Hair Analysis and toxins

Hair Analysis

Having your hair analyzed – is not the be all and end all but it could be yet another clue, another piece of the jigsaw into your arthritis condition or any other health concern.

This concept is hardly new, it was used as part of a biopsy in forensic science to determine amongst others things – arsenic poisoning. Archeologists have studied the mineral content of hair mummified thousands of years ago.

The hair needs to be taken from close to the scalp but it’s quite a small amount. Taking the hair from close to the head means the reading will represent several months maybe a couple of years. I have just paid £69.00 and waited about three weeks for the results. If you colour or perm your hair in any way you may not be able to get an accurate test.

What will your hair tell you?

Trace elements are found and needed in minute amounts but are vital to the body.

This part of the analysis is controversial due to the disputes on its accuracy.

zinc
copper
cobalt
iodine

others
chromium
selenium
molybdenum

However, where hair analysis might be very useful to you and your health condition is in identifying your exposure to problematic potentially toxic heavy metals –

lead
nickel
cadmium
arsenic
mercury
aluminum

Getting these levels analysed would be very useful. And then taking the necessary steps to reduce them if the levels are too high.  These can be toxic and is an important aspect of improving your general health and various chronic conditions like arthritis.

When any of these metals enter the body in higher amounts than it can handle, over time they cause disruption to various systems and cause varying symptoms.

The list below is far from extensive it’s just a handful of examples –

As we now know some studies have linked higher levels of aluminium to Alzheimer’s disease.

Do you know why the hatter was called the Mad Hatter? In days gone by lead was used in the hat making industry – making them eventually mad. In our more recent times, lead was found in paint, fuel (until unleaded was available).

Mercury could come from your grey filling (amalgam).

Cadmium – smokers have very high levels in their system.

Many adult vaccines, including the common flu-shot, can still contain thimerosal – a mercury-based preservative.

Deodorants generally contain aluminium. Many people use aluminium cookware. Aluminium foil is used to a large extent.

Then there are lead crystal glass decanters – where alcohol has sat in the decanters for months or even years.

The soil could have higher levels of one heavy metal or another, so will the produce grown in that soil.

Some fish like those higher up the food chain like shark or tuna have considerable levels of mercury.

Some can cause pain and inflammation others can interfere with your hormone balance others cause fatigue and a whole host of other things, we are all different.

You could be exposed to a particular metal at work or live near certain industries.

If your hair sample result comes back and you do have a higher level of a particular heavy metal. Investigate where your exposure might be coming from and is the rest of your family also exposed.

Things that help to remove metals and improve your condition or general health.

Vitamin C
Cilantro
Magnesium
Dandelion
Plenty of parsley
Garlic
Chlorella or Spirulina (both rich in chlorophyll)
N-acetylcysteine N-A-C

Far Infrared sauna – drink plenty of water before and after

My test showed elevated levels of aluminium that had just tipped over the upper range of acceptable. Clearly, I need to do something about that to prevent further absorption and to include removing some of what the body is storing.

The test showed other things for example too high in potassium : calcium ratio, leading to possible elevation of thyroid and adrenal function etc etc

My husband’s hair analysis test showed very high levels of copper indicating headaches which he gets regularly.

The report also includes some suggests for supplements and dietary changes.

Do I think it was worth doing? The answer would be yes.

PS. I do not have an affiliation with any lab.

 

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