What nutrient story is your hair telling?
Unlike some vitamins, our bodies cannot make minerals. Minerals are from this Earth, the soil and the nutrient content of our food. Could a Hair Mineral Analysis help guide you to optimal levels of wellness?
Minerals are the building blocks of matter, they are involved in most enzyme reactions, help the body produce energy and aid in detoxification cycles.
A hair mineral analysis is a screening test which measures levels of essential minerals and toxic metals through a hair sample. What makes a mineral essential, is if deficiency symptoms are noted when it is lacking in the diet.
The 17 essential minerals are divided into macro minerals such as calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and sulfur. Trace minerals which are known to be essential are chromium, cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, silicon and zinc. Boron, tin and vanadium are most likely essential.
The key point to remember is that unlike some vitamins, our bodies are not able to make minerals. If minerals come from the foods we eat, what are we eating? Where and how was it grown?
You may be wondering why this is important.
There are many health problems that may be associated with mineral imbalances and heavy metals. Both minor and major problems may arise such as:
- Anxiety and depression
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Digestive disorders
- Hair loss
- Inability to lose weight
Above is a sample Hair Mineral Analysis which was submitted in December 2016. This individual is in her mid 30's, reported eating fairly clean, exercising 2-3 days per week, but presented with many concerns such as: fatigue, hormonal imbalances, achy joints, decreased memory, inability to lose weight, light headedness, and digestive concerns.
The report shows that despite doing all the "right" things, she may be suffering from malabsorption, and may be in an acidic state based on her concerns. Many of her nutritional elements were in the "Below Normal" column.
Following discussion, she admitted to occasional indulgences in poor quality foods, taking supplements infrequently, and turning to foods which spike her sugar levels when feeling lightheaded.
Although not for diagnosis, these results can be used as a guide to implement dietary and supplemental modifications to assist a client reach optimal wellness.
If interested in a Hair Mineral Analysis, book your FREE 45 minute Discovery Session, where we can discuss the next steps!