Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a non-invasive screening test that measures the levels and comparative ratios of nutrient and toxic minerals found in hair. An HTMA can give you insight into your state of health because it can show body chemistry imbalances before they necessarily manifest into symptoms by looking at and determining several factors:
Your metabolic type. This is an important fact of body chemistry. It’s helpful in understanding dozens of symptoms, and to guide the dietary and supplement recommendations. It also helps to understand many emotional and mental symptoms as well. Assessing a person metabolic rate (fast or slow) and correcting it can be a very helpful method of improving a person’s health.
Your energy and vitality level. Energy is a common denominator of health. This means that if one’s energy is low, hundreds of symptoms can occur. Restoring one’s biochemical or adaptive energy is a key to healing. This is one of the most basic healing principles. Hair analysis is fabulous to evaluate the reason for lowered energy and vitality, and guiding exactly how to increase real energy production rather than just stimulate energy, as most healing programs do.
Gland and organ function. Hair testing provides indirect and direct indicators for the cellular effect of the thyroid and adrenal hormones. It can also be used indirectly to assess the activity of the liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines and perhaps other organs as well.
Sugar and carbohydrate tolerance. Hair analysis can be used to quickly screen for blood sugar imbalances. Toxic metals interfere with glucose metabolism. Inefficient carbohydrate metabolism drastically reduces cellular energy production, leading to many serious health conditions.
Toxic metal levels. Hair analysis is helpful in assessing the levels of the major toxic metals in the body. Other mineral levels and patterns on the test provide indicators of the presence of hidden toxic metals. Most people have too much of the toxic metals, even if they are not revealed on the test. They can be hidden, sequestered deep within the body tissues. This is especially true of mercury and aluminum, due to environmental contamination.
Trends and tendencies of common health conditions. Hair analysis is a wise and easy way to screen for tendencies towards serious health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue and many others.
Healing progress. Hair analysis can help monitor a person’s healing progress. Symptom changes alone are often not a good way to know if a person is progressing on a healing program. However, the hair test will often detect subtle changes in body chemistry, which is another wonderful benefit of this simple functional test.
Stress patterns. A hair analysis is superb to assess the stages of stress and stress response patterns of the human body. There are three stages of stress that the body passes through as it comes under prolonged stress. Each stage has a particular biochemistry and specific conditions. Understanding the stage of stress can assist in guiding its correction from a less healthy and lower energy stage of stress to a healthier and higher energy stage.
Autonomic nervous system assessment. A hair minerals test can assess many aspects of the functioning of the autonomic nervous system. This is a critical imbalance today in thousands of people and leads to hundreds of symptoms from digestive disturbance and inability to eliminate toxic metals, to sleep disturbances and blood sugar problems. The autonomic system has two branches. These are called the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. So many of us today are stuck in the Sympathetic “fight or flight” system. The sympathetic system is catabolic, which means it tears down the body. We need work on trying to come back into a parasympathetic state (rest and digest) to be able to nourish, heal and regenerate our bodies. Moving into a healthy parasympathetic state is essential for healthy balanced living and for all healing.
Psychological/emotional assessment. Among the most interesting use of the hair mineral analysis is the assessment of causes for mental and emotional symptoms such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks and several others. A test can usually reveal much about a person’s behavior and emotions. The relationships between hair mineral levels, ratios and patterns and emotional or behavioral factors may be called trends, patterns, correlations, or tendencies.
A hair analysis tests for at least 20 different minerals and looks at the last three months of your tissue activity, providing a mineral blueprint of your biochemistry. Once we know what minerals are out of balance, we can target those areas to bring them back into balance, and instead of chasing symptoms we work toward going after what is causing the problem. It’s all about your body chemistry and helping you restore and maintain optimal health. Hair minerals analysis just takes the guesswork out of recommending nutritional plans, supplements and detoxification methods to help that happen.
Please note that nutritional balancing is not a substitute for regular medical care. It is not a means of diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure for any disease or condition, mental or physical. Instead, it’s a means of reducing stress and balancing, strengthening and restoring body chemistry. When this is done, many health conditions improve by themselves.
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