Hair Analysis & Your Thyroid

Hair tissue mineral analysis the Thyroid & your Adrenal glands

Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) test results can give you a lot of important information about the mineral status in your body. In fact, the minerals tested in hair will give you the mineral content for the last three months. Compare this to a blood test which is a snapshot in time of the components at the moment it was drawn.

HTMA – Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

Hair is tissue that your body grows and all the minerals and toxic metals in hair can be detected through the HTMA.

Mineral content in tissue changes according to the

  • food we eat
  • the water we drin
  • the stress level we experience and
  • the duration of the stressful time.

Minerals effect the function of your body’s glands such as the thyroid and adrenal gland. If you suffer from fatigue or even thyroid issues, you may want to keep reading.

Blood tests are important when it comes to thyroid hormone assessment especially when you are on thyroid hormone replacement, but the HTMA is a better option because it’s a long term test of your tissues minerals.

The toxic metals detected in HTMAs such as mercury, aluminum and lead tells you how well you detoxify those. This is important since toxic metals interfere with thyroid and adrenal function.

HTMA and Thyroid Gland function

Have you noticed that more and more people, women in particular, take thyroid hormones? Most of them suffer from

  • fatigue
  • memory problems as well as
  • weight gain.

In my article Stop calling it Adrenal Fatigue you will learn about the connection the thyroid gland has with the adrenals.

In order to assess the underlying causes of the poor functioning glands we can use the hair tissue mineral analysis. Besides, it is an easy test to take at home, no doctor’s visit necessary. All you have to do is cut off a small amount of your hair and send it to the lab in a regular size envelope.

Minerals are the “spark-plugs” of life

Let’s take a look into the future

If you would get a blood or urine hormone test the result would tell you your thyroid and/or adrenal gland activity at the moment. If you get a HTMA done you will see in your test results the trend your mineral levels are in in the last three month. You basically can take a look into the future. Let’s say you don’t change anything in your life, you will most likely follow this mineral content trend down the road. If your trend shows that your body experiences a lot of stress it will get worse and worse.

Having a clear picture of the minerals that are in excess and minerals that you are lacking is very helpful. Not only the level of certain minerals are important but the mineral ratios as well.

For example:

Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium are very important minerals when it comes to fast, slow, or just the right adrenal and thyroid function.

Too much calcium in your body will slow down thyroid function. Not enough magnesium slows down muscle function and is an indicator of stress perceived by the body. This in turn will reduce adrenal function over time and the thyroid will reduce hormone production of T4 and T3 based on what the adrenals are doing.

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
HTMA sample test result

Adrenal glands depend on a balanced ratio of sodium and potassium, where a high sodium level shows you the stress your body perceives.

I hope you got a chance to read my E-book on Hypothyroidism & Adrenal Function. If you did, you know already that high level of the adrenal hormone cortisol reduces thyroid hormone output.

The HTMA result also shows you how well your body is able to detoxify toxic metals. We all accumulate toxic metals by

Knowing your mineral status, ratios and your body’s ability to detoxify toxic metals properly or poorly, will empower you to make decisions based on facts in regard to food and supplement choices as well as lifestyle changes with the guidance of a practitioner taught in the interpretation of the hair tissue mineral analysis.

If you would like to see your tissue mineral status by ordering a HTMA, contact me and let me know or go here to order the test and pay for my service fee.

Hair Analysis

Many symptoms that manifest in our body can be traced to underlying causes. The question arises how do you find out what the causes of symptoms are. When we take a look at how the body works we find that it functions properly when we provide it with what it needs and reduce or eliminate what prohibits self healing.

Measuring minerals in hair is not a new science. Dr. David Watts, D.C., Ph.D studied tissue mineral patterns in human hair for over 20 years. He reviewed over 200,000 tissue mineral profiles. What he found was the inter-relationship between minerals, vitamins, and the neuro-endocrine system.

HTMA stands for Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

Why measure minerals?

Minerals are also called the “spark plugs” of life. The body needs minerals as co-factors, facilitator, and inhibitors of enzymes. In short, only minerals activate enzymes.

Enzymes are catalysts. They help the body to speed up chemical reactions, but they are not changed during this process. Examples are digestive enzymes, which cause food to be broken down faster than without them.

Enzymes are needed by the body for constructing, synthesizing, carrying, dispensing, delivering, and eliminating ingredients and chemicals our body uses to function properly.

As you can see, minerals have a lot to do with the physical and mental health of your body.

Most people have a high load of toxic metals stored in their cells due to the toxic environment we are living in.

Why we use hair for measuring minerals and not blood?

  • The test can be done at home, is non-invasive and easy to perform.
  • Blood needs to be drawn by a phlebotomist.
  • Blood contents are not stable. The body tries to achieve homeostasis therefore minerals in the blood fluctuate.
  • Hair contents are stable.
  • Toxic substances are stored in hair and therefore toxic minerals can be detected with a HTMA.
  • Blood test analysis gives an instantaneous reading while HTMA gives you a long term reading.
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
HTMA sample test result

Minerals tested in the HTMA

First, you have to know that HTMA does not measure the total body load of minerals.

  • Macro-minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Sulfur
  • Trace Minerals: Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium, Chromium
  • Toxic Minerals: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, Aluminum, Nickel

Mineral analysis reveals:

  • Metabolic type such as fast oxidizer, low oxidizer or balanced type.  It helps understand symptoms.
  • Energy level. If a person is healthy he/she will have a lot of energy.
  • Insight in adrenal and thyroid hormones as well as indirect assessment of liver, kidney, stomach, and intestine.
  • Carbohydrate tolerance
  • Assessment of major Toxic metals
  • Detect tendencies for diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue, cancer….
  • Detecting nutrient deficiency which can be leading to food recommendations and supplementation to balance the body’s chemistry.
  • Assessing stress patterns. Hans Selye, MD found out about 60 years ago that stress is the common denominator when it comes to disease development.
  • Assessing function of autonomic nervous system: the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system. People who are not balanced can experience blood sugar dysregulation, digestive problems, sleep problems and detoxification problems.
  • Assessment of causes for Psychological and Emotional illness such as depression, panic attacks, ADD, autism, schizophrenia, dementia, violent behavior, bipolar disorders.

Hair analysis measures

  • Levels of minerals (listed above)
  • Mineral ratios
  • Mineral patterns

The HTMA can tell you how the body responds to stress, the body’s energy production, a picture of overall health and by retesting the changes in the body’s health status.

How does the lab analyze the hair sample?

The hair will be cut in small pieces, weight and digested overnight in nitric and perchloric acid. The minerals are assessed with an instrument called ICP-mass spectrometer.

Important to know that:

Swimming in pools can raise sodium and copper levels. Sodium and potassium readings can be raised if a person sweats heavily right before cutting the hair sample. The shampoo Head & Shoulders can elevate zinc levels significantly and Selsun Blue, selenium level.

Contact me if you would like to work with me. I understand that you have many questions before you can make a decision.

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Contact the Owner of Exclusively Holistic:
Linda Wilbert – Stewart, FDN-Practitioner, HHP, HC


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