio seizures were under
control but it doesn’t necessarily mean
that this is the only way to control
seizures by being in ketosis so
originally with the Florida one with the
four to one ketogenic diet originally
liquids were restricted as well as well
as calories and so this is with the
protein restriction because you have to
have the four grams of carb or four
grams of fat for every one gram of
protein so with the protein restriction
liquid restriction and calorie
restriction of course the ketogenic diet
is going to be associated
with growth delay for children that are
on it during their years that they’re
growing and then with the liquid
restriction that isn’t so much and place
some some prep diction some
practitioners will still advocate for
that but most of the time these children
are allowed unrestricted liquids and so
that is going to cause kidney kidney
problems because you know our kidneys
rely on a constant source of liquids to
go through or different stuff can build
up in them that’s what’s causing the
kidney stones and that other kidney
problems so this is a most effective
diet for your neurologist getting on
board you definitely will be in ketosis
like there’s no question about it if
that’s like an emergency situation you
need to get these seizures under control
this is definitely a way that you can
get into ketosis pretty much everybody
will be in ketosis on this 4:1 ratio and
it’s something that again you’re
probably going to get more support
within the healthcare community but if
you link below or if you look below I’m
going to link to some studies that have
shown the less restrictive version
something that they call the modified
Atkins diet is also equally effective in
some people for seizure control so it
seems from what I’ve reviewed in the
literature and again not a medical
professional it seems that the act of
being in ketosis and making sure that
your brain is running on ketones and not
glued to glucose is what’s most
important for controlling the seizures
and secondary is the type of ketogenic
that the diet that you’re on where some
people may have a lower carb count that
they can tolerate and still be in
ketosis and obviously if bumpy and
yourself out of ketosis is going to
trigger seizures this is something that
you want to be working carefully with
with your healthcare provider but as a
mom I would like to see you be able to
for your child have them on the least
restrictive diet that also controls the
symptoms that you need to be controlled
so if you want to check out the link
below if you want to look at any of
these videos I’m going to explain as
much as I can
ketogenic diet which I use for my
daughter for neurological issues it’s
not seizures but it is being incredibly
effective for neurological issues so I
want to share as much as I can if you
want to click over there and subscribe I
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