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Ketosis & Measuring Ketones

Generally, ketone concentrations are lower in the morning and higher in the evening. Whatever time you pick to measure ketone levels, make sure to keep it consistent. Also, do not measure your ketone levels right after exercise. Ketone levels tend to be lower while your glucose levels higher so you won't get representative numbers. Keep in mind there are daily fluctuations caused by changes in hormone levels. Don't get discouraged! Another aspect that affects the level of ketones is the amount of fat in your diet. Some of you may show higher concentration of ketones after a high-fat meal. Coconut oil contains MCTs that will help you boost ketones. To easily increase your fat intake on a ketogenic diet, try fat bombs - snacks with at least 80% fat content. Ketone levels tend to be higher after extensive aerobic exercise as your body depletes glycogen stores. Exercise may help you get into ketosis faster. ketogenic "fruity" breath is not pleasant for most people. To avoid this, drink a lot of water, mint tea and make sure you eat foods rich in electrolytes. Avoid too many chewing gums and mints, as it may put you out of ketosis; there may be hidden carbs affecting your blood sugar. I Continue reading >>

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  1. Margot LaNoue

    What: Ketosis strips are also known as keto sticks/stix, and ketone urinalysis strips. They are designed to indicate whether or not ketones are present in urine.
    Where: They can be purchased in most drug stores and you may find them near the diabetic testing aids and similar products. In my experience you will not find many competing brands (unlike band-aids for example), so they can be difficult to locate on the shelf due to there only being one or two options stocked at any time. Price is usually $6-$12 per package.
    How to use them: To use a keto stick, pee on it or swirl it in a urine sample. The entire strip does not need to be submerged, the important part is at the very tip. After about 5-15 seconds, the tip of the stick may change color, indicating the presence of ketones in the urine. The exact shade is an indication of the concentration of ketones.
    Interpreting your results: It is important to note that the concentration of ketones in urine means almost nothing because of conditions like (de)hydration that are impossible to control. Also, ketosis is an either/or condition: you're either in ketosis, or you're not. For most people that's a sufficient level of analysis.

  2. Justin Litchfield

    You can buy them from a drug store or Amazon (where I get them). I find them fairly useful for the nursing people psychologically through the adaptation period - basically once your urine starts showing the presence of ketones you will be feeling better, but beyond that they're not super helpful.

  3. Raj Patel

    Ketosis strip are used to measure ketones in your urine. If your planning on using it for checking if your in ketosis its not accurate at all. I would reccomend a glucometer for accurate readings from your blood.

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