Nothing is more frustrating than feeling sick, tired or just “not right”. The first thing most of us do is head to our Primary Care Physician to get lab work done. You wait a few days only to get a call from the nurse who tells you that everything came back “normal”. What do you do now? First of all, trust yourself. You know better than anyone if something is “off” and should investigate further.
The good news is there is another type of test that can provide you with some insights as to what might be going on with your body. Organic Acid Tests are a urine test used by many functional medicine providers that can reveal the underlying cause of your symptoms.
Conventional vs. Functional Medicine
Here’s why – Conventional medicine doctors use a complete blood count (CBC) and a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) as routine testing to help rule out health problems in their patients. Functional medicine practitioners use Organic Acid Tests (OATs) to identify imbalances occurring in the body. Inequities found using OATs often precede abnormal findings on a CBC or a CMP.
Organic acid testing will measure abnormal concentrations of organic acids present in your urine. This can provide a complete nutritional and metabolic profile of your overall health. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete abnormal organic acids in their urine. Several diseases that are associated with abnormal organic acid levels are depression, anxiety, cardiovascular disease, neurocognitive decline, diabetes and cancer.
What are Organic Acids?
Organic acids – also known as metabolites – are products of your body’s metabolism. The quantity and type of organic acids produced are unique to each individual. They can be influenced by a variety of factors such as: diet, toxic exposure, intestinal bacterial overgrowth, genetics, kidney and liver function, medications, nutrient status and oxidative stress.
In order for the body to run effectively, it needs proper amounts of vitamins and minerals to support enzymatic reactions in the body. Without proper nutrients – or if someone has a genetic mutation that affects how well their enzymes work – the chemical pathways are unable to proceed at their normal pace. As a result, organic acids begin to build up and are excreted in our urine.
What can I expect?
Since Organic Acid Tests are based on your individual biochemical metabolism, they will provide you with personalized micronutrient recommendations for vitamins and minerals as well as digestive support recommendations. If abnormalities are detected using an Organic Acid Test, treatments can include diet modifications, supplementation, antioxidant protection, detoxification and other therapies to get you on a path to feeling better.
You should consider organic acid testing if you are experiencing problems with your mood, fatigue, stress or just not feeling “right”. If you have been to the doctor only to be told that you are “normal” then maybe it is time to try something new. Call our office at 281.894.9992 to schedule your complimentary nutrition consultation to learn more about Organic Acid Testing.