Vivoo’s Ketone box gives insights about the presence of ketones in the urine. Normally, no ketones are expected in the urine. However, if you are following a ketogenic diet, this box can help you to track your ketosis state.
The human body primarily uses glucose for energy. When your cells don’t get the glucose they need, or the body doesn’t have enough insulin to use glucose, your body begins to burn fat instead. This, in turn, produces ketones. Ketones are chemicals that the body creates when it breaks down fat to use for energy. This means you make ketones when you don’t have enough stored glucose (or sugar) to turn into energy.
The breakdown of fat for energy and producing ketones is a normal process for everyone. Normally, the body produces only small quantities of ketones. But starvation, a ketogenic diet, or some chronic conditions like diabetes may result in increased ketones forming in the blood and eventually spilling into the urine.
What Does My Result Mean?
Ketones which are not used for energy spill into the urine. Starvation, low-carbohydrate diets, certain diseases, and problems in carbohydrate metabolism may cause ketone production. Ketone bodies come in two main forms: BHB and AcAc. BHB is the dominant ketone and increases relative to AcAc during ketosis. Vivoo test strips measure the urine’s acetoacetate (AcAc) level. When you start to produce ketones, you may feel weak and fatigued.
For a person without diabetes, ketone production doesn’t become an issue. However, when you have diabetes, things can run out of control and too many ketones can build up in your blood. High levels of ketones increase acidity and may be dangerous for the body. That’s why urine ketone testing can be advantageous for early-diagnosis in diabetes.
How Does Vivoo Measure Ketosis?
The ketogenic, or keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat, and moderate-protein diet. A common goal of people on the keto diet is to achieve ketosis, which is a natural state where your body burns fat for fuel. However, it can be difficult to determine whether your diet needs adjusting to reach and maintain ketosis. Because of that, Vivoo strips can be used to measure your ketosis level. Using Vivoo is a fast, cheap, and convenient method compared to blood-testing when following a ketogenic diet. Vivoo gives you personalized advice to get into ketosis and maintain it according to your urine ketone levels.
If you want to check your day-to-day urine ketone levels, the best times are in the early morning or the late evening after dinner. Vivoo’s urinalysis is a good tool to measure whether you are in ketosis during the first few weeks of going keto. During this time, your body can’t use ketones efficiently for energy. Therefore, your body passes them out through the urine. But as you get deeper into ketosis, your body adapts to using them for fuel and becomes more optimized in producing them. This leaves fewer ketones to be excreted in the urine. As a result, if you’ve been in a keto-adapted state for many months, you may get a negative or trace ketone result in your urinalysis.