[Note: HTMA is the acronym for “hair tissue mineral analysis”, the scientific term.]
Another way to ask this – do you care about your body as much as you care about and for your garden, home and your car?
As you may have read on the dedicated hair analysis page, minerals are the spark plugs of life. They are required for almost all enzyme activity in the body, without which life ceases to exist. Our cars, HVAC systems and appliances benefit from regular maintenance and testing, and our bodies do, too. Hair analysis is a very efficient way to determine many variables in your body – nutritional status is just the start.
Mineral imbalances are exceedingly common and determining your mineral status will enable you to restore balance and create a vitality you may have never known, and prevent health issues down the line, too.
The beauty of hair analysis is – you take responsibility for your own health, are proactive and create the best health possible – if you use the right lab, and follow the simple diet and lifestyle recommendations based on the results of a properly interpreted hair analysis. I have seen many people create great health for themselves. As you choose to care for your body and health each day, too, there is a great reward awaiting you.
For instance, if your hair reveals elevated calcium levels, say 2-3 times normal, the levels in your body may be elevated also. If so, you may be more prone to arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries due to calcium plaques.
If your calcium levels are low on the other hand, a tendency toward osteoporosis may exist, as well as dental caries, periodontal disease, muscle cramps.
In either case, steps can be taken to get back on the right track and prevent more serious issues from occurring.
Here are other examples of early, subtle changes in your body chemistry and what they may mean:
- White spots on fingernails – possible zinc deficiency
- Longitudinal ridges on fingernails – possible iron deficiency
- Brittle hair and nails – possible calcium and copper imbalance
- Deep groves across nails – calcium deficiency
- Stretch marks – zinc deficiency
- Pre-menstrual headaches in women – potential copper imbalance
- Arthritis pain – potential lead, cadmium or mercury issues
- Adolescent acne – potential copper and zinc imbalances
- Mood swings – possible toxic metal accumulation such as lead, mercury or cadmium
These indicators may be early signs of metabolic disturbances and may lead to more serious issues if left unchecked.
What are potential causes of a mineral imbalance?
While there are many, here are a few reasons:
- Improper diet – too many processed foods, too many carbs, strict or restrictive vegetarian diets that do not supply all the necessary nutrients
- Inability to absorb nutrients in food due to inadequate hydrochloric acid production in the stomach
- Long-term use of birth control pills
- Stress, especially the chronic kind
- Accumulation of toxic metals from the environment, job or hobby – some people are unable to detoxify them on their own, for various reasons
- Inheritance of mineral patterns from parents
I think you – and your body – are worth finding out where you stand! The sooner you do this, the sooner you will enable your body to get on the right track to long-term health and vitality!