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It’s been my mission to explore and share the best in how natural health can transform your world. It’s taken me all across the globe, from biochemistry labs to fields and orchards. I love bridging the worlds of science and traditional wisdom, taking the best from both to share how you can live your best life.

If you’re interested in how to wake up with increased energy levels, sharper thinking, better moods and changing the way you age, read on to learn what the benefits are combining two powerful dietary strategies.  

Benefits of Being Keto

 

There’s a reason why the ketogenic diet is so popular right now. People everywhere are waking up to the powerful insights that a keto lifestyle can bring. They are feeling the welcomed benefits from weight loss to blood sugar stabilization, improved memory, and soaring energy levels.1,2,3,4 If you’re someone who is concerned about their health and wanting to steer clear of the inflammatory diseases that plague our modern western world, the ketogenic diet just may have some answers for you.

Two things chronic disease has in common is inflammation and insulin resistance.

The traditional ketogenic diet consists of obtaining your caloric nutrients from about 75% fat, up to 20% protein and 5-10% carbohydrates.5 Eating this way reduces your insulin resistance while increasing your metabolic flexibility. It allows your body to burn fat as its main fuel source, but with increased metabolic flexibility you’ll be able to use glucose for fuel when you need to.2,6 On a ketogenic diet your body produces ketone bodies that are used as fuel in the absence of glucose. It allows you to burn stored fat as energy and that’s why people often experience the pleasant result of weight loss on a ketogenic diet.7,8

Additionally, the scientific studies that are coming out on this important therapeutic dietary tool in the role it can play in epilepsy, improved cognitive performance, neurodegenerative disease, cancer, obesity, and insulin regulation are very promising.9,10,11

It takes about 30 days following a ketogenic diet, but once your body becomes keto-adapted, energy levels typically sore because burning fat for fuel releases more ATP (the cellular energy currency) with less free radical damage to cells. More bang for your buck.

Turmeric to The Inflammation Rescue

 

I’ve been in love with turmeric ever since my travels led me to Bangalore, India to learn from scientists and farmers alike about the medicine and culinary staple of the region. Every market I went to was filled with the fragrant aroma and intensely bright yellow of the beautiful therapeutic constituent in turmeric called curcumin. The women were buying turmeric and using it every day to avoid illness and to lift mental wellbeing for themselves and their families.

What the Science Says About Turmeric

 

The studies are overwhelmingly clear that turmeric has numerous protective benefits for our health. Here are the big reasons why turmeric is one of my favorite Powerphenols:

1. Reduces Inflammation

Studies show that curcumin plays an important role in regulating key enzymes involved in the inflammation signaling pathway, making it comparable to over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, without all the side effects.12

2. Boosts Mood

Turmeric works to enhance mood, calm anxiety and lift depression.13,14,15

3. Reduces Blood Sugar

Curcumin lowers blood sugar and helps regulate and improve insulin’s ability to bind to sugar.16

4. Promotes Heart Health

Turmeric enhances cardiovascular health by reducing total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.17,18,19

5. Inhibits Tumor Growth

Studies reveal the impressive amount of research performed in how curcumin is involved in multiple cell signaling pathways in the inhibition, suppression, and prevention of tumors.20,21,22

Can you see why I’m pretty excited about this important medicinal herb we should all have in our kitchen cupboards and medicine cabinets?

Most of the studies have been done on curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric. Research shows that taking 500mg of extracted curcumin twice a day is most effective.23 Curcumin is an isolated component of the whole plant. I highly value the efforts put forth by science in elucidating the mechanisms by which curcumin works, and therefore take my curcumin in supplement form. I also value the wisdom of nature and choose to get the whole spectrum of compounds that are provided in the whole turmeric root. How can we possibly know all the intelligent ways in which nature has specifically created the compounds to work synergistically together, and what benefit that may confer?  See below where I share some of my favorite ways to cook and eat turmeric!

Turmeric + Keto = Big Benefits

 

Since the ketogenic diet relies largely on fats for your fuel source, it’s super important to focus on the quality of those fats. Whole-food fats like those found in avocado, olives, coconuts, nuts, and seeds offer some of the healthiest, polyphenol and essential fatty acid-rich foods available.

Also, selecting grass-fed meats, and avoiding conventional dairy and vegetable oils can keep you from falling into the dirty keto trap, risking your health with toxin-laced, rancid and inflammatory fats. Another potential pitfall people face when following a ketogenic diet is not getting enough antioxidant-rich polyphenols into the diet that come in all the colorful forms like berries and fruit, and some moderate carbohydrate veggies like squash and sweet potato.

This is where turmeric comes in to help cover your polyphenol bases.

Bursting with potent antioxidant-richness, turmeric is naturally low carb, making it the perfect addition to your ketogenic diet. Plus, turmeric is fat soluble, which means it’s better absorbed when you eat a little fat with it. Now that’s convenient on your fat-based keto diet! When you combine turmeric with a ketogenic diet, you’ll be vastly enhancing your anti-inflammatory pathways, translating to a lowered risk of chronic disease and improved health in every system of your body.

This is where turmeric comes in to help cover your polyphenol bases.

 

Bursting with potent antioxidant-richness, turmeric is naturally low carb, making it the perfect addition to your ketogenic diet. Plus, turmeric is fat soluble, which means it’s better absorbed when you eat a little fat with it. Now that’s convenient on your fat-based keto diet! When you combine turmeric with a ketogenic diet, you’ll be vastly enhancing your anti-inflammatory pathways, translating to a lowered risk of chronic disease and improved health in every system of your body.

And Then There’s Autophagy…

 

Ever since learning about the 2016 Nobel-winning prize topic, autophagy, I have been empowered to do everything to enhance this natural cellular repair mechanism, as it holds the key to healing and repairing cellular damage, and changes the way you age.

Following a ketogenic diet may, in fact, be one powerful way to protect the brain from neurodegenerative diseases and enhance cognitive performance through autophagic pathways. Studies like this reveal how ketosis may enhance autophagy in the brain, eliminating damaged proteins, which can eventually lead to neurodegeneration seen in illnesses like Parkinson’s disease.24 Turmeric is another powerful way you can turn up your autophagy. Science shows how curcumin turns on autophagy, allowing you to enhance your cell’s natural repair mechanism with every bite. Using these two strategies could be key in helping you to increase your longevity and reverse how time has aged you.

Tasty and Easy Ways to Boost Your Keto with Turmeric

 

Thankfully turmeric is a versatile spice and it’s easy to add it to a savory dish or just as easily sneak it into a keto treat. Try these 3 easy ways to increase the amount of turmeric in your keto lifestyle.

    • This delicious Spicy Chorizo Turmeric Scramble is the perfect choice on a day that you want to share breakfast with your family.
    • Take Almond-Coconut Turmeric Snacks to work with you to help buffer any afternoon cravings you might have. Omit dates to make it keto-friendly.
    • Macadamia Nut Pate with celery sticks makes a perfect party hors d’oeuvre. Add black pepper to the pate and all of your turmeric dishes to enhance the absorption of curcumin in turmeric.

Whether you’re looking for ways to lose weight, increase your energy and mood or boost your autophagy and longevity, consider how using the ketogenic diet and adding turmeric to your supplement and dietary routine may just be what you’re looking for!

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