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Could your stress be what’s preventing full ketosis and causing your keto plateau?


0:00 Ketosis and stress 
0:30 Data 
1:20 Cortisol and ketosis 
2:06 What you could do

In this video, we’re going to talk about how stress could prevent full ketosis. If a person plateaus or they aren’t progressing like they should on the keto diet, in many cases, they look at their carbohydrate levels, fasting, or fats. But, stress could actually cause this as well. Stress may actually prevent ketosis. 

A very interesting article by P.F. Slawson out of the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1963, states that “80% of the adult diabetic patients gave a history of pre-existing stress (mainly in terms of losses 1-48 months) prior to the onset of T2DM.” T2DM refers to diabetes type 2. 

When I was in practice, I noticed the same thing. It seemed that people who developed diabetes, usually had a history of some stress event, or they were under massive stress. 

When you spike cortisol, which is a stress hormone, you could start to break down your protein and turn it into glucose. Basically, when you have a lot of stress, your blood sugars rise. This could create insulin resistance, which could lead to diabetes. Synthetic cortisol, like prednisone, may have the same effect. 

What may help:
• Start increasing your exercise 
• Vitamin B1(nutritional yeast) 
• Potassium (vegetables) 
• Magnesium (vegetables)

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 56, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Thanks for watching! I hope this helps you better understand why your stress may be preventing full ketosis.