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The Ketogenic Diet for Seizures and Epilepsy

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  Published on January 20th, 2022
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  Last modified July 9th, 2023
Keto can reduce seizure incidents

The keto craze didn’t just start over the past decade. The keto diet has been used since the 1920s, but not for weight loss. The ketogenic diet was originally founded as nutritional therapy for seizures. More specifically, the keto diet was originally researched and used to help treat drug-resistant epilepsy in children. Over the past century, however, there has been an exponential increase in research regarding the diet and numerous potential therapeutic benefits. What Is the Ketogenic Diet?The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat diet. A traditional ketogenic diet is composed of approximately 75% of calories from fat, 20% from protein, and 5% from carbohydrates. When carbohydrate intake is reduced, the body sources its energy not from glucose, but from ketones generated from fatty acids. The production and utilization of ketones as an energy source describes the metabolic state of ketosis. A therapeutic ketogenic diet, on the other hand, is a bit more strict than that. When using the ketogenic diet for a specific disease or conditions like epilepsy or seizures, fat content is […]…

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