Did you know that your hair can give you real clues about your health?
I’m not talking about what your hair looks like, if it is soft, shiny, strong, or even split-end free. I’m talking about the minerals in your hair.
Believe it or not, minerals from your diet and those in your environment wind up in your hair. If your diet is deficient in calcium, your hair will be deficient in calcium. If you have been exposed to mercury or lead, mercury and lead will be in your hair. As the mineral levels in your body go, the hair will follow suit.
So how can this help determine my health?
I’m glad you asked. Having your hair tested for minerals can give you a great snapshot of your health, specifically your nutrition. Using a hair analysis, you can determine if you need to focus on incorporating more of a specific mineral into your diet to close any gaps that show up. Mineral analysis can also be used to find out if you have had chronic exposure to toxic heavy metals, such as mercury and lead. Once you know where you stand, it becomes so much easier to establish an action plan to round out your diet and/or work on detoxifying. Who knows, maybe you have too much of an individual mineral (like sodium) and actually need to work on lowering that level. Knowledge is power, and it can certainly lead to better health.
What about blood and urine tests though? Aren’t they more accurate?
That depends on what you are trying to find out. When it comes to minerals, the levels in your blood and urine change frequently based on your exposure. For example, if you ate a banana before a blood or urine test, the results would likely show higher potassium levels. However, you could still be deficient in potassium overall if you look at your levels over the course of a day, a week, or even longer. That is the benefit of hair analysis. Hair doesn’t grow as fast as blood and urine change. Looking at a hair analysis will give you a bigger picture of your long-term health because it will show you what your levels look like over the course of a month or longer.
That is why I teamed up with a lab specifically dedicated to hair analysis to offer this testing to my clients. This is a great tool to help customize your nutritional plan to your individual needs. I’ll be sharing my own story about my results soon, but it was amazing to see that my levels confirmed something that I had been suspecting for a while.
If you are ready to see what your hair says about your health, I’m here to help. A hair mineral analysis will test for 36 elements, including 8 heavy metals. Are you ready to find out your levels?
Olivia is a Certified Nutritional Herbalist and not a medical doctor. Any information published by Herbs By Mama is for informational purposes and not to be taken as medical advice. Information is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent disease. Please discuss participation in any health-related program with your healthcare professional. Herbs By Mama encourages you to take responsibility for actions pertaining to your health.