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Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is an inexpensive test that measures the mineral composition of hair which produces a lot of information about your health. It is a safe and non-invasive test that reflects the level of nutrient and toxic elements in body tissue. 

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis goes beyond the capabilities of standard blood, urine and stool testing. Every centimetre of hair relates to one month worth of history whereas a blood test will give you 7-9 days worth of history. In blood, the level of minerals is subject to homeostasis. They fluctuate with emotional changes, the time of day the test is taken, and the food that is eaten prior to the test for example. Blood provides a momentary snapshot, it does not reflect mineral storage, absorption or excretion patterns. 

What Can Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Reveal?

  • Mineral Deficiencies and Excesses
  • Heavy Metal Toxicity
  • Metabolic Rate (Fast Or Slow)
  • Immune Disorders
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Nervous System Imbalances
  • Hormones Imbalances
  • Liver and Kidney Stress
  • Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
  • Energy Levels and Fatigue
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Adrenal and Thyroid Function
  • Deficiencies Testing Tool for Athletes
  • Causes of Insomnia
  • Causes of Allergies
  • Digestive Function
  • Bone Health
  • Fertility Issues
  • Valuable information on existing health conditions

Importance Of Minerals

Minerals are essential for growth, healing, vitality and wellbeing. They provide structural support in bones and teeth and maintain the body’s pH, water balance, nerve activity, muscle contractions, energy production and enzyme reactions. They are the basic ‘spark plugs’ of life.  

Who Can Benefit From Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis?

  • Children: Growth and development, behavioural issues, learning difficulties, hyperactivity and reoccurring illnesses. 
  • Sportspersons and Athletes: Maintaining balanced levels of essential nutrients is essential for endurance, improving performance and recovery from injury.
  • Fertility and Pre-Pregnancy: Fertility issues, toxic elements can have an effect on the health of a baby.
  • Menopausal Woman: Minerals have a direct impact on our hormones. Hormonal imbalance can result in hot flushes and night sweats, problems with sleep, mood changes and other symptoms.
  • Elderly: Improve mood and quality of life.
  • Existing Health Conditions: Mineral imbalances and toxic elements can aggravate many health conditions.
  • Health Conscious Individuals: To assess health and nutritional status. 

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Testing

How Does The Testing Process Work?

  • I can personally take your hair sample at my clinic and express post it to the laboratory or
  • If you can't make it into the clinic book your Hair Tissue Mineral below. Once you have ordered your HTMA you can choose to come into my clinic to have your hair sample taken or to receive a hair sachet (via email or post) with clear instructions on how to take a sample of hair and where to post to. The postage of the hair sample is at your expense.  Your hair must not be coloured or permed for accurate results. 
  • If your hair is treated or coloured, wait ten to twelve weeks and take the sample from the freshly grown, untreated hair. Any hair treatment or colour, natural or otherwise, can potentially lead to less accurate results for some elements tested.

The Laboratory

Trace Elements Inc (TEI) is an internationally recognised US tissue mineral analysis laboratory and nutritional consulting company. The laboratory is federally licensed, following strictly established health and safety protocols, and is regularly inspected by the Clinical Laboratory Division of the US Department of Health and Human Services (License no. 45-DO481787).

TEI employs the finest state-of-the-art technology and the most experienced analytical and support staff to ensure scientifically accurate data and reports. TEI uses ICP-Mass Spectrometry (Sciex Elan 6100, 9000 and NexION 1000 models) for all trace element determinations. It is one of the most sensitive analytical techniques available for mineral analysis today. All testing is performed in a trace element class laboratory clean room, using the most advanced and uniform temperature-controlled microwave digestion techniques (CEM Mars 5 Plus).

Test results are normally available within 14 -21 days from the date the laboratory receives the hair sample. 

Your Report

Your personalised report assesses your current mineral and heavy metal status, your endocrine function and metabolic rate.  It will highlight areas of concern and treat them through a nutritional program along with recommended supplement and herbal suggestions for improved health, all of which are discussed during the 20-minute HTMA phone consultation.   

No more Dr Google!

If you have any questions, please email me at  sharynb@ionherbals.com.au 

HAIR TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS FOR DOGS IS ALSO AVAILABLE. 

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