Urine Test for Ketones at Home
Ketones are a natural source of energy created in the body, but in certain circumstances, your body can create too many. Excess ketone production can be a sign of some critical problems, and indicates that you might need to change a thing or two about your lifestyle.
It can be easy to miss this subtle but significant indicator of potential health problems, but luckily Elosia is here to help you see the warning signs a little more clearly. Our urine test strips allow you to test your pee for ketones at home. Once you’ve run the results through our app, you’ll get tailored health advice to help you get back on the right track.
Read on to learn more about ketones, and how Elosia’s home urine test for ketones can help you take control of your health.
What Are Ketones in Urine?
When the cells in your body don’t have enough glucose to create energy, they have to resort to using other means to fuel themselves. The main way they do this is through a process that breaks down the protein and fat stored in the body and fatty acids in the bloodstream. These substances are then converted into energy, leaving behind compounds known as ketones.
In and of itself, this process isn’t actually all that bad, since it usually happens in a pretty small scale way that is almost undetectable. However, if you’re on a low- or no-carb diet, or you suffer from diabetes and certain other conditions, you either won’t have any glucose to break down or lack the insulin to break it down. As a result, your body will resort to using up protein and fat and do it to extremes.
When this happens, you’ll be producing more ketones than your body can use for energy. That means that all of that excess will have to end up somewhere... but where exactly? You’ve guessed it — your pee.
What Do Ketones in Your Urine Mean?
Now that we know why ketones can appear in your pee — because your body made them at too great a level for it to handle — the question turns to what that actually means for your health. And if you’re on the keto diet, you’ll likely already know that having a ketone presence in your urine can actually be good news, since you’ll be considerably cutting down your carb intake, and replacing it with high-fat and protein foods instead.
If you’re on the keto diet, taking a home urine test for ketones is an essential way to make sure you’re on the right track when it comes to reaching your weight loss goal. The process of turning fat into energy, known as ketosis, takes time to achieve, so early in your keto diet journey, you’re less likely to see the results you’re hoping for. However, by taking regular weekly urine ketone tests at home with Elosia, you can keep tabs on how you’re doing and get expert advice from our nutrition specialists to boot.
The presence of ketones in your urine can also be a sign that your body isn’t working quite as it should. Once you know that your ketone levels are too high (a state known as ketonuria), you can assess your lifestyle or any existing conditions you may have to get to the root of the cause. High ketone levels will occur after drinking too much alcohol, as the result of certain prescribed medications or during pregnancy. Two of the most common medical conditions that cause ketonuria are as follows:
Type 1 diabetes prevents the production of insulin, the hormone that breaks down glucose, meaning that your body will resort to sources like fat to generate energy
Those with eating disorders will also have high levels of ketones, as well as those who have not eaten for more than 12 hours.
What are the Symptoms of High Ketones?
There are plenty of reasons you might feel that you need to take a ketone urine test, particularly if you are experiencing any of the conditions we just listed above. However, if you’re specifically concerned that you might be experiencing ketonuria, there are a few telltale signs to watch out for.
One of the key signals that you might have excessive levels of ketones is our favourite subject — your pee.
Does your urine smell like popcorn or nail polish remover?
We can’t quite explain the former, though the latter makes sense when you consider that a main ingredient of nail polish remover is acetone — which is itself a ketone.
Other symptoms of ketonuria include:
Confusion and trouble concentrating
Peeing more than usual
Nausea and/or stomach pains
How Do You Check for Ketones in Your Urine?
Urine testing for ketones can be easily done at home, and there are a variety of companies that offer this as a service. However, only Elosia allows you to test your urine for ketones alongside several other factors - including electrolytes, pH levels, vitamin C and more - on the same strip at the same time.
Not only that, but once you’ve got your results from the Elosia app, you’ll be given personalised advice and a tailored nutrition plan that is designed to help you address any issues raised by each weekly test.
Interested in trying it out for yourself? We can’t blame you. Order an Elosia home urine ketone test today and put your body first.
Disclaimer: Elosia is a wellness tool, not a diagnostic tool, and should not be used as a substitute for any professional medical advice.