What Do Ketosis Strips Measure

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Subscribe for videos on becoming superhuman: https://goo.gl/TSDCuv To know whether or not youve entered ketosis you can measure your blood ketone levels. But how to know if you are in ketosis without strips? Nutritional ketosis begins if our blood ketone levels are over 0.5mMol. To indicate that, you can use either urine strips like Ketostix. There are also breath takers. The most optimal range for ketosis is between 0.5 and 3 mMol. But there are a few problems with measuring ketones. 1. Having elevated levels of ketones doesnt mean youre in ketosis. 2. These urine strips are expensive and taking several measurements a day is very costly. Thats why theres another way how to know youre in ketosis without strips. FREE Simple Keto: http://www.siimland.com/get-simple-keto/ What to Eat on the Ketogenic Diet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inBhx... Ultimate Keto Meal Plan: http://www.siimland.com/ultimate-keto... Subscribe for videos on becoming superhuman: https://goo.gl/TSDCuv Join my Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bodym... Stay Empowered Siim Disclaimer I do not own any of the video clips used in this video. The legal rights belong to the legal copyright holders of s

How To Tell If You’re In Ketosis With Strips

During the process of becoming keto-adapted, your body is re-learning how to manufacture and use ketones as a source of energy instead of sugars or carbs. One of the simplest methods of testing whether your body is producing ketones is to use ketosis strips. Ketostix are the most popular available. The process is pretty simple, you take a strip and either hold it in your urine stream or alternatively, wee into a cup and dip the stick in there. Then you compare the colour of the strip to the chart on the bottle. It’s important to compare the colour at the right time – typically 15 seconds after you have dipped it in your urine. The most widely regarded standard figures for being in ketosis are if you measure between 0.5 – 3.0mmol of ketones. Here’s the thing, though… It’s important to remember that these strips simply tell you whether or not you are excreting ketones. And just because you are excreting ketones does not tell you that your body is using them (i.e. keto-adapted). And, also if you are showing no ketones, that does not mean your body is not producing them. A highly keto-adapted person will excrete less ketones because their body is using them all. I know this Continue reading >>

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  1. loislane

    Measuring ketones?

    I have been eating low carb (prob less than 40-50/day ... TC - not net carbs) for about 2 months now. Haven't made a conscious decision to go keto but am curious how close/far I am given this level of eating.
    Seems like the strips are the cheapest way to go - are there particular brands that are better than others, and do results differ significantly the way they do with meters?
    How frequently do you measures (daily, weekly, etc.)

    I've read you need to maintain between 1 and 3 to be in keto - is there any benefit to having some ketones but not at that level? How long does it take you get back once you slip out with a meal or day?

  2. SuperMario

    Originally Posted by loislane
    I have been eating low carb (prob less than 40-50/day ... TC - not net carbs) for about 2 months now. Haven't made a conscious decision to go keto but am curious how close/far I am given this level of eating. That is pretty good. Congrats on being so consistent and on the track!

    Originally Posted by loislane
    Seems like the strips are the cheapest way to go - are there particular brands that are better than others, and do results differ significantly the way they do with meters? Yes, sticks are dirt cheap but ridden with problems. I don't think that there is much significant difference between brands including generic one. Here are few issues:
    - It may get a little tricky to compare colors to get the accurate reading.
    - Even if you have luck with matching colors, the ranges shown are pretty "approximate".
    - If you are in ketosis for a while (seems like you maybe that case), urine keto strips stop showing the full extent of your ketosis, i.e. readings are low despite the fact that your ketones are up. The issue is that urine strips test only for acetoacetate ketones, and not for more important beta hydroxybutyrate.
    - So, keto urine sticks may not be very useful for what you are trying to do at the moment, but certainly better something than nothing.
    I would recommend using Blood Ketone Meter. For example, Xtra Precision which costs around $25 plus $3-$4/ketone strip. You can find good prices on Amazon.

    Originally Posted by loislane
    How frequently do you measures (daily, weekly, etc.) It is enough in the morning (to save $ esp. on blood ketone strips). If you want to experiment and have more fun, you can do it after longer period of not eating food during the day.

    Originally Posted by loislane
    I've read you need to maintain between 1 and 3 to be in keto - is there any benefit to having some ketones but not at that level? How long does it take you get back once you slip out with a meal or day?
    Ideal range is 1.5-3.0 mmol. Light nutritional ketosis is 0.5-1.5 mmol. See below.
    Yes, there is some benefit to being in "light" ketosis as opposed into the "full".
    If you slip, on average, it may take 2-4 days to get back to the track.

  3. CalgaryDiabetic

    The best strips are freestyle blood strips that measure Betahydroxybutyrate. Urine strips measure god only knows what.

