At the root of perfect health is mineral balance. Chemically, all living things are a combination of water, carbon, nitrogen, and all of the other elements or minerals found on the planet. The amounts of each element required for optimal health are defined. A mineral deficient body will either not grow at all or will be so weak that it becomes vulnerable to many diseases.
Hair mineral analysis for health has been used since many years as an assessment tool by many medical practioners, as well as the World Health Organization. Over time great strides have been made in the evaluation of what a hair mineral analysis is actually revealing. More than simply revealing mineral deficiencies and excesses, the specific mineral ratios are indicative of, among other things, your metabolic rate, and ability to manage sugar, level of stress, and thyroid and adrenal function.
Hair Analysis: What to do before you cut your hair for it?
- Wash your hair with your regular shampoo. However, do not use a dandruff shampoo for at least 2 weeks prior to cutting as they often contain their own minerals which could alter the results.
- Following shampooing, avoid using conditioners, hair styling products/gels, leave-in conditioners, etc.
- Cut as close to the scalp as possible. You may want to take a cut from the back of your head as that’s where your hair often grows the fastest. You can also cut very small samples from all over your head in order to not leave any bald spots; especially if you have very short hair.
The mineral content of the hair will give an overview of the mineral levels in the body’s tissues and the changes that occur over time. Unlike hair, blood mineral levels stay relatively the same even when the tissue mineral levels are changing. Since hair is a living, metabolically active tissue, an accurate hair mineral analysis performed by a reliable laboratory therefore will provide a timeline of metabolic activity unavailable on a blood test.