What is »ketosis« exactly, and why is it so important?
by Marina Schroff
Put simply, ketosis is a metabolic state in which body fat is used as the primary source of energy. The body normally gets the energy it needs from sugar, i.e. from carbohydrates. If the body has no access to carbohydrates for a prolonged period, it needs to find a different solution. This is where ketosis comes into play. Once the glucose reserves have been used up, the body’s own fat is mobilised, and partly converted into ketones in the liver. This
process is referred to as ketogenesis. The ketones supply the body with energy. As ketosis only begins once the glucose reserves in the muscles and liver have been used up, carbohydrate intake must be kept very low. But don’t worry, the body still has sufficient energy in a state of ketosis. Ketones are water-soluble and can be transported to all organs via the blood-stream. They can even pass through the blood-brain barrier and are even available to the brain as a rapid supplier of energy. They activate the nerve cells and intellectual capacity and enable new brain cells to be created from brain stem cells. This is often accompanied by an uplifting mood. It has also been proven that people who fast regularly are less prone to depression, anxiety disorders and neurological illnesses, such as Parkinson’s and
dementia. At the same time, ketones have a palliative effect on chronic inflammations, such as those that play a major role in chronic inflammatory diseases (such as rheumatism, allergies, epilepsy, MS) and diseases of civilisation (such as excess weight, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease). The ketosis that occurs not only during fasts but also in fat-based diets not only alleviates pain and symptoms – it also normalises sugar and fat metabolism.
Regular fasting, for example with the FASTING BOX, helps to slow down ageing processes in brain and body cells.
What’s more, a European of average weight can live off their fat reserves for 40 days, even if fasting for such a long period is rarely necessary for therapeutic reasons.
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