From social media to YouTube, losing weight to reversing cancer… it seems everyone is talking about the ketogenic diet (also popularly known as Low Carb High Fat or LCHF).
But what is a ketogenic diet? What are the benefits of a ketogenic diet? What can a ketogenic diet do for cancer patients… or is it all just hype?
A ketogenic diet for cancer (or for weight loss or health reasons) involves maintaining a fasting state of ketosis. Ketones (which the body produces once it’s in ketosis) are not only fuel for the cells, they are signaling molecules as well. They signal the body to do some amazing things.
Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet for Cancer:
Here are just a few of the health benefits of a ketogenic diet for cancer:
1. It helps the body begin expressing new restorative/healing genes
2. It can bring down inflammation (the underlying cause of almost all disease)
3. It stimulates the immune system
4. It can stop or slow down degenerative diseases
You may be hearing about ketogenic diets which are also known as Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) and wonder if this type of diet has benefits for cancer patients.
The state of ketosis helps to heal, regenerate, and repair the cells, slow down degenerative diseases, and increase longevity.
Most people have become SUGAR burners and not FAT burners because they are always using carbohydrate metabolism for energy.
With the ketogenic diet the body adapts from using glucose for fuel to using ketone bodies. Cancer cells hate ketone bodies.