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The Best Functional Test to Get the Most Clarity For Your Health

functional nutrition Aug 27, 2018

Over the years, I've learned a hard but valuable lesson, and that is; it's harder to regain health than it is to keep it.  Maybe I should re-frame that, it's harder to be healthy in the first place. I know perhaps you may feel like you never were very healthy to begin with. I know I never knew how truly good my body could feel, until now.

I now believe my health is my most valuable and precious asset, and I no longer take it for granted. I am on a mission to help you love yourself enough to prioritize your health that way too.

Now that my perspective has shifted, I find it interesting that many of you take better care of your cars (or your house) than you do your own bodies. The thing is cars are machines and are replaceable, whereas your body is not, it's the only one you get to have.

I know for me, it was hard to really prioritize my own well being radically because I never saw it modeled to me. I believe that is largely in part due to how our culture lives and views health.

Not to mention our modern diet is so far removed from what Mother Nature intended. Our medical system has created a mindset that perpetuates a victim mentality versus a mindset of personal responsibility to be our own health advocates.

I believe you need to be proactive about your health and live a preventative lifestyle. This means going above and beyond your current regular doctor's visits and sick visits and actually learning what it takes to enjoy GREAT health. No one will ever care more about your health than YOU!

With that shared, if you are thinking, that's great Lydia, I'm all in with that concept, but where do I start? You've gone to the doctor, your routine bloodwork is 'normal' but you still don't feel your best.

I hear you. And I think bloodwork is great BUT it's not the whole picture. That's why I want you to know about my favorite functional test to get the  most clarity for your health. And it's not a blood test, it's a hair tissue mineral test.

Hair Tissue Samples Vs. Blood Test

95% of your body's mineral mass is actually outside of your blood.

My clients often come back from their doctor saying; "I  had a blood test done. My minerals were fine."

Yet they do not FEEL good. Hmm...there HAS to be more to the picture.

You see, your blood works extremely hard to stay regulated at the expense of your body tissues. A more accurate way to test is through hair analysis, which specifically assesses the whole body's mineral content.

Even if you had a blood test and let's say for example your calcium was fine, it doesn't mean your calcium is in a proper balance inside your tissues. It won't show up out of range in your blood until it's more serious, and then you may really be in bad shape.

A hair tissue mineral analysis reveals your mineral deficiencies and heavy metal toxicity. But many people don’t realize that it also provides a blueprint to increase your energy, banish brain fog, improve  your mental clarity and become empowered from the inside out!

Most people are unfamiliar with the hair analysis because it is not offered commonly, and your doctor probably has never even heard of it. In case you want to learn more why you would want to see the hair vs. the blood, read this.

Your hair is one of many places your body dumps excess minerals and heavy metals for storage away from vital organs. The amounts of minerals deposited in your hair reveal all kinds of things about your body chemistry.

The Top 5 Benefits of Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

1. Your Nutrition Needs

You'll see what's going on with your metabolism and know what foods are best to support either speeding it up, or slowing it down. You'll also learn what foods to focus on for certain nutrients based on your mineral imbalances.

2. Your Mineral Deficiencies & Imbalances

You'll see what minerals are out of balance individually, but also in tandem with each other because certain mineral pairs work together. Every mineral has an impact on every other mineral, so this is really valuable info.

3. Your Heavy Metal status and Your Ability or Capacity to Detox

Hair mineral analysis is a screening tool for heavy metals including uranium, lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum and nickel. No test, including urine, stool or blood tests, can show all your heavy metals toxicities as they are buried deep in the bones, brain and organs. Thus, they will not be revealed on a hair tissue test or any other test, until they are mobilized from storage. Only continuous monitoring through any means over a period of years while doing a detox program can reveal all your heavy metal toxicities. In this regard, HTMA is a reliable indicator of toxicity and is helpful in monitoring detoxification progress.

4. Your Adrenal & Thyroid Health

This might be one of my favorite parts of the analysis. It goes beyond the hormones circulating in blood to what your cells are able to receive. Hair Analysis is the rest of the picture when it comes to recovering from adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism. If your hormone can't get into your cells effectively you need to know so you can do something about it.

5. Your Mental Health

Anxiety, depression, brain fog, AD/HD, PMS and other mood disorders are often directly connected to missing minerals and excess metals. Magnesium, for example, when the body is deficient you can experience symptoms of anxiety, irritability and hyper-kinetic behavior (AD/HD). Mercury, a heavy metal, affects your memory, mood and thyroid and can contribute to depression

And much more!