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3 Ways To Measures Ketones: Which Is Best?

Intro: the age of Do-It-Yourself at-home medical technology The medico-technological age we’re in goes by many names, such as biohacking, self-experimentation or the quantified self. A lot of it is about tracking biochemical markers and performance metrics that can tell you something about your past and present state, usually in an attempt to predict or change it in the future. Ketones are one such biochemical marker of metabolism that can be measured in blood, breath and urine (see our What’s a ketone? section for more details). Some people use a ketogenic diet to manage cancer, epilepsy, obesity or diabetes and may find it helpful to monitor their ketone levels. Alternatively, they may simply be curious and interested in physiology. Whatever the case may be, since ketones can be measured in blood, breath and urine, which method might you chose for your circumstance and why? Measuring blood ketones The ketone bodies measured in blood are acetoacetate and is β-hydroxybutyrate (BhB), the latter being the most commonly measured. A well-known at-home device for doing so is the Precision Xtra. It can also measure blood glucose using glucose-specific strips. The portable device can Continue reading >>

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  1. spacistacey

    I keep hearing the mention of the ketone strip, are they something I need to purchace? what exactly do they do? And where can I get them?


    You only have one life, live it well!!

  2. MsJulieRae

    Hi Stacey
    You purchase them over the counter at a drug store. They are a little expensive. It measures how many ketones are in your urine. There is a color chart on the side of the bottle and the darker the color (purple) means you are burning fat.
    Hope that helps...Enjoy your Sunday! Julie

  3. sweetthing

    Hey there...
    I get the strips and cut them in half.....saves money..

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How to interpret the urine ketone test strip results, what is trace, small, moderate and large ketones ? what do these results indicate to dieters.

A Detailed Guide On How To Test Your Ketone Levels

I have to be honest with you. I’ve been making some critical mistakes. I was assuming that I was in ketosis for months but I’m now finding out that isn’t the case. Not even close. I’ve finally hunkered down and have been measuring my ketones the right way and the results have been pretty surprising. I was eating too much protein, and too little fat. I was eating too frequently. I was eating too few calories. I never would have known this without testing. Time for you to learn from the mistakes I made and test the right way. Ketosis can be a powerful nutrition approach to use switch your metabolism to prioritize for fat loss, mental output, physical performance, and much more. The main problem? Many people just assume that if they are “low carb” they are in ketosis, but think again. How do you know if you’re actually in ketosis? As I love to say, “test, don’t guess” when it comes to your health. (Still trying to get “track, don’t slack” to catch on…) I’ll outline in this article the three ways to test your ketone levels and which you should be doing when. HOW TO TEST YOUR KETONE LEVELS: THREE DIFFERENT WAYS There are three testing methods because there Continue reading >>

