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Old Thu, Apr-22-21, 22:03
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Hello, I recently bought a Ketoscan brand breath analyzer. I have had fun checking for connections between what/when I eat and the readings. Now, before I go further, I haven't had one moment of dizziness or nausea, or any other problems. I did have very painful leg cramps last night but of course, the pickle juice hero did the trick. That being said, is a reading of 10 on the scale a sign that the meter is less than accurate? Or I'm just making a lot of ketones? I had a massive lunch that likely came in under 10g carbs yesterday and I didn't eat again until about 8:30 tonight. The reading was probably around 10:00 this morning. I blew 6.6 last night before bed.
So, is it the meter or me? If 10 isn't healthy, how do I minimize it w/o stopping my fast?
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Old Fri, Apr-23-21, 06:35
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It wouldn't be strange for the higher ketones to happen around when the leg cramps or other electrolyte issues happen, but I don't think that the one would cause the other. Both will happen probably when insulin and other hormone levels are low or otherwise different due to the fast. I find just being proactive, using half and half potassium/sodium salt and taking magnesium helps. Even when I'm just eating a lot of eggs, that will make it more likely that I'll get leg cramps, I use the half and half salt in my coffee, small bits enhance the flavour without making it taste really salty.
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Old Fri, Apr-23-21, 12:45
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So you don't think a 10 on a breath meter is too unusual? I just mentioned the cramps as an effort to be thorough,regarding any symptoms of ketones being higher than is healthy.
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Old Sat, Apr-24-21, 09:50
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There are threads discussing how, as our body adapts to using ketones, the numbers go down and it's a good thing, then.

This has a video:

https://www.dietdoctor.com/keto-ada...e-burn-fat-fuel
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Old Sat, Apr-24-21, 09:55
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Thanks. I donít have any bad symptoms so I actually wonder if the meterís crap.
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