What are Ketones?
A Ketogenic Way Of Eating is well known for being a low carb, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy.
Three ketone bodies are Acetoacetate, Beta-Hydroxybutyrate and Acetone.
How to test your ketones 3 different ways
- Acetoacetate- is tested with Ketostix Urinalysis Strips, it shows how much acetoacetate is being excreted through the urine. Once keto-adapted it may not be as accurate as when you first used them. (I find this true) Any pink on the strip you are in ketosis
- Acetone- is tested by the Ketonic Acetone Breathalyzer, is a cheap alternative is to measure the concentration of acetone. Acetone is a result of the breakdown of aceoacetate. (personally I have never tried.)
- Beta-Hydroxybutryate (BHB)- is tested with the Freestyle Precision Neo Blood Ketone reader (this is what I use). It is the most accurate way to measure ketone bodies but can be a bit pricey for some. The meter for me was free with the purchase of a box of 10 strips at the cost of $23cdn per box. Nutritional ketosis begins at 0.5mM, the optimal ketosis zone is 1.0mM-2.9mM, starvation ketosis is 3.0mM and anything over 5.0mM could lead you into Ketoacidosis (which it not good).
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