Maybe you’ve heard, but hair mineral analysis is now available with a wellness consultation.
But first, what is hair mineral analysis, and why does it matter?
As our bodies absorb and use minerals from our diets and our environment, the unused minerals are either expelled or stored. Our hair is one of the places these minerals commonly end up, which is why the same minerals found in our bodies can be found in our hair. A hair mineral analysis takes a sample of hair, determines the mineral levels present, and uses those to draw conclusions about the mineral levels in the body as a whole. This is a tremendously helpful tool. When we know that we are lacking specific minerals or that we have an overabundance of others, it becomes a lot easier to know how to change our diets in order to bring our bodies back into balance. If you know that you are deficient in selenium, it might be time to start snacking on brazil nuts. You wouldn’t know that unless you knew you needed more selenium though. Knowing your levels is the important part.
Hair becomes the perfect testing medium when you consider other factors as well. For one, it is simple, convenient, and non-invasive to collect a hair sample. The requirements for the test are fairly easy to fulfill. You just have to cut a sample of your hair from a few different places on your scalp, fill an envelope with about a tablespoon of hair, and mail it into the lab. You don’t have to have your blood drawn, you don’t have to collect urine, and you don’t even have to leave the house or change out of your pajamas. It is quick, clean, and painless.
When compared to blood or urine testing, hair analysis is more reliable when it comes to determining your long-term mineral levels as well. Once your hair grows, the mineral levels in it are not going to change based on what you had for lunch. The mineral levels in your blood and your urine will. New hair growth will contain the minerals present in the body at the time it grew, so when you are looking at a sample that is 1 to 1.5 inches in length, you are going to get a bigger picture of your long-term levels. When I look at my diet, I am not trying to achieve a perfect balance each day. For one, that would probably drive me crazy. More importantly, I want to provide my body with what it needs over the course of a week, a month, and I want to make sure that I am maintaining that balance over time.
For those who are currently facing health challenges, hair mineral analysis can help get down to the root causes. Organs and organ systems in our bodies use mineral differently, so a deficiency in s specific mineral or group of minerals can point to where the problem areas lie. Suffering from insomnia or chronic stress? Hair mineral analysis can confirm there is a real cause behind your struggles. As part of the analysis, 8 heavy metals are tested for as well. The presence of heavy metals in the body can cause a wide range of symptoms and is even more troublesome because toxic metals are not so easy to detox. Plus they can be passed down to our children. Yikes.
You don’t have to be unwell to benefit from a mineral analysis though. Detecting imbalances early is a wonderful way to prevent future health challenges because it gives you the opportunity to fix them before they become an issue. Even if your test results come back with perfect levels, what a great way to add to your piece of mind knowing that you are on the right track and giving your body what it needs to thrive.
As part of the hair mineral analysis, the following minerals are tested for:
Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Copper, Zinc, Phosphorus, Iron, Manganese, Chromium, Selenium, Boron, Cobalt, Molybdenum, Sulfur, Antimony, Uranium, Arsenic, Beryllium, Mercury, Cadmium, Lead, Aluminum, Germanium, Barium, Bismuth, Rubidium, Lithium, Nickel, Platinum, Thallium, Vanadium, Strontium, Tin, Titanium, Tungsten, Zirconium
*Red text indicates toxic metal
Are you ready to see your mineral results?
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.