Eating Fat to Manage Seizures
A recent article in Neurology Now talks about the experience of Luella on the ketogenic diet and how this has helped her to become and remain seizure free. The article also goes on to give an overview of how the ketogenic diet works and also what it is like to adhere to this eating regime.
What is Nutritional Ketosis?
Nutritional ketosis through carbohydrate restriction, whilst maintaining an adequate intake of dietary fat and protein, biochemically re-creates a fasting state but without the need for fasting. What this means is that you can eat real food and still recreate a sense of fasting in your body on a biochemical level.
The ketogenic diet is no longer a one size-fits-all dietary prescription. Over the past 20 years there have been alternative ketogenic dietary prescriptions which have been shown to induce the same beneficial effects of the classical ketogenic diet or the medium-chain triglyceride diet. Most notably are the uses of the Modified Atkins Diet (MAD) as well as the Low Glycaemic Index Treatment (LGIT).
There is a common misconception that if a diet is low in carbohydrates than automatically these diets are low in fibre and low in micronutrients which are essential for daily living. This however is not true. In fact, this way of eating has been used to treat and manage epilepsy since the early 1900s. Since then it’s uses have expanded to various other neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, etc. It has also gained notice as a potential adjunctive dietary treatment for certain cancers.
Here in the UK, the charity Matthew’s Friends help to provide help and support as well as access to the ketogenic diet for the management of epilepsy, GLUT1 as well as brain tumours.
The Natural Low Carb Store products have been specially designed to ensure that they are low in sugar and starches. Due to this, they can be used to complement any ketogenic dietary prescriptions.
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