We Don´t Guess, We Test
A hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) simply stated, is a screening test that measures the mineral content of your hair.
But it is much more then just a test for minerals.
The hair mineral analysis can provide initial evidence of a mineral
deficiency / overload or a possible heavy metal exposure in the body. This analytic test can be used to reduce the guesswork involved when recommending nutritional supplements and dietary modifications.
So it helps your therapist to find out which nutrients are needed or which toxic amounts of minerals should be released to achieve optimal metabolic performance.
Heavy metal exposure, mineral overload or a lack of minerals can cause various common problems, such as fatigue, depression, learning disorders in children, joint pain, sensitivities to foods and chemicals, hair loss, constipation, intestinal problems and many more. Most or at least one of these symptoms belong to everybody`s life nowadays.
The test shows us a blueprint of ones biochemistry inside the body occurring during a period of hair growth.
This allows your practitioner to pinpoint the development of metabolic dysfunctions often before symptoms manifest or explain why symptoms already manifested.
While mineral imbalances in the body do eventually show up in the blood serum, they will not do so until the condition is so advanced that the individual is often experiencing overt symptoms.
Large variations in mineral levels in the blood would be fatal.
What can cause a mineral imbalance?
There are many factors that can have an impact on your body getting out of balance.
Improper diet through high intake of refined and processed foods, alcohol and fad diets can all lead to a chemical imbalance. Even the nutrient content of a “healthy” diet can be inadequate, depending upon the soil in which the food was grown or the method in which it was prepared.
From adolescence through adulthood the average person is continually exposed to a variety of toxic metal sources such as cigarette smoke (cadmium), hair dyes (lead), hydrogenated oils (nickel), anti-perspirants (aluminum), dental amalgams (mercury), copper and aluminum cookware and mineral oil and micro plastic based cosmetics. These are just a few of the hundreds of sources which can contribute to nutrient imbalances and adverse metabolic effects.
Physical or emotional stress can deplete the body of many nutrients while also reducing the capability to absorb and utilize many nutrients.
Taking incorrect supplements or improper amounts of supplements can produce many vitamin and mineral excesses and/or deficiencies, contributing to an overall biochemical imbalance.
Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can deplete the body stores of nutrient minerals and/or increase the levels of toxic metals. These medications include diuretics,
anti acids, D3, iron and oral contraceptives.
A predisposition toward certain mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excesses can be inherited from parents.
Stop guessing start testing
Hair Analysis as A Valid Basis For Evaluation Of A Person’s mineral status
Blood, urine and salvia tests obviously provide important information about a person’s biochemical status.
The blood try’s keeping our minerals always stable. It has to do so because it transports important nutritional elements to our organs. If there would be a greater imbalance of nutrients (not enough or too much) it would be f.e. dangerous for our heart. Blood analysis for minerals is a good indicator of the transport of minerals to and from the storage areas of the body (extracellular).
Blood also needs to be in a very tight tolerance of ph. In order to regulate that ph the body uses minerals.
A hair test gives you a tissue measure of what´s being expressed in the body. A tissue measure of a hair test is vastly different and more sensitive then what you get in the blood, because there is no ph requirement in the hair. It is, what it is. Hair tissue mineral analysis is a good indicator of the metabolic processes occurring within the cells (intracellular).
You can compare these minerals to each other which allows you to see ratios and allows you to draw conclusions of why the body is not working right.
The blood provides us with short-term or even instantaneous readings. Which can be more than important in a case of an emergency where the doctor needs to know instantly whats going on in his patients body.
So the difference from blood to the hair is, that the blood is a transport medium and the hair is kind of a storage organ and excretory tissue.
Each of them has its own metabolism.
The vast majority of biochemical functions actually take place inside the cells themselves and not in the fluids. Remember the blood is „just“ for transportation.
To get a picture of what is going on in our organs we should not just cut a piece out of it ( well, some also do that, but it comes with risks).
But there is tissue conveniently available to us. The cells of the hair.
If you are challenged with health issues and want release from your symptoms it would be wise for you to go on a mineral restoration program. It can have a huge impact of your well being.
Since minerals are crucial to the functioning of enzymes, hormones and other biochemical systems which sustain life.
It is important to find a practitioner who is experienced with HTMA. It takes some extra knowledge to work with this kind of tests, because it is the results of the hair mineral analysis that determine the interpretation and treatment.
Also it is important that your practitioner looks out for contamination in the hair. One weakness of hair mineral analysis results is that the hair sample itself can be externally contaminated with minerals, similarly to how blood tests can be greatly impacted by mild dehydration.
That means, if one mineral shows up much higher then it usually does with an overload it can be a sign of the hair being contaminated by water or air.
One must be able to interpret the hair and the blood tests correctly to understand how they relate to each other. Few doctors understand both types of tests well enough to do this.
Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of any medical test is critical.
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