A Hair Mineral Analysis is a great way to get a complete look at your overall health. The minerals in your body and their levels determine how you function at a cellular level. They are the pages in your book and can reveal mysteries about your health that diagnostic tests can’t pin point.
Our bodies cannot utilize vitamins and other nutrients properly without a correct balance of minerals. Therefore proper mineral balance is essential to avoid chronic fatigue, weight gain/loss, headaches, depression, osteoporosis and much more. Mineral imbalances have also been linked to oxidative stress that can lead to some forms of cancers and other serious disease and illnesses.
A Hair Mineral Analysis allows you to utilize your hair to work on your health. It can show health issues and body chemistry before your symptoms manifest. The analysis will give you a place to begin and a plan to improve.
ABOUT THE TEST (not sure about the words)
A Hair Mineral Analysis is a non-invasive, cost effective screening test that measures the levels of up to 60 essential minerals and toxic metals. With correct testing and interpretation, one can construct a comprehensive profile of your health and wellness.
Benefits of Hair Mineral Analysis
Hair is an excellent biopsy material as it is easy to sample, easily preserved and easy to transport. As hair grows it forms a permanent record of the body’s nutritional deficiencies or excesses. This record allows us to see what is happening on a cellular level.
With correct testing and interpretation, your practitioner can construct a complete metabolic profile of the human body. By correcting both mineral levels and ratios many physical and behavioural health conditions can be prevented or reversed.
Minerals screened include electrolytes – calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and phosphorus and trace minerals – copper, manganese, chromium, selenium, iron, molybdenum, lithium, cobalt,and zinc.
Elevated readings can have different meanings depending upon:
- The symptomotolgy of the patient
- The elevated concentration of the mineral in question
- Whether a specific treatment, regimen or diet is being followed
- Relationships to other elemental readings
Toxic metal screening includes lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, and aluminum.
A very high reading may represent a toxic amount of the mineral in the hair, and/or in the body tissues in general. In the case of a toxic metal, any deposition or accumulation in the hair indicates some degree of toxicity.
High levels of toxic metals inhibit the body’s ability to process and assimilate specific nutritional elements that are essential to good health and have a proven link to many types of diseases.
Hair vs. Blood Analysis
“Data have been compiled from the available world literature on the accumulation and bioconcentration of selected toxic trace metals in human hair and nails and other mammalian hair, fur, nails, claws, and hoofs. The toxic trace metals and metalloids include antimony, arsenic, boron, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, selenium, tin, and vanadium. These have been tabulated by toxic metal, geographic area, subjects, sex, age, exposure gradient, analyses in ppm, and authority, from over 400 references. . . The various uses of hair for biological monitoring are reviewed for correlating with environmental exposure gradients, diseases associated with excesses and deficiencies, geographic distribution, and historic trends . . . . It appears to be that if hair and nail samples are collected, cleaned, and analyzed properly with the best analytical methods under controlled conditions by experienced personnel, the data are valid. Human hair and nails have been found to be meaningful and representative tissues for biological monitoring for most of these toxic metals.”
- 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.
Hair Collection Protocol
Hair that has been dyed, bleached, straightened or otherwise chemically treated is vulnerable to contamination or removal of hair mineral content. Best results are obtained when hair has not been treated.
Dandruff shampoos containing zinc (Head & Shoulders), selenium (Selsun Blue) and lead (Grecian Formula) or other medicated shampoos/conditioners should not be used prior to taking a sample.
If hair is very short, clean thinning shears may be used.
Hair from the head is preferred, however, pubic hair can also be used, but is best reserved for situations where head hair is unavailable. Do not combine head and pubic hair.
- Wash hands and ensure scissors are clean and in good condition.
- Collect hair samples from the nape of the neck.
- Cut hair as close to the scalp as possible. It is best if small amounts are cut from four to six areas.
- Save only new hair growth, about 2.5 cm from the scalp.
- 1 gram or approximately 1 Tablespoon is sufficient for analysis.
- Seal tightly in a zip-lock bag.
- Label the bag and complete sample submittal form.