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
- 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.
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.
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
- drinking contaminated water
- breathing in toxic fumes
- eating food that contains aluminum or mercury.
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.