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Keto Diet and Alcohol. Oh My!

Keto Diet and Alcohol. Oh My!
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Some diets are focused on specific health benefits while others are designed to make you feel healthier overall.

As more and more people are trying to find ways to stay healthy and lose weight, more types of diets than you can shake a stick at are popping up.

You can find diets that are very selective of what particular foods you can eat, diets that are based on when you eat, not what you eat, and diets which are all about the ratio of nutrients you are eating. Some diets are focused on specific health benefits while others are designed to make you feel healthier overall.

One such diet plan which is grabbing many people’s attention is the Keto diet. The ketogenic (Keto) diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis and has been shown to lower blood sugar and insulin levels.

There is some evidence that a Keto diet can have some positive impact on or is being used to treat a wide range of conditions such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, brain injuries, and even Acne.

The standard ketogenic diet (SKD) typically contains 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% carbs. But this provides more flexibility then you might think for such a structured diet.

The keto diet is one diet that allows for the drinking of alcohol, which may make it appear more appealing to some. There are several low carb or carb-free alcohol options you can enjoy such as whiskey, gin, tequila, rum, and vodka as well as wine and light varieties of beer.

While it is true that on the Keto diet you can enjoy alcohol, be aware of the rules and limits to this. One challenge that many on the Keto diet face is the impact of keto hangover or the fact that on this diet alcohol tolerance often is lowered.

While there has not been much research on why this is the case some suggest that the decrease in alcohol tolerance maybe because glycogen stores are low in ketosis, so alcoholic drinks might get absorbed at a quicker rate.

The fact that many experience a lowered tolerance for alcohol does not mean it can not be enjoyed in moderation. It is important to consider what you will be drinking and how much.

It is also important to drink in an environment that will not encourage you to drink in excess. For example, if you know your friends are heavy drinkers or that you often drink too much in certain situations; if you are on the Keto diet you may want to avoid or not drink in those situations.

You also want to make sure not to be placed in a position where you might feel compelled to drink and drive or drink and do other tasks that require your full attention.

It is important to take extra care to try to prevent hangovers such as staying hydrated. In addition, there are supplements that have been found to decrease the effects of alcohol. 

As you explore possible diets or food regiments the Keto diet may be one that could serve you well. The keto diet has the potential for many health benefits and it is one diet where treats such as alcohol are allowed which may make it easier to stick with than some others.

On the other hand, it is important to understand how the Keto diet affects a person’s alcohol tolerance so that they may make wise and safe choices.

There are many different diets out there make sure you research those you might be interested in to find the ones which are the best fit for you and your lifestyle. 

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