How about a dive into the deep, murky waters of ketosis? In an October 25 podcast, Dr. Dominic D’ Agostino teamed up with fitness and diet guru Ben Greenfield to explore how low-carb, high fat ketogenic diets can benefit extreme athletes as well as busy executives.
An Ironman triathlete, Ben is the author of "Shape21: The Complete 21 Day Lean Body Manual" and "Get-Fit Guy's Guide to Achieving Your Ideal Body: A Workout Plan for Your Unique Shape" (click for details).
An assistant professor at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Dr. D' Agostino says that you can use the state of ketosis to manage diseases ranging from cancer to Alzheimer's. He contends that ketones provide fuel for enhancing your mental performance as well as your physical ability.
The professor's research into this type of diet began when he was exploring seizures linked to oxygen toxicity experienced by Navy SEAL divers. When Dr. D' Agostino discovered ketogenic diets, he took it one step further from its previous use as a treatment for different types of seizures.
Now investigating how high fat, low carb, ketogenic diets can improve performance for everyone, the professor is not the only health expert to link brain conditions such as Alzheimer's with ketones:
- "Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was a Cure?" explores what Dr. Mary T. Newport discovered about the use of medium- chain fatty acids to reverse or stabilize Alzheimer's disease.
- "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers" links carbohydrates such as wheat and sugar to conditions ranging from Alzheimer's to anxiety to obesity: Read about the author's recent appearance on Dr. Mehmet Oz's talk show by clicking here.
However, Dr. D' Agostino is expanding the research done thus far in the field by testing ketogenic diets and ketogenic agents for an even wider range of diseases and concerns, including cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
So how precisely can ketogenic diets (KDs) enhance mental performance? Studies have shown that KDs can bypass metabolic deficits that exist in people's brains who have Alzheimer's. The bypass occurs when these types of diets offer an alternative to neurons with ketone bodies.
Supplements also play a role in these types of diets, such as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which were also used as part of Dr. Mary Newport's efforts to halt Alzheimer's disease. The key to both the diet and such supplements: Providing your body with more fats. Find out why a leading cardiologist says that "saturated fat is not the enemy" by clicking here.