Are you on a diet where part of the goal is to be in ketosis? Some diets recommend testing to find out whether your body is generating ketones, and the easiest and least expensive way to test for ketones is in the urine. Although it is not the most accurate way, it can be helpful to test, especially when new to a ketogenic diet.
Many Reduced-Carb Diets promote urine testing of ketones, and testing can be a useful way to tell if you are eating something that is higher in carbohydrate than you realized.
Different people will be in ketosis with different amounts of carbohydrate (and sometimes protein) so it can provide information to help you individualize your diet.
Note: If you are a diabetic testing for ketone levels for ketoacidosis, you will interpret the reading much differently than someone on a ketogenic diet who desires higher levels of ketones. If you are diabetic, please consult your physician. These strips are not intended to be used for the management of diabetes.
What is Ketosis?
Ketosis merely means that our bodies are using fat for energy. Ketones (also called ketone bodies) are molecules generated during fat metabolism, whether from the fat in the guacamole you just ate or fat you were carrying around your middle.
When people eat less carbohydrates, their bodies turn to fat for energy, which generates ketones. Some of those ketones (acetoacetate and ß-hydroxybutyrate) are used for energy; the heart muscle and kidneys, for example, prefer ketones to glucose. Most cells, including the brain cells, are able to use ketones for at least part of their energy. But there is one type of ketone molecule, called acetoacetate/acetone, which cannot be used and is excreted as waste, mostly in the urine and breath.
If enough acetone is in our urine, it can be detected using a Ketone dipstick. Even though everyone is generating ketones continuously, this detection in the urine is what is commonly called "ketosis."
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