Keto for IBS: Good or Bad?


So the Keto diet is all the rage right now,
but is it the right diet for IBS or other digestive symptoms? Keep watching to find out. I’m Amanda Malachesky, Certified Functional
Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner, and Digestive and Allergy Detective. I help you figure out why your digestion is
misbehaving and what you can do about it, even when you’ve been told you just have to
live with it. I’m here to share my hard blend, no B.S.,
creative, all-natural approaches to healing your gut struggles. So if you’re ready to get down to work and
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every Monday. So the Keto diet’s been trending for the last
couple of years, but is it right for you? In this video, I’ll share how to tell if the
Keto diet is right for your situation and I’ll also share the common pitfalls of following
the Keto diet. I used the Keto diet myself for about 18 months
several years ago and it led to some really unintended consequences, and I’d like to save
you the trouble of having the same thing happen to you. So let’s get started. So what is the Keto diet? It’s basically a very low carb, moderate protein
and high fat diet. And it excludes a lot of things like all grains,
all sugars, and many of the starchy vegetables that we enjoy eating, like potatoes and winter
squash, beets, and even carrots. And also starchy sweets, fruits like apples
and pears and things like this. And legumes, don’t forget the legumes. Keto proponents like to offer it really as
a panacea for everything that ails us, but there are some consequences, maybe unintended
and things that we have to be careful with. So the Keto diet was developed as a therapeutic
diet for people with brain injuries and seizures and things like this. And it’s also been shown to be beneficial
for things like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and it’s also been
shown to be really beneficial for certain kinds of cancers. It also seems to have a tremendous amount
of value for people with Alzheimer’s disease, because sugar is very closely linked to Alzheimer’s
disease. So what the diet does, it helps the body adapt
to running on what are called ketones instead of sugars. This allows the body to reduce inflammation
and to feel a lot better. And this can be really beneficial for us because,
as Americans, we tend to eat way, way too much sugar and starch. But, take note that digestive disorders are
not on this list anywhere. Have you ever tried using the Keto diet? Leave me a keto in the comments below if you
have, and if you want, let us know about your experience using keto and whether it helped
you. Now I want to share with you four of the most
common problems that come up when people adopt the keto diet really thoroughly. So the first one is eating too little fiber. With this moderate protein, high fat diet,
a lot of people revert to eating just meat and fat, and maybe not enough vegetables. And because you’re also cutting out a lot
of important vegetables and fruits due to their sugar content, it reduces the diversity
of the plant foods that you’re eating. A lot of people end up eating way too little
fiber, this can lead to constipation, which can negatively affect your digestion, your
motility and can even lead to IBS, IBS-like symptoms or even SIBO. The second possible negative consequence of
adopting a keto adapted diet is the the lack of starchy vegetables and fruits can starve
out your beneficial bacteria. Starving these bacteria can leave your body
vulnerable to colonization with other undesirable bacteria, which can, of course, lead to some
other unintended and unwanted effects. Third potential negative consequence of a
keto diet is that adding a ton of extra fat into your diet can lead to some unintended
problems. Many of us Americans already have sluggish
livers and poor fat digestion. Sudden fat intake can increase your digestive
problems if you are already have trouble digesting fats to begin with. This can also lead to some other downstream
digestive symptoms such as oxalate intolerance, histamine intolerance, SIBO, and IBS, and
other related conditions. Finally this process of eating very few carbs
can, for some people, lead to a downward spiral of problems with the adrenals, with the thyroid,
with blood sugar, and other hormone issues. This can spiral out into problems with mental
health, like anxiety and depression, and also sleep problems, and other challenges. So is the keto diet a good diet for IBS? Generally, I think there are better dietary
templates to start with, including the SCD or Low Fodmap Diet, and maybe potentially
the paleo template. Basically anything that’s going to reduce
inflammatory foods and allow you some insight into what you’re reacting to is going to be
helpful. But I think the keto diet may not be the right
one. It’s always a good idea to understand the
potential consequences of a therapeutic diet that you’re going to try and to proceed mindfully. And it’s a general good rule of thumb to follow
that if you haven’t seen much improvement with the therapeutic diet that you’ve chosen
after about a month, it’s probably not the right template to be using. You might need to find another one. And as I always say, a therapeutic diet must
be customized for you individually to get the best results. So now that you know about the possible benefits
and consequences of using the keto diet, you can move ahead with confidence. But what if you’re confused and you’re not
sure how to improve your IBS or other gut or allergy symptoms? I have space to review a limited number of
cases each month if you’d like to talk to someone who can help you investigate and trouble-shoot
your situation. I invite you to meet with me for an assessment
session to help you sort out your most supportive diet, or the underlying causes of your symptoms. You can schedule a Free Assessment Session
with me by visiting my website, confluence nutrition dot com, forward slash contact,
and using my online appointment scheduler to talk further. Therapeutic diets are only one piece of a
larger puzzle to solve your chronic symptoms. I’ve mapped out how to create your personalized
solution in The Roadmap to Gut Recovery. You can grab your free copy by heading to
confluence nutrition dot com forward slash roadmap. I’ve left that link for you below. I also have a private Facebook group called
Help for Healing Chronic Illness, where you can ask questions of me and our community,
so come check us out. If you like this video, please let me know
by liking it below. Subscribe and share it with your fellow digestively-challenged
friends or family and comment below with ‘helpful’ if this video helped you. See you next time.

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