If you’re a regular in the health and wellbeing circles, you’ve heard of the ketogenic diet, and might be familiar with the benefits of ketosis. In case you’re not, here’s a quick rundown:
Ketosis is a natural state in which the body, being low on glucose, instead burns stored fat for energy, resulting in the build-up of ketones within the body.
Ketones are produced primarily when dietary carbohydrates are low – the body cannot break down carbohydrates from food to produce glucose, so instead it turns to fat as a fuel source. Fats stored within the body, as well as those ingested are sent to the liver, where they are converted to ketones – and it’s these ketones that are used by the body for energy.
Ketones, or ketone bodies, are acids formed within the liver and are used for energy within the body when dietary carbohydrates are sufficiently low. Ketones come in three forms: beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), acetoacetate and acetone.
The brain, while usually fuelled by glucose broken down from carbohydrate-rich foods, can, and does, work efficiently using ketones for fuel instead of glucose.
There are many questions people ask us regarding the ketogenic diet, such as:
- How do I Know if I’m in Ketosis?
- How do I Get into Ketosis?
- What can I Eat on a Ketogenic Diet?
- Is a Ketogenic Diet Healthy?
- What are the Side Effects of Ketosis?
Check back regularly, as we answer those and many more questions in this series on ketosis!