Keto Diet Explained For Beginners Simply

keto ketogenic ketosis what does that all mean is it just a fad or is it something good and natural that we can do long term stay tuned and I'll explain the basics hey I'm Dr Sten Ekberg with wellness for life and by subscribing to our channel you will learn everything that you need to know to master true health

keto ketogenic ketosis there's nothing strange about it your body has a few basic resources for fuel and one is carbohydrate which results in blood sugar and another is fat that it can burn for fuel proteins can be used for fuel but they're primarily building blocks so fat or carbohydrate that's what we have to burn for fuel so the problem today is the people eat way way way way way too much carbohydrate which creates insulin responses and insulin resistance and diabetes and inflammation and obesity so to counteract that we have energy from fats and now we can use different amounts of fat versus carbohydrate if we use very very low amount of carbohydrates the body gets more dependent on fat it gets better at burning the fat now the brain uses primarily glucose which comes from carbohydrate also known as blood sugar but if the blood sugar and starts running a little bit low then the brain learns to depend on what's called ketone bodies and ketone bodies are a byproduct of fat metabolism so if you eat a lot of carbohydrates then your body doesn't have to rely on fat so much so it kind of forgets how to use the fat and the reason that the carbs the blood sugar gets burned first is that blood sugar needs to be maintained within a very very narrow band a little bit too much is toxic a little bit too low is also detrimental so the brain the body has all these defense mechanisms to keep it within a very or narrow range that's why carbs get burned first but if we start cutting back on the carbs now the brain has to start depending on fat and it up regulates it changes the receptors it changes the metabolic pathways it changes the enzymes so it can utilize the fat more efficiently and this can be very very effective if you are having trouble with insulin resistance or stubborn weight this idea has been around for a very long time because before they had all these drugs for everything and people saw natural solutions one of the main problems that they started addressing with diet was kids with epilepsy and they found that they had about a 95 percent recovery were remission or dramatic improvement if they put these kids on an extremely high fat diet so why are you cutting down the carbohydrates way way way down to less than 5 percent of of calories and having almost all the rest of it from fat these kids brains did remarkably better so sugar is very toxic for the brain so it's not just about the weight and and weight loss and so forth it's about your overall health ketosis is a natural response from the body during starvation and historically presumably during thousands or millions of years there has been periods of starvation and during that time there's very very little blood sugar available and for probably months at a time the body has relied on fat and it has produced ketones and during those times the brain relies primarily on ketone bodies for energy so ketosis is a very natural thing and during starvation something else happens also that it's very beneficial there's something called a toff adji which means that the body gets better at cleaning up it gets better because it start kind of cannibalizing itself to get resources for energy it starts breaking down fat which most people would think is good and it starts breaking down protein which most people think is not so good but at the same time it improves not just the breakdown but it improves the cleanup it improves the ability to recycle and clean out waste products so it's an excellent detoxification method and also what starvation does is it increases dramatically your amount of human growth hormone which is a rejuvenating rebuilding hormone so the body has these different mechanisms it gets better at cleaning up when it has to break things down but it also produces more growth hormone so it can rebuild cells better and get more economical with the body's resources so there's some debate whether this is a good thing for long-term or if it's damaging overall what some people are afraid of is what medical doctors talk about called diabetic ketoacidosis that's a pathological state in diabetes when you have absolutely no ability to use your blood sugar your blood sugar goes really high but there's no way to get it out of the blood and into the cells now you are at the most extreme level of starvation because there's nothing coming into the cells and in these situations the acidity from the ketosis goes up dramatically but we're talking about something that can't happen in a healthy person if you have any insulin and any ability to use that blood sugar at all then your ketones are never going to get to that level so diabetic that has gotten to that point it has he has hundreds or thousands of times the ketones that a normal healthy person could ever get to no matter how hard they tried and if we look at populations like maybe the Eskimos they are relying for very long periods of time throughout the year on primarily protein and fat and those people those populations will probably run six months at a time on ketone metabolism and they have no ill effects so what's more important is to understand we're gonna cover more in a series on nutrition it's the quality of the food it's not just that you want to look at how much fat and how much carbs we want to look at do the fats have are they are they whole food are they come from a healthy animal because then they have plenty of nutrition for your body to support it and some people think oh well I have to go low carbs so they start putting in a bunch of artificial sweeteners like aspartame and acesulfame and all that now you're poisoning your body there's nothing good about that at all so we have to keep understanding that even though we're making these changes it's still about eating whole natural healthy food that comes from nature in a as unspoiled as unprocessed state as possible so is this for everybody I think everyone can benefit from doing it from time to time does everyone need to do it probably not I certainly advocate low carbs for most people because as a population 99% of us eat way way way too many carbs but it doesn't mean that everyone has to go into ketosis it's not gonna hurt you but I don't think you need to so the people who really really could benefit from this are people who have trouble losing weight who know that their insulin resistance who are diabetic or borderline diabetic these people need to dramatically transform their metabolism they need to get a little bit more extreme to get those those desired results if you have any experience with this if you have any questions if you have any challenges let me know and I'll be more than happy to try to address those don't forget to hit that subscribe button and leave your comments below thank you

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