What the test is about?
The Comprehensive Urinary Metabolic Profile (UMP) is a nutritional test that measures the quantitative levels of 36 metabolically derived organic acids found in urine to evaluate four critical areas of metabolism: gastrointestinal function, cellular and mitochondrial energy production, neurotransmitter processing, and amino acid/organic acid balance as influenced by vitamin/mineral cofactors. Results can be used to address chronic systemic complaints ranging from chronic fatigue and mood disorders to headache, muscular/joint pain, and digestive problems.
Our Environmental Pollutants Profile provides quantitative measurement of 10 select metabolites of volatile solvents (xylene, toluene, benzene, trimethybenzene, styrene), phthalate and paraben.
Volatile solvents are used commercially in the manufacture of plastics, paints, varnishes, resins, synthetic fibers, rubbers, lubricants, dyes and industrial cleaning agents. They are a natural part of gasoline, airplane fuel and cigarette smoke. Parabens are a widely used family of preservatives found in many personal care, pharmaceutical and industrial products. Phthalates are used in the manufacture of plastics to allow for flexibility. They are widely used in personal care products and food packaging.
What are we looking for with the test?
Abnormally levels can contribute to behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue and immune function. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids in their urine. The cause of these high levels could include oral antibiotic use, high sugar diets, immune deficiencies, acquired infections, as well as genetic factors.
Why would you do the test?
The Comprehensive Urinary Metabolic Profile (UMP) offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of a patient’s overall health. Results can reveal presence of malabsorption and dysbiosis. These imbalances can be addressed to improve gut health and to help prevent or alleviate: chronic digestive problems, common causes of nutritional deficiency, yeast overgrowth, cognitive impairment, gastrointestinal distress, and degenerative conditions.