What Are These Strange “Organic Acids” & Why Should You Even Care?
Organic acids are substances that show up in your urine as part of normal metabolism.
In moderate amounts they indicate a healthy metabolism.
But when organic acids are excessively high or low they can indicate areas where your metabolism is out of balance – either over or underactive.
Once you know where these imbalances are, you can take simple, laser-focused steps to get your metabolism back into balance.
What Problems & Imbalances Can An Organic Acids Test Identify For You?
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth:
“SIBO” can’t be found on a stool test but it causes irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, GERD, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and is linked with fatigue, mood and memory problems, arthritis and other body-wide problems.
Organic acids can reveal small intestinal Candida overgrowth that a stool test may miss; Candida causes irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, GERD, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, dandruff, athlete’s foot, vaginal infections and is linked with mood and memory problems, foggy thinking and chronic pain such as arthritis.
Fatty Acid Metabolism:
When you’re not burning fat properly to make energy, you’ll feel tired, down and have difficulty burning fat / losing weight; if your fat metabolism is out of balance you need carnitine and vitamin B2 to get it kick started.
Sugar and Carbohydrate Metabolism:
Inefficient sugar metabolism causes fatigue, mood swings, sweet cravings, energy dips and leads insulin resistance and possibly even diabetes; if you’re imbalanced in this area you’ll need to pay special attention to your diet and stress levels and may need lipoic acid and vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5 supplements.
Energy Production in your Cells:
Each cell has to make energy; if this doesn’t happen properly you’ll have low energy levels and possibly chronic fatigue often accompanied by low moods, constipation, poor memory and concentration; lots of nutrients are involved and imbalances can indicate protein deficiency, B-vitamin deficiency, coenzyme-Q10 deficiency and mineral deficiencies, especially copper, iron, magnesium and manganese.
Deficiencies in B-vitamins can cause low energy levels, mood problems, detoxification problems, altered brain chemistry, headaches and even serious neurological symptoms; organic acids testing tells you about your B1, B2, B3, B4 (biotin), B5, B6, B9 (folic acid) and B12 status; an Organic Acids test tells you which B-vitamins will benefit you as an individual.
Stress Hormone Metabolism (Adrenaline and Noradrenaline):
High stress hormone levels indicate excessive stress in and on your body; they cause anxiety and hyperactivity – sometimes ADD in children; low levels indicate “adrenal burnout” and can lead to very flat energy levels, altered memory, concentration and mood; when levels are high, it’s important to find out why your body is under stress.
Serotonin and Dopamine Metabolism (Feel Good Brain Chemicals):
Certain organic acids provide information about brain chemistry; high levels indicate stress and may cause diarrhea, anxiety, insomnia and a “tired but wired” feeling; low levels indicate “burnout” and can cause fatigue and depression; both high and low levels can be caused by digestive problems and stress; when these chemicals are out of balance you can be low on confidence and self esteem, or be more prone to cravings and addictive patterns (alcohol, drugs, sex, etc.)
Ammonia is produced by your body, and by microbes in your gut; it’s very toxic and has to be detoxified by your kidneys; high levels can reduce energy, brain and nerve function, causing changes in your mood, memory and cognition; ammonia toxicity may require arginine supplementation or other measures to support your kidneys and liver.
Exposure to Xylene (a Potent Environmental Toxin):
Xylene is a common solvent; solvents are prevalent in your indoor environment from air fresheners, cleaning liquids, personal care products; they increase inflammation, toxicity and oxidative stress in your body, which is a risk factor for many serious diseases (see “oxidative stress”, below); when there’s evidence of xylene exposire we need to find the source of the exposure and reduce it, whilst support your body’s ability to detoxify using supplements such as glycine.
Liver Detoxification Capacity:
When certain organic acid are high in your urine it indicates liver overload and problems with your ability to detoxify; symptoms include allergies, tiredness, mood and focus problems, skin symptoms, headaches, chronic pain, body odour and bad breath; when these processes in your body are out of balance, you’ll need to heal your gut and support your liver and kidneys using very specific nutritional supplement protocols that include milk thistle, taurine, methionine and others.
Inflammation is caused when your body is under chronic psychological stress, when you have food allergies, and when you’re fighting toxins and chronic infections; inflammation underpins virtually all symptoms and diseases and it’s really important to reduce its level if you want to feel better; certain herbs, vitamins and dietary changes can reduce inflammation very effectively.
Oxidative Stress and Antioxidant Levels (vitamins C and E):
Oxidative stress goes hand in hand with inflammation; it’s a known risk factor for autoimmune disease, cancer and heart disease; in fact, it’s the process underpinning these diseases; detecting oxidative stress is therefore very important and the organic acids test is a great way to do it without needing a blood test; if oxidative stress levels are high, it’s prudent to find out why, and to supplement with the appropriate antioxidants in the right doses.
Tons of Information with Massive Benefit and Practical Application In Your Life
I’m sure you’ll agree, an organic acids test provides a substantial amount of info about how your body is working.
This information has helped me unravel health mysteries for hundreds of my clients.
Sometimes, all it takes is one specific supplement – say carnitine, vitamin B6 or Coenzyme-Q10 and BOOM, a person feels better within 48 hours.
In other cases, it takes longer because more things have to be considered.
But by doing an organic acids test, you’re no longer in the dark about why you’re not feeling well, and you finally get some scientific guidance on how to actually begin restoring your vitality.