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  1. blurfocus

    Your first, best, and cheapest option is not to use them.
    Ketostix do not measure what many people expect that they do.
    Ketostix only measure excess levels of acetoacetate, which is not the type of ketones that correlate with nutritional ketosis.
    Ketostix may show negative ketones when your blood ketones are high and then may show positive ketones when your blood ketones are low.
    Misinterpretation of what they show is one of the most common unnecessary causes of keto anxiety and wasted time. You can be perfectly successful on a ketogenic or low-carb diet without ever measuring ketones.
    Many people are already overwhelmed with learning about keto diets. Adding another layer of unnecessary complexity doesn't help the matter. Often, people are most successful on keto when they treat it as a lifestyle and not a diet. Obsessively measuring ketones can be at odds with attempting to live a keto lifestyle.
    If you decide to use Ketostix anyway, please be kind to those who answer questions here by not submitting a question that begins with I know that Ketostix are unreliable, but ...
    If you consume few enough carbohydrates and avoid excessive intake of protein, you can trust that your liver will be producing ketones within a single day. That is how human metabolism works.
    If you consume too many carbs, you will be kicked out of ketosis temporarily. However, if you once again restrict carbs, you will go right back into ketosis within 24 hours. This is because the liver can store only 100 grams of glycogen. If you restrict carbs, the liver will run out of glycogen within a day and begin burning fat instead. The liver produces ketones as a side effect of burning fat.
    As an example of how Ketostix can be misleading, it is possible to eat a high-carbohydrate meal followed by a positive Ketostix result. You may think that you cheated the system, but you didn't. It takes time for excess ketones to appear in urine. Ketostix are showing you what happened in the past before you cheated.
    If you have the time and really want to know why Ketostix will not tell you much, read pages 164 and 165 of The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living by Volek and Phinney. This is the section headed by Ketones: To Measure or Not.
    If you do not have this book, read this summary:
    Ketostix were designed to help diabetics avoid ketoacidosis which is a dangerous condition involving very high blood sugar and very high serum ketones. If you have near normal blood sugar and serum ketone levels consistent with nutritional ketosis, you don't need to worry about this.
    Ketostix only measure excess levels of acetoacetate, which is not the type of ketones that correlate with nutritional ketosis.
    The ketones that correlate with nutritional ketosis are known as beta-hydroxybutyrate. This type can be measured only with a blood ketone meter.
    There is a built-in time lag. Ketostix are measuring what has happened in the past since it takes a while for the kidneys to produce urine.
    Exercise can influence how many excess ketones are excreted.
    You can be in nutritional ketosis even when Ketostix show no excess acetoacetate. In the keto-adapted state, very little acetoacetate ketones will be excreted in urine even though blood ketones may be high.
    Note that it takes a period of four to six weeks of being in ketosis every day in order to become keto-adapted. Someone who is keto-adapted has adapted to using fat as the primary fuel for muscles and various organs. The keto-adapted brain uses ketones in place of glucose for most of its energy needs. When keto-adapted, most acetoacetate is not excreted. Instead, muscles convert it to beta-hydroxybutyrate and return it to the blood for use by the brain.
    If after all of this, you still want to use Ketostix because you bought them and cannot bring yourself to throw them away or because they are comforting in some way, here is how they may be useful.
    When you are first starting a low-carb or keto diet and transitioning into ketosis from a moderate to high-carb diet, Ketostix will confirm that your body has in fact done what biology says that it must do. It will show that your liver has begun producing ketones.
    Once you are a few days into the diet, you can give them away to a keto newbie or toss them. Note that Ketostix will eventually expire, especially if you keep them in a moist environment like a bathroom.
    If you have a medical condition that makes monitoring blood ketone levels necessary or if you are a numbers geek with spending money, you may be interested in purchasing a ketone blood meter and test strips for measuring beta hydroxybutyrate in your blood. The test strips cost somewhere between $2 and $5 per strip.
    There are a few meters to choose from.
    Precision Xtra - https://www.abbottdiabetescare.com/products/patient/pxtra-overview.html
    Nova Max Plus - http://www.novacares.com/nova-max-plus/
    CardioChek Home - http://www.healthchecksystems.com/CardioChek.cfm#home
    Most use one of the first two listed (Precision Xtra or Nova Max Plus). Some say that the Precision Xtra is the more accurate of the two. I've found that readings from these two track fairly closely with each other. The Nova Max Plus has cheaper test strips.
    To detect nutritional ketosis, look for a reading between 0.5 and 5.0 mmol / liter. Some experts recommend aiming for a level of 1.0 to 5.0 mmol / liter.
    Another option is the Ketonix Sport breath meter. This meter measures acetate in the breath. It does not require test strips.
    Acetate forms when acetoacetate spontaneously breaks down to acetate. According to Volek and Phinney (page 165 of The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living), it should be linearly correlated with blood ketones. In practice, it is not as accurate as the blood meters in part because it is difficult to breathe in the same way every time you test.
    Ketonix Sport (order direct from Sweden) - https://www.ketonix.com/index.php/product/sport
    Again, remember that you can be perfectly successful on a ketogenic or low-carb diet without ever measuring ketones whether in urine, blood, or breath.
    In the final analysis, ketone concentrations are what they are. Chasing ketone concentrations often becomes as unnecessary and distracting as Ketostix. Unless you are treating epilepsy, cancer, or other medical condition, the concentration of ketones do not matter too much. You can achieve weight loss and a sense of well-being even with lower levels of ketones.
    Focus on how you feel, not on the number. Use ketone meters for interest and experimentation, but don't let the results stress you out.
    tl;dr never, unless you have read and understood this post, yet still want to use them anyway
    [If anyone has any suggestions for improving this post or correcting misinformation, let me know. I'll correct this and re-post it once in a while]

  2. anbeav

    tl;dr never
    If you want to do it for experimentation, go for it but please spare the rest of us the unnecessary ketosis anxiety
    edits: In addition to false negatives, ketostix commonly show false positives as in when people eat a high carb meal and think they cheated biology. Also I might remove the bit about using ketostix to monitor keto-adaptation, just asking for more posts about the issue. Also I might emphasize that people seem to already be overwhelmed with keto when starting and adding another layer of unnecessary complexity doesn't help the matter. People always talk about lifestyle, live a lifestyle and IMO living a lifestyle certainly shouldn't have to include measuring. Lastly, ketone concentrations are what they are. If you want to measure with a blood or breath meter, they are what they are and chasing ketone concentrations often becomes as unnecessary as ketostix. Unless someone has a medical condition for which a particular concentration is required for management, focus on how you feel not the number. Use the meter for interest and experimentation, but don't let it stress you out.

  3. blurfocus

    Thanks. I have incorporated your feedback.

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