The Metabolic Profile utilizes an organic acid technology. It is like an emission test performed on your car. The exhaust is examined to see how efficiently the engine is burning fuel. Similarly, certain compounds called “organic acids” in your urine reveal the efficiency of your body’s machinery.
Many organic acids result from the metabolic pathways, or chemical reactions, your body uses to transform food into energy, growth, maintenance, and repair of body tissue. Like spark plugs that ignite fuel in a car engine, vitamins and other essential nutrients are necessary for their chemical reactions that power your metabolic machinery. Thousands for these reactions occur in your body every second and are the basis of your level of health and vitality.
High levels of certain organic acids on your report indicate specific nutrient insufficiencies that may be affecting your health. Other organic acids come from toxins you have been exposed to, and still other show how your body is responding to those toxins. When these are high on your profile, you may benefit from therapies that support your body’s detoxification process.
The Organic Acid Profile is a first morning urine test that looks at 5 predominant categories:
1. B Vitamin Insufficiency.
Insufficiency of B-vitamins tends to be common since they are not stored as efficiently as other vitamins in the body. B-vitamins are involved in many critical processes including energy production, digestion, and muscle and nerve function. For example, production of stomach acid requires large amounts of energy. Even modest B-vitamin insufficiencies can compromise adequate energy production, leading to poor acid secretion and digestive disturbances commonly experienced as indigestion.
2. Cellular Energy
Although B vitamins impact energy production, this category measures compounds that relate most directly to how efficiently your cellular engines (called mitochondria) produce energy. All body processes depend on this key activity. Inadequate energy production at the cellular level can affect any aspect of your body’s function and can have dramatic impact on a wide range of health conditions. One of the biggest things is the inability to lose weight and this portion of the tests looks at markers for carnitine which is needed to move fatty acids into the mitochondria where they are converted to energy and burned.
3. Neural Function
This category relates to neurotransmitters, the chemicals your nervous system uses to function and communicate with your body. The first three compounds in this category are significant if they are either low or high. Abnormalities in this area can relate to symptoms of mental, emotional and behavior problems.
Not only does the body use essential nutrients to actively build and maintain itself, it also must eliminate environmental toxins and certain chemicals created in the body itself. This process of detoxification is critical to health. Like a backed-up sewer, an impaired detoxification system can lead to many problems. Brain fog, headaches, insomnia, nausea, chemical sensitivities and a variety of chronic health problems are related to toxicity issues.
5. Intestinal Microbial Balance Markers
The compounds in this category normally appear in urine only at low levels and are not normally produced in the cells of your body. However, unfriendly intestinal microorganisms can manufacture them in relatively high quantities. The compounds are then absorbed into the blood from the intestines and eventually appear in the urine. Microbial overgrowth can lead to a wide variety of symptoms from reactions to the toxins produced by bacteria, parasites, or fungi. Various patters of the compounds appear elevated in conditions of general intestinal microbial overgrowth.
6. Oxidative damage and antioxidant sufficiency.
During the process of producing chemical energy to power your cells and fight infection, your body makes harmful chemicals called free radicals. Sustained inflammatory responses cause increased production of these free radicals. When local antioxidant protection fails to keep free radicals in check, there is threat of damage to cell membranes, enzymes, proteins and DNA. 8-OHdG is a product of oxidative damage by free radicals to DNA, and the 8-OHdG test tells you if you have enough antioxidants in your system. High levels of 8-OHdG are sometimes associated with toxic exposure, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, aging, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, and smoking.