Emerging Science: Keto Helps Headaches and Migraines
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so you suffer from headaches okay maybe you want to do the ketogenic diet but you’re afraid that the ketogenic diet might make your headaches worse or maybe you’re afraid just in general that if you start keto you’ll start to get headaches well the purpose of this video is to break down what’s happening with a headache and then teach you how the ketogenic diet can work to improve headaches and migraines but more importantly teach you some different things that you can weave into your dietary patterns to make sure that you don’t end up suffering from migraines or headaches or at least just end up a little bit ahead of the curve you see headaches are not as simple as we think they are a lot of times we think oh it’s just the weather oh it’s our hormones oh it’s the bright light oh it’s too much time in front of the TV it’s dehydration thing is it’s not that simple there’s some other common denominators and we’re gonna talk about them and taking research and taking science from some of the greatest minds in Oxford University in Switzerland we’ve really been able to compile some great evidence that shows what is happening inside your bodies that you can live the best possible life hey make sure you hit that red subscribe button and then go ahead and hit that little bell icon down below in the box there and then after you hit that Bell icon you’re gonna turn on notifications that you can watch my videos whenever they go live or whenever I post up any new video at all I also want to make sure that you check out the ride market down below the description after you watch this video if you’re looking to try keto or you’re already doing it or you do intermittent fasting or anything like that you’re obviously gonna need groceries while thrive markets an online grocery store and I work closely with them to create specific grocery bundles fasting bundles keto bundles things like that so you can get groceries that I would recommend so all you have to do is after this video just click on that little link that you see down below in the description and you’ll be able to check them out now let’s get some headache science so there’s some interesting stuff that came out in the Nature Reviews neurology okay now this was all about how the body really processes headaches like what’s actually going on and how ketones might play a role well what it’s discovered is that headaches are really more of an evolutionary adaptive metabolic response now what that means is that it much like a fever okay so let me explain it like this when you get a headache your brain is responding to something your head is responding to some kind of stressor whether it’s poor energy metabolism it’s too much metabolic waste anything like that the headache is a response and your brain is getting stronger or dealing with it if you think of it compared to an infection it makes sense right you get an infection so you get a fever okay the fever sucks it’s not fun to have a fever but you know that the fever is doing something good inside your body the fever is killing off you know the virus the bacteria right okay but when it comes down to a headache you’re getting that pain that headache because your body is trying to adapt so it’s an evolutionary adaptive thing it’s hard to think of it like that you can almost think of a headache as somewhat of a good thing it’s your body’s response just like a fever so in order for all this to make sense we have to take a look at some evidence okay we have to understand what’s going on and why this is the case and why we firmly believe that it’s not just some random thing the first thing that we have to look at is all of these known triggers for headaches things like the weather things like the heat dehydration blue light all these things all these triggers all have a common denominator okay that common denominator is modicon real energy everything we look at the weather our hormones all that stuff affects how our mitochondria produces energy so when we say that migraines are caused by X Y Z it’s really caused by the mitochondrial energy issue that is ultimately caused by multiple different variants right but if we get down to the root of it we know that it’s how energy is metabolized weather affects how energy is metabolized hormones affect how energy is metabolized dehydration and so on and so on every single known trigger so what we have here is what is called a common metabolic denominator this is what is ultimately causing the migraine so now we can expand a little bit further there was one study that took a look at a specific kind of MRI that looked at ATP in the brain now what ATP is is the energy currency it’s how we measure how a cell is processing energy ATP is what literally creates energy so this type of study is type of scan was able to look at how energy was being used in the brain and they saw that those people that suffered from migraines had on average 16% less ATP so they were producing 16% less energy if they had migraines and linear equivalent there so as they had more severe migraines they had less ATP and vice-versa if they had a little bit less of a drop of ATP their migraines weren’t as bad so this inverse correlation there shows us that when the brain isn’t producing good energy they ended up with a migraine now another kind of scan and another studies show that there was also too much glucose going to specific areas of the brain so again it balances out that we have sort of this imbalance of energy metabolism right we have energy that’s not being utilized and we have potential energy sitting there too much glucose but then not nothing that actually being converted so this causes an issue in and of itself and then the other important piece is there is a significant reduction in the activity of what’s called superoxide dismutase this is like the main component when it comes down to fighting reactive oxygen species especially in the brain so whenever we produce energy we have cellular waste and the cellular waste is a totally normal thing but our body also has a normal ability to process it well in those that were suffering from migraines they had less of an ability to deal with it well this still again has to do with mitochondrial efficiency because the mitochondria is still all about energy metabolism in to some degree some waste metabolism but most importantly what’s been discovered is that glucose activity decreases in the brain when there’s a migraine but ketone activity up regulates so what that’s telling us is that our brain is doing its best job to find an alternative energy source it’s going to get it more energy it realizes at this point that it’s having a hard time processing glucose and it’s doing so inefficiently so therefore it up regulates ketone utilization this here is our proof that ketones are optimal when we have a headache because our body is starving for them it’s basically saying up glucose isn’t working we’re having an issue so let’s go ahead and get ketones so the short answer here right here is that if you are already on a ketogenic diet you will probably have less instances of migraines I’ve talked to literally hundreds of people that have said the ketogenic diet has helped their migraines but that might not be enough for some people so I’d like to be able to justify it more now as this video goes on I’m gonna explain what you can do with your diet to make it a little bit more effective what you can do in the way of supplementation
