Testing for heavy metals and essential minerals is a great way to evaluate your health and overall toxicity though your hair. Hair is an excretory tissue for essential, nonessential and potentially toxic elements.
In general, the amount of an element that is irreversibly incorporated into growing hair is proportional to the level of the element in other body tissues. Therefore, hair elements analysis provides an indirect screening test for physiological excess, deficiency or maldistribution of elements in the body.
Clinical research indicates that hair levels of specific elements, particularly potentially toxic elements such as cadmium, mercury, lead and arsenic are highly correlated with pathological disorders. For such elements, levels in hair may be more indicative of body stores than the levels in blood and urine.
Symptoms/signs of metal toxicity
Loss of memory
Tingling sensation in the hands and feet
Shortness of breath
Speech delay (children)
Causes of metal toxicity
Air or water pollution
Improperly coated food containers, plates, and cookware
Ingestion of lead-based paints
Ingestion of insecticides, herbicides, and pesticides
When we do a hair analysis we are looking at both metals and minerals. If you are deficient in minerals it can lead to a metal toxicity issue. Minerals block metal absorption, so making sure you are not deficient in minerals is of supreme importance for vital health and detoxification.