The keto diet is a low carbohydrate diet that switches the body’s primary fuel to ketones rather then glucose for energy. This promotes fat burning within the body instead of sugar. The keto diet works for such a high percentage of people because it targets several key, underlying causes of weight gain including hormonal imbalances, especially insulin resistance coupled with high blood sugars, especially in those who have type 2 diabetes or hypoglycemia.
In addition to the health benefits listed above the keto diet also naturally eliminates high allergy foods that cause inflammation in the gut including gluten, sugar, and corn. Naturally people who were eating a standard American diet and switch over to the keto diet may unknowingly repair their gut simply due to the elimination of the foods. The keto diet does allow dairy but for those who are unable to tolerate dairy they should avoid it to eliminate the possibility of digestive distress and gut inflammation.
The keto diet is not labeled a gut repair diet but it can help repair the inner lining of the gut if the keto-approved foods are whole and unprocessed foods.
It is important to remember that glycogen stores are depleted on a keto diet and they hold water in the muscles, so in the first few days of adapting to this diet you may become slightly constipated if you do not drink enough water. Aim to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of natural hydroxide alkaline water, my favorite water to drink is AQUA-OH!. This water helps eliminate acids, decrease inflammation and clean the detoxification pathways, aiding in detoxifying the body.