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.
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Clinical Nutrition and Naturopathic Health
BA hons. NT. FNTP. AMNNA. Soc Nat
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