29 Gru Professor on a diet – my thoughts the day before beginning the ketogenic diet
Everyone who has had any kind of biochemistry or nutrition related book in their hands at least once knows that the ketogenic diet (KD) is not a universal option. There are people for whom this diet is very beneficial, but for some it may cause problems. KD may have a negative impact on changes in lipid profile. Moreover, when it is balanced incorrectly (more proteins than needed), it may be harmful for liver and kidneys.
On the other hand, KD is a part of clinical nutrition and is used in the treatment of patients with a drug-resistant form of epilepsy. It so happens that ketone bodies are well metabolized by our brain, and they cause an euphoric effect. The effect leads to a surge of energy 2-3 days after the beginning of the diet. The presence of ketones in blood is also a natural state induced by calorie restrictions (CR). It is scientifically confirmed that CR contributes to prolonging lifespan and to the remodelling of the human epigenome.
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