Ketogenic Diets

February 19, 2018

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Hello, I’m Dr. Greg Brannon, the medical director here at the Youth Institute. Confusion. What do I eat, this diet and that diet, this diet. Let’s clear the confusion up. Previously in American history, and across the world now, they eat more organically and naturally. There is less cardiovascular disease, less diabetes, less obesity. See, it’s important that we understand what nutrition really is. What has happened in the last hundred years, the best health aspects of America have occurred because of hygiene, clean water, soap, washing hands, but the sad part is these diseases of obesity and diabetes and cancer and cardiovascular disease have increased in the last hundred years, while supposedly our medical care has been better. And yes, our medical care is phenomenal for Traumas, and accidents, and these high tech surgeries, but overall, when I get back to the basis of nutrition that keeps our body healthy… See our body is built not just to exist, but to thrive in this environment if given the right supplementation, the right hormone balance, and the right nutrition.

See, we’ve become accustomed to literally these chronic diseases. The question is why? Where’d they come from? Thomas Jefferson said, if a people ever allows the government to tell them what foods to eat and what medicine to take, they’ll be in the worst state of tyranny. Let that sink in. See the government is not the best caretaker of you. The king and queen is in the mirror. That’s you and I. Knowledge is power. We can’t rely on so-called experts and simply wait for them to the ivory towers upon high coming down and tell us how to eat. That’s been proven not to be beneficial. I believe in experts. I believe information is critically important, but we should read as much as possible and absorb as much as possible because the responsibility in your health falls upon you.

What’s very interesting is, previously in American history when we had less heart attacks in obesity and diabetes, we didn’t have the government involved in the diet. 1977 was a very interesting time. That’s when the grain companies lobbied to push through the government to have an American Standard Diet based upon government regulations. Let that sink in. Government regulations pushed through by the grain company. The Food Pyramid. When you look back at the data of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Atherosclerosis, Metabolic Syndrome, pauses to ovarian syndrome, they’ve all increased since the mid-seventies when we became a more of a fat and protein society to more of carbohydrate eating society. That causes insulin resistance and causes all the complications we have. So let’s back up here and say OK, moving politics because when government gets involved, their coercive involvement of pushing their, their, their dollars and their, and their power about regulations – that actually skews the free market. Let’s let you and I dictate what we want to eat by using the free market and our own knowledge.

So when I want to do here at the Youth Institute is really very important. This is not a weight clinic. What we look at, very simply, is you as the individual. We know that the foundational base built is crucial on having physiological, levels, uh, levels of biological hormones proper without that proper hormonal balance and nothing really works. They have the right supplementation that this co-factors to let the enzymatic processes that our bodies already have to be at their optimal. Then we supply it the right nutrition. That’s what’s crucial. So the American Standard Diet versus what we’ve heard about ketogenic diets, Paleo diets, these other kinds of diets around the world, anything that moves away from a high carbohydrate diet is better. But it looks like the literature we looked at before previously, last 50-100 years is we ate predominantly fat. Healthy fat has been the mainstay of a healthy diet over the last thousands of years.

So we look at America, it’s 50 percent carbohydrate, 35 percent fat and only 15 percent protein, but that has led, as I talked about, living with these chronic aspects of diseases. A ketogenic diet is very important. About 70 percent essential healthy fats, 20 percent of high-quality proteins and 10 percent of carbohydrates from non-starchy aspects like leaf green leafy vegetables, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, some low glycemic lentils, the healthy type of carbohydrates. See a ketogenic diet is this – it’s very low in carbohydrates, moderately high in high-quality dietary proteins and high in quality high essential fats. The biochemistry is very interesting on this. It’s that the way our body works is our body can use either sugar or fat for energy, and protein as well, but it’s important to save protein for the structural and enzymatic aspects of our life, so essentially between fat and sugar.

Our bodies stores about 36 hours of sugar as glycogen in your muscle and in our liver. After our 36 to 40 hours of no sugar, our body will deplete that sugar and then turn to adipose. What’s important is about a three-week span, if you could actually deplete the glycogen, become an adipose burner, a fat burner. We actually now become our body wants it, wants to use that. There’s a couple of reasons for this. Ketones, which is a byproduct of, the ketone in our bodies. The byproduct of fat metabolism and used as an energy source is actually like the currency of fat energy – are three times more efficient than sugar. It actually helps protect the Mitochondria. It actually is a cleaner energy source, meaning there’s less free radicals, less damage, so it takes less energy to actually utilize sugar, to utilize fat versus sugar as energy. The benefits of this are interesting. At the brain, using ketones, which I get three times more efficient than sugar, the ketone bodies as energy for the brain, it’s been shown to have actually more nerve and synaptic growth with that within the brain, connections themselves, which has a mental alertness, increases improved cognitive ability and mental sharpness.

Blood sugar metabolism helps fight insulin resistance – our bodies keeping our blood sugar at a constant level, not these peaks, these peaks, peaks, and valleys. Also, it’s very interesting – our cardiovascular health is shown that the actually the Mitochondria and the cardiac tissue actually use energy better as fat cells, again, have more efficiency to the heart and fit and vascular system. A byproduct, this is not the goal of this, but a byproduct is to lose weight, but what I’m saying is to be the healthy weight, you’re supposed to be. A little, just weight loss by itself is not the end all be all. As long as it falls together with a natural loss of weight meaning I have a portion of muscle and adipose together. All this is based upon the foundational principle of having the hormones balanced at the optimal physiological level.

You do the right supplementation and that allows you to be the best you can be. One little interesting thing on sugar – Dr. Otis Warburg in 1924, actually he won the Nobel Prize in 1931 if I’m correct on that, he actually showed that cancer cells only grow in glycolysis, which is using sugar. It actually cannot grow, in a ketotic state. That’s a very interesting aspect because the cancer cells need sugar and fat is their enemy. See, we don’t get fat. We don’t get unhealthy by eating fats. We get unhealthy by eating too many sugars in a proportion that is not built physiological for our body.

So the sum of this little video up here is this – you are what you eat. Don’t allow ignorance to be our excuse. Let’s attack out there. Google. The research world is out there. Do your research. Do your work. Ask questions. Understand that it’s very important that we age and age gracefully. We have to regain our youthful exuberance for life, but we need a healthy, healthy body to do that. We do that – tomorrow can be better than today. Again, this is Dr. Greg Brannon, at The Youth Institute, the medical director. I thank you for your time.

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