Healing Anxiety via Ketosis: The Connection Between Mental and Metabolic Health

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Earlier today, I was reading to D an article I found from the recent issue of Psychology Today at our local library, titled, “Anxiety: A Metabolic Disorder?” which pointed to using the keto diet as a way to help control anxiety. D suggested I blog about it.

Personally, I think it’s fascinating that so many roads are leading to the magic of ketosis. Whether via fasting or eating, we aren’t meant to eat so much, so often, to jack up our insulin and inflammation.

We aren’t meant to fill our cells with processed food and a constant steady stream of food that increases our blood sugar and insulin and messes us up metabolically.

I’m learning about cortisol spikes increasing blood sugar and insulin as much as a slice of cake, and how oxytocin, such as human touch (either with others or even with ourselves), can counter that. In fact, I’m about to turn on oxytocin by meditating for 30 minutes. I think I can handle life better these days because of my daily meditation habit. And using ketosis as a way to reduce anxiety, depression, have better mental health, is just icing on the cake!

As Dr Christopher Palmer writes in his book that I’m currently reading, Brain Energy, he argues that “mental disorders are metabolic disorders of the brain.”

This book helps people suffering from mental health issues know that there is hope for treatment-resistant depression and mental illnesses.

As someone who accidentally discovered this to be true while trying to help my husband D eat a keto diet for cancer in 2014 (now in remission), I know firsthand that ketosis via diet and fasting has helped my own mental health.

Which is why I always return to low-carb keto eating and fasting, no matter how long I’ve strayed.

My brain craves it.

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