I am sharing my experience with Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis and my results.
Hello friends! How are you? I hope you are enjoying the day so far. Today it’s admin stuff, plus a strength workout at home and breakfast for dinner tonight.
For today’s post, I wanted to share my experience HTMA as one of the testing tools I use. I shared more about food sensitivity testing here and will do another post on Candida, Metabolic and Vitamin testing. It’s been really incredible to gain knowledge about imbalances, especially the eyes and autoimmune stuff that I’ve experienced over the past year.
At first glance, HTMA it seems like a *simple* test, but there is so much that goes into it and SO much it can tell you. It is a snapshot of how your body responds to stress. When we’re stressed, we burn through our minerals faster, which can leave us exhausted and drained. This can also be a very useful tool after birth, as babies use nutrients from mom. Minerals work in pairs, so it’s important to look at the relationships between minerals and try to find balance. There will never be a *perfect* HTMA test result. it’s more about seeing improvements in your body over time.
Embarking on a journey to understand your body’s unique needs and intricacies is a powerful step toward holistic wellness. Today I will share what this test entails, its benefits, the process and my personal experience.
Note: This information is based on personal experience and training. Consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice. This test does not diagnose, prevent, treat or cure disease or illness. It is simply an informative tool for your unique body.
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) test review.
What is HTMA and what can it tell you?
HTMA is a diagnostic tool that analyzes the mineral content of your hair tissue. As our hair reflects our body’s mineral composition, this non-invasive test offers a window into the past 90 days of mineral imbalances, heavy metal exposure and potential nutritional deficiencies. It goes beyond superficial symptoms and can help uncover root causes of various health problems. Minerals are essential for our entire body and are the “spark plugs”.
Advantages and benefits:
HTMA provides a holistic perspective on your mineral status, helping to identify imbalances that may be contributing to health challenges. It can also give information about your nervous system, adrenal function, thyroid function and absorption.
Early detection: Early detection of mineral imbalances allows for proactive adjustments to prevent potential health problems
Customized Nutrition: With knowledge from HTMA, personalized nutrition plans can be created to address specific deficiencies and promote overall well-being.
External contamination: External factors such as hair products or environmental exposure can affect test results. Choosing a reputable lab and following pre-test instructions alleviates this concern.
How to take the test:
Order the kit: Choose a trusted HTMA provider and order your kit. (I work with clients with packages for testing onlyand as part of 1:1 training.)
Collect a hair sample: Follow the kit’s instructions to collect a hair sample from the back of your head, closer to your scalp. You don’t need a ton of hair. it’s about a tablespoon. The test kit comes with a paper scale to make sure you have enough.
Send to Lab: Send the sample to the designated lab for analysis.
This is my test – I did a full analysis of the results on IG.
Who can benefit from HTMA?
Chronic health problems:
Individuals experiencing persistent health challenges may benefit from uncovering underlying mineral imbalances.
Optimizing mineral levels is vital for athletes aiming to improve performance and recovery.
Preventive treatment of possible imbalances can potentially prevent future health problems.
The analysis of HTMA results:
HTMA results provide a comprehensive breakdown of the various minerals and heavy metals in your body. Essential minerals include magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium and trace elements such as zinc and copper. Increased or decreased levels of these minerals can provide information about possible health problems.
Understanding Mineral Imbalances:
Magnesium: Deficiency can contribute to muscle cramps, anxiety and fatigue.
Calcium: Elevated levels can affect cardiovascular health and bone density.
Zinc: A critical mineral for immune function. Deficiency can affect wound healing and immunity.
Copper: Imbalances can affect energy levels and contribute to hormonal problems.
Interpretation of heavy metal exposure:
HTMA also assesses exposure to heavy metals such as lead, mercury, aluminum and cadmium. Elevated levels may indicate environmental exposure or impaired detoxification pathways.
Hair tissue metal analysis (HTMA) classifies individuals into different metabolic types based on their oxidation rate. This rate, commonly referred to as metabolic type, categorizes people into fast oxidizers, slow oxidizers, or mixed oxidizers.
Here’s a very brief overview of each:
Metabolic features: Fast oxidizers have a fast oxidation rate, meaning their body processes nutrients quickly.
Common characteristics: They may experience bursts of energy followed by fatigue, have difficulty maintaining weight, and often crave sweets.
Dietary recommendations: Fast oxidizers can benefit from a diet rich in complex carbohydrates, moderate protein, and healthy fats to help stabilize blood sugar levels.
Metabolic features: Slow oxidizers have a slower rate of oxidation, meaning their body metabolizes nutrients at a more gradual rate.
Common characteristics: They may struggle with low energy, weight gain, and crave stimulants like caffeine.
Dietary recommendations: Slow oxidizers can benefit from a diet that emphasizes lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and moderate healthy fats to support steady energy levels. Mixed oxidants:
Mixed oxidants exhibit both fast and slow oxidant characteristics, exhibiting a balance between fast and slow metabolic rates.
Common characteristics: They may experience a combination of symptoms from both fast and slow oxidizers, making their nutritional needs a little more varied.
Dietary recommendations: Mixed oxidizers benefit from a balanced diet that incorporates elements from both the fast and slow oxidizer dietary recommendations.
My personal experience:
Having suffered HTMA, I discovered valuable knowledge about the state of my minerals. The test identified areas of improvement, leading me to targeted dietary adjustments and supplements. While not a standalone solution, HTMA serves as a powerful tool in my holistic health journey. (The food sensitivity test and OAT were also extremely insightful!)
If you are curious about any functional test, email me email@example.com subject TEST
It makes a huge difference to be taking supplements that your body needs, rather than what you think you *should* be taking (which may even cause negative effects). New 1:1 customers who sign up with a 3 month package will receive a free HTMA and Candida, Metabolic and Minerals test ($499 value).
Have a great day and see you soon!