The Organic Acids Test (OAT) offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of a person’s overall health with over 70 markers.
OAT provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast, fungus, and bacteria. Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog, intestinal gas/bloating, constipation, diarrhea and impair immune function. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids in their urine. The cause of these high levels could include oral antibiotic use, high sugar diets, environmental exposure, immune deficiencies, acquired infections, as well as genetic factors.
The Organic Acids Test also includes markers for vitamin and mineral levels, oxidative stress, neurotransmitter levels, and is the only OAT to include markers for oxalates, which are highly correlated with many chronic illnesses.
If abnormalities are detected using the OAT, we will discuss options including supplements, such as vitamins and antioxidants, or dietary modification. People addressing abnormalities on the OAT have reported significant improvement such as decreased fatigue, regular bowel function, increased energy and alertness, increased concentration, improved verbal skills, less hyperactivity, and decreased abdominal pain. The OAT is strongly recommended as an initial screening test.
What are Organic Acids?
Organic acids are chemical compounds, which are products of metabolism. They are excreted in urine.
How do I collect?
The Organic Acid test is collected at home, with a collection kit. You collect your first morning urine, in a plastic cup provided by Great Plaines Laboratory.
Do I need to avoid any food or supplements prior to collection?
Yes, you should avoid apples, grapes, pears, cranberries and their juices for at least 48 hours before collecting. This also includes wine. Also avoid any supplements containing reishi mushrooms, ribose, arabinogalactan, and echinacea for at least 12 hours prior to collection.
What will the OAT test for?
- Intestinal yeast and fungus, such as yeast and mold.
- Clostridia(spore) bacteria
- Oxolate metabolites
- Mitochodia Markers that look for hiccups in your energy production cycle.
- Neurotransmitter Metabolites. An imbalance can correlate with anxiety, depression and mood disorders.
- Vitamin deficiency
- Fatty acid metabolism
- Glutathione and other indicators of your body’s ability to detox.