Consuming a Low-Carb High-Fat Diet Can Improve Mental Clarity
Followers of a ketogenic menu plan often credit their diet for an increase in mental energy, alertness, clarity and focus. For most of us, our diet is filled with carbohydrates, added sugars and processed foods. When your daily intake includes starchy and grainy carbs, your body produces glucose that is used as energy. Short for ketogenic, a keto diet consists of high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb foods that force your metabolism into a state of ketosis. It takes about a week of consuming higher quantities of fat with less carbohydrates to induce ketosis. Once you are in ketosis, your body becomes a fat burning machine.
The ketogenic diet was developed by doctors in the 1920s to help control epileptic seizures in children who did not respond to traditional treatments. The energy received from inducing ketosis seems to be cleaner, more reliable and longer lasting. For years, there was a common misperception that carbohydrates were indeed necessary for proper brain function, but this is only true when ketones are not readily available. While fats are unable to cross the blood brain barrier, ketone's water-soluble molecules appear to be more efficient in feeding the brain.
Today, people often choose a ketogenic diet for the increased mental performance alone. In fact, recent studies have concluded that fatty acids can benefit brain functions like clarity, focus and concentration. Since some areas of the brain can only burn glucose, the liver produces glucose from protein if we don't eat carbohydrates. After a few days of keto adaptation, the body and brain can run effortlessly on ketones reducing swings in blood sugar levels and insulin response that commonly occur with greater carbohydrate consumption. Keto diets are now being studied for brain disorders other than epilepsy, including Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.
Due to the very strict dietary regimen and limited carb intake, the ketogenic diet may not be well suited for you. Contact the Metabolic Research Center and let our weight loss consultant personalize a menu plan that will satisfy your body's unique needs. We've been helping people just like you lose weight and improve their health and wellness for over 30 years.
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