Keto has been a hot topic for the past year or two, and for good reason. A lot of people have made great progress with their health via a keto diet.
But you’re not here for weight loss tips, you’re here to get help with your IC, right? So what’s up with the Keto talk? And why would Keto even be an option for IC patients?
That doesn’t go along with any of the dietary recommendations for Interstitial Cystitis.
Or does it?
Would you agree that there is a direct relationship between food and flares? I bet you said yes. Read More: IC and Diet
Is inflammation associated with IC? Yep, we know that markers of inflammation are a target for IC research (hello there, mast cells and leukocytes). Read more: The Role of Inflammation in Interstitial Cystitis
Are bowel issues and food intolerances like IBS associated with IC? Yes. Bladder-bowel cross-sensitization sucks!
Has Keto been shown to help with mood instability and anxiety/depression (which we all know is part of living with a diagnosis like IC)? Yes, early research and many, many people following a keto diet have reported positive changes in mood levels and emotional stability. Read more: Ketogenic Diets for Psychiatric Disorders: A New 2017 Review
If you’re still a little unsure of what we mean by a ketogenic diet, here is a quick and dirty break down of the basics:
1. Keto diets are very low in carbohydrate, though the exact level of carbohydrate may vary. Most people aim for 20 grams of carbs per day, while others are able to maintain “ketosis” with up to 50 grams or sometimes even 70 grams if you are super active and fat adapted.
2. Keto diets are high in fat and relatively low to moderate protein (because protein at high enough intakes can cause an insulin spike in most people).
3. A keto diet aims to lower blood sugar and insulin levels. When blood sugar and insulin levels are low, your body will turn to primarily burning fat—not sugar—as its primary fuel.
You may be thinking, okay I understand what keto is. But I still don’t understand why I should consider it as a tool to control my IC. The answer is simple: the Keto diet, through various biochemical mechanisms involving blood sugar and insulin regulation, decreases inflammation.
And since there is no need for another “How to do a Keto Diet” article, we aren’t going to get into the details of getting started. There are so many wonderful resources about Keto online where you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about a ketogenic lifestyle. We will, however, give you the 30 second run-down of the important mistakes we have learned must be avoided if you want to succeed with a keto diet:
1.Wrong types of oils: no processed veg oils. Canola is cheap for a reason. It’s trash. You want fruit oil (coconut or avocado), seed or nut oil (walnut, sesame, etc) or animal oil (lard, butter, etc)
2. Keto junk food: super high fiber flours, artificial sweeteners to mimic carby junk food.
3. Go slow. Read up on Mark Sisson’s approach. He wants you to work on getting fat-adapted before going full on keto. For those of you who are impatient, just know that you will start to feel a lot better during the “getting fat adapted” stages too.
Okay, so it’s not really top secret. It’s a program on how to do the Keto and IC Diet together–brilliantly titled “The KETO-IC Diet”! It should be ready in July 2019.
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So there you go. Another tool for kicking IC in the ass. Get out there and see if Keto helps you control and prevent flares.
And please, if you have success with this (or not!), share it in the comments.
Your path to control might be someone else’s path too. Let’s help each other figure this out.
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