For those who are looking to reap the benefits of a ketogenic diet, tracking ketone levels can be a helpful part of the process. Testing for ketones in blood is considered the most accurate method, but the test strips can be expensive and the testing process requires piercing the skin for a drop of blood, which can be uncomfortable.
New devices on the market, such as the Ketonix make testing easy, affordable and pain free by testing the level of ketones in your breath. At Heads Up Health, we make it easy to record your breath ketones along with all of your other health data. If you are ready to start logging breath ketones now, create your free account using the link below. Or read on to learn more about tracking breath ketones with Heads Up Health.
Step 1: Order a breath ketone testing device
The first step is purchasing a breath ketone testing device. These devices offer an affordable and reliable alternative to blood and urine based ketone testing. Heads Up Health recommends the Ketonix breath ketone meter. You can learn more about this product by clicking on the link below.
Step 2: Enter breath ketone values
After you’ve purchased your breath ketone meter and taken your first readings, simply use the Add Data button to manually enter values into your Heads Up profile:
Note: You can also upload your ketonix data in CSV format and we will automatically import the data for you. It will take about 24-48 hours for us to process the upload. Just upload the file into the ‘csv upload’ folder per the instructions below (click to enlarge):
Step 3: Customize breath ketones on your Dashboard
The Heads Up dashboard is completely customizable, so you can move the breath ketones card anywhere you want. For example, in the image below, I have my dashboard configured to display breath ketones in the top row, right next to my weight and blood glucose readings:
Step 4: Explore trends and correlations on the Analyzer
You can use the Analyzer to track your breath ketone readings over time. You can also use the Analyzer to look for correlations between breath ketones and other data sources such as your weight, blood glucose or cholesterol levels:
Step 5: Hybrid strategy – tracking breath and blood ketones
Another option is to leverage the reusable breath ketone meter for frequent testing throughout the day/week with less frequent blood ketone readings as needed. This allows you to save money on the expensive blood test strips yet still obtain regular readings with the breath meter. Heads Up allows you to track both separately:
You can also compare both readings on the Analyzer to see how breath ketones correlate with blood ketones:
Step 6: Edit or Delete Entries
Lastly, if you make a mistake and need to edit or delete an entry, navigate to the “My Data” tab and the “Data Feeds” section where you can edit any manually entered data:
Voila! If you are ready to get started, click below to create your account and start logging breath ketones today. Feel free to send us any comments or questions, we are here to help!