Power Labs: Optimize your Potential with the Organic Acids Test

December 05, 2017

Personalized Testing to Impact your Performance is Pushing the limits with modern research.

Want a competitive edge? This simple urine test will give you unique information to optimize your physiology.  When I have an athlete come into the office, it is not necessarily how fast or strong they are that concerns me.  What I am looking for is optimal physiological functioning.  This is what drives performance.  A thorough intake and physical exam points to physiological systems that maybe functioning at a suboptimal level, hence hindering your potential for success.  In some cases, the answer is not as clear and further testing is required.

Organic Acids Test (OAT)

The Organic Acids Test (OAT) offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of a patient’s overall health with over 70 markers.  Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids in their urine. The cause of these elevated levels could include oral antibiotic use, high sugar diets, immune deficiencies, acquired infections, as well as genetic factors[i].  Patients are sent home with a requisition and a simple urine test kit.  Yes, no needles!

What is tested?

  •  Vitamin and Mineral Nutritional Markers and Deficiencies
  • Signs of Oxidative Stress which may be driving Inflammation
  • Neurotransmitter Levels provide insight to Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia
  • Oxalate Markers which are highly correlated with many Chronic Diseases.
  • Bacterial and Fungal Markers
  • Indicators of Detoxification
  • Ketone and Fatty Acid Oxidation
  • Creatine Levels as an Indicator of Fluid Intake

What Does The Organic Acids Test Do For Athletes?

This test takes a look at the step by step process through which your body produces cellular energy.  Specific vitamins and minerals are required every step of the way.  Identifying which aspects of this production cycle are deficient will allow us to tailor your plan specific to YOU!  This will help us understand your obstacles to energy production.

Why is Understanding Your Energy Producing Pathways Important?

If we can understand the pathway, we can improve your energy production. With results from a test like this, we now have an insight to your biochemical pathways.   I then work with patients to incorporate dietary and neutraceutical changes into their plan.  Supplementing can correct deficient patterns, improve gut bacteria and methylation processes, giving your body the tools to heal and repair.  Patients generally report an improvement in fatigue and energy levels, a smoother mood, sharper mind, a decrease in gastrointestinal complaints, ideal weight loss and an ability to push their athletic limits!   Take your health in your own hands.  Making changes today, can help prevent chronic illness and injury 1, 2, 3 decades from now.

To identify your biomarkers and order your personalized Organic Acids Test with Dr. Jennifer Tanner, ND book below.

Naturopathic Medicine is covered by most extended health insurance plans. Some plans cover testing. Call your insurance company to inquire about coverage for an Organic Acids Test.

  • [i] https://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/organic-acids-test/


Dr. Jennifer Tanner, has a broad, evidence based practice with a focus on sports and performance based medicine. Being a marathon runner and having been a competitive equestrian, an active lifestyle is important. Dr. Tanner uses a variety of tools including Acupuncture and Clinical Nutrition, putting an emphasis on “food as medicine” and addressing the root causes of inflammation . In conjunction with the Integrative Health team, Dr. Tanner is thrilled to help people achieve an optimal state of health and pursue their performance based health goals!

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