The ketogenic diet, also called the keto diet, is popular for weight loss but can also have many benefits for your cognition and overall health. Cade Copeland, DC, a functional medicine specialist and family chiropractor, and the practitioners at LIFEstrength Health Center in Naples, Florida, offer keto diet counseling and resources to help you adopt the diet as a lifestyle. They provide personalized care and support to help you follow the keto diet. Call the office directly or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
The keto diet is a way of eating that restricts carbohydrate intake and replaces it with fat intake. This puts your body into a state of ketosis, which allows your body to use ketones rather than glucose as fuel.
Adopting the keto diet should be done carefully and under the supervision of the practitioners at LIFEstrength Health Center as it’s more of a way of life than simply a diet plan. While your body transitions from burning glucose to burning ketones as fuel, you may feel lethargic, have an upset stomach, or notice difficulty focusing.
While ketones are more efficient at burning stored body fat and supplying the brain with energy than glucose, high levels of ketones in the blood can be dangerous. Once you’ve made the transition from glucose to ketones as your energy source, the team at LIFEstrength helps you maintain appropriate levels of ketones in your blood. This helps you to avoid negative side effects while maintaining the benefits of the diet.
The keto diet is beneficial for weight loss, especially loss of excess body fat, as well as improved mental focus and anti-aging. Since you’re retraining your body to use ketones rather than glucose as fuel, following the keto diet is a lifestyle change and requires strict adherence to maintain ketosis.
The keto diet has been shown to be beneficial for a number of conditions, including:
These conditions respond well to the keto diet because your body may be able to function more efficiently when using ketones as fuel. The keto diet can also lower cholesterol and insulin levels, making it beneficial for conditions related to heart health and insulin resistance.
If you’re interested in the keto diet, schedule a consultation at LIFEstrength Health Center to determine if it’s the right choice for you. Your doctor discusses your symptoms and health concerns and performs functional lab testing to determine if you have any issues with high blood sugar, insulin resistance, or high cholesterol.
If your doctor recommends the keto diet, you’ll also learn what to eat and how to safely monitor and maintain the level of ketones in your blood through simple at-home testing. Your doctor may recommend a higher or lower number of fats or carbohydrates for you based on your goals and overall health.
Learn more about the ketogenic diet by scheduling a consultation at LIFEstrength Health Center online or by phone today.