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. The test results reflect how much of these elements are in your tissues and provide a vivid picture of your internal environment. This testing is far more extensive than a routine blood test which only shows what is moving through your body at the time where hair shows what is being stored in your body.
This test also indicates your metabolic type – whether you are a Slow or a Fast Metabolizer. You will then be provided with a list of dietary suggestions and supplements based on your metabolic type, mineral levels, mineral ratios, as well as the nutrient content of each food including protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins and minerals. Based upon these determinations, it may be suggested that foods be avoided or increased temporarily to aid in the improvement of your chemistry. Food allergies may also be detected through hair analysis and listed as foods to be avoided.
Hair analysis can give you an indication of mineral status and toxic metal accumulation following long term exposure. What can cause a mineral imbalance? Diet, Stress, Medications, Pollution, Smoking, and Inherited Patterns. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that hair analysis is an accurate, inexpensive screening tool for heavy metal toxicity.