Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
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Why Test for Minerals?
Minerals are the “spark plugs” of life. They are involved in almost all enzyme reactions in the body.
Without enzyme activity, life does not exist. The foundation of health lies in adequate mineral intake and ideal mineral ratios. Anything else you do for your health is great, but minerals must be the foundation and priority. Once those are balanced and replenished, it solves the majority of health issues people attempt in vain to correct by other means.
The hair analysis graph shows the following nutrient minerals: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, chromium, selenium and more. These minerals are necessary for proper functioning of the organs and tissues of the body, but can also metastasize (store in organs where they’re not supposed to be) and prevent proper function. Many minerals need to be replenished, while some forms of minerals need to be detoxed if they are forms the body cannot utilize.
Balancing minerals with a hair mineral analysis is imperative to achieve proper mineral ratios. All the minerals have a complex interaction and affect each other. Excess intake of a single mineral can decrease the intestinal absorption of another mineral. For example, a high intake of calcium depresses intestinal zinc absorption, while an excess intake of zinc can depress copper absorption. (1) It is evident that a loss of homeostatic equilibrium between nutrients has an adverse effect upon health.
Common Causes of Mineral Imbalances
Many factors contribute to mineral deficiencies and imbalances. Here are only a few:
- Stress depletes minerals from the body, most notably magnesium and zinc.
- Toxic Metals and Chemicals. They can replace minerals in enzyme binding sites and interfere with mineral absorption.
- Chronic viral and bacterial infections are subtle stressors on the body, depleting minerals. Many suffer from gut dysbiosis, Lyme and many other low-grade chronic infections.
- Toxic Food Supply. Our food and soils are depleted of minerals, which is why everyone needs nutritional supplements. Hybrid crops, superphosphate fertilizers (i.e. Miracle Grow), refined foods, pesticides, food additives and more, all contribute to a nutritionally depleted and toxic food supply.
- Drinking Water. Tap water is not safe due to added chlorine, aluminum, fluoride and sometimes copper, which cause toxicity or displace other minerals.
- Unhealthy lifestyles. Many individuals do not get enough sleep, don’t exercise enough (or too much) or have other unhealthy lifestyle habits.
Heavy Metal Toxicity
Presently, humanity is exposed to the highest levels of toxic metals in recorded history, up to several thousand times higher than just a hundred years ago. Everyone has metals in their body; the question is how much do you have? Removing them from the body can vastly improve health, mental functioning, energy and performance.
Hair mineral analysis is a toxicology screen for metals including uranium, lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum and nickel. No test, including urine, stool or blood tests, can show all your heavy metals toxicities as they are buried deep in the bones, brain and organs. Thus, they will not be revealed on a hair tissue test or any other test, until they are mobilized from storage. Only continuous monitoring through any means over a period of years while doing a detox program can reveal all your heavy metal toxicities. In this regard, HTMA is a reliable indicator of toxicity and is helpful in monitoring detoxification progress.
Many health conditions are caused or exacerbated by heavy metal toxicity. Metals can contribute to any imaginable health ailment or condition including cases of diabetes (iron), cancer (cadmium), multiple sclerosis (mercury), Alzheimer’s disease (aluminum), and others. (1, 3,4,5)
The most common toxicities include:
Copper dysregulation is one of the most commonly encountered imbalances that we find on hair tests and is a contributor to many health problems including cancer, weight gain, eating disorders, fatigue, premenstrual syndrome, endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, infertility, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, migraine headaches, allergies, ADHD and learning disorders. (6) Anyone who is vegetarian, has adrenal fatigue, taken birth control pills, used a copper IUD or hormone replacement therapy suffers copper dysregulation.
Mercury is found in almost everyone from consuming fish, although it’s also in the atmosphere as a result of coal burning. Mercury toxicity is associated with countless health issues including adrenal dysfunction, thyroid dysfunction, depression, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, gut dysbiosis, kidney damage, memory loss, mood swings, numbness and tingling and muscle weakness. (3,5)
Aluminum is the most common element of the earth’s crust and is a very common toxicity. Aluminum has been found to be associated with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other forms of dementia, anemia and other blood disorders, colic, fatigue, and kidney and liver dysfunctions. (4)
How to Balance Minerals
The earlier you begin balancing your minerals, the less time this task takes. A hair mineral analysis can give you a crystal ball and preview into your state of health because it can show health issues and body chemistry imbalances before you manifest symptoms. Once you present with symptoms or illness like cancer, for instance, you’ve been sick for many years – even decades. A hair mineral analysis will give you a place to begin and a plan to improve your health beyond what you thought imaginable.
Hair mineral analysis can address the root causes of physical and mental health issues – nutrient deficiencies and heavy metal and chemical toxicity – and provides a plan to resolve these issues. So many health issues are not resolved with traditional medical care because these issues are rarely addressed.