If you’ve read my article What Is CleanKeto, you might be wondering if this anti-aging, health-enhancing way of eating could be right for you.
That’s what we’re going to talk about today: who is likely to benefit from CleanKeto, and who shouldn’t do it.
What Ails You?
What health conditions are you dealing with now?
And what health issues are you concerned about for your future?
Let’s look at several of the common health problems that CleanKeto is good for, to see if it might be right for you.
Are you struggling with excess body fat? Have you tried all sorts of things to lose weight (ie. burn off extra body fat) and not succeeded – either the weight wouldn’t come off, or it came off but then came back on again (and maybe even more)?
Because CleanKeto addresses several of the major root causes of stubborn excess body fat – excess insulin stimulation, poorly controlled blood sugar, hormone imbalances, inflammation, and elevated toxin burden – it is super effective for most people for burning off excess body fat, thus helping people to achieve and then maintain an ideal body composition.
The keys to this success lie in removing all inflammatory foods, lowering carb intake, shortening the daily eating window, and reducing incoming toxins while improving your body’s ability to clear existing toxins.
Note: Because toxins are less destructive to us when stored inside of body fat, an elevated toxin burden and/or an impaired ability to detoxify can cause your body to stubbornly hold onto body fat as a protective measure. When this is the case, doing my 10-Day Detox is often also needed – in addition to CleanKeto – in order to further detoxify your body, to spur additional fat burning and achieve optimal body composition.
How are your cholesterol numbers? If you have high triglycerides and/or low HDL, this raises your risk of heart disease, and CleanKeto is very likely to help you, since most people doing CleanKeto see their triglyceride number go down (60-100 is optimal) and their HDL go up (55-70 is optimal).
Have you gotten your Coronary Artery Calcium Score (CACS) yet? If not, and you are concerned about your heart health and your risk of heart disease, then I highly recommend you get this heart scan done, especially if there is heart disease in your family history.
And once you’ve had your heart scan done, if your score is >100, then CleanKeto would likely be very helpful for you, as most people see a reduction in their CACS with it.
Have you heard of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)? It is now the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the Western world, and is often seen in conjunction with obesity and diabetes. Plus, NAFLD often leads to other, more serious health problems, including cirrhosis and liver cancer. But despite this, it is often asymptomatic, and most people don’t even know they have it. Check the following NAFLD-related markers on your latest bloodwork (or have them checked if you haven’t done so lately), and if several are as indicated, then you likely have some stage of NAFLD:
- Triglycerides >150
- HDL <55
- Fasting Insulin >5
- A1c > 5.6
- ALT > 26
- AST > 26
- AST:ALT >1.5
- Alk Phos > 100
- GGT >25
- Ferritin >200
- hsCRP > 1.0
The good news is that NAFLD is almost always totally reversible, and CleanKeto just about always does the trick (while reducing your risk of a load of other health problems at the same time)! 😊 So if it looks like you might have NAFLD, you’re likely a good candidate for CleanKeto.
Are you noticing signs of mild cognitive impairment in yourself?
- Do you ever go to another room to do something and when you get there, you can’t remember what it was you were going to do?
- Do you misplace your keys or other important objects with some regularity?
- Do you occasionally forget people’s names, or have trouble finding a certain word while talking?
Or maybe there is cognitive impairment, dementia or Alzheimer’s in your family, and you are concerned about developing these problems yourself down the road. This is a very valid concern! The rates of mental decline are increasing, and a family history dramatically increases your risk.
But there’s hope! Most people see a significant improvement in brain function from doing CleanKeto, with increased mental clarity, sharpness, and recall, better short and long term memory, and even a boost in creativity for many!
Oy, the C word. So scary, right? And with good reason. Cancer is serious business, and nearly 1 in 2 people will get cancer of some kind in their lifetime. With that level of prevalence, we could all do with some cancer-risk-reducing! And CleanKeto (especially when paired with my 10-Day Detox) not only helps to reduce the risk of getting cancer, it also helps to slow the growth of existing cancers.
Do you have an increased risk of cancer? This can be due to family history, or various other risk factors, such as smoking, environmental toxin exposure, age, alcohol consumption, poor diet, chronic inflammation, infections, and obesity. If so, then you definitely want to consider doing CleanKeto.
Nearly 50% of all U.S. adults have either Type 2 Diabetes (11%) or Prediabetes (38%), and most don’t even know it. Wondering if you might be among them? Take the CDC’s self quiz, here: https://www.cdc.gov/prediabetes/takethetest/
If you have Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, or are at a higher risk of developing them due to family history or other risk factors, then CleanKeto can almost certainly help you! Since Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes are, fundamentally, problems of excess insulin production and impaired blood sugar regulation, a low carb diet is an essential step in controlling and then reversing (or avoiding) these conditions. CleanKeto then takes you a few steps further, addressing some of the other root causes of diabetes: chronic inflammation, toxins, and infections.
Some people find that all they have to do is lower their carbohydrate intake sufficiently in order to reverse (or prevent) diabetes. That’s awesome! Definitely start there.
