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The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show With Jimmy Moore

Aug 18, 2020

How does a ketogenic diet affect Covid-19? Do T cells have an impact on your immune response? Find out on Episode 1668 of The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.

“What if the hydroxybutyrate in your blood could give you a fighting chance when it comes to Covid-19?”

 - Jimmy Moore

A lot of people in the keto and carnivore community right now are discussing the importance of eating better as a means of lowering glucose, inflammation, and insulin levels to improve overall metabolic health. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that messaging and I agree with it for the most part. But what about the role of ketone bodies themselves and how they can help fight viral infections like the seasonal flu and even COVID-19? New research reveals some exciting details. ⁣

In this episode of JIMMY RANTS on The LLVLC Show, I read from a 2020 study published in the journal Med entitled “Investigating Ketone Bodies as Immunometabolic Countermeasures against Respiratory Viral Infections” by Brianna J. Stubbs, etal. I’m gonna warn you ahead of time that this is a very science jargon-laden paper (NERD ALERT 🤓) looking at very meticulous pathways by which the ketone body beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) works mechanistically to fight off viral infections. But if you can stick this one out, then it’s pretty fascinating stuff!⁣

We also share about T cells and low-carb diets being the key in your body having a good chance of effectively fighting off COVID-19. The T cells, which are part of your immune system, can actually destroy the virus even without antibody production. How many people have fought off COVID-19 with their T cells and yet have no evidence that they’ve been exposed to the virus? How many more people have been exposed to COVID-19 than are in the statistics? Why aren’t we hearing about this in the national media?⁣

As for low-carb diets playing a strong role in this discussion, I share an article from @marikasboros going into detail about statistics of those being ravaged the worst by this virus all being people with the worst metabolic health. And you heal this insulin resistance best with carbohydrate restriction.