How do I test my ketone levels?
There are three methods that you can use to measure your ketone levels:
- Blood BHB Measurement
- Pros: The most accurate measurement available.
- Cons: Requires a handheld device (i.e., FreeStyle or Keto Mojo) and test strips, which can be expensive. You have to take a finger-prick blood sample.
- Urine ketone test strips
- Pros: Cheap, available in many pharmacies, and non-invasive.
- Cons: Less accurate than blood. Over time, the body adapts to excrete fewer ketones in the urine.
- Breath acetone meter
- Pros: Once you have bought the device, it is free each time you test.
- Cons: Requires a handheld device (i.e. Ketonix). Breath tests are less accurate than blood.
It is strongly recommended to check your blood ketone levels if you are trying to get into nutritional ketosis or if you are using exogenous ketones. Testing can help you determine if your method is effective.
Learn more here: Top 3 Ways To Test For Ketosis