Hair tissue mineral analysis is a screening test that measures the mineral content, including healthy minerals as well as undesirable heavy metals, of your hair. However, a hair tissue mineral analysis is much more than a test just for minerals. Providing a blueprint of one’s biochemistry, a hair tissue mineral analysis can provide pertinent information about your metabolic rate, energy levels, carbohydrate tolerance, stage of stress, immune system and glandular activity. This screening test can also be used to reduce the guesswork involved when recommending nutritional supplements and dietary modifications on your pet.
A variety of heavy metals are present in the environment. Some occur naturally, while others may be present due to pollution. Some, in small amounts, play important roles in the body, while others have no known beneficial purpose in terms of health. High levels of heavy metals in the body, both those that are nutritionally necessary and those that are not, is called heavy metal toxicity and can cause a long list of symptoms and health problems.
If heavy metal toxicity is diagnosed on our four-legged family member, treatment in chronic toxicity begins with determining likely sources of exposure and eliminating them. For mild to moderate cases, avoiding further exposure may be enough to allow the body to eliminate toxins, or nutritional therapy may be used to aid the elimination process.