Ketones in the body can be toxic. Ketones are acidic chemical substances produced by the liver from fatty acids. The best way to tell if you have ketones is to identify if you have a strange, potent, fruity odor in your breath. You will need to perform a urine test if you do. Ketone strips are available in most drugstores. They will be located near the diabetes supplies. The most likely reason for nondiabetics to have ketones is from a shift in metabolism identified as dietary ketosis. Many times people who are on the Atkins or other no-carb diets go into dietary ketosis. Ketosis is when your body produces ketones to use as fuel to burn fat. Ketosis is not usually dangerous, as a healthy person can burn and use the ketones. It is when there is an abundance of ketones in your system that your body is not burning efficiently that the situation becomes dangerous. Ridding your body of these excess toxins is a simple yet important process.
Drink large amounts of water. Excess ketones spill into urine when present in the body. Drinking water will cause urination, which will expel the ketones from your body.
Eat three to four small portions of carbohydrates per day. The body that is deprived of carbohydrates will start breaking down an abnormal amount of fat. Ketones are burned to provide energy in the absence of carbohydrates. The body overproduces ketones and they become toxins in the body. Raising your carbohydrate levels will stop the ketones from being produced and burned.
Give your body time to rest and recover. Balancing exercise, diet and stress levels will help eliminate ketones and keep your metabolism stabilized.