Why do we use hair?
Hair is a tissue, just like the skin, muscles, nerves and internal organs such as the heart, liver and brain. Like other body tissues, hair contains minerals that are deposited as it grows. The HTMA test represents the mineral levels in the majority of soft tissues in the body. If we have mineral imbalances in the hair test, it usually indicates that there is mineral imbalance within the body.
Blood tests vs hair tests
Hair is a tissue and gives an insight into the metabolic processes happening inside our cells (intracellular). Which is where all the important things happen!! Whereas blood is a transport system, so is a good measure of what’s happening outside out cells (extracellular).
Can I take a multivitamin/mineral supplement?
Unfortunately taking multi supplements, or guessing which supplements you need isn’t the best idea, as it can create imbalances and can often make you feel worse. I have seen this happen with many of my clients, myself included.
Just as an example, your multi supplement may contain calcium, however you may already have enough or too much calcium, so this will exasperate your symptoms. Magnesium is another example, giving high doses can make you worse if you don’t balance it with its partner minerals and nutrients (e.g. sodium, potassium). We need to ensure we achieve ‘balance’ between the minerals.
Another example includes iron supplements. Iron raises sodium which lowers potassium, magnesium & zinc. This elevated sodium & low potassium can cause adrenal stress; by increasing stress hormones & lowering the calming minerals. Raising sodium can also cause an inflammatory response.
If you are deficient in a particular mineral, the multi is unlikely to provide you with ‘high’ enough doses of the mineral that you need.
I can’t tolerate all supplements
I have personal experience in selecting suitable ‘clean’ supplements for sensitive clients, or those with gut issues or many intolerances/sensitivities. I also have experience of how minerals can affect the gut. Please do contact me and I can explain more about this.
How long does it take to balance my minerals?
Fixing minerals doesn’t always happen overnight. The ‘quick fix route’ is all too common now, but do these routes work? I prefer the slow and steady route which can achieve longer-term benefits. If you keep going with the program over time, you will see benefits. The body can take time. Children can sometimes respond faster, as they have less to heal, compared to adults.
My thyroid tests are normal, but I still have thyroid related symptoms?
Some clients suspect they have a low thyroid issue. If their blood tests for thyroid function are within the “normal” range. It is commonly concluded that they don’t have a thyroid problem. Yet, they still experience hypothyroid related symptoms.
When we would look at the HTMA profiles of these individuals, quite often, the minerals that are considered to represent thyroid activity (Calcium and potassium) are imbalanced (i.e. a high level of calcium and low potassium). This suggests that the HTMA is a good tool to use to detect thyroid issues.
How often do I need a test?
Compared to other tests, the HTMA is not an expensive option, this makes a retests a viable option. If you like, it’s a good safety net, to keep an eye on your progress. A follow-up HTMA retest allows you to monitor and evaluate the improvements in your nutritional status over time. Any necessary adjustments to dietary and supplement needs can be tweaked then if needed. It is recommended to recheck every 3-5 months.