Coconut oil has many health advantages.

Dr. Peter Attia is an award-winning physician specializing in longevity. He lived on a ketogenic diet for ten years (using fat for fuel). He ate foods rich in fats (80 percent of his calories) and continually monitored his metabolic markers (blood sugar, body fat, lipid levels, etc.). His results were very interesting.

His results living on a ketogenic diet for ten years were amazing. He believed the ketogenic diet is helpful for fighting cancer since cancer. Cancer cells require glucose for growth. It is also evidence that fats do not make you fat. He has a podcast at

Ketogenic diets are usually 50 percent to 70 percent of your food intake from healthy, beneficial fats and a reduction in carbohydrates. It includes such food sources as cold-pressed unrefined coconut oil, grass-pastured butter, organic pastured eggs, avocado, raw nuts (pecans and macadamia specifically), flax seeds, hemp hearts, chia seeds, olives and cold-pressed olive oil, cacao nibs, full-fat Greek yogurt, fatty fish, and cheese.

Fats to avoid are artificial trans fats and fried foods. Processed meats (deli meat, sausages, salami, hot dogs, cured and smoked meats) are technically OK for a keto diet, however there is an increased risk of cancer associated with them.

Eating any carbohydrates or sugars will immediately shut down the fat-burning processes and convert your body back into a glucose burning machine.

Testing has shown that ketogenic diets slow down the aging process, reduce oxidative stress, increase the body’s natural antioxidants, and increase the production of uric acid.

References to increased uric acid have mixed results – a potential for gout in some people and an extended life span in others. This would be one critical area if starting a ketogenic diet. As always, discuss this in advance with your physician to see if there is a risk of gout or other related health issues. Monitoring is a must.

Another enlightening aspect of Dr. Peter Attia is his enjoyment of the sport of egg boxing.

Live Longer & Enjoy Life – Red O’Laughlin

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