Hair mineral testing is very inexpensive and can be very helpful when used alongside other data.
A hair test can provide information on:
- Nutrient mineral levels (calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium and so on)
- The zinc to copper ratio, which is critically important for people with mood, cognitive and psychological symptoms
- Heavy metal excretion (lead, mercury, arsenic and others)
- Thyroid and adrenal function and blood sugar regulation
One main advantage of hair testing is that because hair grows slowly, it provides information over a 4-12 week period as opposed to a day snapshot as in the case of other tests.
As with other tests, hair mineral analysis is only as good as its interpretation, and it’s not as easy to interpret as you might think.
For example, a low mercury level on a hair test may mean you can’t excrete and detoxify mercury, not that you don’t have it in your body.
A high zinc level may indicate that you are excreting too much zinc due to stress and that you actually have a deficiency.
It’s really important to put a hair mineral analysis result in the context of your clinical picture – health history, family history, symptoms and timeline.
We use hair testing quite a lot with our clients and find it very helpful in determining an appropriate course of action.
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