Angela Anderson
Organic Acid Testing (OAT)

Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay Plus
The organic acid test (OAT) is a comprehensive assessment tool that provides valuable insights into an individual's metabolic and functional status. This advanced diagnostic test analyzes urine samples to detect the presence of various organic acids, which are metabolic byproducts produced in the body's biochemical pathways. By identifying specific organic acid markers, the OAT offers valuable information about cellular energy production, neurotransmitter metabolism, detoxification capacity, nutrient status, and gut microbial activity.

The OAT is particularly beneficial for individuals experiencing a wide range of health concerns, including chronic fatigue, mood disorders, neurological symptoms, digestive issues, immune dysfunction, and metabolic disorders. By uncovering metabolic imbalances and dysfunctions at the biochemical level, the OAT helps healthcare practitioners tailor personalized treatment strategies to address underlying root causes and optimize overall health and wellness.

In this introductory guide to the organic acid test, we will explore the science behind organic acids, the significance of specific markers, common findings in OAT results, and how this comprehensive assessment tool can inform targeted interventions to support optimal health and vitality. Whether you're a healthcare practitioner seeking to deepen your understanding of functional medicine diagnostics or an individual looking to gain insights into your metabolic health, this guide will provide valuable insights into the power of the organic acid test in uncovering hidden imbalances and promoting holistic well-being.
What does the OAT Measure?
The OAT measures 76 analytes. The test report is broken down into the following categories:
  • Gastrointestinal Fungal and Bacterial Overgrowth measures analytes indicative of yeast, bacterial, and Clostridia overgrowth.
  • Oxalate Formation and Mitochondrial Function comprehensively overview oxalic acid levels, cellular metabolic function, and nutritional status.
  • Neurotransmitter Status measures organic acids produced in the metabolic pathways involved in neurotransmitter synthesis and breakdown, commonly implicated in mood and stress disorders.
  • Nutritional Profile gives insight into the nutrient status of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids required for healthy cellular metabolism.
  • Detoxification Markers assess antioxidant status and screen for toxic overload.


Intestinal Microbial Overgrowth Markers: Evaluates for Candida activity, Clostridia bacteria toxins, potential mold exposure, and imbalances in gut microflora.

Oxalate Metabolites: Provides insights into the levels of oxalates, which could be generated by organisms within the system or through dietary intake.

Glycolytic Cycle Metabolites and Mitochondrial Markers: Includes Krebs Cycle and Amino Acid Metabolites. Assesses metabolic efficiency, such as the use of glucose and amino acids for energy generation, and mitochondrial dysfunction.

Neurotransmitter Metabolites: Evaluates the metabolism of phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan. These are linked to neurotransmitter status and quinolinic acid production.

Pyrimidine Metabolites & Ketone and Fatty Acid Oxidation Markers: Provides insights into folate status and cellular turnover. Assesses mitochondrial utilization of fatty acids for energy production.

Nutritional Markers: Offers insights into the sufficiency of essential vitamins, antioxidants, and metabolic pathway co-factors.

Indicators of Detoxification: Assesses the presence of oxidative stress through markers of glutathione sufficiency. Evaluates methylation versus transsulfuration functions.
Who should consider organic acid testing?
Identifying imbalances through testing can provide valuable guidance in understanding the underlying factors contributing to various symptoms and disease states. Clinically addressing these imbalances can lead to an improvement in associated symptoms and overall health.

Common symptoms and diseases associated with nutritional deficiencies and other metabolic imbalances include:

  1. Anxiety - Emotional and mental health disturbances.
  2. Autism Spectrum Disorders - Developmental disorders affecting communication and behavior.
  3. Depression - A mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest.
  4. Diabetes - A metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar.
  5. Digestive Disorders - Issues affecting the gastrointestinal system.
  6. Fatigue - Persistent tiredness or weakness.
  7. Fibromyalgia - A condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain.
  8. Gastrointestinal Dysbiosis - Imbalance in the microbial communities in the digestive tract.
  9. Insulin Resistance - A condition where cells in the body don't respond effectively to insulin.
  10. Neurological Disorders - Diseases of the brain, spine, and the nerves that connect them.
  11. Obesity - Excessive body fat that presents a risk to health.
  12. Optimizing Health - Enhancing overall physical and mental well-being.
  13. Psychological Disorders - Disorders that affect mood, thinking, and behavior.
  14. Vulvodynia - Chronic, unexplained pain in the area around the opening of the vagina.
Organic Acid Testing & Interpretation Packages

OAT Package
  • Premier Case Review (2) 90-min appointments
  • Organic Acid Urine Test
  • 90 Min Interpretation & Personalized Recommendation Session
  • Functional Nutrition Starter Kit
FDN + OAT Package
  • Premier Case Review (2) 90-min appointments
  • GI MAP Stool Test 
  • Organic Acid Urine Test
  • 90 Min Interpretation & Personalized Recommendation Session
  • Functional Nutrition Starter Kit
OAT+FDN Package
  • Premier Case Review (2) 90-min appointments
  • GI MAP Stool Test
  • Organic Acid Urine Test
  • MRT Food Sensitivity Testing
  • Metabolic Wellness Profile
  • Mucosal Barrier Assessment
  • Advanced Stress & Hormone Panel
  • (2) 90 Min Interpretation & Personalized Recommendation Session
  • Functional Nutrition Starter Kit

OAT Package

$ 1000 
✔️ Premier Case Review ($500 value)

✔️ GI Map Functional Stool Testing ($389 value)

✔️ Interpretation Session & 
Personalized Recommendations ($250 value)

Total Value $1039


$ 1400
✔️ ​Premier Case Review ($500 Value)

✔️ GI Map Functional Stool Testing ($719 Value)

✔️ Interpretation Session & 
Personalized Recommendations ($250 value)

Total Value $1469

FDN + OAT Package

$ 2500
✔️ ​Premier Case Review ($500 Value)

✔️ Functional Lab Testing ($1649 Value)

✔️ (2) Interpretation Session &
Personalized Recommendations
($500 value)

Total Value $2649

Why Dragonfly Holistic Coaching?
Personalized Care

When it comes to addressing health complications, the notion of a "one-size-fits-all" solution is not just ineffective, it's potentially counterproductive. Each individual is a unique tapestry of genetics, lifestyle choices, dietary habits, and environmental exposures, making them biochemically distinct. This means that a health approach which yields positive results for one person could prove ineffective, or even detrimental, for another. Functional wellness modalities stand out by embracing this diversity; recognizing that true healthcare must be deeply personalized. By considering an individual's entire well-being, factoring in genetics, diet, lifestyle, and environmental influences, functional wellness crafts solutions tailored to each person's unique needs. This bespoke approach ensures that each individual receives the most effective and appropriate care, underscoring the fact that in the realm of health, there really is no such thing as a universal solution. When I sign a contract with a client, I will work tirelessly by your side until we are able to identify the root cause of your health challenges and develop a sistainable way forward. 

Information courtesy of Angela Anderson
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