There are many urine tests which can be carried out and these look at different chemical processes going on in the cells and in the body as a whole; these include:
Urine peptide assay This test looks for the presence of gluten-derived
and casein-derived peptides in the urine. If present
then there is an increased likelihood that your child
will benefit from gluten (wheat) or casein (dairy)
being eliminated from the diet.
Urine toxic mineral excretion test really only useful to monitor the process of chelation
Urine amino acid excretion used to determine the nutritional status of a child
Urine organic acid excretion this is an invaluable test, more about this below:
Urine Organic Acid Excretion Test
- abbreviated to OAT (Organic Acid Test). This test quantifies the amount of a particular chemical being excreted in the urine.
If a chemical process within the cells of the body should result in the following sequence of events:
Compound A ? B ? C ? D
- and we should find compound D in the urine, but instead we find a lot of compound C and no D, and if we know what enzymes and co-factors are needed to convert C to D (which we do) then we know that if we give those enzymes or co-factors we will help the cells carry out this particular chemical process – OK so far?
The OAT looks at 45 different chemical ‘markers’ – compounds which should not be present in the urine at all, or only in very small amounts. By detecting those markers which are raised, we can pinpoint which chemical processes are ‘blocked’ and give supplements to ‘un-block’ them.
The OAT examines 6 primary areas of cell metabolism, looks at B-vitamin status and looks at the effect that bacteria in the intestine may be having on the body as a whole – all of which should be within the normal range in a child; these areas are:
Carbohydrate (sugar) metabolism
Fatty acid metabolism
B-complex vitamin levels
Neurotransmitter production, and
Dysbiosis – whether abnormal bacteria in the intestine are manufacturing chemicals which are capable of damaging cells and/or altering how they work.