Utilizing Hair Mineral Analysis to Identify Nutritional Deficiencies

Hair Mineral Analysis is most helpful for people who would like to know if symptoms they are experiencing are due to a nutritional deficiency and for individuals who are interested in improving their overall health, energy level or sports performance.  I like using Hair Mineral Analysis in my nutritional practice, as I have found that the laboratory results correlate with the results I obtain when performing Nutritional Response Testing through Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing.

Laboratory hair analysis has been around for a long time.  It captures a longer time frame of nutritional imbalance and deficiency data than a blood test, which can fluctuate daily.  A Hair Mineral Analysis is also a valuable preventative tool used to identify potential nutritional imbalances or deficiencies that may eventually lead to a variety of symptoms.

Some symptoms of inadequate nutrition that the laboratory report may outline are:  Heartburn, bloating, gas, hair loss, exhaustion, fatigue, insomnia, stress, allergies, musculoskeletal pain and inflammation, headaches, depression and anxiety.

Here is how hair analysis is done:  A small hair sample of approximately one inch in length is taken near the scalp.  It is then sent to a laboratory for analysis.  Amazingly, the length of hair captures a three month window of your body’s nutritional status.

Once analyzed by the lab, a detailed report of approximately 20 to 35 pages is issued.  This report will provide specific information on mineral deficiencies or mineral excesses that are in the body (i.e. Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Sodium, Potassium, etc.).   This information is extremely valuable, as minerals are the catalyst to the proper function of so many of the body’s systems.

Furthermore, the report will show how your body is functioning or not functioning on a nutritional level.  It will also reflect how effectively or ineffectively your body is absorbing nutrients and using the foods you are consuming.

Here are a few topics that are outlined in the report:  The level of adrenal stress your body is under (i.e. how stressed out you are), the effectiveness of your digestive process (the breakdown and absorption of food), whether you are consuming too many carbohydrates and sugars, whether you are getting adequate amounts of protein, whether you have toxic metals in your system, an analysis of the mineral content of your body and whether your mineral ratios are off balance (i.e. calcium to magnesium, etc.) and how much energy you are producing to run your body.  Preventatively, the laboratory report will also outline areas of nutritional deficiencies or imbalances that should be addressed before symptoms are actually experienced.

The laboratory report then will outline foods and supplements you should or should not be consuming to properly balance and repair your body for optimal function, energy and health.

The other important thing to mention is there is no age requirement for a Hair Mineral Analysis.  In fact, even children can experience nutritional deficiencies that may lead to some of the symptoms noted above.

If you are interested in learning more about the Hair Mineral Analysis or would like to have one done, please call me at (530) 894-5990.  I will be glad to answer any questions you may have and help you with your nutritional needs, so you can have more energy and feel your best.