How the Ketogenic Diet Increases Mental Performance

How the Ketogenic Diet Increases Mental Performance


So by now, we’ve all heard it. We know that the ketogenic diet
improves mental performance. But how? How does it actually do this within our bodies and within our brains? Well let’s dive into the facts and learn exactly why we should be paying attention to the amount of ketones that are in our blood so that we can have that
improved mental performance. I’m Thomas DeLauer with Keto-Mojo and we’re going to dive into some science. So the first thing that I
want to talk about is a study, and the study was published in a Journal knows as the Neurobiology of Aging. And what this study did, is it took a group of 23 individuals who were suffering from some
form of cognitive impairment, meaning they were suffering
from short term memory loss, or they just had some
kind of cognitive decline, and they divided these
subjects into 2 groups, one group was on a ketogenic diet and one group was on a high carb diet. And over the course of 6 weeks, and at the end of 6 weeks, they measured their overall
short term verbal memory. And what they found is that the keto group had a significant improvement in their short term verbal memory. Now what exactly does this mean? Well verbal memory is
literally like it sounds, it’s the ability to collect information, process it in the brain, and then be able to articulate it in preference, verbally that’s why verbal memory. Now there’s 3
components to verbal memory that we have to look at. There’s capacity, how much vocabulary you can obtain, how much information you can actually obtain and gather. Then there’s duration,
how long you can hold on to that information, how long it can be in your memory banks. And then there’s the encoding process, how well do you actually
encode that information and make it part of your brain’s pattern so you actually truly understand and comprehend that information? So by looking at this study, and we know that there is an improvement in short term verbal memory, we can definitely conclude that the ketogenic diet helps us there. But there’s some other components that we want to look at when we
look at mental performance. This next one is one that
we’re all familiar with and that’s focus or lack thereof. We’ve all been in a situation
where we just can’t focus, we feel like we’re distracted
by just about everything or we feel like our brains are foggy. Well a lot of times this happens simply because of an imbalance between what is called the GABA
and glutamate in the brain. These are basically two chemicals that are constantly
battling with each other, but 90% of the synaptic processes that occur within our
brain require glutamate. So most of the time when we’re operating, when we’re talking, when we’re reading, when we’re even having conversations or even thinking a lot, we’re activating that glutamate
cycle, 90% of the time. Now any excess glutamate should be converted into what is called
GABA, gamma-Aminobutyric Acid. Now GABA is what allows you to feel calm, cool and collected and make more relaxed decisions. So you can kind of do the math, the more that we’re
going and going and going the more that we’re in
that glutamate cycle and don’t have excess
glutamate to convert into GABA so we perpetually get more
and more stressed out. This is a big, big problem, but that’s where ketones come in. You see ketones give the brain an additional source of energy, which means that they don’t have to lean on the glutamate quite as much, they run on the ketones, sort of a third party source of fuel. Therefore the glutamate can go ahead and it can go through its
conversion process and become GABA so you’re literally getting
the best of both worlds. You’re getting the ability to gain that mental performance and gain that clean energy from the ketones while you’re also able to have more of that GABA that’s
going to make you feel calm and allows you to be a good leader and to be the best person
that you can possibly be. But, ketones help the brain even more. You see when it comes
down to the mitochondria, which is the energy
powerhouse within a cell, studies have shown that the
hippocampus portion of the brain actually ends up having genetic changes in the mitochondria when
ketones are present. Meaning that the brain literally becomes more efficient at utilizing fuel, you’re literally changing the mitochondrial machinery
within your brain. Which leads me to the last thing that we really should cover and that’s BDNF, brain-derived
neurotrophic factor. BDNF is like fertilizer for you brain, it grows new synaptic pathways,
it grows new synapsis, it grows new neurons, it literally
allows your brain to grow and get bigger and stronger. Now what’s really cool is
that studies are showing that ketones actually trigger
the expression of BDNF, meaning they sort of unlock it, they allow BDNF to do its job. You combine this with the focus aspects, the mitochondrial machinery changes, and of course the short
term verbal memory, you have a perfect storm of mental clarity and very, very good aptitude when it comes down to your ability to use your brain more
effectively and efficiently. So make sure that you’re
measuring your ketones, that way you know that these changes are taking place in your body, you’re not just guessing. You can literally use the Keto-mojo meter test your blood and find out exactly where you stand on the
spectrum of ketones. This is going to help you identify what you should eat,
what you shouldn’t eat so you can optimize your
body and your brain. As always keep it locked in here and I’ll see in the next video.

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