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Hair Mineral Analysis

Traditional Hair Analysis
Hair analysis is an invaluable screening tool which allows a correct program of diet and supplementation to be designed for each individual’s specific needs. Consider hair analysis to be a metabolic blueprint with a high degree of applicable scientific accuracy.

Why should I do a hair analysis?
Anyone who is experiencing fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, the need to drink caffeinated drinks for mental or physical energy, excess amounts of emotional or physical stress, chronic states of illness

What is a tissue mineral analysis?
Trace mineral analysis is a test which measures the mineral content of your hair. Mineral content of the hair reflects the mineral content of the body’s tissues. If a mineral deficiency or excess exists in the hair, it usually indicates a mineral deficiency or excess within the body, or biounavailability. Various mineral imbalances as revealed by hair analysis frequently lead to metabolic dysfunctions before any symptoms become manifest.

Why test for minerals?
Minerals are the spark plugs of life. They are involved in almost all enzyme reactions in the body. Without enzyme activity, life ceases to exist. A trace mineral analysis is preventive as well as being useful as a screening tool.

What does a hair analysis consist of?
Hair from the back of the neck is sampled then undergoes laboratory analysis. Results of the test that are considered crucial indicators of health include:

  • measurements of amounts of toxic metals, such as lead, mercury, arsenic, aluminum;
  • measurement of essential trace elements such as molybendnum, nickel;
  • measurement of more common minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and
  • ratios of certain minerals to each other. The results then present a picture of the status, quality and function of the overall health of the individual.

What are some of the causes of a mineral imbalance?

  • Improper diet- such as excessive intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars, not eating enough or eating infrequently, strict vegetarian diets or other exclusive diets
  • Taking vitamins and minerals which are not compatible with your current body chemistry
  • Medications, birth control pills
  • Stress
  • Accumulation of toxic metals from the environment, job or hobby
  • Inheritance of mineral patterns from parents
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