But many people find that simply going low carb isn’t enough, and – like with excess body fat – they have to do more in order to get a handle on their diabetes. That’s because the underlying chronic inflammation, toxins and infections sometimes need more attention in order to reverse diabetes. And that’s where CleanKeto comes in! If you’ve tried low carb diets before and they didn’t do the trick for you, then it’s time to look at kicking it up a few notches and doing CleanKeto.
Caution: Do NOT do CleanKeto if you are on blood sugar lowering medications and do not have the foreknowledge, approval and close supervision of your prescribing doc(s).
Like Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes and cancer, high blood pressure is very common these days, and CleanKeto can be very effective at lowering it – most people see a significant reduction in both diastolic and systolic blood pressure within 3 months. So if you are suffering from hypertension, CleanKeto is likely to be a great choice for you. However, like with diabetes, if you’re on medication(s), you’ll need monitoring by your prescribing doc(s) to make sure your blood pressure doesn’t go too low.
Does your energy tend to slump at certain times of the day or evening? Or maybe you never have as much energy as you’d like to (or used to have).
Would you like to feel supercharged, with lots of energy and staying power throughout each day to do all the things you need and want to do?
Then CleanKeto could be exactly what you need!
Most often, energy slumps and low energy are due to fluctuating blood sugar levels, elevated insulin, hormone imbalances, inflammation, and toxins – all the things that CleanKeto helps to fix. Most people who do CleanKeto for at least a few months find that they have more energy than they ever have before – more than they ever thought possible! – and it’s a nice steady energy that starts first thing and lasts all day and into the evening.
One of the cornerstones of CleanKeto is that it is an anti-inflammatory diet; lowering carbs, insulin, blood sugar, toxins and oxidative stress all help reduce inflammation. And inflammation is the root cause of so many health problems, so when you reduce inflammation, everything works better, and overall health vastly improves!
If you are suffering from chronic inflammation (as most people are), with issues such as chronic pain (of any kind), stiffness, swelling, digestive disorders, fatigue, balance and coordination problems, compromised immunity, auto-immune diseases, and skin disorders such as rashes and acne, then CleanKeto is likely to be a transformative, life-changing choice for you.
Another arena where CleanKeto absolutely shines is in improving mental health for so many people.
Do you suffer from moodiness, low mood, anxiety, irritability, and/or poor stress resilience? (In today’s world, who doesn’t?? Tough times!) Or perhaps you are struggling with even more serious mental health issues such major depression, panic attacks, OCD, bipolar, schizophrenia, or an eating disorder.
For all of the above and more, CleanKeto can be a real lifesaver. For everyday quality of life, people find that CleanKeto brings them a steady feeling of inner calm that is so enjoyable and that they never thought possible. And even for more serious mental health struggles, CleanKeto can bring significant relief. In fact, a recent study found that a ketogenic diet brought an improvement in mental health symptoms for 100% of participants with bipolar, major depression and schizoaffective disorder.
Last but not least, CleanKeto can be a big help (and sometimes keto is the only thing that will help) with neurological issues such as:
- Balance and coordination
- Nerve pain
- Head injuries
- Tremors (ex. Parkinson’s)
- Epilepsy and seizures (the keto diet was originally invented in the 1920s to treat intractable epilepsy, and is still used for that to this day)
- And many more
Anyone with any of these issues should seriously consider doing CleanKeto to help with these conditions (getting your doc’s blessing first, of course!)
Who Shouldn’t Do CleanKeto?
With so many incredible benefits, should everyone be doing CleanKeto, for everything?
Just about, but not quite! 😊
While most people benefit tremendously from doing CleanKeto, there are certain conditions and circumstances where it is not appropriate, at least not without close medical supervision* These include*:
- Children under 18
- Underweight individuals of any age
- Pregnant or nursing mothers
- People with Type 2 Diabetes or high blood pressure who are on medications and who do not have the support and close supervision of their prescribing doc(s) – get your doc on board first! (Or, if your doc isn’t supportive, get a new doc…)
*There may be other circumstances or conditions that CleanKeto is contraindicated for that are not listed here – if you have any medical condition, and/or are unsure if CleanKeto is ok for you for any reason, please check with your doctor first before proceeding!
CleanKeto is, for many, a transformative path that brings amazing benefits and almost unbelievable improvements in health, vitality and well-being. It is so helpful for so many conditions, minimizing, reversing and preventing most health problems within just a few months. Most people who do it feel better than they have ever felt before, and their only regret is that they didn’t start sooner!
So, if after reading this article, it seems like CleanKeto is right for you, get started today! Check out my article What Is CleanKeto for more info.
Would you like more ideas for next steps to take on your holistic health journey? Then check out my Roadmap to Optimal Health, as well as my collection of articles, podcast episodes, and healthy, easy, delicious recipes.
And until next week, eat well, be well, and enjoy! 😊
Please note that while I am a holistic doctor, I am not a medical doctor (M.D.), and anything I say on this website does not constitute medical advice.