Hair mineral analysis is one of the most interesting and useful tests available. Yet, it is absent from most doctor’s offices.
In this series, I will introduce hair analysis and explain what it can tell you about your health. If you are struggling with chronic fatigue, low energy, or other unexplained health problems, then you’ll want to stick around for the entire series.
So What Is Hair Analysis? And What Can It Tell You?
Technically, hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA for short) is a laboratory test that measures the mineral and toxic metal content of your hair. Minerals are deposited in the hair as it grows, and when analyzed, the sample reveals a clear record of mineral activity over a period of 3-4 months.
Minerals play an important role in health. And toxic metals play an important role in disease.
The Mineral Levels in Your Hair Can Tell You More Than You Think
Minerals and toxic metals are just the beginning of what you can learn from your hair analysis.
When the test is evaluated using a holistic, systems-based interpretation, the mineral patterns in your hair give you insight into your adrenal and thyroid activity, immune function, energy and vitality, digestive health, brain health, and even personality traits. Your hair analysis results can also reveal stress patterns, metabolic imbalances, dietary issues, and nervous system imbalances.
Hair mineral analysis is also the most efficient and scientific way to determine your nutritional needs.
The information supplied by your hair analysis can be used to design a healing program that’s personalized for your unique needs (that’s right—you no longer have an excuse for taking random supplements).
I use hair analysis regularly to help my clients identify deep-level biochemical imbalances and to determine which foods and nutrients they need the most—all from a holistic and systems-based perspective.
Most practitioners who offer hair analysis are not trained in this type of interpretation and use the test only to detect toxic metals. So it’s important to be mindful when purchasing a hair analysis.
Nonetheless, anyone who wants to function their best today should consider doing a hair analysis to assess their body chemistry and see where they are out of balance.
In the following posts, we’ll go deeper into what hair analysis can tell you. We’ll continue this series with a discussion about toxic metals—one of the more interesting health topics.
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