- Whenever my cousin was excited and overly active, my aunt would say they had taken too much sugar for the day. And then she starts to restrict their intake of cereals and pastries. The cereals are the sugar coated types so they had high sugar content. I always wondered if that was true or another old wives tale to discourage sugar ingestion.
Then I started to learn more about autism spectrum disorders. I had followed a social media influencer who started a ketogenic diet for her child that was mildly autistic with a significant reduction in hyperactivity. Then I said to myself, my aunty’s assertion was probably not an old wives tale after all.
You are what you eat
No truer words have ever been spoken. Your health, energy levels and physical stamina actually depends a lot on your eating habits. This does not rule out the fact that physical fitness exercise also plays a vital role in your health and wellbeing.
We have a symbiotic relationship with some microorganisms in our guts. These are referres gut microbiota. Symbiotic implies that we help each other. These microbes determine the predominant neurotransmitters found in our bodies. What you eat determines the type of microbes that will thrive in your intestine. It is that important to those microbes. Its either you are feeding them properly or killing them. When your dietary habits kill off these important microbes, then you also miss out on the benefits that their presence confers on you.
It has been proven that a ketogenic diet reduces excitatory neurotransmitters in the brain while increasing the inhibitory ones. This explains why it is also beneficial for people with epilepsy.