What is a Hair Mineral Analysis?
It is a specialized test that measures the levels of trace minerals found in a sample of hair. The analysis gives quantitative data that helps provide indications to mineral deficiencies, imbalances, excesses of several essential and toxic minerals.
Why should I test for Minerals?
Minerals are important to metabolic functions in all phases of your life processes. They provide the building blocks to life and are essential in the production of hormones and the activity of enzymes. They also maintaim the body’s acid-balance, water balance, nerve conduction, muscle contractions.
Dr. Emanual Cheraskin states in his book, Diet and Disease, “Minerals have interrelationships with every other nutrient. Without optimum mineral levels within the body, other nutrients are not effectively utilized.
Why use hair?
Unlike blood, hair is less susceptible to the homeostatic mechanisms that quickly affect trace element levels. In addition, long term deviations of mineral retention or losses are more easily detected in hair than blood.
Some conditions related to mineral imbalances and/or Heavy Metal Toxicity are:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Chronic headaches
- Thyroid Imbalances
- Neurological Conditions
- Impaired Immunity
- Hair Loss
- Hormonal imbalance
- Digestive problems
- Muscle cramps
- Macular degeneration
- Skin Problems
- Memory problems
- Alzheimer’s disease