the following information is from an article by sue reith and

  • ketosis happens during fasting, low carb diets or pregnancy.
  • in my terms, ketosis is a condition in which the body uses its own muscle and/or body fat as an energy source instead of food.
  • in technical terms, ketosis is a condition brought on by a metabolic imbalance.
  • in scientific terms, ketosis is an accumulation of excessive amounts of ketone bodies in body tissues and fluids.
  • ketones, or ketone bodies, are metabolic substances that are normal products of the liver.
  • when the body isn't taking in carbohydrates to produce glycogen (blood sugar) as a source of energy, muscle and/or body fat is used to supply the needed energy.
  • the muscle/fat being used as fuel is broken down into ketones.
  • ketones are circulated in the blood, hence the names ketosis or acetonemia.
  • symptoms of ketosis include bad breath, lightheadedness and strong urine odor. the odor in urine and breath is caused by the presence of ketones and can be reduced by drinking more water.
  • the time it takes to reach ketosis depends on the amount of stored glycogen in your body and how much muscle and fat you have. your body's glycogen storage depends on your recent calorie intake and activity. before burning muscle or fat for energy, your body will use stored glycogen as an energy source.
  • ketostix are little strips that measure the presence of ketones in the urine. ketostix aren't completely accurate, depending on your body's conditions. the strips show the amount of ketones being released by the change of color on the testing area. the darker the pink/purple color shows, the more heavily into ketosis you are.
  • your body won't get out of ketosis if you drink a little juice or chew gum, etc... to get out of ketosis, you have to ingest enough sugar for your body to use for constant energy or storage. as soon as the ingested/stored sugar runs out, your body will get back into ketosis.

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