What is Hair Mineral Analysis?
A hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) simply stated, is a screening test that measures the mineral content of your hair. However, a hair tissue mineral analysis is much more than a test for minerals.
Providing a mineral blueprint of one’s biochemistry, a hair tissue mineral analysis can provide information about one’s metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, stage of stress, immune system and glandular activity.
The hair sample is sent over to the US and the analysis done by Analytical Research Labs, Inc. Their test screens for the level of 20 minerals and toxic metals in a sample of hair. It is a tissue mineral biopsy that is non-invasive, relatively inexpensive and extremely accurate. ARL uses sophisticated instrumentation – the Perkin Elmer Elan 9000 ICP Mass Spectrometer to assess mineral levels in parts per million or parts per billion.
Hair, like all other body tissues, contains minerals that are deposited as the hair grows. Although the hair is dead, the minerals remain as the hair continues to grow out. A sample of hair cut close to the scalp provides information about the mineral activity in the hair that took place over the past three to four months, depending on the rate of hair growth.
A sample of your hair should be ideally taken from near the nape of your neck in order to get new hair growth. About an inch of hair is required for the test. If you are suffering from hair loss, underarm or pubic hair can be used. All the instructions are in the hair test kit envelope for you to complete at home and send directly in the envelope provided. It usually takes around 2 weeks for a report to be sent.
Test results are printed on an easy-to-read graph. The printed graph includes the mineral results, major mineral ratios and the oxidation type.
A 15-20 page report from ARL is also included. This describes one’s metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, immune system, autonomic balance, glandular activity and metabolic trends, a personal dietary supplement program, basic diet recommendations and other information that can be inferred from the test results.
Once the report is received, Nikki will contact you to collect. You can have a read of the report and if you want to follow the suggested nutritional guidelines and order the suggested supplements Nikki can order the supplements for you.
The suggested nutrition and supplement plans usually cover 3 months, and clients often benefit from repeating the mineral test every 3-4 months to adjust their nutrition plan according to the body’s current needs.
If you wanted a more bespoke look at how to balance the minerals and detox any toxic minerals you can book in with Nikki.
Prices for Hair Mineral Analysis
£15 initial chat & brief form explanation 15-20mins
£55 – cost of Analysis & Report from the HTMA company in USA
You can then either pick up the Report & contact the UK centre to order the recommended supplements or schedule an appointment with Nicola to discuss the Report’s findings & test up the recommended supplements &/or homeopathic medicines. The appt is £75.
Hair Mineral Analysis Therapy in Blackheath
Nicola Redmond provides hair mineral analysis therapy in Blackheath , and also serves the local community in South East London (including Greenwich, Charlton, Lewisham, Deptford, Maze Hill, Westcombe Park, Plumstead, Dartford). Nicola is at Blackheath Complementary Health Centre on Tuesdays and some Fridays and Saturday afternoons on a flexible basis.