If you are suffering from unexplainable symptoms and your doctor doesn`t know what`s going on, then listen up…
Or, maybe you are fit and well and want to stay that way with preventative lifestyle measures.
Hair mineral analysis tests offer an amazing insight into what`s going on with your body at a cellular level.
Everyone knows that to live a healthy life with vitality, we need vitamins.
Not everyone knows about the importance of minerals though. Minerals are the nutrients that come directly from the earth such as magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron.
Certain minerals are absolutely essential for human functioning.
Magnesium, being one of the most important, is required for the energy cycle of every cell in the body, enzyme synthesis and every chemical function that we have to create. It is vital for brain and organ health, along with having a huge impact upon our mood.
Potassium transports the nutrients that you eat into each and every cell, whilst Zinc is essential for hormone production, immunity and insulin production.
Certain imbalances can occur that disrupt these processes, such as too much Copper can disrupt the functioning of Zinc levels
A depletion in vital minerals can cause:
The quickest and most reliable way to find out if you are deficient in any key nutrients is through a hair mineral analysis test.
The test will show the nutrient levels in your body and reveal any evidence of long term or acute exposure to heavy metals that you probably didn't realise that you had been vulnerable to.
Certain minerals are damaging to our bodies and we accumulate them every day. Mercury and aluminium are extremely toxic to the body and amongst others such as Lead, are known as heavy metals.
It is hard for the body to eradicate heavy metals. They accumulated from air pollution, household products, hygiene products (always get aluminium free deodorant) toys, jewellery, crockery, vaccines, certain medications (aluminium in antacids), makeup, dental fillings, contaminated paint or soil, plumbing and certain foods.
A healthy, functioning body can efficiently remove these metals to a certain extent, but if the burden is too great, they will be stored.
A person who has challenges with their immune system, lymphatic system and nutrient intake will find it very difficult to remove these metals and they will store in greater quantities.
Metals have a way of finding their way to the brain and like to accumulate in cells in this area. They are known to cause degenerative conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's.
Problems that affect the brain and spinal cord can begin to emerge before these conditions such as:
Children are at a particular risk of toxic exposure as their brain and spines develop so quickly.
Toxins can cause a greater impact to children than they would to a fully-developed adult.
Heavy metal toxicity can be a factor in lower IQ, behavioural problems, ADHD, autism, anxiety and many more conditions linked to neurological functioning.
How does a Hair Mineral Analysis test work?
Hair analysis tests are extremely accurate.
The laboratories use sophisticated instruments and software programmes that allow for extensive quality control.
Human hair is around 80% protein and 15% water, with smaller amounts of lipid and inorganic substances.
Normally, around 90% of the hair on the scalp is in the growth phase. During the growth phase elements from the follicular cells and from the blood supply to the follicle are incorporated into the structure of the hair. As the follicle emerges through the skin, the process of keratinisation seals the elements inside the protein structures, making the hair a resilient and long -lasting tissue that can be used for analysis.
Mineral nutrients such as Zinc and magnesium are present in the follicular cells as enzyme co-factors whilst toxins that the body is trying to remove are dumped into the hair as part of the detoxification mechanism.
The scientific process of analysing a hair sample begins with hair being broken down with special acids at a high temperature. The hair is then separated from the elements. When the actual hair has been completely digested, only mineral salts remain. The mineral salts are added to a chemical solution and analysed to identify the mineral status and toxic metal accumulation found.
Why is this different to a blood or urine test?
A blood test only tells you how much of the nutrient is in your circulation at the time of taking the sample.
For example, If you have just eaten a banana before your blood test, the sample may indicate a high level of potassium when actually, without the banana it is normal.
Hair sampling is different because it gives an overall level of potassium. It shows how much you have been storing over a period of time, not just what you ate that particular week. A blood test is like a snap shot, whereas a hair mineral test shows you your mineral status over time.
Urine tests will only show the amount of minerals that your body is excreting, not how much you have absorbed.
As hair dyes contain metal elements, it is important that hair is not used as a sample until 6 weeks after being dyed, bleached or permed.
The week before you take your hair sample, use a gentle shampoo, like a baby shampoo or a natural product.
Hair should be cut from the back of the head, or nape of the neck. It should be cut as close to the scalp as possible. Your kit will show you how much to take.
How do I order a test?
If you would like to order a hair mineral analysis test then you can click here.
Once you purchase your test, I will call you to explain the process and send the test to you.
You will post the test directly to the laboratory and they will contact me with your results.
Results take around a week to ten days, but sometimes a little longer (lockdown has made the process longer).
Once I have your results, I will call you to arrange an analysis with you, which we can either go through on Zoom or on the phone.
