Jenna Jameson’s keto lifestyle may have worsened her Guillain-Barré symptoms, according to a registered dietician.
While the former Playboy model remains hospitalized as she recovers from the rare autoimmune disorder, Brigitte Zeitlin, MPH, RD, told The Post that living on a mostly high-fat, low carb diet as Jameson is wont to do could have played a role in her severe symptoms that left her unable to walk.
“I do think it does play a role in how severe her symptoms are because she is likely undernourished given a severe keto diet,” Zeitlin shared. “If that is still the same type of keto she was following, yes, she would be undernourished.”
The most common cause of Guillain-Barré is a food-borne bacterium called campylobacter, which is found in undercooked poultry. Given that meat and poultry are a large part of Jameson’s keto lifestyle, the BZ Nutrition founder said it could have been what caused the former porn star’s infection.
“The amount of fruits and vegetables that she’s not taking in can also mean that she’s not getting in enough phytonutrients to keep her immune system strong to fight off the campylobacter before it got out of hand,” Zeitlin explained.
Zeitlin also noted that there are a variety of other causes of Guillain-Barré including COVID-19, the flu and very rarely, vaccines; however, Jameson already denied the coronavirus jab causing her syndrome.
“I did NOT get the jab or any jab. This is NOT a reaction to the jab, she shared on Instagram. “Thank you for your concern.” (Jameson previously has espoused anti-vaccine views on her social media.)
Jameson’s rep didn’t return The Post’s request for comment.
While Jameson, 47, has been hawking the keto diet since 2018 — when she lost 80 pounds after giving birth to her daughter, Batel — she’s fallen off the wagon of the controversial diet, which caused her to gain 20 pounds.
The constant, extreme yo-yo dieting is another factor that can harm a person’s immune system, Zeitlin warned.
“It can put your body into states of chronic inflammation in general,” she explained of Jameson’s on-again, off-again methodology. “You’re going to put your body into a state of heightened alert and chronic stress.
“There’s no homeostasis. There’s no common ground. There’s no balance, and that can weaken your immune system.”
Zeitlin advised that a healthy lifestyle includes “all the food groups” because they “give your body a variety of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that you need to keep up a strong immune system to make sure that your nerves are communicating properly to each other.”
She added, “We want to make sure we’re ‘eating the rainbow’ and good carbohydrates, really good solid, whole ancient grains.”
According to the CDC, Guillain-Barre is a “rare, autoimmune disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages the nerves, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.” The symptoms can last from weeks to several years but most make a full recovery.
Jameson and her partner, Lior Bitton, detailed her terrifying medical malady in a series of Instagram videos over the weekend that revealed she had been throwing up for two weeks before losing her muscle strength.
“Her muscles in her legs were very weak. So she wasn’t able to walk to the bathroom. She was falling on the way back or to the bathroom, I would have to pick her up and carry her to bed,” Bitton recounted. “And then within two days, it got really not so good, her legs started to not hold her, she wasn’t able to walk.”