Hair Mineral Analysis

Minerals are essential for growth, healing, vitality and well-being. They provide structural support in bones and teeth; assist to maintain the body’s pH and water balance; support nerve activity, muscle contractions, energy production and enzyme reactions.

There are many health concerns which may be aggravated by a mineral imbalance, including fatigue; focus and concentration; cardiovascular health; cholesterol health; blood pressure balance; headaches and migraines; and children’s conditions.

Ideally, we should receive the minerals we need from a balanced diet. However, modern farming techniques, fertilisers and depleted soils may reduce the mineral content of our foods whilst environmental pollutants, chemical exposure and stressful modern-day lifestyles may affect our requirements and absorption of minerals. With numerous factors of modern life affecting our dietary needs and decisions, many patients choose to test their nutritional and mineral status.

In Perth, a well-known example of mineral excess is elevated copper levels due to copper pipes traditionally used in plumbing. Elevated copper levels may be associated with symptoms such as headaches, joint stiffness, water retention, bloating, insomnia, low mood, anxiety, irritability and anger.

Hair Mineral Analysis may assist with:

Hair Mineral Analysis may be utilised to assist assessment of heavy metal presence, as well as providing insight into mineral excesses and deficiencies.

There are various symptoms which may be experienced due to the presence of heavy metals or a mineral imbalance.

Some of these may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Insomnia
  • Low Moo
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Headaches
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Skin Rashes
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Digestive Concerns
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Flatulence
  • Poor Appetite
  • Poor Immune Health
  • Chemical Sensitivities
  • Poor Concentration
  • Poor Memory
  • Strokes
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Tremors
  • Tinnitus
  • Joint Stiffness

More About Hair Mineral Analysis

Why hair?

Hair is often considered for testing mineral and heavy metal levels as it is non-invasive and provides a wide range of levels in one test. Some consider hair mineral testing more in-depth than standard blood testing. Our bodies naturally try to keep the minerals in our blood at a constant ‘homeostasis’ level. Excess minerals may be stored away in tissues whilst deficient minerals may be drawn from tissues or organs to keep blood levels stable. By testing hair, we may gain a more accurate picture of true mineral and metal levels.

The body also tries to keep the blood free of heavy metals, which is a protective mechanism to safeguard the brain from damage. Most heavy metals may circulate in the blood for less than 24 hours after exposure and may then be ‘hidden’ away in other areas of the body such as fat stores, organs, bones and even teeth.

Which minerals and metals are tested?

There are more than 30 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 may arise because the body requires a set level of these minerals to function correctly. Nutritional elements tested 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 may negatively impact health and may 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, required in low levels. Additional elements may include Germanium, Barium, Bismuth, Rubidium, Lithium, Nickel, Platinum, Thallium, Vanadium, Strontium, Tin, Titanium, Tungsten and Zirconium.

How do you perform Hair Mineral Analysis?

This test can be performed during your consultation or in the comfort of your own home. Testing scalp hair from the nape of the neck is preferable but pubic or underarm hair may be tested if necessary.

Approximately one – two tablespoons 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 be testing the sample for results from five or ten years ago!

Once your hair sample has been posted to the laboratory, results are usually received within two weeks.

What is the cost of Hair Mineral Analysis?

The laboratory fee to have your hair mineral analysis test completed is approximately $100-140.

When we receive your results back from the laboratory our practice charges $45 for your practitioner to analyse your results and create an individualised program aimed to correct any mineral imbalances and detoxify heavy metals using natural medicines.

What happens once I have my results?

Upon receiving your hair mineral analysis results your practitioner will discuss these clearly with you as well as providing you with copies of your results, and handouts to go with them. We will also discuss what may be involved in resolving any imbalances displayed in your results.

The length of your program depends on your results and health needs but may take 3 months to 18 months to complete. The good news is that no matter where your results, we will always have solutions to balance your mineral levels for your greatest health.

Let us guide you to a happier, healthier you.