When looking back at nutritional trends in 2019, there was one diet that resonated most with consumers – the keto diet. According to a poll of 1,259 dieticians, the keto diet has been the most popular consumer diet in 2019 – and is likely to remain so in 2020. Although weight loss is the number one motivator to following a keto diet, many studies have found that there are many more benefits to this high-fat, low-carb diet.
In 2017, it was estimated that 30.3 million people in the U.S. had diabetes. Additionally, the average medical cost attributed to diabetes for an individual is $7,900 per year. What if you could swap your diabetes medications and doctors office visits with some healthy fats? Some research has shown that following a low-carb, high-fat diet may lower blood glucose levels and insulin production.
Many foods that are recommended on a keto diet, such as salmon, avocado and nuts, are high in omega-3 essential fatty acids – known for their cardiovascular and cognitive support. So it’s not too surprising that some studies have found that a high fat diet supports healthy brain function. One study found that following a keto diet may improve behavior and cognitive function, and may be beneficial in treating neurological disorders.
By limiting the amount of carbohydrates in your body, many health changes begin to take effect. One observable effect found by researchers at Yale University was the production of immune cells called gamma delta T cells. These cells are able to trap the flu virus by producing mucus cell lining in the lungs. This resulted in lower flu instances in mice that were fed a keto diet.
From Study: Ketogenic diet activates protective γδ T cell responses against influenza virus infection
Putting mice on a keto diet
Our immune responses to infections are influenced by several extrinsic factors, including weather, social interactions, and diet. Here, Goldberg et al. report that feeding mice a high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet confers protection in the context of lethal influenza infection. By characterizing the immune response in the lungs, the authors identified that ketogenic diet promoted the expansion of γδ T cells in the lung. Using mice lacking γδ T cells, the authors have established the functional importance of these cells in conferring protection. Their findings suggest that γδ T cells improve barrier function in the lungs by modifying differentiation and function of the airway epithelial cells.
Still, there are many other benefits to this high-fat diet that are still being explored. As research grows we’ll learn more about what makes keto a good option for individuals with specific health concerns. You can begin to explore the benefits of a keto diet by trying Youngevity’s Keto 90 Plan. This specific Keto program was designed to ensure the best nutrient intake and weight loss support. For individuals looking to support many aspects of health, Keto 90 may be a great option!
Prevention is key!