What is an Organic Acid Test (How To Order OAT test)

The Organic Acid Test, commonly called the OAT test for short is one of the best ways to get a detailed analysis of many aspects of your health.

If you have struggled with health issues yet all of your blood tests come back “normal” then the OAT test is a good way to reveal what the underlying cause is.

If you want to optimize your health then the OAT test can help to reveal problems with metabolism, nutrient deficiencies, gut health, neurotransmitters and much more.

The OAT test is also a great test for kids and can identify underlying causes that contribute to ADHD, autism, sensory processing issues, behavior and learning problems.

Check out the video below to get a better understanding of the Organic Acids Test:

8 Reasons Why Organic Acid Test Is One of My Favorite Tests

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    It only requires a urine sample so it is easy to do, even for people who don’t like needles, and it’s easy for children to do too.
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    It measures the function of the Citric Acid cycle, which is how your body makes energy! Each step of this process requires certain vitamins and nutrients and by identifying which aspects of the cycle are not working optimally we know what nutrients are needed. If you have fatigue issues this may be the key to identifying why.
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    The Organic Acid test measure fat metabolism, if you are having trouble losing weight this may be an issue for you …. or if you have adopted a high-fat diet but still feeling tired, this may mean that you are lacking key nutrients like carnitine to help turn fat into energy.
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    Carbohydrate metabolism is another important aspect and this section of the test can be helpful if you are having energy issues, poor blood sugar control or your an athlete wanting to optimize performance.
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    Methylation is something that is becoming a big thing in health and wellness, many people are now taking advantage of 23andme to get their genes tested and find out how their genes affect their health. One important gene is MTHFR which affects folate metabolism, this test measures how well your cells are using folate and vitamin B12 which is another important component of methylation. Blood tests show how much folate and B12 is in the blood but your cells may not be able to use it so the Organic Acid test is more accurate at identifying deficiencies.
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    Oxidative stress is one of the driving factors behind inflammation and we can measure glutathione recycling and the body’s ability to produce Co-enzyme Q10.
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    Bacterial infections and Candida are also causes of inflammation and one of the driving forces behind digestive problems but also skin issues, fatigue, anxiety, behavior problems and many other health issues.
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    The Organic Acid test measures the metabolites of the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin and adrenaline, this can help to identify the cause of health issues like anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

The OAT Test Can Help With These Symptoms

  • Chronic health issues but all of the normal blood tests come back “fine” – this is where the OAT test really excels in identifying problems with metabolism, inflammation, and infections that standard blood tests cannot identify.
  • You are lacking energy – this can be chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia which cannot be identified with blood testing, the OAT test can identify why your body is not producing energy by assessing mitochondria function.
  • Struggling with your weight – identify how your body is metabolizing fats and carbohydrates, if there is a problem the OAT test will identify why.
  • You’re an athlete or someone who wants to optimize your performance – the OAT test is one of my favorite tests for athletes as it helps to identify areas that we can focus on to improve performance.
  • Have digestive problems – it can identify dysbiosis, bacteria overgrowth and candida which are common causes of digestive issues.
  • Mood disorders, ADHD and Autism –  these conditions benefit from the Organic Acids Test as it helps to identify contributing factors, there maybe problems with gut bacteria or yeast, energy metabolism or imbalances in the neurotransmitters.

Organic Acid Test for Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue is usually diagnosed after you have had fatigue for six months without any identifiable causes like insomnia, low iron, B12 deficiency or other identifiable cause. So if all your tests come back “normal” you are given a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS, but in my experience, there is always a cause of CFS.

This is where the Organic Acids Test is invaluable because it can identify imbalances that do not get picked up in the standard blood tests.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is often caused by problems with mitochondria function (your cell’s batteries) and is how your body produces ATP (energy), so if there are problems with the mitochondrial function you are going to have fatigue.

The OAT test can identify the cause and give us clues on how to best treat CFS.

Organic Acids Test for Children

The OAT test is great for children because it only requires a urine sample which can be done at home, this is less stressful for kids compared to doing blood tests (which are often normal)

OAT Test for Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Problems

There are a number of different causes and reasons behind autism, ADHD and sensory processing problems and this can include genetics, diet, and other environmental triggers.

The Organic Acid test can help to identify if bacteria and yeast infections are causing problems with the neurotransmitters, this is a common cause of all neurological issues, and this is especially true for children.

Identifying the cause is the first step to making improvements to your child’s health, this takes the guesswork out of diets, supplements and the best way to move forward and make progress with their health.

Bottom Line

If your lacking energy, struggling with your weight, digestive problems, mood disorders or other chronic health issues the OAT test can help identify the underlying cause.

If your an athlete or biohacker looking to optimize your performance the Organic Acid test can help to identify missing vitamins and nutrients to help improve your performance

The Organic Acid test is available in Australia, the U.S, and can be shipped worldwide.

About the Author Michael

Michael is head consultant at Planet Naturopath - Functional Medicine and Nutrition Solutions. As Seen

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Kendl Roberts says July 17, 2015

I am interested in organic acid testing, as I am sure I have some undetected metabolism issues.
I am in Victoria, Could you let me know how much and who I would go to to do this test in Victoria. thanks Kendl

    michael says July 17, 2015

    Hi Kendl
    The cost does vary depending what country you are located in, but in Australia the cost is $470 for the test and this includes a one hour consultation to go through the results and work out a treatment plan.
    If you email me michael@planetnaturopath.com I can organise a test kit to be sent to your house and it is a simple urine test that you can do at home, the sample is then sent back to the lab.

      Natalie says July 23, 2015

      Who is the 1 hr consultation with and how is that done?

        michael says July 23, 2015

        Hi Natalie

        The one hour consultation with the Organic Acids test is done via Skype preferably or telephone, or if your in Central QLD you can come to my clinic

Reza says December 31, 2015

I am just wondering is there any lab in Australia to the organic Acid Test? Because I asked one of them they just gonna send the kit but I have to send it to US.

    michael says December 31, 2015

    Yes you can get the Organic Acids test done in Australia without sending it to the U.S, the Organic Acids test in the video example is from the Australian company. If you would like to do this test I can organize a referral and test kit for you

Reza says December 31, 2015

And just wondering can you explain my hair analysis test aswell
thanks Michael

    michael says December 31, 2015

    There are different types of hair analysis tests, I sometimes use hair analysis for heavy metal testing along with a urine test. There are other hair analysis tests looking at food intolerances but I do not use them as I do not think they are accurate

Julianne says January 19, 2019

Hi Michael, I am in Sydney, and I want to do this test to lose some weight ,detox my liver and regulate my hormones as well. What’s the price now? Would you be able to work out the plan for me? Many thanks! Look forward to hearing from you soon. 🙂

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