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December 22, 2021
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Ketosis as an "Anti-Aging Potion"

As a mortal species, we’re constantly on the hunt for new prospects that will help us live forever. Trends come and go, but one of them is here to stay: the Keto diet. Known for its astonishing ability to shed weight, Keto also holds some promise on the anti-aging front. Here’s the science behind why Keto is the closest thing we have to an anti-aging potion.

Aging is a Secret Science Has Yet to Crack

A plethora of peer-reviewed studies point to diet and exercise as tools that can increase life expectancy. One of the most promising anti-aging “potions” is the Keto diet.

While Keto can help individuals live longer, it’s important to recognize that there’s no secret to immortality. Scientists haven’t dipped their test beakers into the fountain of youth and magically come up with Keto as the solution to aging. Instead, they’re exploring the diet as a solution to help us live longer and better. 

Ingredients in the Anti-Aging Potion

Keto positively impacts agelessness and life expectancy in several different ways. Here’s how Keto can improve your chances of living longer:

  • Reduction in oxidative stress: Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals (unstable molecules) damage cells throughout the body. Cell damage leads to visible signs of aging and increases the risk of cancer. Keto reduces oxidative stress by increasing antioxidant levels, which allows cells to stay healthy and live longer.
      • Enhanced neural plasticity: A greater volume of ketones in the blood can slow the progression of cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. Ketones achieve this by increasing neurotrophic factors in the brain that develop and protect neurons. The Keto diet can also help healthy individuals build strong neural connections into their later years.
  • Stabilization of our telomeres: Telomeres are the ends of chromosomes that become shorter with time. Shortened telomeres are associated with diabetes, heart problems and cancer, all of which can lead to premature aging. Keto preserves telomere length and improves life expectancy by guarding against diseases.
  • Pay Attention to the Foods You Eat

    Not all Keto diets are equal. There’s “clean” and “dirty” Keto, the latter of which lets dieters eat fast food, processed snacks and frozen meals packed with preservatives. If dirty Keto was the answer to longevity, everyone would be stuffing their faces with cheeseburgers! By comparison, clean Keto is the much healthier route: the one that leads to a longer life.

    Keto offers age-defying benefits, but only if you eat the right types of food. Ditch the red meat and buy healthier fats like fish, nuts and seeds. In addition to eating tons of fat, you also have to satisfy your daily requirements for vitamins and minerals. There are plenty of low-carb fruits and vegetables that contain essential nutrients necessary to reduce your risk of chronic illness.

    A Potion Isn’t a Panacea

    Agelessness has no single solution. The Keto diet alone won’t protect you from disease or create a smooth, youthful glow. The best way to live longer is to combine Keto with many other healthy habits like regular exercise, adequate sleep and stress management. Scientists have a long way to go before they uncover the secret to immortality. Until that day comes, Keto is a good start!

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