Personal preference has dictated nutritional choices throughout contemporary history. Ever since people gained access to enough food to move beyond subsistence nutrition, they have based their dietary decisions mainly on taste and general health trends. Yet a growing body of evidence shows there is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition. Our responses to different nutrients are unique, and by recognizing and monitoring this we can potentially extend our healthy life expectancy.
As long ago as the 1920’s, a ketogenic diet was noted for being beneficial to those suffering from epilepsy, allowing them to thrive on a decreased amount of medication. And. of course, everybody recognizes the importance of burning fat when it comes to an efficient weight loss program.
The trends of weight loss programs and fads can rise and fall in popularity at some surprising rates with very little staying power in today’s society. However, there are a few that have stood the test of time so far. One such example is the Ketogenic Diet and its goal of achieving a state of ketosis. In this article, the Ketogenic Diet will be examined from the basic information of the diet along with the pros and cons and a couple of samples of this diet.
Ketogenic diets are a group of “high-fat, moderate рrоtеіn” оr “hіgh-рrоtеіn mоdеrаtе fаt” but vеrу lоw-саrbоhуdrаtе dіеtѕ. Thе term kеtоgеnіс bаѕісаllу rеfеrѕ tо thе іnсrеаѕеd production of ketone bоdіеѕ оссаѕіоnеd bу thе еlеvаtеd rate оf lіроlуѕіѕ (fаt brеаk down). Ketones аrе thе асіdіс by-products formed during thе іntеrmеdіаtе brеаk dоwn of “fаt” into “fatty асіdѕ” bу the lіvеr.
If one wants to live forever, one of the major impediments we must tackle is cancer, and Metformin may be able to offer protection against what has come to be known as the “Emperor of All Maladies.” Twenty-seven clinical trials, involving 24,000, patients proved the efficacy of Metformin in the fight against cancers of the colon and rectum. Cancer patients using the drug experienced a 42% higher survival rate than those patients not using Metformin. Similar results were observed in patients involved in prostate cancer studies. In recent years, these studies have increased to include cancers of seventeen different body organs, using 21 different species of mice and 4 species of rats.
Omega 3 fatty acids play an important role in normal metabolism. Mammals are unable to synthesize the long chain omega 3 fatty acids, but can obtain these through another process. ALA, a short-chain variety of the fat, can be ingested either in a regular diet, or through supplements. The body can then convert these short-chain varieties to the longer-chained varieties EPA and DHA. However, this process may be impaired in the aging process