CBD and the Keto Diet: A Match Made In Heaven?
Combining the ketogenic diet and cannabidiol (CBD) may seem like the latest health fad, but hopping on this bandwagon could do wonders for your mind and body.
If you’ve never heard of the ketogenic diet, keto for short, it is in a nutshell an ultra high-fat and extremely low carb diet. The standard American diet, AKA the one that’s causing obesity and heart disease in the United States to be at an all-time high, is loaded in sugar and thus we obtain our fuel and energy sources from glucose. As the US nutrition authorities push for the standard American diet, money from people getting sick goes into the deep pockets of Big Pharma. Go figure.
On the other hand, the keto diet is all about undoing a lifetime of eating carbs and sugar in all forms and switching up your fuel source to fat by eating lots of healthy good fat sources. The entire point of going on a keto diet is to place the body in a state of ketosis, which is when the body has completely switched to fat as the primary fuel source and burns fat automatically. Yes, even while you sleep.
Once in ketosis, the body turns into a fat-burning machine unlike any other. You can easily lose four up to 7 pounds a week on it, although the health benefits of the keto diet are far beyond cosmetic. Aside from weight loss, the ketogenic diet, when done right, can reduce acne, treat inflammation, reduce the risk for cancer and even treat some forms of cancer, stabilize heart health, improve cognitive functioning, better sleep, treats polycystic ovary syndrome, and much more. Many people who have been on the keto diet for a long time have reported significantly improved energy levels because of the absence of the sugar crashes. It has also helped diabetics reverse their condition, and cause people in a pre-diabetic state to get off their medications.
Basically, the benefits of a ketogenic diet are limitless.
But so are the benefits of CBD.
Both CBD and the ketogenic diet have been scientifically proven to treat the same conditions: epilepsy (the very reason why the ketogenic diet was conceptualized in the first place), schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and more. So can you imagine the health benefits you get mentally and physically when you combine them both?
CBD and the ketogenic diet complement each other in several ways:
If you’re obese or struggle with an active lifestyle due to aches and pains, CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties can help make it easier as you start the keto diet. CBD can treat the muscle and joint pain associated with exercise, while providing relief from pain following a workout.
CBD promotes homeostasis in the human body, which will stabilize your appetite and help curb the cravings that are common among keto newbies.
CBD can help you sleep better and deeper, helps to fight stress, and improve your overall sense of well-being.
If you suffer from seizures and epilepsy, CBD and keto are the best natural tools you have that support each other in managing and reducing episodes.
CBD and the keto diet both support emotional and mental well-being. They are both effective, even more so when used together, in fighting depression and anxiety. They can also help manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD.
CBD and hemp products can add valuable nutritional value to the keto diet, including essential fatty acids, omega-3, protein, and more.
If you’re thinking about starting the ketogenic diet for weight loss, or just for better long-term health, incorporating CBD early on in the diet can help you battle the keto flu. The keto flu is the term used to describe the symptoms of withdrawals from a lifetime of carbs and sugar, which usually occurs during the first 3-7 days of starting a keto diet. The symptoms of the keto flu include fatigue, nausea, headaches, and in some cases, it may even mimic an actual flu. It will go away as you inch your way into ketosis and better eating.
Most importantly, people should keep in mind that the keto diet is not a short-term solution to weight loss. As soon as you experience first-hand the benefits of going sugar and carb free, you’re going to want to stick to this way of eating for life. Like many, you won’t want to look back.