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What is a Keto Diet?

KETO SCIENCE

Click here for an index of the latest scientific studies which support the beneficial, effective and safe conclusions conducted on patients using ketogenic diets. 

 

A Ketogenic Diet (also known as a Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) Diet) has incredible benefits, such as:

- Easy and rapid weight loss

- Increased energy

- Mental clarity (no more brain fog!)

- Satisfaction and flavor from delicious healthy high fat foods

-No more food fixation

- Disease prevention

- Consistent calm moods

- Restoring insulin sensitivity

- Therapeutic applications for diseases or conditions such as epilepsy, autoimmune conditions such as lupus, ulcerative colitis, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), insulin resistance or diabetes type 2, Alzheimer’s (increasingly referred to as Diabetes Type 3), high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, cancer, autism, migraines, adrenal fatigue, and much more!

When your body is in ketosis, it is burning fat for fuel. It is called ketosis because your body produces what is known as ketone bodies from burning fat which it uses as fuel, instead of using glucose from carbohydrates that you eat. Our meal plans are designed to help you get all of these benefits from being "in ketosis" with ease. 

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Some precautions must be made clear;

  • In order to follow this or any other diet program, you must first undergo a health screen to rule out any rare conditions or contraindications with your health or medications with a ketogenic diet.
  • this diet is not appropriate for people with any stage of kidney disease, or any pre-existing liver, pancreatic or kidney issues or conditions. Some rare conditions such as Muscular Dystrophy and other conditions may complicate and severely distress the pancreas, liver or kidneys. 
  • this diet is not appropriate under any circumstances if you currently have blood sugar issues such as hypoglycaemia or type 1 diabetes. It may or may not be appropriate if you have type 2 diabetes and on any medications for diabetes, and will require doctor supervision.
  • this diet may not be appropriate or safe for people who are pregnant, nursing or who have Gestational Diabetes.
  • this diet may not be appropriate for anyone suffering or recovered from an eating disorder. 
  • by agreeing to these terms, you are affirming that you do not have any of the above medical conditions, and you are proceeding at your own risk, with your doctor's approval.

    There are also other considerations such as the possibility that you may need to rapidly change your medications while on this diet. If you are considering the Ketogenic Diet, it is important to speak with your physician or endocrinologist, especially if you have any kind of medical condition, to develop a plan.

    Before starting any diet, you should speak to your doctor. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

    If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention.

    The diet is not recommended for the following:

    • People who are underweight or have an eating disorder
    • Children (under 18 years old)
    • Type 1 diabetics and diabetics taking medication for their diabetes (other than Metformin)
    • Pregnant women or breast feeding mothers
    • People recovering from surgery
    • Those who are frail or have a significant underlying medical condition should speak to their doctor first, as they would before embarking on any weight-loss regime.
    • Those who are not sure about whether it may affect their prescribed medications should to speak to their doctor first.
    • People feeling unwell or have a fever
    • People with a history of serious mental health problems.

    Who is the ketogenic diet NOT recommend for?

    Before beginning any new diet or exercise regimen, always consult your local general practitioner.

    Due to the effect of acidifying the bloodstream, anyone with the following conditions are advised NOT to follow the ketogenic diet: 

    -Any stage of pregnancy

    -Anyone with decreased kidney function

    -All type 1 diabetics (recommended for type 2 diabetics without kidney damage and under doctor supervision)

    -Anyone on medications that decrease kidney or liver function (i.e. metformin). Keto must be discussed with your physician if you are on any kinds of medications or drugs to ensure there are no contraindications with keto

    -Women with irregular menses

    -Anyone with a current or previous eating disorder

    -Anyone with chronic respiratory conditions (COPD and other restrictive lung diseases)

    It's important to keep electrolytes up on a ketogenic diet by upping sodium intake with a high quality source such as Himalayan sea salt or Celtic sea salt. I like to add it to bone broth, and meals during the way or even water. The body loses a large amount of water and sodium on a ketogenic diet so it is important to increase sodium ingested. The body, if healthy and well functioning, will regulate the appropriate amount of potassium to retain based on how much sodium is ingested.

    It is important to be very careful at all times when taking any potassium supplements, and discuss any potassium supplements with your physician or GP. It is not safe to supplement with potassium in any form, at any time, other than prescribed by your car provider.

    If you are experiencing lethargy or a lack of energy on keto, as well as muscle cramping, it can be can in some cases mean that sodium intake needs to be increased and electrolytes balanced out. 

    Before starting any new diet and exercise program, check with your doctor and clear any exercise and/or diet changes with them before beginning. I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. I do not claim to cure any cause, condition or disease. I do not provide medical aid or nutrition for the purpose of health or disease and claim to be a doctor or dietitian.

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