Alternatives to Ketogenic Diet: What Foods Help Epilepsy?

Although a Ketogenic diet can help improve epilepsy in your children, some parents may not want to alter their lifestyle in such a profound way. Various foods can be enjoyed that reduce these episodes without having to develop a strict method of eating. Perhaps your child is visiting a location where a Ketogenic meal is unavailable? Whatever the reasons that your child can’t eat
the foods he or she needs, there are some that can be beneficial regardless of where your child is.

1. Meats

The key to a Ketogenic diet is to consume more proteins without an excess of carbohydrates. Virtually any meat can accomplish this task. Without a source of glucose, the body will begin to burn fat in order to produce the energy it needs to keep functional. Meats contain a fair amount of protein, iron and zinc which help stave off anemia as well as improve the immunity system.

2. Fish

Like meats, fish is good for epilepsy for it too deprives the body of carbohydrates. Most fish also contains omega-3 fatty acids which can improve overall health while providing the body with the necessary fats it needs to operate. Salmon and tuna are some of the most common foods that are high in protein and omega-3s.

3. Berries

Most berries are load with a variety of anti-oxidants. According to research conducted in 2001, there is a correlation between children who suffer from epileptic seizures and a deficiency of anti-oxidants within the diet. Children who didn’t have enough anti-oxidants were more likely to develop epileptic seizures.

4. Spinach

Spinach is one of the most versatile leafy greens you can pull out of a garden. It is loaded with a variety of nutritional value ranging from vitamin C for immunity purposes to strengthening bones. It has also been known to be a part of what a child needs in order to stave off seizures. Spinach is loaded with a variety of minerals and vitamins including anti-oxidants.

5. Eggs

Considered a “fatty food,” eggs are also low in carbohydrates. As they are also a source of proteins and other health benefits, they can control seizures in our children. Eggs are in nearly every recent diet as they have been found to be far healthier than experts had originally thought a few decades ago.

6. Butter

While you may not want your child to pound back a stick of butter like a candy bar, you can incorporate more butter in your meals when you cook. Butter has been known to help enforce the Ketogenic diet as it is one of those fatty foods that helps develop ketones instead of glucose.

7. Bacon

Bacon is high in fat and proteins. Although the American Cancer Society claims that processed meats of any kind are indeed bad for you, bacon in moderation can help epileptic sufferers by providing the very thing that makes it bad – fats.

The Ketogenic diet mimics the effects of starvation within the body. A person burns the stored fat instead of consumed glucose. However, a Ketogenic diet or even adding more of the foods that help against epilepsy can be greatly beneficial as long as it is monitored. The body was never meant to be sustained in ketosis and there could be other debilitating problems that could arise from doing so.

About Arlene Martell

Arlene Martell is the publisher of EpilepsyMoms.com and the author of Getting Adam Back – A Mother's triumph over Epilepsy and Autism. She resides in a seaside suburb on Vancouver BC Canada with her husband James and their four children Adam, Justin, Shelby and Victoria.