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How Does Keto Diet Affect Your Gut Health?

Keto diet has been getting more attention from across the globe and even in the world of Hollywood and sports. Halle Berry, Vanessa Hudgens, Kourtney Kardashian and NBA superstar LeBron James are just among the famous faces who already enjoyed the benefits of keto diet. 

Many people claimed that cutting carbs from their diet while taking more fats as required by keto diet effectively helped them lose weight. Health experts also consider the approach as helpful to maintain cholesterol levels, blood sugar and brain health.

However, the low-carb, high-fat diet also has some downsides. Previous research showed that it could negatively affect digestion and gut health, according to Healthline

People on keto diet significantly reduces their carb intake. They commonly avoid fruits, starchy vegetables, grains and legumes. 

However, losing such food from your daily meal could lead to low amounts of fiber in the body, which plays an important role in digestion. Fiber helps in bowel movement and lack of this nutrient could cause constipation. 

Aside from poor fiber intake, keto diet could also affect gut microbiome. These microorganisms support digestion, immune system, mental health and disease prevention.

One study showed that high consumption of fat led to changes in the gut, such as increased inflammation and lower beneficial fatty acids.

However, there are foods under keto diet that you can enjoy while maintaining good gut health. These gut-friendly foods include avocados, leafy greens, coconut oil and butter that either offer high amount of fiber or help reduce inflammation. 

Kimchi is another food that you can enjoy while on keto and trying to maintain a healthy gut.  The Korean dish contains fermented vegetables, which offer beneficial bacteria that support the gut.

This way, keto diet could help treat or avoid some digestive disorders. Researchers previously found that the diet could enhance symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which causes stomach cramps and diarrhea.

The low-carb approach helps reduce the carbs known as FODMAPs, which contribute to IBS symptoms. In another study, a 14-year-old boy who followed both keto and paleolithic diet showed improved health despite having Crohn’s disease.

Keto Health experts consider keto diet as helpful to maintain cholesterol levels, blood sugar and brain health. Pixabay