What Your Hair Says About Your Health
Did you know that your hair holds the secrets to uncovering the root causes of many of your health symptoms? It has nothing to do with the color of your hair, the texture, or even the color. The clues lie in the mineral composition of the strands of hair themselves.
Hair mineral analysis has become an increasingly popular tool for gaining a deeper understanding into one’s health and the nutritional factors that debilitate it. It is probably one of the most efficient ways to determine what Heavy Metal Toxicities, Mineral Deficiencies, and Nutritional Imbalances are in your body.
Hair Trace Mineral Analysis (HTMA for short) provides an inexpensive “first step” screening tool that can be used prior to spending money on more expensive diagnostic tests. This saves you time, money, and stress as you focus your efforts on the testing tools and treatment options to get you some quick wins and strategic results. Many people only need this one test to get them on their way to noticeable results.
Common Symptoms of Mineral Imbalances Include:
- Adrenal Dysfunction
- Attention Deficit Syndrome
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Blood Sugar Imbalances
- Brain Fog
- Chronic Fatigue
- Concentration Problems
- Digestive Disturbances
- Fluctuating Energy Levels
- Food Intolerances
- Hair Loss
- Headaches & Migraines
- Heart Problems
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Kidney Stones
- Learning Disabilities
- Muscle Weakness
- Skin Conditions
- Thyroid Issues
- Weight Problems
Heavy Metal Toxicity and Mineral Deficiency have been linked with many degenerative diseases like Autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, and Fibromyalgia. The list continues to expand every year as the scientific community continues to take notice of the nutritional relationships between various mineral patterns and these modern health conditions that didn’t even exist several generations ago.
Where Did All of These New Diseases Suddenly Come From?
The dramatic increase in reported incidences of many of today’s so-called, “Incurable diseases” can be directly compared (and analyzed) alongside the increasing rise of toxic contamination in our environment. In other words, we are exposed to a LOT more chemicals today than we were 20, 30, and 40 years ago.
These correlations are becoming increasingly difficult to ignore as more and more people continue to become sick from ingesting environmental pollution resulting in the toxic accumulation in our bodies. This is leading to record levels of dementia, diabetes, fatty liver, infertility, hormone imbalance, thyroid issues, weakened immune systems, chronic pain, and fatigue.
Even in conditions where hereditary predisposition is at the root cause of the disease, research points to heavy metals, mineral deficiencies, and nutritional imbalances as major contributing factors for the intensity of symptoms that are often experienced.
Why Analyze Your Mineral & Nutrient Levels?
The importance of a healthy balance of macro and trace elements in your body is rapidly becoming recognized as one of the most fundamental requirements for optimum health & vitality.
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 an 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.
Minerals are Essential for Life
Their functions range from providing support for the formation of teeth and bones, to maintaining nerve conduction, enzyme functions, and muscle contraction. Some minerals are key contributors to hundreds of biochemical processes…
Thousands of biochemical reactions ultimately control your Metabolism, Digestion, and the Regeneration of bodily tissues. The majority of these chemical reactions depend on certain trace nutrients for their biological activity and efficiency.
The connection between minerals and health is gaining recognition by top experts from many health professions from both conventional mainstream medicine as well as holistic and integrative medicine. Their involvement in the prevention of cancer, degenerative diseases, aging, and even your emotional state is being extensively studied and proven to be fundamental for optimal health.
Using Hair Analysis for Heavy Metals
There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. It’s all about balance.
Even though many Essential Minerals are necessary for health and vitality, excessive accumulation can prove disastrous. For instance, both Iron and Copper… although considered vital for many metabolic functions can also accumulate in the body to the point of toxicity.
Heavy metals are called heavy because of their Higher Atomic Weight in relation to other Minerals, which means they can actually displace many of the lighter, essential elements that are critical for numerous biological functions.
