Wednesday, September 19, 2012

HOW HAIR ANALYSIS COULD IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH AND HAIR




A hair analysis gives a complete picture of a person's health history.  Hair analysis test can indicate vitamin, mineral, and nutritional deficiencies as well as if heavy metal toxicity have occurred over a period.

All the minerals in your body need to be in balance for optimal health. For example, if calcium and magnesium are too low you may have muscle twitches or trouble sleeping. If sodium and potassium are too high, you may have hyperactivity. All of your minerals need to be in "balance" with each other so they can nourish your body properly as they are supposed to do.

Without a hair test, there is no scientific way to identify which vitamins and minerals you need for optimal physical and emotional health. Just taking a multi-vitamin/mineral complex may not be what your body needs.Hair Analysis has become an increasingly popular tool for gaining a deeper understanding of one's health and the factors that are affecting it. It is probably one of the most efficient ways to determine what levels of heavy metal toxicity or mineral deficiency are in your body, contributing to your health condition and symptoms.

The importance of a healthy balance of macro and trace elements in your body is rapidly becoming recognized as one of the most fundamental requirements for optimum health and vitality. Their functions range from providing support for the formation of teeth and bones, to maintaining nerve conduction, enzyme functions and muscle contraction. Some minerals are key contributors to hundreds of biochemical processes, essential for life. Thousands of biochemical reactions ultimately control your metabolism, digestion and the regeneration of body tissues. The majority of these chemical reactions depend on certain trace nutrients for their activity.
Hair mineral analysis is an useful tissue for the Biological monitoring of toxic heavy metals by the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), and as such has gained acceptance worldwide.

 Symptoms of mineral imbalance are:

Fatigue, headaches, hypertension, depression, irritability, blood sugar imbalances, adrenal dysfunction, anxiety, autoimmune diseases, brain fog, poor concentration and more. In fact, heavy metal toxicity and mineral deficiency are linked to many degenerative diseases like Autism, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia and the list continues to grow every year. Many health conditions didn't even exist 100 years ago.This increase in many of our modern bodies.diseases can be directly compared to the rise of toxic contamination in our environment, which in turn has been contributing to toxic accumulation in our

The scientific basis of hair analysis

  A scientific basis of hair analysis is simple: when new hair cells are forming in the hair follicle, they take in traces of substances going through the blood stream of the individual. As hair grows, the new cells push out the older ones, and as cells come out of the bulb, they die and harden - and thus create a long lasting record of whatever was in the blood of the person when they were forming.

Besides the hair stand itself, the sebum that coats the hair (from the sebaceous gland connected to the hair follicle) also contains traces of the drugs and minerals flowing through your body. And if the root or the root sheath is attached to the hair, it also provides a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) record.

Hair can thus keep a more long-lasting record of what passes through the body of an individual than either blood or urine – the body fluids which are use for such tests. Each hair lives about 5-6 years before it falls off the scalp.

Compared to blood and urine testing methods, hair analysis offers some distinct advantages in determining mineral status.Hair is a relatively slow growing tissue, so there are no fluctuations in mineral levels in the body. For instance, if you ate several bananas before having a blood test, then your blood potassium level might be high that day.If you then go in the next day, and you didn't eat bananas, then your blood potassium may be normal.

With hair analysis, an average is created over a longer period, (3 months) which would be a better indicator of long-term dietary habits and exposures, rather than an indicator of what the body was exposed to over the last day or two.

 Hair analysis accurately reflects the storage levels of minerals in your body, rather than just what is currently are transported in the blood. The key to improving your health condition is finding out what your body has absorbed and stored within body tissues, not in what is properly being transported out.

The criticisms of hair analysis

Even though hair analysis as a diagnostic method was performed for over 30 years, it still receives criticism from people who see it as too new, and therefore more research would be required to prove the efficiency.

The reality, however, is that hair analysis laboratory procedures have advanced substantially, as have many modern technologies that we frequently use in our day to day lives. Today, ALL REPUTABLE laboratories are licensed and certified by state and federal regulatory agencies. The validity of hair analysis testing has continued to grow, with organizations like the EPA and both allopathic and naturopathic health professionals coming to embrace hair analysis testing to help their patients achieve their health objectives.

Method

A hair sample is taken from the top or the back of the head. Body hair can also be used. Samples include hair roots for analysis to determine the genetic identity of the person, in the case of drug testing. The hair follicle sample is then broken down and analyzed in a lab. Molecules of drugs and minerals in the body for the past three to 12 months can remain in the hair.

Conclusion

 The real value in hair analysis is in properly INTERPRETING and UNDERSTANDING the results that are provided. Charts and graphs, mean very little without an objective and a health plan for getting the most out of the hair analysis results. It is very important to choose a  good professional who could analyze all your health issue and use Hair analyzed as a tool to improve diagnose after a regular blood, and urine test was performed.