HAIR TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS
What is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)?
HTMA is a safe and non-invasive pathology test which is done by leading laboratories in Australia. It measures the levels and comparative ratios of nutrient and toxic minerals found in hair.
HTMA is regarded by many doctors, naturopaths and nutritional therapists as one of the most valuable screening tools available in everyday and preventative health care.
Minerals are essential for growth, healing, vitality and well being. They provide structural support in bones and teeth but also maintain the body’s pH and water balance, nerve activity, muscle contractions, energy production and enzyme reactions.
There are so many health conditions are aggravated by mineral imbalances and toxic metal excesses, including cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, migraines, learning difficulties and hyperactivity in children.
An example of excess mineral in the body is copper and when the levels of Copper is high it can cause multiple problems, including anxiety, headaches, joint stiffness, water retention, bloating, insomnia, depression, irritability and anger and so many others .
Why test for minerals?
Hair Mineral Analysis is an excellent tool for providing an accurate assessment of heavy metal toxicity in the body, as well as a measurement of mineral excesses and deficiencies. The test can even provide other interesting insights into your health such as metabolism speed.
Minerals are essential for growth, healing, vitality and wellbeing. They provide structural support in bones and teeth, and they maintain the body’s pH and water balance, nerve activity, muscle contractions, energy production and enzyme reactions. They are the basic ‘spark plugs’ of life.
Ideally we should get all the minerals we need from a balanced diet. Unfortunately today this is rarely possible. Modern farming techniques, fertilisers and depleted soils reduce the mineral content of foods. Environmental pollutants, chemical food additives and stressful lifestyles also have a detrimental effect on our nutritional status.
Many health conditions are aggravated by mineral imbalances and toxic metal excesses, including cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, migraines, learning difficulties and hyperactivity in children, to name just a few.
Consequently, we need to test and monitor our nutritional status more than ever.
Hair Mineral Analysis
Benefits of HTMA
- Safe, scientific, non-invasive pathology test.
- Reliable data on more than 35 nutrient and toxic minerals, and over 25 important mineral ratios.
- Valuable health information often not revealed in standard blood and urine tests.
- Discovery of nutrient mineral imbalances or toxic mineral excesses that may be affecting your health.
- Personalised patient and doctor interpretive test reports that assess your current mineral status, highlight areas of concern and recommend dietary changes and supplements for improved health and wellbeing.
What other issues and problems can (HTMA) assist with?
There are various symptoms which can be experienced due to heavy metals or a mineral imbalance. Some of the common issues include:
|Irritable Bowel Syndrome||Tiredness||Weakness||Insomnia|
|Poor Memory||High Blood Pressure||Dizziness||Vertigo
Why hair? Hair is ideal for testing mineral and heavy metal levels within the body as it is more accurate than blood testing. Our bodies naturally try to keep the minerals in our blood at a constant level. Excess minerals will be stored away in tissues whilst deficient minerals will be drawn from tissues or organs to keep the blood levels stable. By testing hair, we gain a more accurate picture of true mineral levels.
The body also tries to keep the blood free of toxic heavy metals, which is a protective mechanism to safeguard the brain from damage. Most toxic heavy metals circulate in the blood for less than 24 hours after exposure but are then hidden away in other areas of the body such as fat stores, organs, bones and even teeth.
What minerals and metals are tested?
There are 39 nutritional and toxic minerals tested using Hair Mineral Analysis, which fall into three categories: nutritional elements, toxic elements, and additional elements.
Nutritional elements are minerals we need for good health and well-being. If we become deficient in these – or even if we have too many – health issues can arise because the body requires a set level of these minerals to function correctly. Nutritional elements include: Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Iron, Manganese, Chromium, Selenium, Boron, Cobalt, Molybdenum, Sulfur, Lithium, Zinc and Copper.
Toxic elements include the commonly known heavy metals, which negatively impact our health and can have devastating effects on the human body. Toxic elements include: Antimony, Uranium, Arsenic, Beryllium, Mercury, Cadmium, Lead and Aluminum.
Additional elements are ultra trace elements, which are only required in low levels. Additional elements include: Germanium, Barium, Bismuth, Rubidium, Lithium, Nickel, Platinum, Thallium, Vanadium, Strontium, Tin, Titanium, Tungsten and Zirconium.
How do we perform Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)?
(HTMA) test can be performed during your consultation. Testing scalp hair from the nape of the neck is preferable.
Less than a teaspoon of hair is needed and we cut the sample as close to the scalp as possible. If we were to test the end of long hair, we may get results from seven or ten years ago!
Once your hair sample has been posted to the lab, results are received within few weeks (depending of the conditions being tested and the reports required).
What happens once I have my results?
When we receive your results back from the laboratory we will contact you and make an appointment for you to discuss the report and explain the best plan accordingly. We will analyse your results and put together an individualised program which is especially designed and tailored for you to correct any mineral deficiencies or excesses and detoxify heavy metals using natural medicines.
Contact us to find out more about (HTMA) and how it can help YOU
Ideally, we should obtain all the minerals we need from a balanced diet. However, modern farming techniques, fertilisers and depleted soils have reduced the mineral content of our foods and environmental pollutants, chemical food additives and our stressful lifestyles can affect our requirements and absorption of necessary minerals. With numerous factors of modern life impacting our dietary needs and decisions, you can see why testing our nutritional and mineral status is important to understanding and maintaining our health.