My Digestion, Oxidation and Liver Function Test Results
I wanted to share my test results for the Metabolic Assessment Profile that tests Digestion, Oxidation and Liver Function? A while back I posted the results of my Functional Adrenal Stress/Hormone Saliva Panel for the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition course that I am taking. I’d mentioned I’d share my results for this test too, as I’ll be able to run it on client’s, as soon as I finish my final exams. Speaking of which, I should be working on the written right now but I’ll get back to that as soon as I finish this post. 😉
The Metabolic Assessment Profile also known as the BioHealth 101, uses a urine sample to test three different markers. Urinary Indican, Urinary Lipid Peroxides and Urinary Bile Acids can give us some great insight into a persons health.
Let’s start with the Urinary Indican shall we! Urinary Indican gives us an idea of how well the body is digesting protein, an important nutrient for bone, muscle, skin, hair and basically every cell and tissue in the body. Protein needs sufficient amounts of good bacteria and pancreatic juices to be properly digested. Indican is basically produced by the decomposition of protein in the gut, caused by dysbiosis. Ick! Sounds gross hey? This means that it’s important to eat enough meat the day before, to get an accurate reading. Back to Dysbiosis, which means there’s an imbalance in bad to good bacteria in the gut. Indican is secreted by the feces, but the excess that isn’t is then re-circulated, metabolized and secreted in the urine.
Elevated Urinary Indican gives us clues about dysbiosis, malabsorption, low stomach acid and poor levels of pepsin (a protein digesting enzyme), pancreatic deficiencies, food sensitivities, parasite infections, liver dysfunction and medications like antacids and proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s). Sympathetic Nervous System dominance can also lead to issues with protein digestion, which is why eating in a relaxed state is so important.
Issues with digesting protein can lead to hormonal imbalances, blood sugar imbalances, liver detoxification issues, amino acid deficiencies, therefore neurotransmitter imbalances and mood disorders, as well as digestive issues from bowel putrefaction. You want to have a negative score, which is what mine was, although we consider it a non clue. That means we don’t rule anything out just because its negative and we always look for client correlation to the test results. If the client feels they have digestive issues but the test comes back without clues, we’ll still give them recommendations to improve digestion and relieve their symptoms. If you have a positive score, it can be +1 which means low levels where detected, +2 is moderate, +3 high and +4 very high. Obviously the higher the score, the more compromised digestive function is.
Urinary Lipid Peroxides is the next marker that measures the amount of oxidation (free radical damage) occurring in the body. Oxidative stress is a normal occurrence but needs to be in balance with anti-oxidation. It can be counteracted by the consumption of antioxidants, so eat your veggies and fruit folks! It can be thrown out of balance from exposure to various toxins, pathogens and their excretions, as well as lifestyle factors like over-exercising and smoking. Over-exercising doesn’t just mess with your hormones ladies, it can create free-radical damage and speed aging. Excess Lipid Peroxides in the body is a major cause of dysfunction and leads to most age-related and oxidative stress linked diseases like cancer, renal and liver diseases, atherosclerosis, diabetes and degenerative neurological diseases like ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s.
We want our Lipid Peroxides to be below 7, so I was happy my score was a lovely 2.85. If a person has a score higher than 7, we would recommend various lifestyle changes, antioxidant rich foods and supplements. We would then try to figure out where the increased oxidation is coming from and coach that down. If it’s from over exercising then we need to deal with that. If the person has bugs and the excretions are causing the pro oxidation, then we need to tackle that with a specific protocol. If the client is exposed to too many chemicals from cleaning products, toiletries, etc. then we would work on introducing cleaner versions and supporting the liver.
Urinary Bile Acid Sulphates (UBAS) is the last marker and it tells us how well the detoxification system (aka the liver) is functioning in the body. Bile acids are created by the liver from cholesterol and then stored in the gallbladder, to help us digest our fats by emulsifying them. Bile is secreted into the intestines when fat is consumed and once it’s done its job, the bile is partially recirculated back to the liver. Some bile is excreted through the bowels, so a healthy liver will replenish any bile that was lost. UBAS determines how much bile acids are spilling over into general circulation as healthy individuals generally have low levels.
The BH101 tests for both low and excessive levels of UBAS in the urine, as bile acids filter through the kidneys. We want UBAS between 11 and 55. Mine came in at 13 which is close to the lower end of optimal, so I’ve been supporting my liver through supplementation, avoiding alcohol and eating foods I know support liver function. High levels can point to issues with liver and gallbladder function. This can be caused by damage to liver cells from infection, inflammation, toxins, drugs, excessive antigen or immune complex load from bugs, food sensitivities, etc. Low levels can be caused by a missing or congested gallbladder.
All three of these markers point us towards various internal stressors that can be contributing to any Adrenal Dysfunction we discovered from the saliva test. They also point us in the direction of where we should be doing further investigation. Other testing we can do include intestinal barrier function, bugs like parasites and yeast overgrowth and food sensitivities. There’s a lot we can do initially to improve health but testing is a great way to really uncover what’s going on in the body, so we can help guide it back to homeostasis. To see the results of my GI Pathogen test go here.