Many diets have been proven to be unhealthy. What about the keto diet? Is the ketogenic diet healthy or not? We will explore these topics in today’s blog post.


How “Healthy” Is the Keto Diet?

The ketogenic diet was originally developed around 1920 as a therapy for epilepsy. However, it was soon noticed that the health benefits of the ketogenic diet went far beyond the treatment of epilepsy, which was not escaped even by critics of the time. And even though not everything about ketogenic nutrition has been conclusively medically investigated, there are now some high-quality studies that show that ketogenic nutrition is more beneficial than some people may think.

It is always important to be aware that every form of nutrition can be healthy or unhealthy – it is solely up to the way it is approached and implemented, as well as which food is eaten in which quality. Many things stand and fall with the quality of the food, including the ketogenic diet.

Keto Diet in Medicine: Fields of Application

Ketogenic nutrition can have positive effects on a number of diseases. In fact, it is often the case that the number of drugs needed can be reduced or even discontinued altogether. Symptoms can be alleviated, which is a great relief for the body and psyche of affected persons. Many people thus regain a piece of quality of life.

Among the diseases on which ketogenic nutrition can have positive effects and for which ketogenic nutrition is recommended are:

Other Keto Diet Benefits

  • More Energy: The reason why ketogenic nutrition is particularly interesting for athletes is that a significant increase in performance can be observed in sports. This is because fat provides more and longer energy than carbohydrates.
  • Improved Concentration: The body can use ketone bodies more efficiently as an energy source than glucose, as they can overcome the blood-brain barrier.
  • Improvement of the skin texture: In general, ketogenic nutrition reduces inflammation throughout the body.
  • Reduction of high blood pressure: People who follow the keto diet are no longer inhibited by nitric oxide, which is needed to dilate the blood vessels. This results in the prevention of many cardiovascular diseases.
  • Less craving for sweets: Carbohydrates are the reason for rapidly rising as well as rapidly falling blood sugar: the low means hunger and the high means feeling full. However, insulin regulates the high blood sugar (after a meal) to a normal (low) level within a maximum of 2 hours. This means you are hungry again…

So, Is the Keto Diet Healthy?

The keto diet is considered healthy. Many positive factors make ketogenic nutrition both directly and indirectly an advantageous form of nutrition, which can be recommended. Not only because less (in the best case, no) industrial sugar is consumed, but precisely because many diseases can be prevented, alleviated, or even cured.

However, ketogenic nutrition only works as long as the quality of the food is high and all essential nutrients are absorbed through the diet.

6 Healthy Keto Diet Tips for Best Results

Here are some helpful tips on how to get the most out of your ketogenic diet and achieve the best results – for beginners as well as for those already more experienced with the ketogenic diet.

  • Switching between fat and glucose metabolism: If you do not follow the ketogenic diet due to epilepsy, it may be beneficial to occasionally switch back and forth between the ketosis state and glucose metabolism. In this way, you train your metabolism to be as flexible as possible.
  • Choose the best possible quality for your food: Small changes can often boost your success and improve your well-being drastically – this also applies to the quality of your food. Wherever possible, you should use organic products, meat from grazing animals, high-quality, and expertly stored fats (many fats are extremely heat- and light-sensitive!) and fish from wildlife or at least from organic aquaculture.
  • Listen to your body: If you feel bad after eating a certain food, you should listen to your body and exclude it from your diet. It is good to get tested for food intolerances and adjust your eating habits. For example, dairy products are not suitable for everyone and many people respond to them with intolerances or even allergies to them.
  • Vegetables are also very important in the ketogenic diet: Even with a ketogenic diet, one should not avoid taking in vital vitamins, minerals, and trace elements via low-carbohydrate vegetables such as broccoli, green leafy vegetables, such as herbs, and cabbage. You add in fresh spices and herbs in your diet as well, because they also provide secondary plant substances – and they also make eating a really tasty experience.
  • Change your lifestyle: Remember that a healthy diet alone is no guarantee of success and your health is influenced by many other factors! Your health is a complex matter, but you can influence it by making simple, small changes. For example, it is important that you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly (ideally in fresh air). Especially for athletes, do not underestimate the effect of a simple glass of water or a healthy sleep.
  • Not too much fat: A ketogenic diet does not necessarily have to consist solely of foods with concentrated and isolated fats, or so-called “fat-bombs”. It is enough if you eat your salad with good oil and eat plenty of foods such as avocado, herring, macadamia nuts, and other high-fat foods. For example, you can make a vegan “cheese” out of many seeds and grains, and thus cover your fat needs naturally, without isolated fats.

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Consult with your doctor!

Some contraindications to the ketogenic diet are severe liver, pancreas, or kidney disorders. In these cases, the keto diet may not be so healthy. Accordingly, a ketogenic diet should only be followed after consultation with a doctor, so that possible long-term damage to health is prevented and your questions about ketogenic nutrition can be clarified from the beginning.

