If you're not trying to lose weight, are there any benefits to ketosis? I hear it can treat many neurological disorders, for instance. I have ADHD and since going Paleo I've stopped taking my meds and feel better than ever! It seems like I feel better (in ways) when I reduce my carb intake in exchange for healthy fats but I've never attempted ketosis. Should I just keep on a lower end PHD-style carb intake? Is there any good reason to try ketosis? (other than pure n=1 experimentation)
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on October 01, 2013
at 10:45 AM
Adapting your cells to burn fat is very beneficial on many fronts.
Autophagy is a really good reason. It initiates the clean up of broken proteins within cells, it allows mitochondria in marginal cells to initiate apoptosis, it allows the immune system to clean up bacteria and viruses. (Although for this to happen, you need some sort of fasting, not just low carb, as a temporary zero protein intake is needed as well.)
Additionally, when mitochondria burn carbs, they generate lots of reactive oxygen species which we need antioxidants for. When they do beta-oxidation to burn fat, that doesn't happen.
The most obvious issue you're probably aware of is that lower carb intake can help reset insulin resistance, which is a cause of many health issues beyond diabetes, possibly even Alzheimer's.
Staying in periods of low carb consuption, especially low fructose, can help starve cancer cells before they become problematic: