Ketogenic Diet and Type 1 Diabetes

What is Type 1 Diabetes? Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. The immune system is a defence that guards the body against bacteria, fungi or parasites. A combination of genetics and an environmental (viral infection, vaccines, low levels of vitamin D, cow’s milk or increased insulin demand) ...

The Importance of Potassium in Low-Carb Diets

What is Potassium and why is it needed? Just like magnesium, potassium is one of the main electrolytes within the body. Along with sodium and chloride, potassium is responsible for maintaining electrolyte balance. Electrolytes are responsible for sending electrical impulses around the body. Speci ...

Ketogenic Diet and Menopause

Menopause can be very difficult on a number of levels. Although each woman's experience is different, many find that they gain fat, lose muscle tone, and struggle with hot flashes, insomnia, and mood swings during this time. In this article, I'll discuss how a low-carb or keto diet combined with ...

The Importance of Magnesium in Low-Carb Diets

What is Magnesium and Why is it Needed in the Body? Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is needed for several important functions including: Maintaining normal muscle and nerve function Keeping a healthy immune system Maintaining normal heart rhythm Building ...

Dairy on a Ketogenic Diet

Dairy has received both good and bad press over the years with respect to its effects on weight and overall health. Although milk, ice cream and nonfat dairy products don't belong in a keto diet, butter, cheese and other types of full-fat dairy may be a good fit, depending on the individual. ...

Nuts & Seeds on a Ketogenic Diet

Are Nuts and Seeds Keto-Friendly Foods? As a registered dietitian who follows and recommends a well-balanced, very-low-carb diet, I've become concerned about the number of healthy foods being criticized for containing too many carbs. Although there's no denying that certain plant food ...

7 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Fasting

Humans have been fasting for hundreds of years and have evolved to be able to deal with periods of feast and famine. Today though we live in the thinking that we must eat every 2-3 hours with snacks in between. There is an ingrained belief in us now that if we leave large periods of time between ...

Ketogenic Diet and Insulin Resistance

What is Insulin? Insulin is a fat storing blood sugar regulating master hormone that is involved in multiple body functions beyond its metabolic role. A few examples include triglyceride and fat synthesis, electrolyte balance of sodium and potassium, feeding behaviors and cognitive and emotional ...

Is Flaxseed Healthy? Safety Concerns, Benefits & Recommendations

Flaxseed is a controversial food among health-conscious people. Although it has been criticized for increasing the risk of certain cancers and other diseases, the research to date on moderate flaxseed use is overwhelmingly positive. In this article, I discuss concerns that have been raised about ...

Ketogenic Diet and Brain Cancer

Brain cancers accounts for 1.8% of all cancers worldwide (1). The number of new diagnoses made annually is 2 to 3 per 100,000 people in the US and Europe. Brain and other CNS tumors are the 11th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 3% of all new cases (2). Types of Brain Cancers Prima ...

Ketogenic Diet and PCOS

PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is a common disorder among reproductive-aged women. Emerging research suggests that a ketogenic or low-carb diet may improve hormonal regulation, weight control and other PCOS-related issues. This article takes a detailed look at PCOS and how carbohydrate restriction ...

Types of Ketogenic Diet for Epilepsy

In a previous blog post, we looked at how the ketogenic diet could be used as a treatment option for both children and adults with refractory epilepsy. When we look at the practical use of the ketogenic diet, there are more than one option that can be followed. All the forms of ketogenic diets f ...

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