The Lesser Known Benefits of Low Carb
In this article, I [Rosette] wanted to talk more about why maintaining a low-carb lifestyle is so important to me and my family. Certainly, some of you may know about my husband’s [Dr. Tro] journey with weight-loss using a low-carb, ketogenic diet, but you may not know about my own struggles with migraines and how maintaining this lifestyle has greatly reduced my symptoms.
I’ve suffered from migraines since early adulthood. Migraines are debilitating headaches that are often associated with nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and sometimes vomiting. These headaches can last for days, making it hard to work or just be a functioning parent. I had suffered from migraines for several years and was surprised to discover that when my family adopted a low-carb lifestyle, these symptoms began to improve. Could the food we consume (or dont) really help reduce migraines?
When I brought this up to my husband, we both did a deep dive into the medical literature. We were aware that the ketogenic diet had a long history of being used therapeutically for seizure control in children with epilepsy, and is still utilized today for patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. What we learned about migraines proved to be even more interesting to us, as it was something I was personally battling.
There was overwhelmingly convincing data that a low-carb, ketogenic diet significantly improves cluster headaches and migraines! In fact, there were several clinical trials showing that a ketogenic diet helped decrease symptoms of headaches even in people who suffered despite being on multi-drug regimens.
While many of us know about the positive impact low carb can have on diabetes and weight management, some may not be aware of the countless other ways that are less talked about. We at ROSETTE’S have personally benefited with significant reductions in migraines and in other ways.
In future blog posts, we will discuss many of the other health improvements seen with a low-carb lifestyle and explore creative ways in which to successfully implement and sustain one.