In so many ways, women who are in menopause are the perfect fit for the keto diet! Ketosis during menopause just makes metabolic sense!
Ketosis is the state where the body has transitioned from sugar-burning mode to fat-burning and ketones (made from fat – both dietary and body fat) become the primary fuel source for your body. When in ketosis you’ll experience more stable energy, a clearer mind diminished sugar cravings and you will be able to easily go longer between meals without food. In essence, you are as solid as a rock. The metabolically stable state of ketosis is similar to the hormonally stable state of menopause (yes even though your hormones are low, they are still stable). In this way menopause and ketosis just work beautifully together!
It can take the body some time, often several weeks on a keto diet, to fully transition into ketosis. One way to help this transition is by using MCT oil as a supplement. MCT oil has been shown to raise the levels of ketones in the body (1), and since it isn’t stored as fat, but burned as fuel, it can help to mitigate some of the discomforts that go along with this profound metabolic transition.
I can’t talk about menopause without mentioning one of my favorite topics: skin health. During and after menopause, a woman produces much less estrogen and stops going through a monthly cycle. And as a result, she sees changes in her skin – sometimes dramatic changes. Estrogen helps skin to plump and feel full, so with less of this beauty hormone, the signs of aging can catch up with us. When it comes to supporting skin after menopause and aging with radiance, I wholeheartedly believe in an Outside Meets Inside approach. And this is exactly where the keto diet fits in.
High Fiber Keto is an incredible autophagy-promoting tool. Autophagy is the body’s own cellular cleanup crew that repairs, restores and rejuvenates cells in the body. When the body is in ketosis, the dial on autophagy cranks up. This state is incredible for your skin. High Fiber Keto is my #1 recommendation for approaching skin health from the inside – at the nutritional level. In addition, supplements can help as well. For example, polyphenol compounds, which I coined powerphenols, also induce autophagy from the inside. They offer powerful metabolic and antioxidant support, both important for menopause and healthy aging.
For addressing skin concerns from the outside, autophagy is key as well. Many of the same nutrients that induce autophagy internally can be applied directly to the skin to induce autophagy where you want it most. It can be as simple as adding a lifting serum to your daily skincare routine.
One other concern that I want to take a moment to address is hair and nail health. As a woman goes through menopause, she might notice thinning hair and nails that have grown more brittle. Sometimes these same concerns show up in pre-menopausal women who are on the keto diet as well, especially if they restrict food too much or engage in intermittent fasting too often for their body.
Here is how to approach this from the root. First, make sure you are meeting your nutritional needs daily. This means getting enough good protein, vitamins, and minerals – along with your good fats. Next, consider cycling in the right carbs, if needed and as described above – as a way to personalize your plan. Finally, consider some smart supplements including collagen protein and keratin + biotin. Any time I feel my hair or nail health declining, I add these in and see fast results.
Using a ketogenic diet while in menopause can be a perfect combination with stabilizing a woman’s hormones. Whether your concerns are related to changes in your metabolic state or the condition of your skin, hair, and nails, utilizing a keto diet plan for women and supplements greatly assist inside and out.