Chronic diseases continue to ravage our world today despite significant progress in health care. It should be obvious that the real solution to treat cancer and many diseases is not in a chemical drug but rather in the regulation of metabolic functions in our body. The modern way of life favors the consumption of cereals, sugar and starch, and research continues to show that sugar is the main source of cancer and contributes to an inflammatory environment. That’s why the ketogenic diet, a diet low in sugar can fight effectively against cancer!
A ketogenic diet focuses on the consumption of healthy fats, protein and low carbs. The goal of a ketogenic diet is to minimize sugar and carbohydrates that turn into sugar, so that your body is in a metabolic state called ketosis. In this state, the body burns fat for energy instead of glucose.
Why do cancer patients use a ketogenic diet?
The advantage of the ketogenic diet lies in the fact that cancer cells need glucose to thrive. Since carbohydrates turn into glucose in your body, it follows that lowering the glucose levels in your blood by limiting carbohydrates and sugars will deplete the cancer cells of their energy source, literally starving the cancer cells to death.
Dr. Otto Warburg, a German researcher, received the Nobel Prize in 1931 for his discoveries on the fundamental differences between cancer cells and healthy cells, and on the discovery that malignant tumors feed on sugar.
One of the hallmarks of cancer cells is a high amount of insulin receptors on their cell surface, ten times more than healthy cells. This allows the cancer cells to absorb a significantly higher amount of glucose, which is why sugar is so harmful to anyone with cancer. In fact, sugar contributes to other chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Since cancer cells grow and multiply by feeding on sugar, a diet that drastically reduces this food and other forms of carbohydrates could be effective in preventing and controlling cancer cells. It is not surprising that the lowest survival rate among cancer patients is among those with the highest blood sugar levels.
The ketogenic diet is particularly effective when combined with periods of intermittent fasting. Fasting increases the production of ketone and can starve cancer cells. Patients with advanced cancer can further weaken their cancer cells by consuming lemon water for three to seven days.
Additional benefits of the ketogenic diet
The ketogenic diet is not only meant for people with cancer problems, it’s a good diet for burning fat because over time it converts the body from a carbohydrate burning mode to a mode of Burning fat, which can help anyone wishing to lose weight. The ketogenic diet can also reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity. This type of diet has also been used to increase good cholesterol and reduce bad cholesterol in the blood.
As with any diet, people with certain diseases should consult their doctor and make adjustments if needed.
Which foods to include in a ketogenic diet?
Beef fed on fodder
Organic grazing poultry
Fish and seafood
Healthy fats such as:
Low carbohydrate vegetables such as:
Conditions likely to benefit from a ketogenic diet
Metabolic syndrome (risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke)
Neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s disease)
Diets high in protein are also able to feed the cancer. A moderate protein diet is recommended to weaken cancer cells.