How do I measure my ketone levels?

Updated 2 months ago by Chrissy Ensley

Three methods to measure ketone levels:

Tests for

Pros

Cons

  1. Blood Ketone Test

BHB

The most accurate measurement available.

The only way to measure ketones from exogenous Ketone Drinks, like Ketone-IQ™.

You have to take a blood sample

Requires a reading device and test strips (which can be expensive)

  1. Urine Test Strips

Acetoacetate

Cheap

Non-Invasive

Less accurate than blood

Over time and as you "keto adapt", your body excretes less Acetoacetate, leading to falsely low readings of "ketone levels"

  1. Breath Meter

Acetone

After the device purchase, testing ongoing is free

Less accurate than blood

Over time and as you "keto adapt", your body excretes less Acetone, leading to falsely low readings of "ketone levels"

Requires a reading device

Learn more here: Top 3 Ways To Test For Ketosis

Measuring your Blood Ketone Levels

Taking and Recording Measurements

  1. Follow the instructions provided by the ketone meter device to conduct a blood ketone test.
    1. Always use an alcohol swab to wipe your finger for a finger prick test!
  2. Measure your blood ketone levels again 1 hour after Ketone-IQ™ consumption.
  3. Record your blood ketone concentrations and corresponding serving size of Ketone-IQ™

Interpreting Results

Blood Ketone Concentration (mmol/L; mM)

Interpretation

<0.5

Not yet ;)

0.5-1.0

You are in mild ketosis! Prolonged periods of elevated ketones can give you metabolic health benefits such as longevity, metabolic flexibility and improved energy.

1.0 - 2.5

The "Optimal Ketosis Range"

You may feel more alert and focused, giving you enhanced cognitive improvement for a more efficient day.

You may experience physical performance improvements and enhanced recovery.

>2.5

Early research suggests that beyond 2.5mM, there are diminishing returns as to the value of blood ketones, and it may even cause oxidative stress on the body. Try lowering your dose next time, to spend more time in the Optimal Ketosis Range.


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