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Ketogenic diet : strategie for the natural treatement of cancer 

 by Dr. Mariangel Leota

Currently, man and science have advanced a lot in the treatment of important diseases, reducing in many cases their mortality and that is very good but there are diseases that have struggled to remain among us and that each year claim millions of lives, diseases like cancer. The only current treatment is based on quite aggressive and expensive therapies.

Now with this I do not want to demonize the conventional treatments because even though they are aggressive and expensive they have saved millions of lives as well, on the contrary my absolute recognition to the doctors who dedicate themselves to it, with this I only want to offer an option, a possible light that is based on returning to the basics, to the natural and recognizing that we are what we eat and that many times we consume food without stopping to think about the effects that our food can have on our health. Now, to the point, today I present the ketogenic diet. 
know what you’re thinking: another diet article!

How can a simple diet help me treat my cancer? Another article that offers cancer cure! Let me say no, in the next lines I will talk about the ketogenic diet, what it consists of and everything it can do for you and your cancer in case you have it, for your sick family member or simply for you to change your habits. Well, let’s go.


What is the ketogenic diet?

It is a type of diet low in carbohydrates, where you only consume between 2% to 5% carbohydrates of total daily calories and a high % of healthy fats, this leads the body to a metabolic state called: ketosis. The term ketogenic diet was given by the nutritionist and
researcher of the Mayo Clinic Russell Wilder in 1921.

Now, you’re asking what is ketosis? Well, is a state in which the body has the ability to burn fat easily because the liver transforms this fat into ketones, the liver is forced to produce these ketones to obtain energy in the absence of glucose.

The fundaments as a natural treatment for cancer is based on consuming a high percentage of good fats with finality to optimize the biochemical processes that suppress the disease and promote healing. Most tumors use glucose as a source of energy for maintenance and development. We all know that the main source of glucose comes from food, from the carbohydrates we consume,
when a person has cancer the glucose demands increase because the tumor it needs it to grow then the organism is forced to produce that glucose thus increasing the hepatic activity and the biological cycles that regulate its metabolism all this leads eventually to a state known as cachexia that is not more than a state of organic wear characterized for a large weight loss among other symptoms.

The ketogenic diet seeks to restrict the consumption of carbohydrates so that the tumor does not have glucose to continue its growth and at the same time increases the consumption of healthy fats to optimize your body making your immune system can deal with the tumor more efficiently.
Foods make up ( Foods that you can consume) the ketogenic diet.


Your diet should focus on the consumption of the following foods:

Meats: Red meats from grazed cattle, bacon, chicken and turkey (poultry). Fat meat is preferable for its higher fat content with respect to proteins. Pork can be consumed without problem as long as its provenance is clear.

Fish: Salmon, tuna, sardines, cod are ideal for their omega-3 content, unsaturated fats and
minerals such as iodine, zinc and phosphorus.

Seafood: Crab meat (natural unprocessed), clam, squid, mussels, lobster.

Eggs: You can prepare them in any way.

Milk products: Sour cream, sugar-free yogurt, cream cheese, cream. The intake of these foods should be controlled since they count as 1 general carbohydrate, however they are rich in fats and probiotics, consume them in moderation. In the consumption of dairy products are recommended those of an organic nature, it is essential that you check the labels to rule out that have added carbohydrates

Fats and oils: consumes extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil. Fats correspond to most of this diet and are essential, the benefits of good fats are very large but you must be careful to consume the right ones . The fats recommended are saturated and monosaturated fats, avoid hydrogenated fats and trans fats,

Butter and creams of natural origin: peanut butter, almond butter, coconut cream, are rich in good fats

Nuts and seeds: At present they are known as super food due to their high nutritional value, among them are almonds, nuts, chia, sesame, pumpkin seeds, etc.

Vegetables: Essentially green vegetables because of their low carbohydrate content, such as tomatoes, onions, peppers, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, romaine lettuce, etc. Avocado, avocado is a superfood add to your diet either whole or in guacamole.

