Ke­to­genic Diet

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When you eat some­thing that is high in car­bo­hy­drates, your body will pro­duce glu­cose and in­sulin to help uti­lize the glu­cose. Fats are not used for en­ergy when sugar is avail­able, and there­fore fats are stored. The ke­to­genic diet is a low car­bo­hy­drate, mod­er­ate protein, and high fat diet. When you lower your in­take of carbs, the body be­gins to look for an alternative en­ergy source and your body en­ters a meta­bolic state known as ke­to­sis. Ke­tones from the break­down of fat be­come the main en­ergy source for the body, in­stead of glu­cose. When your body has op­ti­mal ke­tone lev­els, you will be­gin to lose weight and may ex­pe­ri­ence im­prove­ments in phys­i­cal and men­tal per­for­mance. Re­cent stud­ies sug­gest that the ke­to­genic diet may ben­e­fit peo­ple with mild cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment and Alzheimer’s dis­ease. In fact, ke­tones can pro­vide as much as 60% of the brain’s en­ergy sup­ply. Talk to our phar­ma­cist about how to sup­port brain health.

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