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Dark keto strips are fairly common for new people on ketogenic diets. Since test strips are measuring acetoacetate in the urine, they cannot be used to accurately determine the level of ketones present in the blood. This is what is meant when people say that the strips are not accurate, they mean they are not indicative of blood ketone levels. It is (AFAIK) relatively impossible to have dangerous ketone levels if you are not diabetic and have healthy functioning kidneys. In addition, a dark strip does not necessarily mean you are dehydrated, the best way to determine that is the color of your pee, not your test strip. However, as always, if you are on medications, have previous conditions, or are experiencing any symptoms, call your Dr. Simple, basic, beginner, clear information about the ketogenic diet, and how the keto lifestyle can help with your blood pressure, blood sugar, diabetes, weight, brain functions and other benefits you may have heard of from someone who's not trying to sell you anything. I am not a certified medical professional, please consult your doctor before implementing any lifestyle changes.

Keto Strips: How, When And Why They Work

Keto strips are widely popular in the keto world because they can detect ketones in your urine. This allows individuals to test themselves to see whether or not they are in ketosis.You can either hold the end of the stick in your urine stream or you may dip them in a sample should you use a cup. This can be a great tool to make sure that you’re on the right track. But not all keto strips are created equally and certain factors can, and do, change the way that they work. How Keto Strips Work Keto strips work by detecting ketones in your urine. When you go into ketosis, your body produces an abundant amount of ketones. There are so many ketones that your body cannot use them all up because it’s not used to their presence. This means keto strips are a great tool to use to ensure that you are in ketosis since they can detect the presence of ketones. One important factor to note is the color chart. As you can see on the bottle, the color panel ranges from light pink to dark purple. Let me say up front that you are either in ketosis or not. There is no “deep into ketosis” or “barely into ketosis”. This means that if you see a light pink result, you’re in ketosis and your bo Continue reading >>

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  1. bflohockeymom

    I vaguely remember our CDE saying this on diagnosis day #1 but I don't have a container in front of me to check. My daughter's school nurse just called and said she thought she smelled ketones on her breath but she checked and the strip said negative. She's been high all week - we've see maybe 3 readings in the 100s which is very abnormal for her. Thought she was getting sick at first, then we had 3 problems with bubbles in the pump tubing, and now this. Her lunch reading was 298.
    Thanks!

  2. Abby-Dabby-Doo

    The urine strips have an expiration date from when you opened them- due to being exposed to air. It should say it on the side of the bottle.
    Blood strips- the date is on the box, I think the foil wrapper too, but I thought the meter wouldn't take them if they were expired.

  3. frizzyrazzy

    Abby-Dabby-Doo said: ↑
    The urine strips have an expiration date from when you opened them- due to being exposed to air. It should say it on the side of the bottle.
    Blood strips- the date is on the box, I think the foil wrapper too, but I thought the meter wouldn't take them if they were expired. I agree with Lanae. The urine strips if I recall was 6 months after opening (or 3) and the blood ketones simply won't work after expiration. Which ticks me off - on 1/1/08 I tried to use a 12/31/07 strip and I got a big fat error.

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How Too Much Protein Is Bad For Ketosis

One of the well-known mantras of the ketogenic diet is very low carb intake and high fat intake. But there’s another nutrient that’s important to monitor when going keto—and a lot of people make the mistake of not considering its importance. That would be protein. Although protein is a critical element in the diet we need for optimal health, it’s important to not eat TOO much protein on the ketogenic diet. Why? Well, there are a couple reasons that we’ll be discussing below. How Too Much Protein is Bad for Ketosis The biggest energy source on the ketogenic diet is fat. In fact, around 75% of your diet should come from healthy fat sources. The key here is that, unlike the traditional idea of low-carb diets where protein is higher, protein intake should bemoderate, not high, on keto. Not following this advice will never allow your body to enter ketosis, which is the main point of going keto and reaping all of the amazing benefits. The reason too much protein is bad for ketosis is because our bodies have a fundamental energy process called gluconeogenesis. For a deeper dive into the topic, see our post on fixing the biggest ketosis mistakes. For now we shoud know the basics. Continue reading >>

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  1. hskrmom

    Nathan's home tonight with a 102 temperature, a raging sinus infection, and is averaging between 400 and 500. Ugh! I am trying to stay on top of this poor kid's highs because I know it just makes him feel worse.
    I had him check ketones, and it was negative. I was very surprised. I then thought to check the bottle. Says it expired June, 2006. I must have given my new bottle of Ketostix to the school nurse by mistake. Do you really think they expire?
    Melody

  2. Extraordinary Machine

    Absolutely. I think that a year expired probably means they're not good.
    Sorry. :( Hope you find some soon.

  3. hskrmom

    Well, allrighty then. I guess off to Walgreens I go (again). Thank you for the quick reply!
    Melody

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Watch me as I go through the process of going out of ketosis and getting back into ketosis while testing with a breathalyzer. Hoping to find an affordable alternative.

Urine Ketone Testing

Your body cells use sugar for energy. Insulin must be present for your body cells to use sugar for energy. When there is not enough insulin present your cells cannot use sugar to obtain the energy they need. If your body cannot get energy from sugar, fat is used instead. When fat is broken down, ketones are made. Ketones are strong acids and are harmful to your body. Ketones in your urine may be a sign that you are developing diabetic ketoacidosis. When should you test your urine for ketones? If your blood sugar tests are higher than 250 mg/dL for two or more tests in a row If you are feeling like your blood sugar is high If you think you have an infection If you are throwing up or feel sick to your stomach If you are ill or stressed If you have Type 1 diabetes, you should always have a supply of the strips used for urine ketone testing and know how to use them. If you have Type 2 diabetes, your doctor or nurse will tell you if you need to do urine ketone testing. If you are pregnant your doctor or nurse will tell you when to test your urine for ketones. How do you test your urine for ketones? There are several products that can be used to test the urine for ketones. The test strip Continue reading >>

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  1. hskrmom

    Nathan's home tonight with a 102 temperature, a raging sinus infection, and is averaging between 400 and 500. Ugh! I am trying to stay on top of this poor kid's highs because I know it just makes him feel worse.
    I had him check ketones, and it was negative. I was very surprised. I then thought to check the bottle. Says it expired June, 2006. I must have given my new bottle of Ketostix to the school nurse by mistake. Do you really think they expire?
    Melody

  2. Extraordinary Machine

    Absolutely. I think that a year expired probably means they're not good.
    Sorry. :( Hope you find some soon.

  3. hskrmom

    Well, allrighty then. I guess off to Walgreens I go (again). Thank you for the quick reply!
    Melody

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