Are you struggling to reach your wellness goals, or embarking on a wellness journey? Save yourself time and guesswork with a look at your mineral profile using a hair sample. Minerals are the building blocks of life and are necessary in the proper ratio for optimal functioning of the endocrine, digestive, neurological, and circulatory systems. Your life depends on them!
Minerals are Keys to Wellness
A glimpse at the role minerals play for the endocrine system is a great way to understand the value of mineral balance. The function of each endocrine gland is dependent on an enzyme specific for that gland. These enzymes are comprised of a protein linked to a mineral. The mineral in this enzyme varies for each gland. For example, a prime mineral in the enzyme for proper thyroid function is iodine, the thymus is zinc, the ovaries and testes is Manganese, and the adrenals is potassium. Mineral balance is integral for the health of all systems and is a very dynamic thing. Minerals can oppose each other (negatively affect absorption of another mineral) or they may be necessary for the use and assimilation of other minerals.
Dynamic Mineral Relationships
An example of an important mineral relationship is that of Calcium and Magnesium, which is analogous to a see saw. They have seemingly opposing functions. While Calcium stimulates nerves, Magnesium soothes them. Calcium contracts muscles,Magnesium relaxes them. Calcium hardens and strengthens bones, while Magnesium promotes elasticity. Calcium cannot be absorbed without adequate Magnesium. Most Cal-Mag supplements have a 2:1 ratio (Ca:Mg); which is good for most people, but not everyone. Click Here to see an image of dynamic mineral relationships
Something to Consider
A difficult factor with mineral supplementation is that excess symptoms of that mineral often mimic deficiency symptoms. Do you need to be taking all the supplements you’re taking or are you doing more harm than good? The best way to determine mineral supplements needed is to do a trace element hair analysis through a practitioner working with a certified lab.
The hair must be free from chemical treatment (perm or color) for at least 6 weeks. Any body hair can be used for the sample, although scalp hair is most desireable as it tends to grow the fastest. The root hair sample is collected and I use Trace Elements Certified Laboratory in Texas. The patient’s report includes the mineral profile, metabolic type. Dietary and supplement recommendations are included in the report as needed to balance the mineral profile.