Conclusion

The keto diet is usually pretty healthy if done correctly. It is used to prevent and treat so many diseases as well as provides quite a few nice health benefits. Follow the tips mentioned above and you’re sure to have success with the keto diet! Be sure to consult your doctor before starting any diets, especially if you have any previous illnesses.

Good luck with your keto journey!

Anna

www.readyforketo.com

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15 Comments

  1. hello, I think the same as you, many diets do not work because we do not apply them the right way or change some things, I also wanted to know your opinion about the tips and methods that are used here to follow a good diet keto https://bit.ly/2w7vTjX thank you, and I’m from Latin America

    1. Hi Denise,
      Thanks for reading!
      So I think the 28-day Keto challenge is definitely interesting!
      Considering they offer a no questions asked, 60 days money back guarantee, for a 28 day program, it seems worth the try. You can basically attempt the challenge twice and still return it if it wasn’t for you!
      Of course, it takes willpower! These products can help guide you, but they are in themselves no “quick fix”.
      Good luck!

  2. The question of diet is certainly very relevant in today’s world. And the keto diet cannot be ignored. Personally, I’ve experienced in the recent past a complete reversal of type 2 diabetes in a case involving a close relative. A strict Keto diet (no animal protein of any type) and certain choice herbs were used. I thus agree with you and do support the keto diet approach.

  3. Hi Anna,

    I like your discussion about Keto diet in this post. Most writeups out there discribe The Keto diet as a low carb diet that helps loose weight. You have brought in a lot more, it’s so good to know how it originated and that Keto is recommended for these 14 life threatening conditions. I have a sweet tooth and if Keto diet will help me crave less for sweets I might give it a try! 

  4. Anna,

    I’ve never considered a Keto diet mainly because I didn’t know what it was. But your explanation was clear and easily understandable to the public.

    I think the hardest part of this diet is getting the high quality foods it requires. The expense can be quite daunting of getting a high quality protein source. Even organic meats doesn’t mean that they were free grazed or a wild fish wasn’t really a farmed raised fish. There are a lot of unscrupulous cheats out there.

    It can be hard to tell until  after you prepare it and it tastes a little off or the texture is wrong.

    How do you classify Kobe steak? It’s pampered, it’s fed the best foods. They get massaged, they have a high fat content. They just don’t walk a lot to preserve their fat marbeling. Do they fit in the Keto diet?

    Tanks for the great information,

    Courtney-

    1. Thanks for reading, Courtney!

      Steak is keto as it has no carbs. You can technically do a keto diet without quality food. However, eating organic foods can bring other benefits. Even if we don’t follow a keto diet, we can receive many benefits from organic/quality foods 🙂

  5. Thank you so much Anna for sharing this beautiful article with us. Your post was very informative for me.

    I did not know about keto diet properly, I read your post correctly about keto diet. I will follow the tips of your healthy keto diet. I hope I succeed. I will share with you the results of following the diet tips

    I will share this post via social media. I hope others benefit.

  6. I must admit that this is not the first time I would be hearing of the keto diet, but no other source has been this clear on the pros and cons of this lifestyle. One of the few things I knew about keto diet was that it helps children overcome epilepsy and seizures. But this post has cleared me up.

    Your specific point that the keto diet helps in the development and maintenance of the brain was what got to me most. The other advantages are just as appetizing that I’m resolving to start a journey on this awesome lifestyle.

    I’m definitely sharing this with my friends so they can learn what I’m learning. Thanks again, Anna, for the post. I learnt a whole lot.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing such an excellent article with us. I have many friends who have lost weight by doing the keto diet. Seeing them encouraged me to do the Keto Diet because over the years my body weight has increased so much that I wanted to reduce my body weight by doing the Keto Diet. After reading your article I benefited from getting valuable tips on the keto diet. It is used to provide a number of great health benefits in addition to the keto diet and treatment. I will follow the tips in your article and I am sure that my body weight will be reduced. I have to consult a doctor. I will share on your social media from your website so that my social media friends can benefit from these valuable tips from your web site.

  8. Thanks a lot for sharing this important article about how important is Keto diet for our health.
    I have heard many people who have taken the Keto diet and I wanted to try it too but I never knew what the advantages and disadvantages of this diet are.
    I really enjoyed reading your article and I can say that Keto diet is healthy if we know how to implement it. This is the first time I find out that this diet has a role to improve the skin texture and improve concentration. As a sportsman I can say that this diet is very good for me and I would really like to try it. Thank again for this useful explanation and i hope to see more article like this.

  9. Hello Anna. Thanks for sharing this article which proofs that keto diet is healthy especially if done in the proper way and with the right approach. I have heard and read so much about Keto diet and the hype is 100% legitimate as it has been proven to provide some health benefits and also help manage or cure several diseases. We can never be wrong if we follow your helpful tips.

  10. I noticed many positive factors make ketogenic nutrition both directly and indirectly an advantageous form of nutrition, which can be recommended. Not only because less industrial sugar is consumed, but precisely because many diseases can be prevented, alleviated, or even cured. Thanks for sharing such a useful and lovely guide.

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