We all know that you can tell a lot about your health from the state of your hair but did you know that a simple hair mineral analysis using a few strands of your hair can reveal more about your health than many expensive blood tests?
When we talk about minerals we usually refer to the nutrients that are vital to your health and are essential to your detox system. But some minerals that get into your body such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and aluminum are toxic. These toxic metals can interfere with or block your detox system. Your hair can reveal all the minerals present in the body so hair mineral analysis is an ideal way to assess their levels in your body.
Why are minerals so important?
Minerals cannot be made by the body and must be obtained from your food or supplements. They are needed for many biochemical functions including digestion, metabolism (the rate at which your food is turned into energy), detoxification, muscle response, transmission of messages through the nervous system, and the production of your hormones.
They are the constituents of your bones, teeth, muscle, blood, your soft tissue and nerve cells. In fact every cell in your body needs minerals to function. Vitamins tend to get all the attention but minerals are known as the spark plugs of the chemistry of life. Your cells need energy to detox and minerals as well as vitamins are involved in the process that produces energy from the food you eat. They also nourish your thyroid that helps regulate energy production and drives detoxification.
Minerals are essential for detox
Your liver transforms harmful toxins into substances that can be released through the kidneys and bile by a two step process known as Phase 1 and Phase 2. Phase I detox relies on 50 to 100 enzymes to break down a wide variety of toxic chemicals from food and water, alcohol, drugs, nicotine, toxins absorbed from the intestinal tract as well as numerous other substances that result from normal body metabolism. These enzymes are dependent on minerals such as magnesium, zinc and copper to function and can be blocked by toxic minerals.
In Phase 2, the new substances made by Phase 1, must be combined with mineral compounds or amino acids before they can be safely excreted in the urine or bile. Deficiencies of magnesium, selenium, zinc, molybdenum, iron can prevent this detox pathway working efficiently and you get a backlog of damaging toxins and free radicals.
Do you have warning signs?
Do you feel really healthy right now? You may not have enough symptoms to take you to the doctor but perhaps you feel a little off-color, or tired, or have some niggling aches and pains or bloating and gas, or perhaps you feel foggy brained. All these are likely warning signs that your body is out of balance and not functioning as well at it should.
Studies show that mineral deficiencies and metal toxicity are at the root of every health problem. Your body relies on 17 minerals to stay healthy, strong and energized. A hair mineral analysis is an inexpensive and accurate test that can help you better understand your body chemistry. It can provide important information about your metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, stage of stress, immune system and glandular activity.
Get your health back on track with hair mineral analysis
By correcting and balancing essential mineral levels and reducing toxic minerals with the correct diet, nutritional supplements and lifestyle modifications, many health conditions can vastly improve.
Joy Healey, a nutritionist and colleague of mine, specializes in helping people back to health using hair mineral analysis as the main tool to discover your mineral deficiencies and toxicities. Although she is based in the UK people from other countries send a small sample of their hair to be analyzed by a top laboratory. You get your result by e-mail. It’s easy. Discover how it could help you. Click the link below: