About Ketogenic Diet for Cancer and Health Benefits

Could simply adjusting your diet benefit against cancer? There is a bit of anecdotal evidence that supports the claim. And one of the eating practices said to work for regaining health is following the ketogenic diet.

What about this diet that makes it so beneficial up against the Big C? Starvation. Cancer cells need glucose to live. Without it they die. One way to starve these cells is through diet. And using this form of metabolic therapy is growing in popularity.

How does it work? The ketogenic diet is a strict regime of eating mostly healthy fats and protein, which means nature and not man made. The goal is to ingest no carbohydrates that can be broken down into glucose. (Sometimes referred to as very clean eating because you will not be consuming stuff like sugar or processed food.) As a consequence, your body is forced to use ketone bodies (aka ketones) for energy instead. It can survive on this type of fuel, but cancer cells cannot because they lack the switching capability.

The ketogenic diet has been around a while as a treatment for epilepsy. However, other health benefits might be reaped from this carbohydrate limiting diet as well. For instance, your overall health improves from the reduction in insulin levels, leptin and inflammation. So besides cancer, eating predominantly natural fats and proteins is thought to reduce your risk of some very serious health problems, like heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Strictly adhering to the ketogenic diet may cause side effects. Fatiguedehydration, constipation, kidney/gall stone complications, irregular menstrual cycle, pancreatitis, decreased bone density and eye problems are some reported complaints. And because what you choose to eat on the diet may be lacking in certain vitamins, supplementation is highly recommended. For those struggling with any health issues should consult their health care provider before starting this “no carb” diet program.

When battling disease or if you just wish to improve health sun exposure, ample sleep, stress reduction and regular exercise are important lifestyle components too.