hair mineral analysis, Health, heavy metals, Mineral Deficiencies, Nutrient Deficiencies, Toxicity

Hair Mineral Analysis & Your Health

Minerals in the body are involved in almost all enzyme reactions, metabolic activity, and detoxification cycles. They are vital for the effective absorption and proper functioning of nutrients and vitamins.

Our bodies cannot utilize vitamins, and other nutrients, without a correct balance of minerals, even in trace amounts. Proper mineral balance is essential to avoid chronic fatigue, weight gain/loss, headaches, depression, and osteoporosis.

Mineral imbalances are also linked to oxidative stress that can lead to some cancers!!!

Today’s North American diet has become devoid of adequate quantities of essential minerals. When mineral deficiencies occur, toxic metals often replace these vital minerals in the body. Because of today’s highly industrialized society, we are exposed to toxic metals every day.

The presence of toxic metals in the body has been implicated in the onset of chronic ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease, ADD/ADHD, diabetes, autism and Parkinson’s disease as well as infertility and miscarriage. The addition of essential minerals can expel toxic metals.

Various mineral imbalances, as revelead by hair analysis, frequently lead to metabolic dysfunctions before any physical symptoms manifest.

An affordable, non-invasive Hair Mineral Analysis can help establish a nutritional profile to be used by you and your health practitioner to guide in the development of effective wellness and nutritional balancing regimen.

Hair Mineral Analysis

Hair Mineral Analysis is a screening test to measure the levels of up to 60 essential minerals and toxic metals. With correct testing and interpretation, one can construct a complete metabolic profile of the human body.

Hair is an excellent biopsy material. It is easy to sample, easily preserved and transported, represents a soft tissue of the body and is a storage and eliminative tissue. As hair grows it forms a permanent record of the body’s nutritional deficiencies or excesses.

Minerals screened include calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosporus, copper, zinc, manganese, selenium, iron and cobalt.

Elevated readings can have different meanings depending upon:

  1. Present Symptoms
  2. The Elevated Mineral in Question
  3. Whether a specific treatment, regimen or diet is being followed
  4. Relationship to other elemental readings

Toxic metals screening includes lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, and aluminum.

A very high reading may represent a toxic amount of the mineral in the hair, and in the body tissues in general. In the case of a toxic metal, any deposition or accumulation in the hair indicates some degree of toxicity.

High levels of toxic metals inhibit the body’s ability to process and assimilte specific nutritional elements that are essential to good health and have a proven link to many types of diseases.

The information along with dietary and nutritional evaluations will provide the data needed for a nutritional balancing program to establish and maintain optimal levels of wellness. By correcting tissue mineral levels and ratios with proper diet, supplementary nutrients, and lifestyle modifications, many physical and behavioral health conditions can be prevented or reversed.

Health Problems that may be associated with mineral imbalances or toxic metal excesses:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism
  • Allergies
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Blood Sugar Imbalances
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Headaches including migraines
  • Hair Loss
  • Heart Failure
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Infertility and Miscarriage
  • Insomnia
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Osteoporosis (brittle bones)
  • Parkinson’s disease

A hair mineral analysis professional lab test provides results in the measurement of 15 toxic elements and 25 nutritional elements and is documented in an easy to read report, tabulated against similar control groups based on age/gender similarities.

These reports are one of my best go-to tools to use to better serve my clients in regards to fast tracking and finding the clues to better health. I highly recommend these reports that come from an accredited lab using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and today’s most modern testing practices for precision results. Take charge or your health today!

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, Certified Life Coach, Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer & Coach Speaker, Blogger, and Lover of Life who is here to answer any questions you may have about nutritional deficiencies, heavy metals, hair mineral analysis testing, or any other questions that you might have.

Nutrient Deficiencies, Vitamin B12, Vitamins, Women's Health

Vitamin B12 Benefits for Women

Energy:

Women often juggle a lot in life. There are so many things competing for our time in an average day, it’s no wonder, women often experience low vitality and a lack of energy. However, this can also come from a deficiency in Vitamin B12. If you’re feeling sluggish and you’re not sure why, a lack of vitamin B12 (cobalamin) may be to blame. 

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that aids in red blood cell formation, which prevents against a type of anemia that can often make people feel weak and tired.

Heart Health


Heart disease and stroke kill 31,000 women in Canada annually. When it comes to heart health, Vitamin B12 along with B6, and folic acid work together help to reduce homocysteine, which is a protein that can build up in blood and damage arterial walls. Therefore, B12 plays an important role in heart health.

Your Smile

A lack of B12 can affect your oral health. If you are experiencing tongue inflammation also knows as ‘glossitis’, you may have a deficiency in Vitamin B12. You may notice that your tongue may be red and swollen or it might look smooth. The inflammation can cause the tiny bumps along your tongue that contain your taste buds to stretch out and disappear.

Pins & Needles

If you experience “pins and needles” sensations in your extremities and/or numbness or tingling in the hands, legs, or feet, you may be deficient in B12. Vitamin B12 helps produce the fatty sheath (myelin) that surrounds and protects your nerves. When you are deficient in B12, your nerve cells can’t function properly and you will surely notice. This is often seen in elderly people who are low in B12.

Mobility Issues

A deficiency in B12 can affect a person’s balance by producing an unsteady gait and balance (ataxia). You may experience difficulty walking, staggering and/or balance problems.

Thinning or Abnormal Hair

To keep it simple, B12 promotes healthy hair growth by assisting in the production of oxygen-rich red blood cells, which feed hair follicles. If you notice a change in the constituency of your hair, you may want to search for other clues that tie in as well and lead you to B12 deficiency as a possible underlying it all.

A Healthy Glow

People with a B12 deficiency often look pale or have a slight yellow tinge to their skin (jaundice).

Jaundice develops when a person’s body is not able to produce enough red blood cells. Red blood cells circulating under the skin provide it with its normal color. Without enough of these cells, the skin may look pale.

Vitamin B12 plays a role in the production of red blood cells. A vitamin B12 deficiency can cause a lack of red blood cells, or megaloblastic anemia, which has an association with jaundice.

This type of anemia can also weaken the red blood cells, which the body then breaks down more quickly. When the liver breaks down red blood cells, it releases bilirubin. Bilirubin is a brownish substance that gives the skin the yellowish tone that is characteristic of jaundice, and thus explains the lack of a healthy glow.

These are only a few of the conditions caused by a deficiency of Vitamin B12. I will be writing more blog posts on this in the future, but I highly recommend getting your B12 serum levels checked the next time you are getting routine blood work. I personally obtain a copy of my blood work to keep in my own file so I can follow along and monitor my levels of this vitamin as well as others vitamins and other results from my lab work. I believe we should all be a proactive component of our own health care.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner and a Certified Life Coach who has had an interest in Vitamin B12 Deficiency for many years.

Maggie can help you find the best source of Vitamin B12 based on your needs. Just drop her a request to chat or know more in the comments section below and she will get you information based on your current situation.