I am often asked about the ketogenic diet for cancer. I have heard many positive outcomes regarding this approach however it’s important to understand all the aspects of a ketogenic way of eating before going forward.
Nutritionists have found that cancer cells have difficulty growing in sugar depleted environments. All cancer cells have damaged mitochondria which means that they cannot grow in an environment that is sugar deficient. A ketogenic diet takes advantage of this fact and ensures that the body does not produce excess sugar in which cancer cells can thrive. A ketogenic diet focuses on removing carbohydrates from the diet and instead focuses on a combination of healthy fats and protein, predominantly. The aim is to prevent the breakdown of food into sugar in which cancer cells can thrive.
Apart from this major advantage, a ketogenic diet has other advantages as well. It helps the body by creating new restorative genes that help in healing. It also stimulates the immune system. For a recovering cancer patient, a healthy immune system is a very powerful tool to build immunity and inhibit relapse. The ketogenic diet can also slow down or completely stop degenerative diseases and has also been shown to bring down inflammation in most patients.
When we fast, the human body automatically goes into a state of ketosis. This state is important because it helps the body to naturally heal and repair its cells and this is why fasts can be a powerful healing mechanism. However, it should be noted that this diet is not beneficial for all cancer patients. So it is advisable to consult your doctor before starting on a ketogenic diet.