Ketones and Emotions: Depression, Anxiety & Irritability

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

Keto may help boost your mood. Find out why!


0:00 Introduction: ketones and emotions

1:19 What does the research say?

3:48 Diet-related mood disorders

4:36 Micheal’s story

5:45 Other reasons insulin resistance affects your mood

7:06 Key takeaways

7:23 Share your success story!

In this video, we’re going to talk about ketones and emotions.

What is the relationship between ketones and your mood? Can being on keto help with depression, anxiety, anger, and irritability?

Those who do keto and periodic prolonged fasting often experience a huge improvement in their mental health.

The keto diet may help boost your mood and energy levels while helping you lose weight. Keto is a low-carb, high-fat diet that can help you burn fat more effectively. Keto may also help improve mental clarity and focus.

Some people may find the keto diet to be restrictive, but there are many delicious recipes that can be made to fit the diet.

Natural beta blockers like vitamin B1 are found in abundance on a keto diet. Keto also helps to increase levels of adiponectin, a hormone that helps to regulate metabolism.

If you're looking for a diet that can help you lose weight, feel great, and improve your overall health, the keto diet may be right for you.

The keto diet may also help to lower blood pressure and improve heart health. Keto can help to decrease the risk of heart disease by improving cholesterol levels and lowering triglycerides. Keto may also help to reduce the risk of stroke.

When you’re in an argument with someone, there is an obvious cause of your anger (the person or topic).

But what about times when you’re angry, anxious, irritable, or depressed without an obvious reason or trigger? How much of this is due to a lack of nutrition or fuel for your brain?

There have been a handful of studies on these very questions. However, they are primarily observational studies and animal studies. Many also aren’t truly using a ketogenic diet or doing intermittent fasting. All in all, the research isn’t credible enough to draw a conclusion.

Here’s what we do know… There’s something called brain insulin resistance, where the brain is not getting enough insulin because of decreased insulin sensitivity. This is directly related to depression and low moods.

Additionally, diabetics are 3x more likely to have depression.

We also know that metformin, which is made to help with insulin resistance, can help with the symptoms of depression. Nasal insulin sprays also help decrease the symptoms of depression.

When you fix insulin resistance, you can improve your brain function and boost your mood.

Fasting also increases the absorption of tryptophan, which is a precursor for the “happiness” hormone serotonin.

When a person is misdiagnosed with a mental disease instead of a nutritional deficiency, this can be a huge problem. Not only will the problem not be resolved, but they are also likely being given medications with side effects.

The HPA axis, which is the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal pathway, is also affected by keto. When you have higher levels of cortisol, the pathway becomes blocked, which can cause anxiety.

Keto and fasting may also help regulate dopamine and serotonin, which are the pleasure and happiness hormones, respectively. Insulin resistance and diabetes can cause atrophy of the hippocampus, which has a direct effect on your mood.




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