Hair Mineral Analysis

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

Many health conditions may be aggravated by mineral imbalances and toxic metal excesses, including fatigue, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, migraines, learning difficulties and children’s conditions.

Ideally, we should obtain all the minerals we need from a balanced diet. However, modern farming techniques, fertilisers and depleted soils have often reduced the mineral content of our foods and environmental pollutants, chemical food additives and our stressful lifestyles can affect our requirements and absorption of necessary minerals. With numerous factors of modern life impacting our dietary needs and decisions, you can see why testing nutritional and mineral status is important to understand and maintain our health.

In Perth, a common example of mineral excess is high copper levels due to the copper pipes traditionally used in plumbing. High copper levels may cause multiple health problems, including headaches, joint stiffness, water retention, bloating, insomnia, depression, anxiety, irritability and anger.

Hair Mineral Analysis may assist with:

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

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

Some of the common issues include:

  • Fatigue
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Headaches
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Skin Rashes
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Yellow Teeth
  • Digestive Complaints
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Flatulence
  • Anorexia
  • Poor Immune System
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Multiple Allergies
  • Mental Decline
  • Poor Memory
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • Strokes
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Tremors
  • Cancer
  • Premature Births
  • Birth Defects
  • Tinnitus
  • Joint Stiffness

More About Hair Mineral Analysis

Why hair?

Hair is often utilised for testing mineral and heavy metal levels as it may provide more in-depth information than 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 the 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 toxic heavy metals, which is a protective mechanism to safeguard the brain from damage. Most toxic heavy metals circulate in the blood for less than 24 hours after exposure, and are then hidden away in other areas of the body such as fat stores, organs, bones and even teeth.

What 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 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, which are only 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?

The 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 get results from seven 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 $30 for your practitioner to analyse your results and put together an individualised program for you to correct any mineral deficiencies or excesses 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 the program depends on your Hair Mineral Analysis results, but may take 3 months to 18 months to complete. The good news is that no matter what your results, we will always have solutions to return your mineral levels to where they should be for your greatest health.

Let us guide you to a happier, healthier you.