Now available: The Keto Diet Supplement Protocol by Sheila Dean, DSc, RDN, LDN, IFMCP
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If you haven’t had a patient ask you about the ketogenic diet yet, it’s only a matter of time. This high fat and very-low carbohydrate diet has become wildly popular. Advocates of the diet tout its many potential benefits—ranging from weight loss, neuroprotection, and improving blood sugar metabolism to improving overall health in a myriad of other ways.
The ketogenic diet, and other forms of low carbohydrate diets have a definite place as a therapeutic intervention – especially for weight loss and improving blood sugar control. However, one of the major pitfalls of this diet is the lack of some essential nutrients.
Even for those making an effort to choose high-quality foods, it can be challenging to get sufficient nutrients on this very restrictive diet. Specifically, the diet may be low in both trace minerals, and macrominerals such as calcium and magnesium. Another dietary element that many don’t think about is fiber. Fiber, which we normally consume from whole grains, fruits and vegetables, is the main food source of the microbiome. The keto diet is low in fiber, which impacts GI health in several ways, beginning with significant alterations and depletions of the microbiome. This can lead to other functional GI concerns, such as reduced motility and transit time. It’s important for clinicians to know that supplemental fiber and probiotics are two common recommendations for patients on low carbohydrate or keto diets.
Supplementation is recommended to fill in potential nutrient gaps for those on the ketogenic diet. Nutrition expert Sheila Dean, DSc, RDN, LDN, IFMCP, offers her solution for ensuring patients on a keto diet can still meet their daily nutrient needs. The Keto Diet Supplement Protocol is an exclusive for Wellevate practitioners.
Sheila Dean, DSc, RDN, LDN, IFMCP, is a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist and board-certified integrative and functional medicine practitioner. She has taught nutrition at several universities over the last 20 years, and has owned an integrative and functional medicine practice in Palm Harbor, Florida, for 17 years. A published author and national speaker, Dr. Dean is co-founder of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy, an online training and mentoring program for healthcare practitioners.