I DIDN’T SETTLE
YOU SHOULDN’T EITHER
Earlier this summer I started to experience a lot of joint pain.
Since I removed sugar and all grains several years ago, all my joint pain and edema had disappeared. I was more than happy.
But for some unknown reason the strong pain returned.
So I decided to investigate….and knowing me I headed for functional testing….
The OATS TEST.
What is the test? Organic Acids Test.
The Organic Acids Test (OAT) offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of overall health with 75 markers. It provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria.
Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue and immune function (for me it was joint pain).
Organic acids are most commonly analyzed in urine because they are not extensively reabsorbed in the kidney tubules after glomerular filtration.
One of the most important uses of the organic acids test is as an indicator of dysbiosis, an abnormal overgrowth of yeast and bacteria in the intestinal tract. It’s the best way to find out about yeast overgrowths.
The Organic Acids Test also includes markers for vitamin and mineral levels, oxidative stress, neurotransmitter levels, and also include markers for oxalates, which are highly correlated with many chronic illnesses.
So I captured my urine, sent it in the kit, and waited for the results.
Yeast, yeast and more yeast….and with yeast often comes a sensitivity to oxalates. Some dysbiotic/opportunistic large intestinal bacteria were also found.
Yeast + Oxalates, they go hand in hand.
Oxalates or Oxalic acid is an organic compound found in many plants.
In plants, it’s usually bound to minerals, forming oxalate. The terms “oxalic acid” and “oxalate” are used interchangeably in nutrition science.
Your body can produce oxalate on its own or obtain it from food. Vitamin C can also be converted into oxalate when it’s metabolized.
Once consumed, oxalate can bind to minerals to form compounds, including calcium oxalate and iron oxalate. This mostly occurs in the colon, but can also take place in the kidneys and other parts of the urinary tract (read kidney stones and UTIs).
For most people, these compounds are then eliminated in the stool or urine.
But not for me. My body was holding onto the oxalic acid and driving my joint pain.
After shifting my diet, being vigilant about my hydration levels and electrolyte health, and most importantly eradicating the yeast and bacterial overgrown ~ I am pain free!
I really appreciate this test and it is a game changer for understanding what is really driving pain and digestive issues.
I didn’t settle for this pain, or just manage it.
I figured out the problem and solved it. The OATs test also helps with depression, fatigue, sleep issues….the list goes on.
Wanna solve your pain issues?
I’m here, reach out, let’s figure it out together, with or without functional testing.