Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
HTMA is a Functional Medicine screening tool used to assess the mineral levels stored within our body cells.
The tissue mineral analysis data may provide indications of mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excesses of many essential and toxic elements.
This analysis helps us understand the nutritional status and patient health presentation.
Allowing us greater insight to direct a treatment plan designed for best health outcomes.
HTMA measures the mineral composition of hair.
WHATS THE PROBLEM ?
Our body requires, not just the right amount of essential minerals in our blood, but also for these minerals to be in a balanced ratio within the cells, so they can then be utilised in cellular metabolism.
When certain minerals are either depleted or at toxic levels, they will cause side effects.
Minerals can become depleted in two ways.
- Either there is insufficient amounts being supplied through the diet or there is something blocking their absorption into the blood or the cell.
- Minerals can reach toxic levels when there is too much supplied through incorrect supplementation or something is interrupting the proper utilisation of the mineral in the cell.
- Heavy Metals, that are toxic to our body and that we are exposed to from our chemical-loaded environment, can interfere with the levels of essential minerals in our body and so these are also tested for.
Minerals have vast and varied roles in the body, including healthy growth and development, transportation, regulating heartbeat, building strong bones, and ensuring the nervous system functions correctly.
These minerals are found in all organic matter.
Significantly, in the soil where our foods are grown, which we then consume, and absorb.
These minerals are used in metabolic pathways in human cells.
HTMA uses 36 of these essential minerals found in the human hair or in salvia.
NUTRITIONAL ELEMENTS: Boron*, Calcium, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium, Sulfur, Zinc,
TOXIC ELEMENTS: Aluminium, Antimony*, Arsenic, Beryllium, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury, Uranium,
ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS: Barium, Bismuth, Germanium, Lithium, Nickel, Platinum, Rubidium, Strontium, Thallium, Tin, Titanium, Tungsten, Vanadium, Zirconium,
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Trace elements (minerals) “are more important than are the vitamins, in that they cannot be synthesised by living matter. Thus they are the spark-plugs in the chemistry of life, on which the exchanges of energy in the combustion of foods and the building of living tissues depend.”
Dr. Henry Schroeder,
Acne, Allergies, Alzheimer's, Anemia, Anxiety, Arthritis, Atherosclerosis, Cardiac conditions, Dental Problems, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Fatigue, Hairloss, Poor nails, Headaches, High Blood Pressure, Hormonal Imbalance, Hyperactivity, Hypercholesterolemia, Hypoglycaemia, Immune Impairment, Infertility, Insomnia, Learning Difficulties, Macular Degeneration, Memory Problems, Migraines, Mood Swings, Muscle Cramps, Osteoporosis, PMS. Prostate Disorder, Skin Problems, Stress, Thyroid Disorders, Poor Wound Healing.
If our soil is depleted of essential minerals,
then so will be our food and so will be our bodies.
MINERAL IMBALANCES AFFECT THE WHOLE BODY
A HTMA test will tell us the levels and ratios of the minerals and toxic elements found inside of the cell.
Signs and symptoms that express themselves through health issues give us clues that something is not right, however the complex balance of many minerals and the possible underlying heavy metal buildup, cannot be addressed without reliable data.
CAUSES OF MINERAL IMBALANCES
Fad diets and diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, salt, alcohol and saturated fats can lead to mineral deficiencies and excesses. Even the mineral content of a healthy diet can be deficient if foods are grown on nutrientpoor agricultural lands.