Minerals + Heavy Metal Analysis (HTMA)

 

What is an HTMA?

The hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is a great, inexpensive way to test for nutritional minerals and toxic heavy metals. Trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions in all phases of the life process. HTMA is an analytical test that measures the mineral content of your hair which reflects what is in your tissues, which gives us a look at both your nutritional status and how efficiently your body is working.

The HTMA test markers include:

Minerals: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, copper, zinc, phosphorus, iron, manganese, chromium, selenium, boron, cobalt, molybdenum, sulfur, germanium, barium, bismuth, rubidium, lithium, nickel, platinum, thallium, vanadium, strontium, tin, titanium, tungsten, zirconium

Heavy Metals: aluminum, arsenic, antimony, beryllium, cadmium, lead, mercury, uranium

Why balancing minerals is so important
–    Zinc can reduce the beneficial effect of vitamin D
–    Calcium can reduce the beneficial effect of vitamin A
–    Vitamin C can reduce the beneficial effect of copper
–    Vitamin D can cause a deficiency of magnesium
–    Taking too much iron can contribute to symptoms of arthritis, high blood pressure and tension headaches
–    Too much calcium alone can contribute to osteoporosis, weight gain + fatigue
–    Toxic metals can contribute to learning disabilities

Who is this test right for?

Anyone who wants a deeper look into their bodies for a low cost. Additionally great for those who have been on a lifestyle journey, but still don’t feel like they are “there” yet and want to know if heavy metals are playing a role in their journey to better health.

Why hair is better than blood testing:

  • Blood tests give information about your mineral levels at the time of the test only whereas hair indicates your actual storage levels over appx. 3 months time
  • If you recently ate a banana, your test would indicate high potassium even though you may actually need supplementation
  • 30 to 40 days following an exposure to lead, blood levels may be undetectable due to the body removing the lead from blood and depositing it into body tissues like liver, bones, teeth and hair
  • Calcium loss from the body can become so advanced that severe osteoporosis can develop without any appreciable changes noted in calcium levels on a blood test
  • Symptoms of iron deficiency can be present long before low iron levels can be detected by blood
  • Hair is used as one of the tissues of choice by the Environmetal Protection Agency (EPA) in determining toxic metal exposure
Sample Report (PDF)

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