In the last few years there has been an outpouring of interest and resources into the wellness industry. Health and longevity are becoming priorities, leading people to experiment with different lifestyles and/or diets. One of the most popular diets for people looking to lose weight, level up their athletic performance, or improve their insulin sensitivity is the Keto Diet.
So What is the Keto Diet?
At its baseline, the Keto Diet is a high fat, low carb diet which involves drastically reducing your overall carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. In the Standard Ketogenic Diet (SKD) your macros should fall into the range of 75% fat, 5% carbohydrates and 20% protein. By allowing your body to subsist on such a miniscule amount of carbs it will enter ketosis, which is a natural metabolic state where the body produces ketone bodies out of fat to use as energy instead of carbs. Due to this effect, Keto Diets have been found to be massively effective at lowering both blood sugar and insulin levels.
Who is the Keto Diet Good for?
Anyone can benefit from trying the Keto diet! But, it has been shown to be particularly effective in those who need to lose weight, suffer from diabetes, neurological disorders, or even cancer. Indeed, the diet was initially created as a tool to treat Epilepsy and research has shown that a Keto diet can greatly diminish the number of seizures suffered by epileptic children. A majority of Keto followers utilize the diet as a weight loss tool, as many studies have shown it to be far more effective than a low calorie or low fat diet. The Keto craze has only increased in fever recently, with many celebrities and athletes crediting the diet with weight loss, increased energy, and decreased inflammation.
How can CBD & Keto Work Together?
At first glance CBD supplements and Keto might seem like an unlikely match, however upon a second look it’s easy to see they’re a perfect combo! If you are already a CBD devotee – no need to fret, many CBD oils and gummies are Keto friendly.
If you are new to both CBD and Keto, supplementing with CBD can help ease you through the first stage of the Keto Diet known as the ‘Keto Flu’. As your body adjusts to its new high fat diet and enters ketosis you may find yourself feeling fatigued, sluggish, foggy, and even a bit grumpy. These symptoms, while unfortunate, are simply your body’s way of transitioning from burning glucose to burning fat. Incorporating CBD gummies or oils into your routine can help assuage this irritability and ‘brain fog’, as studies have found that CBD use can help combat excessive daytime fatigue and sleepiness.
Decrease Hunger & Appetite
For those on a Keto based weightloss journey, both Keto and CBD have complementary ways of regulating appetite and decreasing hunger. The cannabidiol in CBD is known to have an effect on the body’s endocannabinoid system which works to regulate food intake, metabolism, and endocrine function. It is our endocrine system which creates the hormone that allows us to feel hunger. Similarly, the Keto diet works to decrease levels of the hormone that stimulates your appetite, while at the same time leaving you feeling satiated from the medley of delicious fats you are consuming! A diet high in fats helps us to feel fuller for longer, stabilizes blood sugar, and leads to fewer cravings.
Protect Heart Health and Lessen Inflammation
One of the most promising applications of the killer combo of Keto and CBD is as a way to decrease chronic inflammation, and consequently preserve heart health. Many of the most deadly heart conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, even Alzheimers have been linked to ongoing levels of inflammation. Fortunately, both Keto and CBD regimens have been shown to create ant-inflammatory responses within the body by suppressing cytokines. Even better, high CBD levels have demonstrated the ability to not only decrease inflammation, but to protect the cells that line our coronary arteries aka help protect our heart health!