This diet is geared particularly towards patients undergoing cancer treatment or actively preventing cancer. Some benefits of a ketogenic diet include:
- Better immune function
- Decreased risk of infection
- Improved energy levels
- Increased strength
- Better treatment response
- Faster recuperation after treatment
- Better quality of life
Studies have indicated that a high-fat, moderate-protein and a low-carbohydrate diet can impact the size and spread of certain cancers. Fats included in this diet are considered healthy fats, specifically medium chain triglycerides for example coconut oil, avocado and olive oil. Your body’s cells have the flexibility to adapt from using glucose as fuel to using ketone bodies found in high-fat foods. Cancer cells lack this ability, so when you reduce carbs to only non-starchy vegetables, you effectively starve the cancer.
Many cancers feed on glucose (i.e. sugars), so if we limit the amount of sugar we can impact the size and spread of cancer. Although, limiting sugar doesn’t just mean cutting out cakes and sweets, it means limiting both the complex and simple varieties in our diet.
Foods to Avoid:
- Soft drinks
- Starchy vegetables (i.e. beets, carrots, corn, peas, potatoes)
- Legumes (i.e. beans & peanuts)
- Hydrogenated oils (i.e. safflower, sunflower, corn oils)
Eliminating these foods can seem difficult at first but once you begin to learn the basics of the diet it will become much easier. Just because sugar is off the table doesn’t mean food can’t still be delicious, the use of spices is actually encouraged. Many spices are anti-angiogenic, this means that they cut off the blood supply that carries nutrients to the cancer fueling its growth. These cancer-fighting properties are why the use of spices such as basil, garlic, oregano, turmeric and ginger can actually help the ketogenic diet plan!
The Ketogenic Diet Shopping List is a great resource which can help you navigate the aisles of the grocery store. This Ketogenic Meal Planner shows you how much of each type of food you should be including in your diet.
Other similar diets that have shown promise for treatment include caloric restriction, also more frequently known as fasting. Fasting has remarkable health benefits and strengthens your cellular power-plants or mitochondria throughout your body. As long as these mitochondria are healthy and functional, it’s very unlikely that cancer will develop. For more information on energy production & how you can optimize the function of your mitochondria click here.
For more information along with research evidence on foods that can help you check out the following link: What to Eat to Beat Cancer