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A New Toy Measuring Blood Ketones

A New Toy Measuring Blood Ketones

I just got a new toy: a device for measuring blood ketones. This is a far more exact and reliable measurement than testing for urine ketones using cheap dipsticks. Ketosis is of course the state the body is in when eating very low carb. Ketones, made from fat, will then fuel the brain instead of glucose. So who needs one of these gadgets? Perhaps nobody. Obviously it’s easy to eat LCHF without it. This is for curious nerds (like me) and for those who want definite proof that they are eating so little carbs that insulin levels are low and fat burning is maximized. A ketone level somewhere between 1.5 – 3 is said to be an optimal level for maximizing weight loss. It means that insulin levels are very low. As you can see my first measurement was 0.2, after a caesar sallad dinner. I’m not surprised as I’ve probably eaten at least 50 grams of carbs a day lately. I will try it out fasting in the mornings during the coming days. Perhaps I’ll try being really strict with the carbs for a while to see what happens. Have you tried one of these or are you interested in doing it? Continue reading >>

My 5 Low-carb Mistakes And How Nutritional Ketosis Rescued Me From Them

My 5 Low-carb Mistakes And How Nutritional Ketosis Rescued Me From Them

In my previous CarbSmart column, I explained the distinction between the traditional low carb Atkins diet millions of people have used to lose weight and regain health and the revolutionary concept of nutritional ketosis. You may be hearing a lot about nutritional ketosis this year due to the influence of a fantastic new book by low-carbohydrate diet researchers Dr. Jeff Volek and Dr. Stephen Phinney called The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance. I’ve been doing my own n=1 experiment of nutritional ketosis since May 2012 updating my blog regarding this every 30 days (read my four 30-day update posts: Day 1-30, Day 31-60, Day 61-90 and Day 91-120). Today I want to share 5 mistakes I was making in my own low-carb plan that prevented me from reaching the needed level of nutritional ketosis. Correcting these mistakes has helped me effortlessly shed 50 pounds (and counting!) in less than five months. This is not a comprehensive list of the common low carb mistakes. However, these are worth a closer look if you are struggling with your weight and health goals. You might just be surprised! 1. Consuming too much protein. What?! But I thought a low carb diet was supposed to be “high-protein!” We hear this a lot, don’t we? The reality is that a well-formulated low-carb diet is actually high in FAT, not protein. I bet you never thought that protein could hinder your weight loss – but it can. Why? Here’s the word: GLUCONEOGENESIS! When you consume excess protein, your liver transforms it into glucose (sugar). If you are eating a bunch of lean meats like chicken breasts, turkey and lower-fat cuts of beef or pork, you might be defeating the purpose of your low carb lifestyle. Try choosing fattier cuts of meat and controlling the absolute amount of protein you Continue reading >>

Everything You Need To Know About Diabetes Test Strips

Everything You Need To Know About Diabetes Test Strips

Update: A lot of our readers ask us where can they find the best deals for test strips. We personally recommend Amazon. You can check the list of selections they offer by clicking here. Blood glucose test strips play a crucial role in helping you to monitor your daily blood glucose level and giving your doctor the data to adjust your medication to control your diabetes symptoms. Without the help from these little disposable strips, life with diabetes can become even more chaotic than ever. But what exactly are these thin little plastic slip and why are they so expensive? Are there any alternative method I can use? Where can I get the best deal on these test strips? This article will answer many of your questions and concerns regarding these blood glucose test strips: Table of Contents History on Glucose Test Strips How Does the Test Strips Work Why Are the Strips So Expensive? And Why the Price Discrepancy? Why Must Diabetic Patients Use Glucometer and Test Strip? How Often Should You Administer A Blood Glucose Test? How to Find Out if Your Glucose Monitor is Accurate? How Accurate Are the Test Strips? How to Find Out if Your Glucose Monitor is Accurate? What is a Urine Glucose Test? Can’t I Use This Procedure Instead? Expiration of Test Strips Medicare Plan B Coverage for Glucose Test Strips Where to Get the Best Deal on Test Strips? Ways to Save of Test Strips How to Avoid Counterfeit Blood Glucose Test Strips Can You Reuse Test Strips? Can You Make Your Own Test Strip? 4 Most Affordable Meters How to Pick the Right Glucometer? How to Dispose Used Test Strips, Lancets, and Needles? What to Do with All These Test Strip Containers? Selling Your Glucose Test Strips A Good Idea? Odd Way to Earn Some Money Back Questions? History on Glucose Test Strips The first glucomet Continue reading >>

