Ketosis is a metabolic state where the liver breaks down fats in order to produce ketones that your body uses for fuel instead of glucose. Ketosis can be achieved with a diet very low in carbohydrates or by fasting.
Ketosis can be a very effective approach to weigh loss but it also has many other health benefits including metal performance.
In ketosis, your body produces ketones, or ketone bodies, which are made by your liver from fat that you eat and your own body fat. The three ketone bodies are beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), acetoacetate, and acetone (although acetone is technically a byproduct of acetoacetate).
Ketones can be measured by breath, blood or urine.
Breath ketone testing measures the amount of acetone excreted in breath. Acetone is a byproduct of acetoacetate and therefore not an the most accurate measure of the ketones that fuel your body.
Blood Ketone Testing
Blood testing measures beta-hydroxybutyrate, the predominant ketone in the body that fuels your body. It is the most accurate way to measure ketosis.
Urine testing measures acetoacetate or ketones that are excreting by the body. It is not a good measure of how well the body is utilizing ketones as fuel. As you become more keto-adapted, you’ll excrete fewer ketone bodies through urine. As a result, your tests will become less accurate as you reach and maintain ketosis.
Your level of hydration can also affect the accuracy of urine test readings, leading to inconsistent results.
As noted above, blood testing is considered the gold-standard for measuring ketosis. And the Keto-Mojo meter and ketone strips are known for the highest degree of accuracy and precision, exceeding all FDA and ISO international standards.