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.