Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)

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What is HTMA?

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is an analytical metabolic profiling test which measures the mineral content of the body.

Why mineral?

Minerals are essential for growth and wellbeing. They provide structural support in bones and teeth, and they participate in almost every metabolic process in the body – they are the true ‘spark-plugs’ of life.

ZINC

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

MAGNESIUM

Magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially the heart. Deficiency has been associated with heart conditions, anxiety, and nervousness.

POTASSIUM

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

SODIUM

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

Causes of Mineral Imbalances

Stress

Both physical and emotional stress can lead to mineral imbalances. B-complex vitamins, zinc and magnesium are lost in greater quantities when you are stressed; you also absorb less nutrients from your food.

Improper Eating Habits

Fad diets and diets high in refined carbohydrates, flour, sugar, industrial seed oils and alcohol can lead to mineral deficiencies and excesses.

Medication

Many deplete the body’s store of nutrient minerals and can increase levels of toxic minerals. Medications such as diuretics, the oral contraceptive pill, antacids and aspirin can all cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Genetic and individual factors

A predisposition towards certain mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excesses can be inherited from parents. Certain individuals can also inherit a higher requirement than normal for particular nutrients to maintain good health.

Pollution

Toxic minerals such as lead, mercury and cadmium can interfere with mineral absorption and increase mineral excretion. They build up in our bodies from sources such as: air pollution, car exhaust, cigarette smoke, unfiltered water and food.

Nutritional supplements

Supplements can also lead to mineral excesses and deficiencies. For example, excess calcium intake can cause phosphorus and magnesium deficiency. Continued magnesium deficiency increases sodium levels and eventually causes vitamin A deficiency.

3 reasons for using hair:

Hair is a 'Video Recorder'

By examining the hair, a lot can be learned about a person’s mineral levels & nutritional requirements. This data can highlight potential health problems and help you to treat them to meet your individual health needs.

Quick & Painless

Taking a hair sample is quick and easy – you only need to cut a small amount of hair, and it’s done! It can be sent to the lab without special handling requirements. If head hair is not available, beard or pubic hair can be used as well as clean fingernail clippings.

Reliable Indicator

Mineral concentrations in the hair can provide a reliable indicator of mineral stores in the whole body. If your health, diet or environment has created a mineral imbalance or toxic mineral excess, it will be recorded in the hair shaft.

Benefits of HTMA

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Benefit #1. Know Your Health

Get a detailed report on your health and use the findings as a basis to re-establish a balance in your body chemistry via an individualized dietary and supplementation program.

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Benefit #2. Know Your Unique Metabolic Profile

A HTMA reveals a unique metabolic world: intracellular activity, which cannot be seen through most other tests. This provides a blueprint of the biochemistry occurring during the period of hair growth and development.

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Benefit #3. Test for Toxic Heavy Metals

Uncover the presence of toxins associated with behavioral & neuro-developmental conditions such as ADD/HD, Autism, anxiety, depression, Dyslexia, speech delay, etc.

The Process:

Sample

For accuracy, our lab requires half a gram (0.5 gm) or about a small teaspoon of hair for testing. Hair is cut 3-5 centimeters from the root (near the scalp). The hair needs to be clean, well-rinsed, untreated and uncoloured.

Process

The hair sample will then be sent to our partner laboratory in Texas, U.S.A.

The process will take between two to three weeks.

Report

A report consisting of between 16-26 pages will be prepared that includes a Doctor’s Report, Client’s Report, and Dietary & Nutritional Recommendations.

Read here for the different types of available report formats.

Get a HTMA test now.

Choose one of the options below:

Results Only

Recommended for healthcare professionals
$150
  •  Copy of the test results (graphic illustration of levels and ratios)
  •  File copy of the test results (graphical illustration of levels and ratios)
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Comparative

Recommended for returning customers
$150
  •  Copy of the test results (graphical illustration of levels and ratios)
  •  File copy of the test results (graphical illustration of levels and ratios)
  •  Complete individualized evaluation and comparison of current mineral levels and ratios with previous test data
  •  Recommendations of specific foods and supplement and food groups (with modifications)
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