Check for Deficiencies and Toxicity
A Hair Mineral Analysis (HMA) is a powerful tool that gives an insight into your body at the cellular level and assesses nutritional and metabolic (oxidative) status.
The test costs £60 (HMA 1) and £ 80 (HMA2) and measures:
- The mineral content in your hair, which reflects the mineral content of your body’s tissues. Minerals are involved in almost all enzyme reactions in the body and so appropriate levels are essential to life. This test indicates deficiencies or excesses in the tissues.
- Levels of toxic heavy metals, indicating toxic metal overload.
- Your oxidative rate, which is the rate at which your body ‘burns’ the food you eat and converts it to energy. The lab has three classifications which they determine from your hair mineral results: slow, fast or mixed.
Both mineral nutrient and toxic metal levels have been proven to have a significant impact on health. Taking a test could help to determine whether imbalances of minerals or toxic metals may be contributing to your health issues.
Taking a hair mineral test is easy. You order a test kit from me and then send back a small hair sample along with a completed short symptom questionnaire. I then arrange for it to be analysed by a specialist laboratory (ARL) in the US and the results are sent to you when available.
Please note: you should not take the test for six weeks after having your hair dyed, bleached or permed.
NB: Tests are available in UK only.
For more information on the following areas, see below:
1. Main Benefits of taking a Hair Mineral Analysis
2. Why you might have Mineral Imbalances and Toxic Metal Excesses
3. The Benefit in Determining your Oxidative Types
1. Main benefits of taking a hair mineral analysis
- Indicates possible activity and levels of minerals within the cells. The cells are the main site where nutrients from supplements and foods eaten are metabolised and used.
- Indicates levels of toxic metals. Many such as mercury and aluminium are a serious issue today, contributing to many health problems.
- Helps ensure you take appropriate supplements based on your results – in the absence of having a full nutritional therapy consultation. Your body is unique. Eating foods and taking supplements appropriate to your personal needs may help ensure these unique personal needs are met – without wasting money on supplements that could be unnecessary or even harmful.
- Indicates levels of essential minerals, such as zinc and calcium. Minerals are essential in many metabolic processes. Excesses and deficiencies of these can also contribute to wide ranging symptoms and poor health.
- Indicates your oxidative rate. You may be fast, mixed or slow. People with different rates may benefit from different dietary modifications and supplement recommendations. These are available when you purchase HMA 2 only.
Minerals are essential for many bodily functions. For example:
- Zinc is necessary for hormone production and regulation. A deficiency may contribute to infertility, hormonal acne and PMT.
- Chromium deficiency can cause blood sugar imbalances.
- Magnesium is essential for muscle function. A deficiency has been linked to increased incidence of heart attacks. Additionally, adequate levels of magnesium are essential to get calcium into our bones.
- Potassium is vital to help get nutrients into cells and low levels could cause muscle weakness, depression and lethargy..
- Too much copper has been associated with hormonal problems, depression, infertility and learning difficulties.
- Too high a level of calcium in the hair can indicate you are not absorbing calcium into your bones as effectively as you should which may contribute to osteoporosis and heart disease..
- High lead can contribute to behavioural and learning problems.
2. Related health problems
There are many reasons and some of the more common include:
Pollution exposure – Toxic metals are widely present in such things as: hair dyes, tin cans, cosmetics, antiperspirants, medications, cigarette smoke and amalgam fillings. Even the metals in your cooking pans can raise some toxic metals and some foods such as fish can contribute to raised mercury and cadmium levels.
Workplace exposure – Toxic metals can also accumulate through exposure in the workplace during the course of your job, or even at home when doing a hobby.
An inadequate or inappropriate diet – Such as an excessive intake of some junk food, packaged food, fast food, also diets high in sugar or refined carbohydrates, strict vegetarian/vegan or exclusion diets.
Stress – this can deplete nutrients as well as reducing the body’s ability to absorb and utilise the ones needed.
Nutritional supplements – Inappropriate supplementation that is not compatible with your body chemistry, whether taking too much or too little of various minerals, or taking ones with poor bio-availability.
Your genetic pre-disposition – Inheritance of mineral patterns from parents.
3. The benefit in determining your oxidative (metabolic) type
Many eminent doctors and nutritionists in the United States have discovered that some people burn food at a more rapid rate than normal to release energy from food, and others at a slower rate. Knowing a person’s oxidation rate may help ascertain which foods are beneficial to help restore balance. Using this information ARL determine your oxidative type based on your mineral levels.
Eating the wrong foods for your oxidative type may impair health and deplete energy in the cells.
Eating the right foods, on the other hand, may help you optimise your vitality and health.
How to take a hair mineral test
Taking the test is easy, it simply involves cutting a small amount of hair from around the nape of the neck, completing a short symptom questionnaire and mailing it (in the pre-paid envelope) back to me for forwarding to ARL’s laboratory in the USA for analysis.
The costs of the tests are:
HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS 1: £60
HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS 2: £80
NB: 1. You should not take the test for six weeks after having your hair dyed, bleached or permed.
2. This test is to identify mineral imbalances not to diagnose or treat health disorders or problems.
The supplements recommended in the report (HMA 2 only) are available to purchase from my shop. They are from Endo-met in the USA or other manufacturers in the UK and are high quality specially formulated vitamin and mineral supplements designed to assist in balancing body chemistry.
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