Organic acids testing

Of all the tests in the Hompes Method Testing Toolkit, the organic acids test is perhaps the most versatile.

It’s a very powerful urine test that helps identify a large number of metabolic imbalances within your body.

I’ve been able to help my client achieve excellent results by addressing imbalances found in this test, even when used on its own.

From a simple urine sample, an organic acids test can provide important information to guide program design to help a wide range of symptoms, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Attention and memory disorders
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Bloating and gas
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis
  • Ear, nose, and throat symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Liver disease
  • Mood changes
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Nausea
  • Reflux
  • Sleep abnormalities
  • Weight gain

What is “organic acids” testing?

Many chronic health problems in the seven areas of health can be difficult to diagnose.

The underlying causes of nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue, foggy thinking, digestive symptoms, joint and muscle aches, sleep cycle disturbances, and others, are not sought in the medical system.

Organic acid testing is a way to measure whether your body is getting and using nutrients to drive optimal health. It does not diagnose symptoms or disease; it helps to give insight into the causes of those symptoms.

Nutrients are protecting agents: just as your car has additives and devices that protect it, nutrients serve to protect your heart, brain, and other critical organs.

And just like a car’s gauges warn of potential problems in the mechanics and electrics of a car, your body has certain chemical indicators, known as organic acids, that can alert you to potential problems.

Here are some of the key markers analyzed using the test:

  • Vitamin and mineral insufficiencies related to sugar and fat metabolism
  • Vitamin and mineral insufficiencies related energy production in your body
  • Amino acid insufficiencies such as glutathione, carnitine and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)
  • Oxidative damage and antioxidant sufficiency markers
  • Indicators to assess detoxification sufficiency (liver and kidneys)
  • B-vitamin deficiency B12 and folic acid status
  • Neurotransmitter metabolites relating to dopamine and serotonin metabolism.
  • Lipoic acid and CoQ10 balance
  • Specific markers for bacterial and yeast overgrowth in your gut (excellent when used alongside a stool test)

By correcting problems shown in your organic acid test results, you’re improving your body’s ability to heal and stay healthy.

A simplified explanation of the test results

An organic acids test is like an emission test performed on your car. The exhaust is examined to see how efficiently the engine is burning fuel.

Similarly, “organic acids” in your urine reveal the efficiency of your body’s machinery.

Many organic acids result from your body’s chemical reactions. Like spark plugs that ignite fuel in a car engine, vitamins and other essential nutrients are necessary for these chemical reactions that power your metabolic machinery.

Thousands of these reactions occur in your body every second and are the basis of your level of health and vitality.

The little diagram below illustrates a well-functioning set of chemical reactions.

Molecule A is converted to Molecule B by the enzyme AB.

Molecule B is converted to Molecule C by the enzyme BC and so on all the way down the metabolic pathway.

Enzymes require nutrients such as specific vitamins and minerals in order to perform their functions in converting one molecule to another.

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If specific nutrients are not available in adequate amounts, the pathways can get blocked.

The second diagram, below, shows what happens when the nutrient is not present in adequate amounts.

A smaller amount of Molecule A is converted to Molecule B and the remainder builds up and spills into your urine.

Notice how Molecules B through D, downstream, are affected too.

You can easily visualize this process as a dam blocking a stream: very little water flowing downstream and an overflow occurring upstream.

The organic acids test measures the overflow of certain organic acids in your urine to determine what blockages may be occurring in your chemical reactions.

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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 others show how your body is responding to toxins.

A few organic acids can drop too low in the urine, indicating other problems such as protein deficiency.

I can use your results to design an individual nutritional support program tuned to your unique biochemical needs, taking out the guesswork and ensuring that any actions you take are going to benefit you (as well as ensuring you will not waste money!)

Ordering an organic acids test

If you are a new customer you must first complete, sign and return the Hompes Method client intake paperwork.

If you are an existing customer and we’ve recommend you run a organic acids test, simply click here or fill in the form below to place your order.