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Author: Gabrielle Paras Richards
I've been a Naturopathic Healer since 1987, (qualified with my ND in 1996) and never looked back. Always been a "foodie," passionate about people having access to natural cures, personal development, spiritual development and healing, meditation, Chi-based movement, massage and bodywork, and not forgetting loving life and death.
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To produce a Programme for you, we need three basic pieces of evidence –
Your Personal Health Questionnaire – filled in by you
Blood Group typing – simple genetic grouping with surprising keys to healthy lifestyle
Your mineral status – through Hair Mineral Analysis
Why Are Minerals so Important for YOUR Health?
Although often overlooked, nutritional minerals are critical for a vital life and abundant health. Your body needs them for the efficient functioning of your cells, skeleton, nerves, muscles, immunity, glands, enzymes, water and acid/alkaline balance and even DNA – essential functions in a healthy body.
However, testing is needed if you want to know how your mineral status is working for you.
Blood is widely used for medical tests. However, a blood test is an invasive procedure, which most of us prefer to avoid. Also, mineral levels in blood fluctuate, so can be unreliable. Fortunately, there is an alternative – hair.
Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is an analytical test which measures the mineral content of your hair. It reveals information about how your body is functioning which cannot be seen through most other tests.
Why it is good to test YOUR hair?
We use your hair for mineral testing because it allows us to see what has been happening during the period of hair growth and development.
Your hair is affected by your blood, lymph and extra-cellular fluids as it is growing. As growth continues and the hair strand reaches the surface of the skin, its outer layers harden, locking in the metabolic products gathered during the period of formation. This biological process provides a lasting record of your mineral status and the nutritional activity that has been going on in your body over a period of months or years.
What can cause you to have a Mineral imbalance?
Diet – Eating a diet with a high intake of refined and processed foods and alcohol, and fad diets, can all result in a chemical imbalance. Even the nutrient content of a “healthy” diet can be inadequate, depending upon the soil in which the food was grown or the method in which it was prepared
Stress – Physical or emotional stress can deplete your body of nutrients and reduce its ability to absorb and utilize nutrients from your food, which means that you will be prone to a variety of infections or degenerative conditions.
Medications – Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can deplete your body’s stores of nutrient minerals and/or increase the levels of toxic metals. This can weaken your defences in the face of pollution and infection.
Pollution – From adolescence through adulthood the average person is continually exposed to a variety of toxic metal sources, for example, cigarette smoke (cadmium), hair dyes (lead), hydrogenated oils (nickel), anti-perspirants (aluminum), dental amalgams (mercury and cadmium), copper and aluminum cookware and lead-based cosmetics.
These are just a few of the hundreds of sources which can contribute to nutritional imbalances and malfunctions eg; petrol fumes can have a negative impact on asthma. (See Toxic Load)
Nutritional Supplements – Taking incorrect supplements or improper amounts of supplements can produce many vitamin and mineral excesses and/or deficiencies, which can give you an overall biochemical imbalance eg; taking too much calcium can reduce your levels of magnesium.
Inherited Patterns – You can inherit a predisposition toward certain mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excesses from your parents. However, this can often be corrected with the appropriate nutritional advice, supplements and lifestyle support.
Why test the hair, why not use the blood?
hair can be cut easily and painlessly and can be sent to the lab without special handling requirements
clinical results have shown that a properly obtained sample can give an indication of mineral status and toxic metal accumulation following long term or even acute exposure
hair testing can be more reliable for certain types of investigations, showing long term trends
What effects Minerals
Modern life has a massive effect on your body, and how it absorbs minerals and other nutrients. Factors that can affect mineral nutrition include;
genetic and metabolic disorders,
exposure to heavy metals
all of which are known to lead to multiple mineral deficiencies and imbalances.
How is a Hair Mineral test done?
We take a small sample of hair from your neck or other body area and send it away for testing, using highly sophisticated detection equipment and methods to achieve the most accurate and precise results. The result is a sensitive indicator of the long-term effects of your diet, stress, toxic metal exposure and their effects on your mineral balance. This information is difficult to obtain through other clinical tests.
When devising a Nutrition and Lifestyle Programme for you, your Naturopath will take many factors into consideration, in order to interpret your test results for you, such as your childhood experiences, medical history, response to therapy and where possible, results of a physical examination.
You will be amazed at the amount of lifestyle information and nutritional guidance that can be gained from using this easy, painless, and inexpensive test.
Warmth and comfort – simple ways to begin the luxurious process of deep relaxation. When you are relaxed you are a ‘nicer person to live with’ – and to work with; everyday tasks seem effortless and life takes on a rosy hue. But somehow it doesn’t just happen by itself!
That is why we promote booking regular massages, bodywork and “In Light” Therapy relaxation sessions. They can make such a vast difference to our sense of wellbeing, our quality of relationships and our performance in work.
For those who value this improved quality of Life, we advise taking a regular course of 10 massages and 10 In Light Therapy sessions booked in advance. That way you get the appointments you want, when you want, and at a better price!
From the moment you book in you’ll start getting benefit. How so? Just making that regular commitment to your future, and knowing how much wellbeing is in store for you will help you relax and feel supported with whatever life brings your way.