The anti-cancer ketogenic diet is very similar to the GAPS diet, which has a heavy emphasis on bone broth and was developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride specifically for recovery from leaky gut. The diet calls for eliminating carbohydrates, replacing them with healthy fats and protein. The GAPS Diet focuses on removing foods that are difficult to digest and damaging to gut flora and replacing them with nutrient-dense foods to give the intestinal lining a chance to heal and seal.
All of your body’s cells are fueled by glucose. This includes cancer cells. However, cancer cells have one built-in fatal flaw – they do not have the metabolic flexibility of your regular cells and cannot adapt to use ketone bodies for fuel as all your other cells can.
So, when you alter your diet and become what’s known as “fat-adapted,” your body starts using fat for fuel rather than carbs. When you switch out the carbs for healthy fats, you starve the cancer out, as you’re no longer supplying the necessary fuel – glucose – for their growth.
The key is to add healthy fat to replace the carbs and excess protein:
- Olives and Olive oil
- Coconuts and coconut oil
- Butter made from raw grass-fed organic milk
- Organic raw nuts, especially macadamia nuts, which are low in protein and omega-6 fat
- Organic pastured egg yolks and pastured meats Avocados
Severely limiting sugar/fructose, processed foods of all kinds, sweetened beverages (as well as diet versions), and replacing carbs with healthy fats and high quality protein can do what no medicine can – it can prevent disease from setting in, and may even be the U-turn you’re looking for if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer or other chronic disease. Add to that appropriate sun exposure, sleep, effective stress management, and regular exercise, and you’ll be well ahead of the rest of the population.
(Source: A Ketogenic Diet May Be Key to Cancer Recovery)
When I talk to people about the ketogenic diet and lifestyle, one of the most common questions people ask me is, “Is that like paleo?” My usual response is “It’s like a modified paleo.” Both the Ketogenic and Paleo diet help with reducing inflammation, the culprit for chronic diseases. They have been shown to boost immunity and to aid recovery from autoimmune disorders, and they have been linked to improved mental clarity and higher energy levels. And yes, there is some overlap in their principles, but the ketogenic and Paleo diets are still distinct in a number of ways.
The Ketogenic Diet aims to push the body into ketosis — the process of the body burning stored fat. This diet follows a program that is low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein and high in fat.
The Paleo plan focuses more on eating meat; in other words, a diet primarily composed of protein. This diet plan focuses on getting energy from animal products that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Dieters also avoid processed foods like:
- Refined sugar
- Table salt
The ketogenic diet focuses on manipulating the three macronutrients, which are fat, carbs and protein. The Paleo diet is more about the food choices. You eliminate dairy, grains and processed foods, but balance the macronutrients any way you want.
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