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Hair Analysis


What is Hair Mineral Analysis?

Your hair contains all the minerals present in your body, including nutritional minerals as well as toxic heavy metals. Hair Mineral analysis is a laboratory test that measures this mineral content in the hair. In most cases, the test results reflect how much of these elements are in your tissues and provide a vivid picture of your internal environment. With this information, a world of metabolic events can be interpreted. Not only can your nutritional status be viewed, but we can also learn much about how efficiently your body is working.

The sampled hair, obtained by cutting the first inch and a half of growth closest to the scalp at the nape of the neck, is prepared in a licensed clinical laboratory through a series of chemical and high temperature digestive procedures.
Testing is then performed using highly sophisticated detection equipment and methods to achieve the most accurate and precise results. Hair analysis has been used in alternative medicine as a method of investigation to assist screening and/or diagnosis.


* Calcium loss from the body can become so advanced that severe osteoporosis can develop without any appreciable changes noted in the calcium levels in a blood test.

* Symptoms of iron deficiency can be present long before low iron levels can be detected in the serum.

Why test for minerals?

Trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions in all phases of the life process.

* Zinc is involved in the production, storage, and secretion of insulin and is necessary for growth hormones.

* Magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially the heart. A deficiency has been associated with an increased incidence of heart attacks, anxiety and nervousness.

* Potassium is critical for normal nutrient transport into the cell. A deficiency can result in muscular weakness, depression, and lethargy.

* Excess Sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate amounts are required for normal health.

Trace elements(minerals) are more important factors in human nutrition than vitamins. The body can manufacture many vitamins, but it cannot produce necessary trace minerals or get rid of many possible excesses.

Did you know ?

Excessive mineral intake can negate the beneficial effects of vitamins, for example:

Zinc can reduce the beneficial effect of vitamin "d"

Calcium can reduce the beneficial effect of vitamin "a"

Excessive vitamin intake can negate the beneficial effects of minerals, for example:

Vitamin "c" can reduce the beneficial effect of copper

Vitamin "d" can cause a deficiency of magnesium.

Taking too much iron can contribute to arthritis, and symptoms such as, high blood pressure and pressure headaches with dizziness.

Frontal headaches (behind the eyes) are associated with too much copper.

Taking too much calcium alone can contribute to osteoporosis, weight gain and fatigue.

Toxic metals can contribute to learning disabilities in children.

What can cause a mineral imbalance?

Diet, stress, medication ( prescription and over-the- counter medication), pollution - such as: cigarette smoke (cadmium), hair dyes (lead), lead based cosmetics, copper and aluminum cookware, and dental amalgams( mercury and cadmium). These are just a few of the hundreds of sources which can contribute to nutrient imbalances and adverse metabolic effects.

Nutritional supplements- taking the incorrect type of supplements or improper amounts of nutritional supplements can produce many mineral excesses and/or deficiencies contributing to an overall biochemical imbalance.

Focus on your health---------- do the hair analysis!!!!!!
For more information please call
Leaf of life
(Providence Pacific Hospital)


This information is not intended to replace the services of a health care provider or to act as a diagnostic tool of any kind or in any way.