The Covid-19, Diabetes, and Keto Connection

As the United States battles with COVID-19, it’s never been more clear that health begins at home.

Did you know that people with compromised health, particularly diabetes and other metabolic conditions, are at greater risk of developing complications from the novel coronavirus?

It’s important for our mental health to focus on what is within our control, such as looking after ourselves. It’s never too late to commit to better health—after all, you’re worth it!

Pili Hunters Pili Nuts for Keto support

Whether you have diabetes, at risk of developing it, or wish to boost your immune system, there is mounting evidence that a ketogenic diet can support your health journey. You’re the hero in this story, and Pili Hunters’ pili nuts—high in healthy fat, low in carbs, and rich with essential nutrients—is your sidekick.


The COVID-19 and Diabetes Connection

According to this science journal, early clinical studies of the coronavirus show that certain chronic medical conditions puts a person at greater risk of severe illness. These conditions include hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. 

There are still gaps in knowledge about the virus as scientists continue to study, test and learn more. It is already known that having diabetes results in being more susceptible to infections in general, and COVID-19 is proving to be no exception.

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The chances of developing type 2 diabetes is greater in those who are overweight. And a diet consisting of junk food, such as fast food, soft drinks, and high sugar foods, increases that risk by 70%. 

In all of this, the important thing to remember is to stay positive. If you have diabetes or think you may be at risk, there is support to keep your health on track.


Keto for Diabetes

There are several options for managing pre-diabetes and diabetic conditions that your medical doctor can advise you on. 

We’re partial to a low-carb diet that avoids sugar in order to regulate blood sugar and say goodbye to those energy peaks and plummets.

A keto (short for ketogenic) diet focused on reducing carbohydrates and increasing fat aims to train the body to fuel itself by burning body fat through a metabolic state called ketosis. 

Keto diet for Diabetes support with Pili Hunters Pili Nuts

This diet avoids all the foods that are known to be problematic for diabetes (processed carbohydrates, saturated and trans fats, and sugar) and can therefore provide a health-supporting eating plan that is also nourishing and satisfying because it is both high in protein and cholesterol-lowering good fats.

As a result, the keto diet can help keep glucose levels at an optimal level and eliminate large spikes in blood sugar, with minimal reliance on medical insulin.


Pili Nuts for Keto

If you’re on or exploring a low-carb or keto diet for managing your health, make Pili Hunters’ pili nuts your go-to snack. 

Hailing from the Philippines, traditional pili nuts are often coated in sugar and bad fats. But when they are processed with good ingredients, they become the perfect keto snack because they are the highest fat and lowest carb nut on the planet. Containing all the essential acids, they’re also a complete protein, unlike other nuts. Learn more in our blog post, Pili Nut Macros: How do they stack up

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Interestingly, along with a host of amazing nutrients, pili nuts are an excellent source of manganese. This nutrient is essential in helping the body use the protein that you ingest. As a snack or a complement to your meal, pili nuts are so satisfying. They fill you up and keep you fueled.

Nobody says it better than Thomas DeLauer, a ketogenic lifestyle expert and athlete who leans on established medical research. Watch this video to learn more about how Pili Hunters’ pili nuts can support your ketogenic journey.


If you would like to dig ever deeper, you’ll love this other video, featuring Thomas DeLauer: Why Pili Hunters’ nuts support healthy gluconeogenesis on keto.


Pili Hunters Pili Nuts for Health

Whether you follow a keto, paleo, vegan, or other balanced diet, our pili nuts are packed with essential nutrients to support your health journey. 

Pili Hunters’ pili nuts are hand harvested in the wild from Filipino rainforests where the trees grow in rich, volcanic soil and are fed only by rainwater and the nutrients left by surrounding vegetation. No fertilizers and no pesticides are used. As a result, the nuts soak up every vitamin and every mineral.

Health Benefits of Wild Pili Nuts
Pili Hunters’ pili nuts contain essential and hard-to-find nutrients the body needs for optimal functioning, including:

  • Antioxidants to ease inflammation and slows down aging
  • Manganese to aid the body to utilize protein and amino acid 
  • High levels of unsaturated (good) fats, which lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Magnesium for a restful and regenerative sleep 
  • Calcium for strong bones
  • Omega 3 for a healthy heart and brain function

For an in depth nutritional dive, check out our blog, 6 Health Benefits of Pili Nuts.

Thomas DeLauer, keto expert, and Jason Thomas founder of Pili Hunters' perfect keto nut

Sprouted and Activated
At Pili Hunters, we activate our pili nuts to make their nutrition available for your body to absorb. Nuts and seeds have a natural phytic coating, which is considered an anti-nutrient because ingesting it not only makes it impossible for the body to absorb, but also blocks the nutrients of other foods you may have consumed at the same time. 

We soak and sprout our pili nuts to remove this coating so their phenomenal nutrition is readily available for your body to absorb. We’re stoked to say we were the first company in North America to offer sprouted pili nuts. Learn more about this practice in our blog post, The importance of sprouting nuts and seeds.


Take Care

This COVID-19 thing sucks, that’s undeniable. But even when we have a vaccine, those with underlying health conditions will be at greater risk. You can’t control viruses. Do the one thing you can do: take care of you.

At Pili Hunters, it always comes back to this: Stay Wild. When it comes to health, this philosophy simply means to listen deeply to your body and feed it what it needs. Once you cut out the crap, you won’t be controlled by unhealthy cravings. Instead, your body’s yearning for hearty and healthy foods will return, naturally. You’ve got this, and we’ve got your back.


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