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New to a Low-Carb Keto Diet? Avoid These Common Mistakes

By: The Dr. Perlmutter Team

The ketogenic diet is one of the most talked about and debated diet trends today. You’ve probably heard celebrities, athletes, and neighbors raving about the benefits of this dietary approach. Interestingly, the science backs up its rapid growth in popularity, as a ketogenic diet has been shown to have numerous health benefits for its adherents. The diet can reduce the risk of heart disease, improve glycemic control in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, help individuals struggling with obesity lower their BMI, and even improve or control symptoms of debilitating neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and epilepsy. There is even some evidence to suggest that a ketogenic diet can play a role in the treatment of cancer! If it is implemented properly, adopting a ketogenic diet can be a very powerful tool in the fight against a variety of chronic diseases.

If you’ve recently made the decision to transition to a ketogenic diet or are exploring the possibility of a change, chances are you might currently find yourself in a world of confusion. What is ketosis? What are ketones? Can I really eat all the fatty foods I want? How can this possibly be good for me?

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Powerful New Study Shows High-Fat Diet is Best

It’s hard to imagine that manufacturers of processed foods continue to think it’s a good idea to put the term “low-fat” on their labels to enhance sales. Maybe it is a good idea from a sales perspective because so many people still buy into the notion that a low fat diet is a good idea. But that is absolutely in direct contradiction with current science.

In a new study just published in the highly regarded journal Lancetresearchers from multiple highly-regarded institutions around the world studied an incredibly large number of individuals ages 35 to 70 year (135,335), from 18 countries, over an average of 7.4 years. They carried out very specific assessments of the foods that these individuals ate and evaluated their food choices in terms of macronutrient composition (carbohydrates, protein, and fat), and specifically broke the fat consumption down to evaluate saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, and polyunsaturated fats. Further, they compared the diets to the risk of various endpoints including death, major cardiovascular event, stroke, and heart failure.

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Optimal Diet for Brain Health

It started with Grain Brain, but it is increasingly clear that a high-fat, high-fiber, low-carb diet is a scientifically validated and viable nutrition plain for not just brain health, but for total health. A diet with this makeup is one that fosters positive health in the gut, creating a microbial balance that sets the stage for a reduced risk for disease like Type 2 Diabetes. What does that diet look like in execution? Find out in today’s video.

 

New Study Validates Ketogenic Diet for Epilepsy Treatment in Adults

Epilepsy can be caused by a variety of different conditions including head trauma, infection, brain tumor, and stroke, but by and large most cases of epilepsy have no readily identifiable cause. Epilepsy affects some 2.3 million adults in America and close to half a million children. Further, about one in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their lives. It’s been estimated that there are approximately 150,000 new cases of epilepsy diagnosed in the United States each year and overall about $15.5 billion in medical costs as well as lost earnings and production are attributed to this disease.

The mainstay of treatment for epilepsy is pharmaceutical intervention. As I recently noted, more and more we are seeing surgical procedures being performed for those individuals who have not had a significant improvement with drugs. I indicated that at least some individuals are gluten sensitive and may benefit from a gluten-free diet which potentially could keep them from undergoing potentially life-threatening surgery as a treatment for their epilepsy.

But it is also important to understand that there’s another extremely effective dietary intervention that has proven itself quite useful in the treatment of epilepsy.

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Coconut Oil: A Healthy Fat for Brain Health

Powerful Role of Ketone Fats in Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Treatment

Brain cells function with far greater efficiency when they are utilizing fat (ketones) as a fuel source as opposed to sugar. The exciting news is that scientists are now taking advantage of this finding in the actual treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, as you can see in this recent research publication.

This research clearly substantiates the health benefits of a low-carb, high-fat diet as a powerful lifestyle change to achieve the goal of brain health and functionality. While there actually exists a pharmaceutical “medical food” based on the science explained in this report, you can boost the availability of ketones for your brain by simply adding coconut oil or MCT oil to your daily regimen. But to make this effective, carb restriction is a must!

Alzheimer’s now affects some 5.4 million Americans. It is my belief that this dietary approach may well go a long way in keeping the brain healthy and allowing us to remain free of this dreaded condition.

Ketogenic Diet Guide (free download)

In this free e-book you will learn:

  • A practical program for starting and succeeding with a ketogenic diet
  • How to keep yourself in ketosis
  • Benefits of a ketogenic diet
  • Secrets to help maximize your success on a ketogenic diet
  • Insights from 3 interviews with leading ketosis experts
  • Ketogenic therapies for ALS, Parkinson’s, and other conditions that affect the central nervous system

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Dr. Perlmutter Goes Running with Olaf Sorenson

Long-Distance Running on a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet

Humans are natural endurance athletes. While the concept of “carb loading,” or the use of sports drinks and gels in endurance events are increasingly popular, human physiology is perfectly set up to use fat as a fuel for endurance exercise.

Olaf Sorensen, seen here in the blue shirt, is a 40-year-old long-distance runner who will be running a marathon soon. What’s unique about his upcoming endeavor is that, first, his goal for this event is to beat his grandfather’s Olympic qualifying time of 2 hours and 40 minutes. But what is particularly unique about Olaf’s plan is that he plans to accomplish this feat on a high-fat, extremely low-carb diet. He will essentially demonstrate to the world that being in a state of ketosis (burning fat as opposed to carbohydrates) is an extremely efficient human adaptation permitting long stretches of efficient physical activity.

Olaf does a lot of his running either barefoot or with minimal footwear, again emulating our forebears. I really appreciated his instructions when we ran together. But while I’m definitely dialed in on the keto adaptation part of the story, I’ll likely stick with my running shoes.

We will be following Olaf’s progress and will soon provide information about the movie being made about this incredible athlete.

For more on applying this lifestyle, read my blog post on how to balance your intake of fat, protein, and carbs.

UPDATE: In May 2017 I had the chance to catch up with Olaf and see how he’s doing. 

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It’s great to hear about the success that Danielle, a patient of mine, has had, and I look forward to hearing about the results from her upcoming race. – Dr. Perlmutter

I am a 44 year old woman who has Multiple Sclerosis.  I am also a lifelong endurance athlete, having competed in events ranging from ultra marathons to Ironman triathlons. There is no question in my mind that the high-fat, low carb diet that Dr. Perlmutter has placed me on has improved my health tremendously.

For as long as I can remember, I have suffered from stomach aches and wrapping pain around my midsection. I endured years of emergency room and gastroenterology visits/tests before receiving a diagnosis of MS. My doctor at that time encouraged me to take the disease-modifying medications, but I was repelled by the side effects of these meds and began to research alternative therapies. A friend suggested that I see Dr. Perlmutter and I will forever be thankful for that recommendation.
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