A ketogenic diet allows the body to turn fat into fuel (form ketones) in a physiological process which does not burden the cell’s powerhouses known as mitochondria. Typically, mitochondria create energy from glucose found in abundance in our carbohydrate-intensive diets.
The ketogenic diet is low in carbohydrates and high in good fats. A ketogenic diet reduces the risk of mutations occurring within cells along with the formation of free radicals, both of which are causes of colon, lung and breast cancer.
The ketogenic diet reduces symptoms in patients with metabolic conditions because it lowers the energy generated from the breakdown of glucose found in simple and complex carbohydrates. Cancer cells thrive off of the energy created from glucose fermentation, which is also called anaerobic metabolism due to the lack of oxygenation.
Examples of ketogenic approved foods include: pastured beef and dairy products (including eggs), organic poultry, and wild fish & seafood. Vegetables and fruits low in carbohydrates (including cabbage, asparagus, lemon and limes), healthy fats such as avocados and coconut oil, along with a few nuts and seeds are usually permitted.