The ketogenic diet consists of high fat and very low carbohydrate that uses fat (not carbohydrates) for energy. Originally used decades ago to reduce seizures in children with epilepsy, it has many neurological benefits, including a reduction in neuroinflammation. This diet has been shown in research to improve autism symptoms as well as speech, sociability, and cognitive awareness in ASD (autism spectrum disorder).
Because it is a restrictive diet, it is important to work with a qualified professional, and have an understanding of proper supplementation.
The keto diet places an emphasis on healthy fats, adequate protein, and vegetables. The ketogenic diet restricts most carbohydrates including: grains, fruits, sugar, honey, starches, and beans.
The ketogenic diet can make a tremendous difference for adults and children with certain metabolic conditions, seizures, and neurological disorders.
I teach parents and individuals in my Nourishing Hope for Healing Kids program and practitioners in my BioIndividual Nutrition Training how a healthy ketogenic diet based on the unique needs of the individual can fit into a personalized nutrition plan.
You can learn more about these and other special therapeutic diets here. And you can find Ketogenic Diet recipes I have created here.