What is a Hair Mineral Analysis

Hair, like all other body tissues, contains minerals that are deposited as the hair grows. Although the hair is dead, the minerals remain as the hair continues to grow out. A sample of hair cut close to the scalp provides information about the mineral activity in the hair that took place over the past three to four months, depending on the rate of hair growth. A hair tissue mineral analysis is a screening test for the level of 20 physiological relevant minerals and toxic metals. It is a tissue mineral biopsy that is non-invasive, relatively inexpensive and extremely accurate. A sample of hair cut close to the scalp provides information about the mineral activity in the hair that took place over the past three to four months. A hair tissue mineral analysis nowadays is considered a standard test used around the world for the biological monitoring of trace elements and toxic metals in humans and animals species.

Why a Hair Tissue Mineral Analyse

  • Research shows that trace minerals and metals are accumulated at concentrations that are 10-50 % higher in hair.
  • Blood and urine tests give an instantaneous reading that may be affected by many factors. Urine screening is a most effective tool in measuring the progress of detoxification/chelation treatments.
  • Hair analysis gives a long term reading that is unaffected by recent meals, activities such as exercise, or emotional states.
  • Toxic metals rarely remain in the blood or urine for long, but often deposit in the hair where they can be measured over a three-month period.

Which minerals and metals do we measure?

  • Nutrient mineral/electrolyte levels in the body’s tissues, including Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Selenium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Nickel, Chromium, Cobalt, Molybdenum, Lithium.
  • Toxic metal levels in the body’s tissues, including Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, and Aluminum.

What can we see from the test?

The results are presented and interpreted as significant mineral ratio’s.  The ratio’s, including some specific single mineral values are used to determine the following:

Metabolic type: How your food is metabolized in the body and how the body converts the foods into energy. There are three types of oxidations rates: Slow, fast and mixed oxidation. Ideally it would be best to have either a slightly slow or slightly fast oxidation rate.
Stages of stress: The General Adaption Syndrome theory uses 3 stages of stress: Alarm, Resistance and Exhaustion. Since 2015 this theory is becoming replaced by new scientific insights in the stress physiology which is called: Allostatic Load. We have developed a unique algorithm to derive this Allostatic Load from the different ratio’s.
Carbohydrate Tolerance: The excessive intake of carbohydrates in the diet is often associated with the development of many health conditions including, glucose (sugar) metabolism, digestive difficulties, yeast infections, fatigue, depression and others.Label
Protein synthesis: Adequate protein synthesis is vitally important for the regeneration of all body tissues. This requires proper digestion, absorption and utilization of proteins.
Digestion: If digestion is impaired, even the best diet will not supply the body with needed nutrients. Additionally, improperly digested food will ferment or putrefy in the intestines and produce extremely toxic chemicals that are then absorbed into the body.
Immune system activity: The immune system has many aspects including the health of the white blood cells, the digestive tract, cell membranes, antioxidant nutrients and the autonomic balance.
Liver and Kidney Stress: The main function of the kidneys are to separate toxins and other waste products from the blood. They are also involved with the regulation of blood pressure and maintaining the balance of water, salts and electrolytes. Both the liver and kidneys are very important organs of detoxification and are common sites of toxic metal accumulation.
Inflammations: Acute inflammation generally causes an increase in adrenal activity and thus a rise in the secretion of the pro-inflammatory hormone aldosterone (sodium). Cortisol and cortisone (potassium) are anti-inflammatory hormones because they diminish inflammation
Cell permeability: The correct degree of cell permeability is very important to maintaining excellent health. “Sodium and potassium tend to increase the cell’s exchanges and the entrance of water-soluble toxins. Calcium and magnesium tend to reverse this situation.
Adrenal and Thyroid health: The adrenal and thyroid glands are the main energy-producing organs in the body. They work together to release simple sugars from the liver and then process them into energy. These glands need to be functioning at optimal levels to have the maximum amount of energy possible. The adrenal and thyroid glands also determine the rate of metabolism or oxidation rate.
Specific Mineral patterns Mental health greatly influences physiological health. Mental stress will cause differences in hormone balances and a dysregulation of the autonomous nervous system. Eventually the possibility to recover well from stress during sleep will be greatly diminished (sympathetic dominance of the nervous system). Examples are the presence of a Calcium shell, an inverse Sodium/Potassium ratio, Burn out profiles, and Copper imbalance or Copper toxicity.
Toxic Metal accumulation: Toxic metals can cause hundreds of symptoms and contribute to many serious health conditions. There are no safe levels of toxic metals and reducing the presence of toxic metals is a primary goal of your nutritional approach.

Balancing your body chemistry

The personalized report also includes advice for Nutritional balancing

  • General dietary principles based on your metabolic type
  • Specific supplements to rebalance the minerals in your physiology and to help reduce the elimination of toxic metals from the body.

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