Is it good to be in ketosis?

Yes, it is definitely good to be in ketosis. When you are in this metabolic state, your metabolic health improves and your risk of dangerous diseases drops. There is also evidence that ketosis boosts health by reducing oxidative stress and by improving mitochondrial functioning [1].

However, there are even more benefits to being in ketosis. Many of these benefits come from the ketones themselves, while some come from the metabolic improvements that happen when you are in ketosis. Keep reading to learn more.

Why is it good to be in ketosis?

Ketosis is proven to boost metabolic flexibility [2]. Metabolic flexibility is the ability to switch from burning sugar to burning fat for fuel. It is of essential importance for overall health. Ketosis boosts metabolic flexibility by making you fat-adapted. Being fat-adapted means that your body is adapted at burning fat to make energy.

Unfortunately, most people are what we call sugar burners – their bodies are adapted to burning sugar (glucose) to make energy. The problem with being a sugar burner is that it impairs your metabolic flexibility, and with that, your metabolic health. Luckily, ketosis can help reverse this problem.

But there are many other reasons why it's good to be in ketosis:

Ketosis stabilizes blood glucose

Studies show that ketogenic diets help stabilize blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes [3]. This effect has a lot to do with ketosis and its effects on metabolic health.

Ketosis improves mitochondrial health

Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell. Ketosis increases mitochondria number and size according to some studies [4]. Healthy mitochondria are essential to normal metabolism and health.

Ketosis curbs oxidative stress and inflammation

Oxidative stress and inflammation are major drivers of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Ketosis curbs oxidative stress and inflammation, reducing your risk of these diseases.

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References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26661201
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4765362/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1325029/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30027365

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