Great question!

Your hair contains all the minerals present in your body as well as toxic and heavy metals that you may have encountered living your life. Hair Mineral Analysis is a lab test to evaluate the mineral and toxic metals in the hair which can reflect how much of these elements are in your tissues and how your body is functioning as a result. 

Hair Mineral Analysis is a practical and inexpensive way to test for mineral balance in your body. This allows us to determine where you are deficient and what supplementation you need to replenish and restore your vitality.  

It is one thing to look at nutrients in the blood and urine, and a whole other scope to see what your body is actually absorbing.  You could be eating or supplementing specific minerals but may not be absorbing them well.  Blood and urine only tell us what is happening at the time of draw, and this test shows us if your tissues are adequately absorbing and storing your nutrients over time. 

The Hair Mineral Analysis also says a lot about your blood sugar balance, thyroid function, adrenal function, sex hormones and metabolic type.  These are very important factors when trying to determine a proper treatment plan.

Many women come to me wanting to "lose weight" and are eating low carb/high fat plans like the Ketogenic Diet.  This is a great choice for someone who has a fast metabolic type, but for a slow metabolism, this isn't necessarily the best fit.  There are a number of different metabolic types and it is vital to know where you are on that scale so that you can feed your body accordingly. that is if you really want to get results. 

Why Is It Important To Check For Minerals?

Minerals and vitamins have a synergistic relationship.  Minerals activate enzymes needed for numerous functions in your body, and vitamins act as their coenzymes. If a mineral imbalance develops, then you will likely have a disturbance in the synergistic vitamin(s).

For example, vitamin B2 affects the relationship between calcium and magnesium. Vitamin B1 enhances sodium retention, B12 enhances iron and cobalt absorption, and vitamin A enhances the utilization of zinc, while antagonizing vitamins D and E. Protein intake will affect zinc status, etc. Therefore, evaluating mineral status provides good clues of vitamin status and requirements. 

What Can Cause A Mineral Imbalance?

Stress:  Be it physical or emotional, stress can deplete the body of many nutrients as it struggles to "keep up" with our fast paced, stressful lifestyles. It also can reduce the body's ability to absorb and utilize many nutrients. 

Nutritional Supplements:  Too much of a good thing can be bad.  The improper amount of supplements, or a low quality type can lead to vitamin and mineral excesses and/or deficiencies, contributing to an overall biochemical imbalance.

Pollution:  From the day we are born we are constantly exposed to a variety of toxic metal sources that impact the body's function and ability to heal.  this includes cigarette smoke (cadmium), hair dyes (lead), hydrogenated oils (nickel), anti-perspirants (aluminum), dental amalgams (mercury & cadmium), copper and aluminum cookware and lead-based cosmetics.  This is only a few of the hundreds of sources of toxins that can create significant metabolic imbalances. 

Diet: even healthy diets can be depleted in nutrients as the soil that most of our food is grown in is depleted, therefore so it the food.  Processed foods and alcohol cal also lead to chemical imbalance. 

Medications:  both prescription and over-the-counter medications can deplete the body's stores of nutrients and/or increase levels of toxic metals.  this includes aspirin, antacids, oral contraceptives, and diuretics.

Inherited Patterns: A predisposition toward certain mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excesses can be inherited from parents.

If you feel like you may have some mineral imbalances, or are concerned about how fast you are aging, then you may want to consider doing a Hair Mineral Analysis Test.

It is easy to do!  You get a kit sent to you and take your own sample and send it to the lab. It's that simple!

It comes with an report that describes what is going on, what foods you should be eating and how to help yourself get into a greater state of health, and if you'd like personalized support, you may want to apply for an Activation Call so that we can make a solid plan for you based on your metabolic type and test results.