If you have any other questions about hair analysis, then please get in touch.
Love and health to you all,
"Before you heal someone,
Ask him if he is willing to give up the things
that are making him sick."
There's so many quotes from Hippocrates, the father of medicine, that resonate deeply to those of us in the natural health field. This one strikes a chord on so many levels with me.
Professionally, this is what we see everyday in the field of natural medicine. It`s what every naturopath`s ethos is all about. When we meet somebody struggling with their health and feeling depleted, it's what we are trying to get to the root cause of… what is it that is making this person sick?
Is it a food intolerance? Is it a hormonal imbalance? An inability to absorb nutrients efficiently for some reason?
Looking again at that quote, it goes deeper than that…
On a global level, the message is loud and clear. There's too much unexplained illness that just wasn't there in the past in the numbers that it is today.
Every year, in the UK, we have a fundraising programme called “stand up to Cancer”. It's a worthwhile cause, but every time there is a commercial break we are faced with an infographic telling us in no uncertain terms that 1 in 2 of us will get cancer. I can remember only two or three years ago, this number was 1 in 4. What's going on?
I can't help but get so frustrated at this. It feels like we are all being brainwashed to just accept this figure. It's inevitable. Live with it… Except it's not!
Cancer is just one example. The amount of autoimmune disease is massive across the world. Not to mention diabetes, heart disease, alzheimers, autism… the list is endless.
What is going on!?
Our bodies ability to detoxify the amount of toxicity we are faced with on an everyday scale just can't keep up with the demand. Evolutionary, we just can't keep up.
Our foods are covered in chemicals to enable less insect damage, less weeds and more growth. The animals we consume are fed antibiotics to enable a faster growth rate, and to deter disease spreading amongst them. Our water has chemicals added to it that are disruptive to our endocrine systems (our hormones), not to mention the effect of fluoride on our brains. Our homes are flooded with electromagnetic frequencies, we apply chemical laden products to our skin and our air is polluted.
It is a fact that a newly born baby has more than 200 chemicals in it`s placenta, before it even takes it`s first breath. Source: Environmental Working Group analysis of tests of 10 umbilical cord blood samples conducted by AXYS Analytical Services (Sydney, BC) and Flett Research Ltd. (Winnipeg, MB)
Every time I see that statistic on the commercial break - 1 in 2 will get cancer… I always want to take to the streets, make petitions and raise awareness that actually, our governments that are supposed to be protecting us, need to do something about this!
It feels like that is pretty huge though, and I`m not sure I would be taken seriously, so instead, I thought I'd try to bring the information into your homes that you can protect yourself from the flood of toxicity that envelopes the world at the moment.
There`s something called the environmental working group.
It's a really good place to start. They have a list called - the dirty dozen and clean 15. The dirty dozen are foods that are laden with chemicals and that if you want to minimise your health risk of toxicity then you should buy organic wherever possible. The clean 15 are foods that are generally safer to buy as non organic.
If you could familiarise yourself with this list then you are already protecting your family from a huge amount of toxicity.
There's loads of information about how to live a more toxic free life… from cleaning products to personal body care, to what you eat and drink. I urge you to familiarise yourself with the process as that statistic isn't going anywhere unless we all do.
What we are being brainwashed to believe is that we are dependent on the pharmaceutical industry to put right the illnesses that we develop. But what if we do our best to not get them in the first place?
My mum always taught us as children - “prevention is better than a cure” and she was right.
Your body is amazing. It isn`t the vulnerable, fragile vessel that we are led to believe. It is capable of massive improvements and regeneration of its health. We just need to help it by removing as many obstacles as possible.
Imagine a Ferrari, with the wrong tyres, faulty brakes, diesel in its engine instead of high performance fuel, a worn out clutch, faulty turbo and power steering that isn't working. Maybe it won't ever be perfect, but some of those issues can be removed and replaced to get that beauty back on the road again. Nobody at the garage puts a pill in the fuel tank to rectify all those faults. They deal with the root causes.
I urge you to look deeper at what's causing your symptoms and if you are under consultant care to keep pressing to find out.
I know that this sounds like a huge overhaul and a mountain to climb, and I understand the enormousness that it feels like it involves. I understand because I`ve been there when my health was on the floor. I`ve been the one with the bin bag, madly emptying the cupboards and freezer in desperation of anything that I didn't recognise ingredients of.
I also know from first hand experience how you can turn your health around and feel more alive than you can ever remember feeling.
So… “Yes, Hippocrates… some of us are willing to remove what is making us sick, thanks for pointing that out”.
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Clinical Nutrition and Naturopathic Health
BA hons. NT. FNTP. AMNNA. Soc Nat
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