What's your hair trying to tell you?
A sample of hair, when cut close to the scalp, provides information about the mineral activity in the hair that took place at the cellular level over the past three to four months. This is because the root of the hair below the skin's surface contains living cells, where hair grows. These cells depend on a transportation medium, the blood supply, for the nourishment they require for adequate functioning, structure, growth and development.
As these cells grow and divide, minerals are sealed into the growing hair shaft, creating a reservoir of elements. If your health, lifestyle, diet or environment has created a mineral imbalance or toxic mineral excess, it will be recorded in the hair shaft. An HTMA can indicate potential health imbalances and assist in designing nutritional programs that are unique and effective. This is because mineral levels in the hair tissue provide a reliable indicator for the mineral stores in the whole body. This is especially true when interpreted correctly, and the hair has not been washed at the lab.
Information from the hair analysis, along with dietary and nutritional evaluations, will provide the basis for the nutritional balancing program to establish and maintain optimal levels of wellness. By balancing tissue mineral levels and ratios with lifestyle modifications, proper diet for your oxidation rate, herbs, nutritional supplements and detoxification protocols, many physical and behavioural health conditions can be prevented or reversed.
Why Test for Minerals?
Minerals are involved in nearly every metabolic process in the body – which means they are absolutely necessary for growth and development.
Minerals are essential to the human body, but unlike vitamins, minerals cannot be made by the body and must be obtained from the environment through our nutrition. In fact, minerals are required to utilize vitamins and enzymes properly. They function as co-enzymes and catalysts, which enable the body to perform its natural functions such as energy production, growth, regeneration and development.
The human body, just like all other expressions of organisations in nature, must maintain its proper chemical balance. This balance depends on adequate mineral levels and ratios. The level of each mineral in the body affects every other mineral, and if these mineral imbalances or inadequacies are not acknowledged, there will be a chain reaction of imbalances and deficiencies that lead to illness, and malnourishment.