To live without it, is to not live at all.
It tells everything in our body what to do, when to do it, and how much to do.
It’s command central – and it is imperative that it is taken care of.
Our brains are instruments of immense capability. But if not tended to well, they can also be wasted assets, with their potential never being realized. Of the known benefits the fat burning lifestyle has – the Ketogenic Diet brain – and it’s empowering possibilities are some of the most exciting. By cutting out all of the junk we feed our bodies, and focusing on a fat-fueled diet, we can take our brains to the next level.
The western world is in a never-ending search for the culprit of why many of us (and our children) are underperforming at work, in school, and at life. Obviously many environmental factors go into play here, but the 1,000 lb gorilla in the room is what we’re eating. With our public schools all but erasing fat from our children’s diets in the classroom, to the FDA providing us with questionable nutritional guidelines, we’ve become voluntarily ignorant to the fact that with the eradication of fat from diets, has also come the eradication of health. And our brains are suffering for it.
The Ketogenic Diet brain offers an opportunity to turn the ship around on poor health and cognitive function. But don’t just take our word for it, look at the facts: they’re everywhere – screaming to be heard.
1. The brain is an energy consuming organ, and it has a close relationship to fuel – especially fat.
You use your brain everyday, (even your sleep is affected by your brain’s health).
The simple decisions you make in the morning and the career altering choices you make at work are both dictated by the same thing – your brain. When your brain isn’t properly cared for, everything suffers: attitudes start to deteriorate, performance dwindles, and fatigue sets in.
So how do we keep our brains happy? We keep them fed.
The brain doesn’t weigh much (it’s approximately 2% of our total body weight), but man oh man, does it consume a lot! Research has shown that the brain demands nearly a quarter of the body’s daily energy needs. And these needs are nutrient-sensitive.The brain consists of nearly 60% fat. This means that when our diets are low in healthy fats, and high in glycemic foods – the brain’s performance will suffer.
The brain cannot maintain optimal performance without Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). EFAs come in the form of omega-3 and omega-6, moreso from Omega-3, due to Omega-6’s ties to heightened inflammation.
Sources of fatty acids include:
- Omega-3: Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
- Omega-6: Linoleic acid (LA)
2. Alzheimer’s and the Ketogenic Diet
The impact of properly fueling your brain with healthy fats not only affects its performance now, it could have ramifications later in life.
Dr. Mary Newport, a neonatologist from Cincinnati had her entire career changed when her husband, Steve was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She began focusing on end of life medicine, and specifically the benefit of dietary changes for Steve’s disease.
Dr. Newport focused Steve’s diet on coconut oil – which contains essential fatty acids – and started to see his condition improve. Steve could remember things again, and partake in conversation and humor. Dr. Newport believe that this was a result of Steve’s brain switching from a carb fueled – to a ketone fueled organ aka the Ketogenic Diet brain.
Her results sparked more research into the treatment for multiple neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of Dementia. These findings shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who is aware of the extensive research done on the Ketogenic diet’s benefits for those suffering from epilepsy.
3. What does the future look like for the Ketogenic Diet brain?
As medical researchers continue to dig into the effects of the Ketogenic Diet on various diseases that have a metabolic root, it will be exciting to see dietary medicine replace the many painful narcotics that are commonly used to reduced the blow of theses diseases that rob people of their minds.
Researchers suspect that the benefit comes from the Ketogenic Diet’s role in improving the mitochondrial function of the body – and in turn – the brain. When mitochondrial function is disrupted by the accumulation of advanced glycation endproducts, instances of Alzheimer’s effectively expedite this process. Evidence is mounting that suggests that the Ketogenic Diet can slow the accumulation process of advanced glycation by disrupting the body’s glucose metabolism when the body makes the switch to a fat-burning state.
The big idea is that the Ketogenic Diet disrupts a person’s usual metabolic function, and with this disruption, the body adjusts. With this adjustment, many of the well known neurodegenerative diseases lose their ability to grow, due to the absence of the fuel source they’ve grown accustomed to: a surplus of glucose.
Your brain is important.
Face it, you only get one, so you should try to take care of it, while getting the most out of it you can. If you feel like you’re in a fog, and want more out of your thinking organ, the Ketogenic Diet is prepared to take your neuro-function to the next level. Just like Neo unplugging from the Matrix, it’s time to change your diet, and free your mind.
Start today with the Ketogenic Diet Brain Booster Package!
- Bulletproof Brain Octane
- Alpha BRAIN Nootropic
- MCT Oil
- Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee with Cordyceps & Chaga
- Exogenous Ketones
About the Author Nate Arnold
I started this website because it was hard to find trustworthy, evidence-based information about the ketogenic diet. Information that was published and peer reviewed by respected scientific journals. After years of research, I'm sure you'll achieve great results in a healthy way following my advice. I do my best to translate scientific research jargon into plain English. Remember, it's always a good idea to consult a doctor before starting a new diet!