Ketosis is an idea that mainstream doctors love to hate. But, as Dr. Fred Pescatore reveals in his Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment Plan, the fact is, ketosis could be the secret to reducing the risk of countless diseases—including Alzheimer’s disease.
But what exactly is ketosis? Let me explain…
Your body typically uses sugar for energy. Ketosis is the metabolic state in which the body starts breaking down fats for energy, instead. When you’re burning fat and using the byproducts—molecules called ketones—for fuel, you’re in a state of ketosis.
Ketones are generated when you eat a diet very high in fat and very low in carbohydrates—or what experts call a ketogenic (keto) diet.
The ketogenic diet was first used medically nearly 100 years ago to treat epilepsy in children. But it didn’t become widely known by the public until Dr. Robert Atkins introduced the world to his Atkins diet. Atkins promoted ketosis as a way to burn fat and lose weight without feeling hungry.
And you might recall that this idea stirred up quite a bit of controversy for years. But the controversy stems from a big misunderstanding.
Many conventional dieticians confused ketosis with diabetic ketoacidosis. This dangerous metabolic condition—marked by insulin deficiency that sets off wild blood sugar swings—can become life-threatening.
But Dr. Pescatore stresses that it’s completely unrelated to ketosis.
In fact, like I mentioned earlier, a ketogenic diet could actually be the key to preventing and treating numerous diseases—including Alzheimer’s…
Reenergizing at-risk brains
Dr. Pescatore points out that aging brains aren’t good at using glucose for fuel—which ends up becoming an outright “brain energy crisis” in people with Alzheimer’s. But ketones reenergize the brain.
But that’s not all. Dr. Pescatore also notes that ketones also:
- Energize mitochondria—the “energy factories” of cells.
- Protect brain cells from toxins.
- And induce autophagy—a kind of cellular cleanup.
Dr. Pescatore cites a recent study that is one of the most exciting he’s seen on ketosis and Alzheimer’s….
Neuroscientists at the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center put 14 patients with “mild” Alzheimer’s on a ketogenic diet. The diet was also supplemented with medium chain triglycerides, a unique type of saturated fatty acid that helps boost levels of a ketone called beta hydroxybutyrate (or BetaXb, for short)—which is particularly brain-nourishing.
Nine patients were able to maintain the diet, and after just three months their scores on a standard test of cognitive ability were much improved. They had better memory, better language skills, and an increased ability to perform and complete tasks.
But one month after going off the ketogenic diet (as part of the study design), their scores on the test plummeted, ending up right back where they were before starting the diet. This confirms that it was the ketogenic diet, and not some other factor, that was making the difference.
Dr. Pescatore has a few recommendations for achieving ketosis and protecting your brain…
Denying your body carb-calories forces healthy change
Dr. Pescatore describes the general outline for achieving ketosis like this…
“At any given time, the body has about 40,000 calories available for fat, compared to just 2,000 carb calories. But as long as those 2,000 carb calories are available (which they always are, if you’re eating carbs at every meal), you’ll keep burning carbs instead of fat.
“But if you can make those 2,000 carb calories unavailable, your body will start burning fat instead. That’s ketosis.”
To tap into those fat stores, you need to stop feeding your body carbohydrates. That means no starchy vegetables, no pasta, no sugar, no fruit, no juice, and no beer or wine. Instead your diet will consist of protein, fat, and non-starchy vegetables.
But Dr. Pescatore warns that when you take this dietary path, your body may resist it at first. He says, “Yes, the first few days will probably be rough, especially if you’re used to eating a lot of carbs.
“But by the end of the first week, you’ll start to notice a big difference in how you feel. And by the end of the second week, your energy levels, mental clarity, and weight loss will all be kicked into high gear.”
And he adds that you shouldn’t be surprised if you don’t really feel like you’re on a diet. Carbs may be off limits, but ketogenic foods include butter, brie, nuts, heavy cream, and other delicious items that many mainstream “experts” insist you have to deny.
You can find a more extensive list of ketogenic foods in Dr. Pescatore’s Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment Plan, along with many other lifestyle interventions designed to protect your brain.