Condiments: Undoubtedly not missing in any kitchen and in this case is not the exception you can use black pepper, dill, rosemary cumin, ginger, turmeric (currently considered a superfood), cayenne pepper and finally salt that you can use but with much moderation.


Ketogenic diet:


Here is an example of what the ketogenic diet is:

Breakfast: Eggs, tomato and bacon.
Lunch: Chicken salad, olive oil and feta cheese
Dinner: Salmon with butter and asparagus.

Breakfast: Omelette with tomato and goat cheese
Lunch: Chicken fillet with broccoli and avocado
Dinner: Vegetables with ground beef, cheese and tomato.

Breakfast: Almond milk, protein and peanut butter.
Lunch: Salad, roast beef with olive oil and avocado.
Dinner: Ribs with broccoli and tomato salad

Breakfast: Omelette with peppers, onion and avocado
Lunch: Chicken with cream cheese and place.
Dinner: Salsalmon salad with avocado and tomato.

Breakfast: Sugar-free yogurt mixed with strawberries and peanut butter sweetened
with splenda.
Lunch: Chicken with broccoli cream and mushrooms.
Dinner: meat burger with egg, bacon and cheese.

Breakfast: Omelette with cheese and spinach
Lunch: Tuna steak with asparagus and olive oil
Dinner: Chicken salad.

Breakfast: Fried egg in olive or coconut oil with bacon and mushrooms.
Lunch: Meat with cheese, salsa and guacamole
Dinner: Fish with spinach

6 Keto-Friendly Meals

Between meals it is recommended that you consume snacks, here a reference list of foods that you can consume according to your preference:

Dark chocolate (90% cocoa)
Strawberries and cream
1-2 boiled eggs
A fist of walnuts, almonds
Pieces of cheese with olive
Yogurt with almonds and cocoa
Strawberries with peanut butter
Almond milk with cocoa

The previous menu is a sample of the variety of foods that you can consume within the ketogenic diet which, far from depriving you of food, offers you a wide range that you can add to your daily life

Foods that you should avoid

While you are on the ketogenic diet I recommend you avoid consuming the following foods, as they will interfere with the purpose of this diet and therefore you will not see all its benefits in an appropriate way:

Foods rich in sugars such as sodas, fruit juices, smoothies, sweets, cakes etc.

Fruits: In the list of optimal foods for the ketogenic diet, fruits are not included due to their high sugar content, so avoid them except for berries such as strawberries, which can be consumed both in the daily menu and in your snacks .

Vegetables such as potatoes, turnip, carrots and other tubers this due to its high glycemic index and starch content.

Grains or starches: Here come the refined flours, pasta, rice and cereals.

Processed products: They include all those “diet” products and others that are highly processed and high in carbohydrates.

Condiments: Avoid the use of processed sauces in your kitchen since they are rich in sugars and unhealthy fats.


Alcohol and tobacco: These substances have never been allied to improve health, avoid them as you can.

The ketogenic diet and cancer

Cancer is a disease that seriously affects the nutritional status of patients, leads to a great loss of weight at the expense of muscle loss and this is just an external reflection of what the cancer does inside the body because At the same time important metabolic changes occur that impede the efficient use of nutrients, to all this the oncological therapy that is chemotherapy, radiotherapy or both affect the nutritional status due to its side effects.

For all this it is necessary to look for combined treatment options in an effective way that result in an improvement of patients with cancer, this is how the ketogenic diet arises that is not offered as an absolute cure for cancer but as an option of complementary treatment in which It allows the body to be in proper working conditions and in this way cope with the disease.

Recent studies show that the practice of ketogenic diet in patients with epilepsy (children), diabetes mellitus, metabolic diseases, Alzheimer’s and cancer showed improvements in quality of life and tolerated better treatments.

The ketogenic diet is a natural alternative in the reduction of risk factors for cardiovascular, metabolic and oncological diseases. It is based on using the organism efficiently and healthily.

Before starting any nutritional process, consult your doctor so that together they can find the nutritional plan that is most appropriate.