The Top 5 Things Your HTMA Game Plan Will Help You With

1. Diet Plan & Diet Tweaks

There is no one size fits all diet. Part of the reason is every human has different physiological needs, based on their current health (aka: biochemistry). I love the information you learn about your body through hair analysis because it goes beyond a healing diet framework and helps me get more targeted and nitty gritty. It won't tell you about your food allergies, but it will help you see the best foods for your metabolism. And help you focus on targeted foods for your current mineral balance. Which is super cool. I can't tell you how many clients had tried 'X' healing diet and it wasn't working for them, but once they got their results and we made tweaks to what they were eating it much such a huge difference.

But then, there are people who have no clue where to start with their diet so they don't do anything at all. The information from their hair test helps give them confidence to make diet changes.

2. The Right Supplements

This is a big one. I know people mean well trying to include supplements to improve their health, but a lot of times they are just guessing. You can't really know what YOU need, right now, without testing. Even if 'so and so' famous health guru wrote an article about the merits of a certain vitamin, you still don't technically know your exact need for it, not to mention how it interacts with all other nutrients and minerals. You'd need a degree for that but based on lab testing too. It's also helpful to take only the right things to avoid making yourself feel worse, not to mention save $ on buying the wrong things.

3. Gentle Detox Strategies

Sometimes people think detox is a one time affair or something that is extreme. It's neither. Your body is detoxing daily and you can help it do it's job better by including simple targeted strategies and habits. Otherwise, it will be like not helping take the trash out every day. You get the picture, right?

4. Lifestyle Changes

You don't know, what you don't know, until you know. The cool thing about a hair analysis is that it also helps you consider things for your health, you didn't think of. Stress relief practices, how to test your drinking water and find better solutions, how to switch to healthier home and personal care products. And even considerations for the appropriate exercise for your current health status. Sometimes, just a simple lifestyle tweak can make an HUGE difference in how you feel.

5. Clarity & Relief

One of the biggest things I hear from clients is that they are astounded with relief because they had been trying so many things for their health not knowing what was working. Or if they were doing the right things. As well as relieved that something could finally help explain why they were feeling off in their health.

I shared my story about what my first mineral analysis showed me about my health, and it was eye opening to say the least. It gave me real insight and clarity about what to do for my health. Prior to that my doctor, never had any recommendations to make changes to my health. My doctor only was able to follow a path of medicine, not prevention through nutrition, supplements, exercise and lifestyle changes. I had to learn the limitations of my doctor and realize that her role was limited, and if I really wanted to feel better I needed to take my health into my own hands. And let me tell you, that was very freeing.

Hair tissue mineral analysis through a simple snip of hair provides a huge amount of information about what is going on inside of your body. I've been able to completely eliminate asthma, allergies, migraines, eczema, insomnia, exhaustion, body pains/aches, constipation, extreme bloating, overcome depression, reduce anxiety and more by regularly getting tested an following a plan to support my health. My plan always includes dietary shifts, supplements, detox strategies, movement, mindset and emotional healing to make sure I am support my whole self.

My absolute favorite thing about mineral analysis, as you can see by my own story and how it helped my health is that almost any condition can be helped with a properly performed and analyzed hair mineral analysis.

Your body wants to heal and correct what’s wrong.  It’s just missing the tools to do the job. When you can actually address YOUR own unique body chemistry with the correct nutrition, supplements and plan, your body then has the tools to heal itself.

And no matter what you are struggling with health wise can start to improve. 

For example, a game plan based on your results is very successful in healing adrenal and thyroid issues. Mental issues can be addressed, as well, such as depression and anxiety.  Other areas of health that also benefit are: skin health, anti-aging, weight issues, hypoglycemia, fatigue, digestive problems, headaches, PMS, infertility, mood swings, insomnia, osteoporosis, and many others.  If your disease or symptoms do not resolve, at the very least your symptoms and underlying health will improve by mineralizing your body and removing heavy metal toxicity.

Your health really is your most precious resource and your own sole responsibility. And I don't know a better way to get clarity on what you need to be doing than to get a hair analysis game plan in place. It saves you a lot of stress and it really can save you a lot of time, energy and money, as well. I really think no other test has the potential to test your health more significantly than a hair analysis. Call me biased if you will, but I've seen hundreds of people overcome major health issues through working on a game plan from a hair tissue mineral analysis.

Have you ever heard of hair analysis? Ever had it done?  I'd love to hear from you, leave me a comment below and let me know.

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