Chemstrip Urine Test

Chemstrip Urine Test

A urine test that measures the following:

Color:

Many things affect urine color, including fluid balance, diet, medicines, and diseases.
How dark or light the color is tells you how much water is in it. Vitamin B supplements can
turn urine bright yellow. Some medicines, blackberries, beets, rhubarb, or blood in the urine
can turn urine red-brown.

Clarity:

Urine is normally clear. Bacteria, blood, sperm, crystals, or mucus can make urine
look cloudy.

Odor:

Urine does not smell very strong, but has a slightly “nutty” odor. Some diseases cause a
change in the odor of urine. For example, an infection with E. coli bacteria can cause a bad odor,
while diabetes or starvation can cause a sweet, fruity odor.

Leukocytes:

Can reflect an infection such as a  urinary tract infection

Nitrate:

May indicate significant bacteria

Protein:

May relate to excess exercise, pregnancy or kidney dysfunction

Glucose:

May be a sign of hi sugar or diabetes or damage in the kidneys

Ketones:

Increases when fat is broken down for energy, if elevated may be related to a diet low in sugars and carbohydrates, starvation , severe vomiting or the more serious diabetic ketoacidosis

Urobilinogen:

Is normally present in urine in low concentrations. It is formed in the intestine from bilirubin and a portion of it is absorbed back into the bloodstream. If this value is high it may mean a haemolytic condition or liver disease. If low or absent it may mean hepatic or biliary obstruction.

Bilirubin:

If positive may mean early liver disease

Blood:

Even small increases in the amount of RBCs in urine are significant.  Numerous diseases of the kidney and urinary tract, as well as trauma, medications, smoking, or strenuous exercise, can cause hematuria (RBCs in urine) or hemoglobinuria (hemoglobin in urine)

Specific Gravity:

Indicates the degree of reabsorption power of the kidney.  Condition that causes increased water loss from the kidney, compared to the concentration of urine constituents, dilutes the specimen and lowers the specific gravity.  In functional medicine , this test also assess: dehydration level, liver function and thyroid function.

Can be a sign of predisposition to acidity which promotes chronic degenerative disease and  inflammation

Fee Schedule:

Chemstrip 10 as a group: 30
Individually : 10 each
The patient provides a sample and the results are given at the next office visit.

Patient Preparation: ( for all urinalysis)

First morning urine is most optimal
The specific gravity of the sample should be between 1.015-1.020 for optimal results
Patient Preparation : 24 hrs before test

  • It is helpful to consume chicken or turkey for tryptophan assists indicant test
  • Eliminate the use of salt as much as possible
  • Eliminate all nutritional supplements
  • Eliminate iodine and bile supplements as they may cause false positives in the indican bowl test
  • Eliminate coffee, tea , colas and alcoholic beverages. These are diuretics and will concentrate the sample too much. Alcohol may also cause false negatives on the indican test and false positives for the oxidata test.
  • Reduce laxatives and bulking agents ie fiber ( interferes with indicant test)
  • Reduce the use of beets and carrots as they may discolor the urine and make the readings more difficult.
  • Drink 6 glasses of water each day