but let’s talk a little bit more about this nature of used ecology review that took a look at ketones specifically for migrants so they found in one particular study that took a look at 96 patients for one month patients that suffered from chronic migraines they put them on a ketogenic diet and they found that their attack frequency their attack severity and their use of migraine medication decreased 80% in just one month simply by going on a ketogenic diet simply by having ketones in the system then there was a similar study that took a look at participants and it found they had a reduction by sixty two point five percent in the number of days that they had migraines okay so the frequency significantly decreased in a whole entirely separate study so this is purely telling us and reinforcing once again that we need a different energy source if we suffer from migraines okay you can use the ketogenic diet as a preventative thing for migraines if you’re afraid that you’re gonna get them but it is ultimately coming down to the fact that this might be the ideal diet if you do suffer from migraines and you’re trying to get your life back a little bit but let’s talk what you can do with your keto diet to make it a little bit different okay first and foremost vitamin B okay we need to be getting lots of vitamin B so this means if you’re not doing it already I highly recommend consuming some beef liver consuming some chicken liver I know it doesn’t sound too fun but it’s going to be the best way to actually get it into your system you can take the vitamin supplements that’s going to help to but always try to get it from Whole Foods whenever possible the whole reason behind this is twofold one we need B vitamins for glutathione reproduction okay we need that glutathione in our body to be able to combat reactive oxygen species combat that waste the hard part is when we’re on keto we lose these water-soluble vitamins really quick okay we lose them pretty rapidly so vitamin C vitamin B all these that are water-soluble they go through our system really quick because we’re just things are moving faster and waters excreting faster so we just have to make sure that we’re replacing them so take your B vitamins or at least get some good quality liver in your diet if you can handle that I know it’s not for everybody the other thing that you want to do is you want to be consuming foods that are high in Co Q 10 or taking a coenzyme q10 supplement okay Co Q 10 is a very important carrier in the electron transport chain what that means is it is super critical for energy to transfer properly into the mitochondria so whether you are keto or not you need this Co Q 10 to make sure that you have an efficient energy process going on if you’re in keto or on keto it automatically improves it okay you already have this improvement simply by being in keto but if you take Co Q 10 on top of that you have this rapid improvement in the amount of energy you can get into the mitochondria so if with a headache we’re dealing with mitochondrial inefficiency then coq10 is going to help tremendously and if you don’t want to take my word for it there’s been four separate studies separate double-blind placebo studies that have found that 3 to 400 milligrams per day of coenzyme q10 will tremendously helped out with migraines the next one is consuming alpha lipoic acid so taking 2 to 400 milligrams per day of alpha lipoic acid so alpha lipoic acid is interesting because it’s an antioxidant but it’s both fat and water soluble so when you take it the body’s able to send it where it needs to go without any real limitations you see we have the blood-brain barrier which makes it pretty hard for a lot of things to to get rid of oxidative stress in our brain an oxidant damage I should say but alpha lipoic acid is so interesting because it is water and fat soluble the body can just say we need to send it here and it goes there you need to send it here and it goes there so it can help out the whole cellular waste piece and at least keep the mitochondria functioning a little bit cleaner and lastly you probably should be taking between 4 and 800 milligrams per day of some form of high-quality magnesium I usually recommend a chelated form so that you can actually utilize it and it doesn’t affect anything else I’m a big fan of die magnesium male 8 so 4 to 800 milligrams of magnesium could be very very powerful simply because magnesium is required to bind to ATP ATP again the energy in our brain our body in general technically should be called mag ATP okay because magnesium always binds to ATP to make it active and without magnesium ATP doesn’t really work so we should be taking in magnesium plus it’s also going to relax the muscles so that means sometimes if you get a headache and you start tensing up your neck and everything like that it ends up making matters worse what magnesium can help relax those muscles and cause kind of a secondary effect that’ll help you get rid of your headache so anyhow I hope these are some tips that will help you out with your keto journey and I hope that now you understand why the ketogenic diet can be so powerful for headaches it doesn’t come down just the weather and all that stuff the common denominator is your mitochondria so as always keep it locked in here in my channel I’ll see you in the next video
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Headaches and migraines.. we all hate them…and, historically speaking, there’s been a lot of mystery surrounding how they develop. It’s been observed that sometimes changes your diet can trigger them, but emerging science is now starting to show that a keto diet may help to ease headaches and migraines! Lets dive right in! I’ll see you in the COMMENTS!
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