Looking for great tools to support your keto diet journey? Check out these great ketone test strips and electrolyte supplements from OneEarthHealth. This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.
The whole focus of the keto diet is really about getting your body into a state of ketosis, wherein it burns fat for fuel rather than glucose.
Sounds simple enough, right? But I’ve found that ketosis can actually be rather elusive and hard to identify. It’s not necessarily hard to get into, as long as you are eating the right foods and keeping those carbs low.
But it’s not quite so easy to tell if you’re actually in it. While there are certain signs and symptoms of ketosis, I find I don’t really experience those at all. I don’t have bad breath, I never lost any hair, and it’s been ages since I’ve experienced the keto flu. I’ve been low carb for almost 9 years and full-on keto for about 4, so it wasn’t a drastic change for me.
And I was never doing it to lose weight, so I certainly didn’t have that to go on!
How to be certain you are in ketosis
Really, those symptoms of ketosis are somewhat elusive, so the only way to know for sure is to test for it. You have a couple of options here. You can test your blood, your urine, or your breath.
But do the ketone urine sticks actually work?
I purchased some keto urine strips a while back on Amazon and tried them out. And at first, they seemed to pick up my ketone levels. But about 3 weeks after I purchased the bottle, they stopped working and I rarely, if ever, got a dark color. I thought I’d somehow stopped being in ketosis, and given what I was eating, I was stumped.
Then I went ahead and bought a blood monitor (Keto Mojo) and discovered that I was, in fact, well within range. I love the monitor and I am used to pricking my fingers anyway for testing my sugars. But let’s face it, the strips for the blood monitors are expensive! I don’t test all the time as it is but still, it can add up when each strip is $1.
OneEarthHealth reached out to me recently to have me try both their Keto Shield, a supplement that contains all of the precious electrolytes our bodies need so much (calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium) and is supposed to help with the keto flu. I can’t say for sure if it does or not, because I’ve been keto adapted for so long, I don’t get any flu.
But hey, I figure I can always use a nice balance of those critical electrolytes. I take one or two every day and consider it prophylactic. I also gave some to my husband when he was getting leg cramps and they seemed to help.
What really impressed me was the container of OneEarthHealth Ketone Urine Strips they sent along with the Keto Shield. I rolled my eyes at first and figured they would end up in the trash, as the previous urine strips did.
Boy was I wrong. They’ve been really accurate every single time, and I know this because I have compared them against my blood monitor. When I get the pale pink for low ketones, the Keto Mojo monitor also indicates that I am low. And when I get the dark purple indicating a high level, the blood monitor confirms this as well.
And they only $7.99 a bottle for 150 strips. So these are about 5 cents per strip, compared to the $1 per strip for the blood monitor.
Which means I can save money and still have an accurate sense of whether I am in ketosis or not. As a very frugal person, this makes me very happy!
If you’re looking for an accurate and inexpensive way to tell if you are in ketosis or not, I highly recommend OneEarthHealth ketone test strips.
One last little tip for testing for ketones: be sure to test in the afternoons. The mornings always seem to be lower in ketones. I am not sure why that is but I’ve heard it’s normal and it certainly seems to be the case for me.
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