WHAT IS A KETOGENIC DIET?
The ketogenic diet is a high in fat, low-carbohydrate diet that aids to control seizures in various children with epilepsy and is used with body builders from time to time. It is strict on calorie intake, fluid and protein quantity.
Keto Pure Diet itself means “keto” meaning ketone and “genic” meaning producing. The diet’s purpose is to produce ketones in the body. When the body burns fat for an energy source the body needs to produce ketones. The body typically uses carbohydrates, like bread, sugar and pasta, for its fuel, but since the diet is low in carbs, fats become the main source in its place.
Ketones are an efficient source of energy for the body to use. In the response to an absence of sugars the liver starts producing ketones from fatty acids. These ketones result in a break down in of body fat. This state is called ketosis.
The burning of fat, as a substitute for carbs, will result in ketone levels in the body to increase. Once a state of ketosis is achieved certain amino acids inside the brain change increasing the amount of neurotransmitter gamma aminobutyric acid also known as GABA. This causes the nerve cells to stabilize.
Children in the range of 1 – 12 years of age that medication has not helped are candidates for the ketogenic diet. Chilred with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and birth defects are most likely to require this kind of attention. Studies have shown the diet may be of use with adults that do not benefit from medication as well.