Mastering Blood Sugar

Unlocking the Power of Fasting for Better Blood Sugar

July 25, 2023 Dr. Brian Mowll Season 1 Episode 47
Mastering Blood Sugar
Unlocking the Power of Fasting for Better Blood Sugar
Show Notes

In this episode, Dr. Jockers discusses the ketogenic diet, blood sugar control, and diabetes. He reflects on how the ketogenic diet's popularity has grown over the years and shares new insights and learnings from his experiences. Dr. Jockers highlights the importance of this diet in managing diabetes and improving overall health. Join us on this enlightening journey as we explore the science behind this powerful dietary approach and its myriad benefits for blood sugar regulation. This episode is your one-stop podcast for unlocking the secrets of the ketogenic diet and its incredible impact on blood sugar management. 

Fueling the Body: Unraveling the Ketogenic Diet's High-Fat Magic

The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat, and moderate-protein approach that involves cutting out sugars, grains, and high-carb foods, favoring healthy fats like avocados, olive oil, and grass-fed meats. This triggers ketosis, where the body efficiently burns fat for energy, aiding weight loss. Fat's satiating effect reduces hunger, and lower carbohydrate intake leads to decreased insulin levels, promoting overall health.

Unlocking the Fat-Burning Potential: The Vital Role of Reducing Insulin Levels

The ketogenic diet reduces blood sugar levels and improves control by limiting carbs and increasing healthy fats, leading to ketosis, where the body burns fat for fuel. This lowers insulin levels, addressing insulin resistance and promoting fat utilization. Ketones, produced during ketosis, offer various health benefits.

Safeguarding Through Inflammation: The Body's Intricate Defense Mechanism Against Food Threats

Inflammation is a natural defense mechanism in the body against infection and foreign substances. Yet, chronic inflammation can be detrimental to health and increase the risk of various diseases. Dr. Jockers explains that food consumption can trigger inflammation, and adopting a ketogenic diet and fasting can help reduce it. When we eat, the body perceives food as a potential threat due to microbes and harmful substances it may contain. Consequently, the body initiates an inflammatory response to protect itself. Certain dietary choices, like high-carbohydrate foods raising insulin levels, and frequent eating throughout the day, can lead to chronic inflammation by consistently activating these inflammatory pathways. This constant presence of high insulin levels puts the body on high alert, sending inflammation signals throughout the entire system.

Key Takeaways:

00:11 Ketogenic diet improves blood sugar
10:23 Ketones and fasting reduce inflammation
10:58 Inflammation and ketosis explained
22:04 Transitioning to a ketogenic diet
22:18 Stay hydrated and consume electrolytes
32:28 Ketogenic diet can reverse diabetes
33:04 Personalized approach for optimal health
38:40 Revitalize your energy: hydrate with more water



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