Organic Acid Test (OAT)

Organic Acid Test (OAT)

The OAT is another of my favourite tests, it has 74 markers all from one urine sample, providing a metabolic “snapshot” based on products the body discards during urination. 

It provides an excellent oversight into:

  • Yeast
  • Mould
  • Pathogenic bacteria like clostridia
  • Mitochondrial function (needed for energy)
  • Neurotransmitters (brain hormones)
  • Fat metabolism
  • Nutritional and detox markers
  • Amino acid/ protein markers – this is a key section showing if we can use our protein from our diet.
  • It is one of the only tests that gives an idea if someone is struggling with oxalate or salicylate issues. Both of these natural chemicals can increase inflammation.

Great for a wide group of people with chronic health issues such as autoimmune, digestive problems, hyperactive behaviours, metabolic disorders or chronic fatigue, as well as autistic or ADD/ADHD children.

It can provide many clues to gut health, including intestinal yeast and bacteria that are commonly missed by other tests.

The results of the OAT are difficult to decipher, so interpretation is key by a practioner who understands it.

If abnormalities are detected from the OAT results, treatments can include supplements, such as vitamins and antioxidants, or dietary modification.