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Analysing the hair using the hair mineral analysis (HMA)technique provides a wealth of valuable information on the body’s metabolic efficiency, nutritional status and the presents of certain poisonous substances that may well be the cause of ill health or hair loss. The HMA provides a biochemical blueprint of the body.
The Hair Mineral Analysis is a perfectly safe, pain free method which simply requires the taking of a small amount of hair for testing. The most appropriate method of which is to use thinning scissors, taking hair from a variety of regions around the occiput (back of head). Thinning scissors should be used to mask the hair removal. The hair should be taken as close to the scalp as possible. The hair is then sent to a clinical laboratory where it is put through a series of chemical and high temperature digestive processes. This is followed by recording results using highly sophisticated detection equipment.
We need to take approx. an inch and a half (two months growth) so if you have very short hair then you should allow the hair to grow before arranging a hair mineral analysis. Dyes hair should not be used and the dye chemicals used will affect the results.
The hair structure records levels of nutrient and toxic elements within the body’s tissue. It should be noted that the human scalp hair tends to take approx 6 weeks to present itself through the skin from mitosis. Therefore an HMA would present an accurate result of body content 6-14 (approx.) weeks previously.
Blood Testing – will account for only recent levels (hours) which may be inaccurate and will certainly not cover such a wide rage of elements and minerals.
Urine Testing – will address that which is excreted from the body which does not necessarily account for that absorbed by the body as fuel.
So why do we test for minerals?
The need for trance minerals should not be overlooked. In fact, they are needed in countless metabolic functions essential for life. Example such as:
Magnesium – essential for regular muscular function especially the heart. Deficiency may be associated with increased incidence of heart conditions aswell as suffering symptoms as nervousness and anxiety.
Zinc – noted in over 150 enzymatic actions. Zinc is also involved in The synthesis of Thyrotropin Releasing Hormone (TRH) – produced by the Hypothalamus to stimulate production of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). A crucial catalyst in the binding and activation of the active thyroid hormone Triiodothyronine (T3) to receptors on the cell nucleus and Zinc deficiency is thought to contribute to poor thyroid hormone conversion – and deficiency diminishes healthy genetic expression of thyroid hormone. (ref: Anthony Pearce trichologist & nurse in Australia).
Copper – inadequate levels of copper inhibits the production of thyroid gland hormone and may obstruct the use of iron by our red blood cells. This results in iron left in a dormant state within the organs of the body. As the copper deficiency continues the iron continues to lay dormant. This may in term cause symptoms of iron deficiency even though the levels are ok.
Potassium – required for transportation of nutrients into cells. Deficiency may cause weakness within the muscles, lethargy and mild depression.
Sodium – essential for sustained health. Too much sodium may lead to hypertension.
Causes of mineral imbalance
Diet – those on a “healthy diet” can have issues with mineral deficiency, depending upon the soil from which the food is grown. Other considerations are those who eat processed food, alcohol and fad diets which lead to a chemical imbalance.
Stress – reduces the body’s ability to absorb, aswell as depleting levels of nutrients.
Medicines – may deplete the body’s store of mineral content aswell as increasing levels of toxic metals. Medicines include diuretics, antacids, aspirin and oral contraceptives.
Inherited – A predisposition towards some mineral imbalances, excesses aswell as deficiency may be passed from parents.
Pollution – we are all exposed to pollution some more than others. Pollution may lead to increased levels of toxic metal content in the blood which may lead to many issues within the body. Some common sources of toxic metals are cigarette smoke (cadmium), hair dyes (lead) hydrogenated oils (nickel), anti perspirants (aluminum), dental filling (mercury cadmium).
Hair mineral analysis is widely used by medical professional as an additional screening aid to achieve a comprehensive evaluation of the patients mineral and heavy metal content. The hair mineral analysis is accurate and often presents information where other screening methods fail.
If you would like to arrange a hair mineral analysis please contact the London Trichology Practice either by phone or e-mail us and we will be happy to assist.