Hair Mineral Analysis – One of the Best Kept Secrets to Attaining Better Health
Hair mineral analysis has been performed by laboratories for decades. Some laboratories are more accurate than others and certain technicians are more adept at interpreting the results than others. The majority of health challenges are associated with mineral imbalances or toxic metal excesses; hair mineral analysis is a way to learn of our underlying health challenges.
As hair grows, it forms a permanent record of the body’s nutritional deficiencies or excesses. Hair mineral analysis is a screening test to measure the levels of up to 60 essential minerals and heavy metals. With correct testing and interpretation, one can construct a complete metabolic profile of the human body. High levels of toxic metals, for example, can inhibit the body’s ability to process and assimilate specific nutritional elements that are essential to good health. The testing also shows which systems and organs are out of balance in the body.
For example, hair analysis can show you:
- Which minerals you or your child is deficient in
- Zinc and Magnesium are often deficient in children with ADD
- If there are any heavy metals in your body or that of your child
- Aluminum is a huge contributor to learning disabilities
- Mercury is a huge contributor to Autism
- If any aspects of your body or your child’s are out of balance i.e.
- Blood sugar is a challenge, behaviour, mood and learning will be greatly impacted. If mineral absorption is impaired, the intestine needs healing. If the liver is congested,
- Copper cannot be properly excreted by the body, which negatively affects the functioning of the brain.
How a hair sample is taken:
- A sample is taken from clean, new hair growth, cut closest to the scalp (hair can be coloured)
- A sample length of 1 – 1.5 inches and about 40 strands of hair is optimal, taken from a few places at the back of the head
- A sample size of about one tablespoon is sufficient
- It is sealed in a plastic bag and mailed to the lab
- A list of current symptoms is also required
- The sample can be mailed or delivered to Meredith’s office
Here are some examples of health challenges that can be associated with mineral imbalances or toxic metal excesses:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Anxiety and depression
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Digestive disorders
- Headaches including migraines
- Hair loss
- Heart failure
- Inability to lose weight
- Infertility and miscarriage
- Learning disabilities
- Lethargy or weakness
- Muscle weakness
- Parkinson’s Disease