Abbott’s Precision Xtra Monitor Now Being Sold As Relion Ultima At Walmart

Abbott’s Precision Xtra Monitor Now Being Sold As Relion Ultima At Walmart

I was walking through my local Walmart in Spartanburg, South Carolina recently where I ended up browsing around the pharmacy department. I’m always interested in seeing what new health gizmos and gadgets come out and then show up on store shelves for consumers to purchase. When I got close to the glucometers, I noticed their ReliOn brand of blood glucose meters had expanded into several different versions now. One in particular caught my attention because it looked very familiar–the ReliOn Ultima. To confirm my suspicions that this ReliOn Ultima was the same meter as the Precision Xtra, I bought one for $15 at Walmart along with some of their blood glucose testing strips and compared them when I got home. IT’S EXACTLY THE SAME! I took it one step further to confirm that it was the identical meter by putting one of my Precision Xtra blood ketone strips into it and it registered my results exactly the same as the Precision Xtra meter. THIS…IS…AWESOME! If you’ve read my latest book Keto Clarity, then you know measuring blood glucose and blood ketones are the most accurate way of knowing how well you are doing in your pursuit of nutritional ketosis. While this ReliOn Ultima meter available at Walmart currently only measures for blood glucose, it’s MUCH cheaper than the cost you would pay for the Precision Xtra meter and blood glucose strips online. In fact, this meter has been next to impossible to purchase in stores before now, so this is true progress in making the blood monitoring much more accessible to those who want it. Now if Walmart can get Abbott to create the ReliOn Ultima blood glucose device to sell in their stores at a cheaper price, how hard would it be for them to make the blood KETONE strips available for this monitor? And the cost of the strip Continue reading >>

Someone Tell Me The Truth About Ketosis

Someone Tell Me The Truth About Ketosis

Is it true or isn't it true that the color of the strips doesn't matter? I realize the blood test way is the most accurate but holy crap, they are way out of my budget. Should I consider myself in trouble if the sticks read "trace"? If I don't feel tired then isn't that evidence that I am making sufficient ketones, i.e. my glycogen stores are empty and I'm using ketones for energy? My friend says that if it's purple, that means your body is burning more fat. I repeat what I heard (I need to personally research this) that it doesn't matter what color it is as long as it's registering at least trace. How do get a good understanding of the fundamentals of ketosis? P.S. I am losing 2 lbs weekly and have lots of energy, yet am rarely purple. Continue reading >>

The Best Way To Measure Your Ketones

The Best Way To Measure Your Ketones

Hi guys! So if you are just starting out on the ketogenic diet, you may be wondering just how do I know I’m in ketosis? And if you’re a “I have to see it to believe it” person like myself, you need to see the proof! There are several ways out there currently to measure the ketones in your body. The way that we recommend is through a blood ketone monitor. We have another blog post reviewing all the ways to test your ketones and comparing the pros and cons of each method. We can spoil it for you here though…blood ketone monitoring is the method we recommend. We recommend blood ketone monitoring because it is the most available and accurate method to testing. Plus, you can test your blood glucose as well – which is important. The one we use is the Nova Max PLUS Blood Glucose Monitoring System. You’ll Need More Than Just The Monitor You’ll also need to purchase lancets that go with the machine and the ketone strips. We also recommend buying glucose strips because it is just as handy to understand your blood glucose when determining if you’re in ketosis. At the time of our purchase, Amazon was not the cheapest place to buy, but of course it is usually the fastest. It took at least a week to get the Nova Max Plus monitor from the company. We purchased: “Nova Max Plus Starter Kit” (Monitor, lancing device and some lancets) – from Nova Max company – Update: As of October 2017 the online storefront is down “Nova Max Sureflex Lancets” – from Nova Max company “Nova Max Ketone Meter Test Strips” (actually the glucose test strips)- from Nova Max company “Nova Max Test Strips 40 Count” (ketone test strips) – from Walmart.com (cheapest in large quantities, but definitely not fastest) If you like buying on Amazon, here is all that you need to b Continue reading >>

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Relion Ketone Test Strips, 50 Ct, Keto-diastix Reagent Strips 50 Each

Relion Ketone Test Strips, 50 Ct, Keto-diastix Reagent Strips 50 Each

Existence of ketones in the urine is an indicator of the body begin metabolizes body fat. Both diabetics and individuals on low-carbohydrate diet programs may check their urine for ketones daily. Ketone urine-testing pieces have a little absorptive cushion; it consists of a chemical substance reagent that adjustments color (generally within 15-20 mere seconds) in the existence of ketones in the urine. The chemical reagent on the ketone test strip is extremely sensitive to moisture, including moisture in the air, so be sure to keep the lid of the container tightly closed at all times. Consider out one reagent remove from the container and immediately close container tightly, to minimize exposure to dampness. Immerse the hint of the reagent remove in the urine test and after that takeout immediately to prevent dissolving of reagent in the remove. TRUEplusreg; Ketone Check Pieces for urinalysis can help you monitor your ketone amounts by offering fast and accurate outcomes. As a result of the continued transformation of acetoacetate to beta-hydroxybutyrate, the serum and urine quantity of acetoacetate (the only ketone detected by ketostix) is significantly reduced. So you can spend the cash and keep an attention on your ketone amounts by computing serum amounts, or you could simply not really spend cash on ketostix and expensive tests gizmos. As lengthy as you consume 20g of online carbs a day time (or much less), you are fairly much assured to stay in ketosis. Blocking some exceedingly unlikely scenario, it8217;h not a main trigger of concern for you to discover dark magenta on your ketostix. It is not my purpose to discourage people from using the ketostix (see Carry out I Want Ketostix?), but rather to help them understand what they are calculating, what they are not re Continue reading >>

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