It can be difficult to determine root causes for complex medical conditions such as autism, ADHD, depression, behavioral disorders, gastrointestinal symptoms, inflammation, chronic fatigue, headaches, sleep disturbances, skin conditions, and multiple chemical sensitivities. Functional lab testing can be a very helpful tool in uncovering system imbalances that are driving various health conditions.
For both adults and children experiencing complex or chronic health concerns, one very comprehensive lab test that I highly recommend is the Organic Acids Test (OAT). This noninvasive urine test provides important insights into the body’s cellular metabolic pathways. By measuring over 70 urinary organic acid by-products, we can get a good read on one’s vitamin and mineral status, neurotransmitter health, mitochondrial energy production, methylation, digestive health including bacterial or yeast overgrowth, mycotoxins, inborn errors of metabolism, as well as oxidative damage and detoxification abilities.
Imbalances can be addressed with interventions such as dietary modifications, detoxification, herbs, antioxidants, nutrients and probiotics. Tailored nutrition plans that address these metabolic root causes can make a big impact on one’s health. For example, targeting yeast, fungus, mold or microbial overgrowth, which can cause chronic illness or worsen symptoms, can result in significant improvements. Patients report decreased fatigue, regular bowel activity, increased energy and alertness, improved concentration, less hyperactivity, and decreased abdominal pain when these imbalances are corrected.
If you are interested in doing the OAT test, you can order this lab panel directly on our website. Once your results are in, you will receive an overview of your test results along with a brief interpretation and recommendations for you to consider. Our expert team of nutritionists and naturopathic doctors are also available for private consultations to provide further guidance and answer any questions that you may have.