First, I want to stress the importance of eating an abundance of vegetables with this way of eating.
With a ketogenic diet, you must eat a lot of vegetables. Why? Well, not only do you get some low and healthy carbohydrate from vegetables (and necessary nutrients, of course), vegetable carbs also help keep you from becoming overly fatigued.
However, just as crucial to know about is that eating a lot of vegetables is important for maintaining a healthy PH level in the body. See, when you eat a ketogenic diet, all those ketones create a lot of acid in the system which raises your overall PH level in the body.
What can happen with a high PH level over a long period of time is that you can end up with gout (a form of arthritis) or kidney stones, both of which you don’t want. To prevent this, eat lots of vegetables for to maintain a healthy PH level and add some lemon because little-known fact here – lemon prevents kidney stones.
So drizzle some lemon juice with your olive or coconut oil over vegetables and bam—you’ve got a kidney stone preventative but the fat-rich combo.
The other key is to avoid consuming any sugar with the fat you eat because the sugar will cause insulin spikes, which is exactly what you are trying to avoid. In fact, you don’t want to add sugar to this eating plan at all.
How Much Vegetables Should You Eat Every Day?
In order to get all your vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, amino acids is in the vegetable family. Let’s just talk about how much of these you need to be healthy.
Let’s look at potassium for example. You need 4700 mgs a day to run the body. You need 4,700 mgs for adequate energy. It would take five avocados and 10 bananas to give you 4,700 mgs.
But 7-10 cups of salad, when you make it with a mixture of lettuces like romaine, for example, with lots of nutrient dense kale, beet tops, collards, or turnip greens, you can get all kinds of B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, K, minerals, and yet consume only 50 calories for 7 cups. And you’ll keep that fat off of the liver too.
Your body needs minerals to keep fat off your liver and to dump excess estrogens and toxins out of the body.
Well, your liver uses minerals of all kinds to transform toxins and waste into safe-to-excrete waste material that will not harm your liver or kidneys.
Without these minerals in order to avoid harming your kidneys with toxic waste do you know what your liver does instead?
It shuttles these toxins to your FAT store’s fat stores in the belly in the brain, where they can cause neurodegeneration.
Plus toxins like pesticides are full of estrogen-mimickers that turn male frogs female and cause you to pack fat around the abdomen, hips, breasts, and butt.
They make you curvy and heavy.
So for health, weight control, and a healthy liver and body you need minerals badly. After a time, only eating fat, you’ll develop chronic fatigue, a fatty liver, and the whole body will degenerate.