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Other than weight loss, why try ketosis?

Commented on October 03, 2013
Created October 01, 2013 at 3:01 AM

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 03, 2013
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I guess I don't want to read a whole book like that when I already cut out most grains; I'm not a big reader and I'm already reading the PHD book (half way done and making progress faster than usual for me).... Perhaps you could summarize related insights for me and other readers?

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That's definitely a good one if the method is effective. I'm reading the PHD book and have gotten the impression that the main thing that stimulates autophagy is reduction or temporary elimination of protein from the diet, rather than a ketogenic diet. Does ketosis have anything directly to do with autophagy or just fasting/protein deprivation?

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on October 01, 2013
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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:

http://robbwolf.com/2013/09/19/origin-cancer/

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on October 01, 2013
at 04:47 PM

That's definitely a good one if the method is effective. I'm reading the PHD book and have gotten the impression that the main thing that stimulates autophagy is reduction or temporary elimination of protein from the diet, rather than a ketogenic diet. Does ketosis have anything directly to do with autophagy or just fasting/protein deprivation?

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on October 01, 2013
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Read Dr. David Perlmutter's new book, Grain Brain, for some really good reasons.

http://www.amazon.com/Grain-Brain-Surprising-Sugar--Your-ebook/dp/B00BAXFCPO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380620555&sr=8-1&keywords=grain+brain

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I guess I don't want to read a whole book like that when I already cut out most grains; I'm not a big reader and I'm already reading the PHD book (half way done and making progress faster than usual for me).... Perhaps you could summarize related insights for me and other readers?

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