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What is Ketosis?

Ketosis a.k.a. Ketogenic State or Metabolic State of Ketosis

 

Ketosis, also referred to as ketogenic state or metabolic state of ketosis, is the metabolic state of the body at which the quantity of ketone bodies (ketones) in the blood has reached higher-than-normal levels.

Ingested and stored fats as alternative energy source.

For energy, our body mainly uses …

      Carbohydrates (pasta, rice, sugars …)
      AND/OR
      Fats (butter, fatty meats, oils …).

 

During ketogenic diet program, glucose is by design in short supply; only measured low amounts of carbs from green leafy vegetables are consumed; among other carbohydrates, bread, grains, beans, starches, gluten, processed foods, sweeteners, beverages, and alcoholic drinks, as well as sugar are entirely eliminated from the diet.

In the ketogenic state, our lipid energy metabolism is in action. The liver switches from processing glucose (sugar) to breaking down the ingested and stored fats as alternative energy source.

Ketosis is basically the other method utilized by our body to fuel our cells with the necessary ATP (adenosine triphosphate a.k.a. energy).

 

Being in ketosis simply means that we’re burning our fat stores and using them as our primary source of fuel.
The metabolic state of ketosis simply means that the quantity of ketone bodies in the blood have reached higher-than-normal levels.

 

Ketone test strips provide a fast, convenient way of testing urine for the presence and concentration of ketones (acetoacetic acid). Ketones, when found in the urine, provides information on the state of the fat metabolism by changing its color; with other words, the color codes indicate whether a person is in ketosis or not.

Use of ketone test strips inform us whether we are in ketosis or not and which adjustments we need to make, if any, in our diet. Ketone presence in our urine means that we are burning fat.

 

 

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