Vital organs and bodily processes are then compromised, which in turn makes them function less efficiently and even degenerate as they do not have the essential minerals to do what they should be doing correctly. Heavy metals such as Mercury, Lead, Arsenic, and Cadmium are both deadly and common as they are ever-present in our environment.
Toxic poisons accumulate in our bodies and interfere with the way Minerals and Vitamins are utilized. This disturbs healthy metabolic functioning and creates various degrees of disease in your body.
Example: Lead and Cadmium leading to Osteoporosis and Arthritis
Lead and Cadmium have been shown to be antagonistic towards essential minerals such as Calcium. Excessive levels of Lead or Cadmium can sequester within bone tissue, antagonistically PURGING CALCIUM FROM YOUR BONES! (they kick the calcium out and take its place)
This, in turn, weakens the integrity of your bone structure and connective tissues because both Lead and Cadmium have NO real biological value in supporting the processes involved in proper Bone Health as Calcium does.
Many years later, this toxic accumulation develops into mineral imbalances that in turn develop into Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and many Degenerative Joint Conditions.
What else can Hair Mineral Analysis Reveal?
Hair mineral analyses are screening tests only and do not diagnose disease.
However, a properly interpreted hair analysis can reveal various mineral imbalances that indicate a tendency for various conditions. A hair mineral analysis provides a picture of body chemistry including:
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
- Mineral Deficiencies and Imbalances
- Metabolic Rate (fast or slow)
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Thyroid Function
- Nervous System Imbalances
- Protein Synthesis
- Energy Levels
- Mental Health Issues
- Liver & Kidney Stress
- Carbohydrate Tolerance & Blood Sugar Imbalances like Diabetes and Insulin resistance
Why Not Test Blood or Urine Instead?
There are several fundamental differences…
Urine Testing – Measures the amount of minerals that are EXCRETED, not what is being absorbed or stored by the body.
Blood Testing – Measures the amount of minerals that are being absorbed and are TEMPORARILY IN CIRCULATION before they are excreted or stored.
Compared to the above two testing methods, hair analysis offers a number of distinct advantages in determining mineral status.
Hair is a fairly slow-growing tissue, so there are no fluctuations in mineral levels in the body. For instance, if you ate several bananas before having a blood test, then your Potassium blood serum levels may report as being high for that day.
But if you return to and get your blood levels measured again the next day but decided to skip your bananas … then your blood Potassium may report as normal.
A professionally performed hair analysis is very different in this regard as it accurately reflects the Storage Level of Minerals in your body, rather than just what is currently being transported in your blood.
With hair analysis an Average is Measured over a longer period of time, (up to 3 months) which when sampling the portion closest to your scalp serves as a better indicator of both Long Term Exposures that are incrementally excreted through the Hair Tissue and your current Dietary Habits. This is in complete contrast to diagnostic tools that report on what your body has been exposed to over recent days.
After all, a critical component for optimizing your nutritional condition is finding out what your body has been Utilizing, Metabolizing, and Storing within Body Tissues, not only what is being ELIMINATED. This information can help you to find out what is aggravating difficult health symptoms so that you can create an effective plan to improve your health.
There is an old saying that goes… “The best time to plant a tree is 10 years ago, the second-best time is today.” The same is true for your health. It is always better to start working on your health BEFORE you get sick. A hair mineral analysis will give you a sneak peek into your body chemistry and any imbalance that might be starting BEFORE symptoms emerge.
If you’re interested in getting a hair mineral analysis, you can get one by CLICKING HERE. With this test, you can begin your healing journey. You can naturally improve your performance, vitality, energy
Order your Hair Mineral Analysis Today! We’ll send you a kit with instructions for taking your sample, and everything you need to send in your test. In about two weeks, you’ll receive a full cover report along with a video interpretation. You can also opt for a private consultation if you would like to speak one on one with our highly trained Hair Mineral Analysis Expert.
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For a complete list of books and studies on Hair mineral Analysis, see http://nutritionalbalancing.org/center/htma/science/articles/htma-references.php