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Keto Diet Heightens Alcohol Effects

31 March 2017 Written by 

Are you on the latest Keto diet and drink alcohol? While this diet offers a new way of eating differently to alter the way you use food it can also cause problems if you drink alcohol.

The Ketogenic diet (often referred to as Keto) is a very low-carb diet that replaces the carbs in your diet with healthy fats. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a state called ketosis. This usually takes two weeks of using the Keto diet. When you achieve ketosis, your body will begin using fat for energy. It also turns your own fat into ketones in the liver, which supply energy for the brain.

Ketogenic diets can cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels. This can give you numerous health benefits from diabetes to acne. While this is great news there is a cautionary for those on this diet and using alcohol.

"Be aware that many people experience a heightened level of being drunk and at a quicker rate than usual."

You will need half as many drinks as usual. This diet may actually save you money at the tavern. While some may find this to be great news, individuals need to be careful especially if drinking and driving. And there is also the real problem of getting a terrible hangover while on the ketogenic diet. Experts suggests you stay hydrated. Try one glass of water for every shot or glass of alcohol.The reason behind this phenomenon is still unclear. Perhaps it is because the liver is busy producing ketones or glucose, and thus has less capacity to burn alcohol, slowing down its ability to process the alcohol.

While the Keto diet turns your body into a fat burning machine, it is important to remember that your body will be processing everything, including alcohol,  differently.

*Facts sourced from dietdr.com and The Ketogenic Diet and Alcohol

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I was born into a large Catholic Family of 14 children in Upstate New York. I graduated with my degree in Professional and Technical Writing from University of South Florida. My recovery story began when I witnessed addiction in close  relatives and friends. Unable to change them I began to focus on what I could change, me. Building a support system for myself I now strive daily to keep the focus on me. In my articles I sometimes share stories from my own experience, strength, and hope. It is my hope that others will find courage to see "the elephant in the room" and seek out help for themselves against this cunning,baffling,and powerful disease.
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