Many people have resorted to the ketogenic diet for brain injury recovery. This is a high-fat, low-carb diet. When the body does not have enough carbohydrates, it will switch to a fat, or ketone body, burning system. This diet has been used to treat epileptic children since the 1920’s. However, it has recently been shown to hold neuroprotective benefits in treating TBI, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. Theories on why this diet is effective vary. One is that it increases the firing of inhibitory GABA, which, in effect, relaxes and calms the brain. Some say it increases the production of neuronal uncoupling proteins, which reduces harmful free radicals. The brain is made of fats and needs to be saturated in healthy fats in order to repair. The basic ketogenic diet requires 4 parts fat to 1 part protein, but this can be modified to fit individual needs. Ask your doctor before starting any dietary changes.
Write up by Kellie Pokrifka