What Exactly is Ketosis?
What is Ketosis?
Very Simply – Blood ketone levels of .5 – 3.0mmol/L with .5 - 1.0mmol/L optimal for weight loss.
With blood ketone levels in this range, Ketosis is going about your day with minimal blood sugar spikes. Your metabolism is not operating heavily on carbohydrates derived from your diet.
Simultaneously, it also the process by which your liver is producing ‘ketones’ as it metabolises fat. The ketones then circulate through the blood, which the brain consumes as energy.
That is why, when this is occurs, brain fog lifts (initial adaptation phase) and many people experience incredible clarity in thought and increases in energy/vitality.
Depending on your metabolic flexibility, getting into ketosis can take anywhere from 24hrs to a few days.
The best way to measure ketones is via a blood test, then a breath anaylser, not urination sticks. The urination sticks are problematic because your body uses ketones for energy as you become more accustomed to Ketosis. This reduces the amount of ketones registering on the stick.
If you are a diabetic, you need to be aware of Diabetic Ketacidosis - Educate yourself on this potentially life-threatening condition before entering into a Keto eating plan.
Disclaimer – The concepts expressed here do not constitute medical advice. Seek professional medical advice as required before commencing a new health regime.
Reference - Gershuni VM, Yan SL, Medici V. Nutritional Ketosis for Weight Management and Reversal of Metabolic Syndrome. Curr Nutr Rep. 2018;7(3):97-106. doi:10.1007/s13668-018-0235-0