How Ketosis Treats Epilepsy
The ketogenic diet has been used to treat patients with epilepsy since 1921 – yes, over 100 years. Ketosis is a natural metabolic state that allows your body to burn fat for fuel. During ketosis, your body produces ketones from your fat stores, which can be used for energy when there are no more carbohydrates left to burn. Although you always produce a small amount of ketones, you can dramatically increase your ketones (and the fat you burn) by reducing the calories you eat, fasting, reducing carbohydrates in your diet, or increasing your activity with exercise.
When practiced regularly, entering ketosis has countless benefits, including weight loss, decreased inflammation, and improved mental clarity. Maintaining a state of ketosis can even help control and even reduce the frequency of seizures.
Studies show that the ketogenic diet can treat epileptic seizures in children, as the ketones in the body alter genes involved in energy metabolism in the brain, which in turn helps stabilize the function of neurons exposed to the challenges of epileptic seizures.