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What is National Keto Day?

 What is National Keto Day?

On National Keto Day, which falls on January 5, we're reminded that people following ketogenic diets reduce their carb intake to a point where the body starts using fat, instead of carbs, for energy. This not only aids in weight loss but also helps epilepsy patients avoid seizures and has been linked to improved cognitive brain function.

Keto breakfast
Keto breakfast with fried egg, bacon, cheese, ground beef and salad (Image- Getty Images)

For those considering starting a keto diet, be aware of the potential side effects known as the "keto flu." But don't worry, there are plenty of reliable resources online, and even celebrities like the Kardashians and Halle Berry endorse it!

Diverse Keto Dishes
Diverse Keto Dishes with Eggplant hummus served with crackers (Image-Getty Images)

Let's delve into the history of National Keto Day. The ketogenic diet was first used in the 1920s as a treatment for epilepsy in both children and adults. Although it fell out of favor when medications for seizures became available, some still recommended the diet with its specific fat to protein ratio and reduced intake of grains, sugars, and high-carb fruits.

History of National Keto Day?

In 1994, Hollywood producer Jim Abrahams, inspired by his son's successful treatment with the keto diet, founded the Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies. This led to widespread media coverage and renewed interest in keto. The idea of carb reduction for epilepsy actually goes back to ancient Greece, where physicians noted in the "Hippocratic Corpus" that epilepsy could be treated through severe fasting.

Variety Fresh of organic fruits and vegetables
Variety Fresh of organic fruits and vegetables and healthy vegan meal ingredients in reusable eco cotton bags on beige background. Zero waste shopping concept. Healthy food, clean eating, eco friendly, no plastic. (image- Getty mages)

 Today, we know that the benefits of the keto diet extend beyond epilepsy, benefiting conditions like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and insomnia. The Vitamin Shoppe established National Keto Day on January 5, 2019, to educate and raise awareness about the keto diet's health benefits.

How can you celebrate National Keto Day?

1. Start the keto diet: 

When done correctly, keto is a great strategy for weight loss and improved brain function. Take inspiration from celebrities like Kim Kardashian.

2. Support anti-epilepsy foundations:

 Consider donating time or resources to organizations like The Epilepsy Foundation.

3. Try fasting for part of the day:

 Fasting has scientific backing and is practiced by many successful keto dieters, bringing positive effects. It's a tradition that dates back centuries in various cultures and religions. 

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