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Trace Mineral Hair Analysis

Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center

Acupuncture & Nutrition Counseling located in Stratford, CT

Trace Mineral Hair Analysis

Do You Trust Your Instincts?

Have you ever felt that something in your body was just ‘off’, even though tests came back clear?  You may be spot on with your feelings- it is your body after all, so why not try a different kind of analysis?

Mineral nutrition is critical to health, wellness and vitality. Hair mineral analysis is one of the most sensitive, scientifically-validated forms of mineral assessment. Since the human body prioritizes blood over body tissues, mineral deficiencies and heavy metal toxicity will often appear in hair analysis, but not a blood test.

What is Hair Mineral Analysis?

Providing a mineral blueprint of one's biochemistry, a hair tissue mineral analysis can provide pertinent information about one's metabolic rate, energy levels, and stage of stress.  It basically shows us an exact snapshot of what is truly going on in your body at the time.

A hair tissue mineral analysis is a screening test that measures the mineral content of your hair. However, a hair tissue mineral analysis is much more than a test for minerals.  What we are offering is a lab-performed screening test for the level of 20 minerals and toxic metals in a sample of hair. It is a tissue mineral biopsy that is non-invasive, relatively inexpensive and extremely accurate. The laboratory Stratford Acupuncture & Wellness Center has teamed up with uses only the most advanced and sophisticated instrumentation available today to assess mineral levels in parts per million or parts per billion.  

Why Use Hair for this Analysis?

Hair, like all other body tissues, contains minerals that are deposited as the hair grows. Although the hair is dead, the minerals remain as the hair continues to grow out. A sample of hair cut close to the scalp can provide information about the mineral activity in the hair that took place over the past three to four months, depending on how fast or slow your hair grows.

Let’s look at the comparison between hair analysis and a blood test:

Hair mineral analysis reflects tissue status, and tissues/hair can reveal imbalances at an early stage- years before an actual diagnosis is usually found. 

Since the body prioritizes blood over tissues/organs, blood tests will reveal imbalances of the body in the late stages of development- and after preventative healthcare can be the most helpful.  Bloodwork can reveal more biochemistry, and tissue/hair can reveal more physiology and toxicity- so the ideal approach is to use blood tests alongside hair mineral analyses to gain the best information available.  

Knowing ALL the information your body has will give you the best support for your body’s current and future needs!

Want to see what your Trace Hair analysis has to say about your state of health? Call Joe to set up a phone consultation today!


The Significance of Hair Mineral Ratios: What to Know

Ca:mg Calcium to Magnesium “The Blood Sugar Ratio” 

Normal range for ratio: 6.6:1 

If this ratio shows to be >10:1 or <3.3:1, the patient may have diabetes or hypoglycemia.

Symptoms of Hyperglycemia:
  • Skin tags
  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Frequent urination
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Excessive thirst
  • Heart/Kidney disease

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia:

  • Coordination problems, clumsiness 
  • Feeling weak or having no energy 
  • Irritability or no patience 
  • Feeling light headed or dizzy/nausea 
  • Feeling shaky 
  • Hunger 

Na:mg Sodium to Magnesium “The Adrenal Ratio” 

Normal range for this ratio is 4:1.

If this ratio is > 4:1, it shows excessive adrenal function, tends to anxiety, irritability. If <4:1, it shows underactive adrenals, adrenal fatigue, salt cravings, low Blood Pressure, hypoglycemia

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue:

  • Non-restorative sleep (i.e.: tired after 10 hours of sleep)
  • Salt cravings
  • Sensitivities to heat and cold
  • Overwhelmed easily
  • Dizziness
  • Low BP 

Ca:K Calcium to Potassium “The Thyroid Ratio” (Thyroid Glands) 

Normal range for this ratio is 4:1. 

If this ratio is >4:1, it shows the patient to be hypoglycemic. If  

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism: (please place the following two symptom lists side by side)

  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Fluid retention
  • Female infertility
  • Low libido
  • Fatigue

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:

  • Nervousness/anxiety
  • Skin thinning
  • Fine, brittle air
  • Rapid heartbeat/palpitations
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • sweating/increased sensitivity to heat

Na:K Sodium to Potassium “The Vitality Ratio”

Normal range for this ratio is 2.5:1. 

If this ratio is <2.5:1, it shows the patient to have adrenal exhaustion, burnout, allergies, chronic weakness, failing immunity. If >4:1, it shows inflammation, pain, anger, Liver/Kidney stress. 

Zn:Cu Zinc to Copper “The Genito-Urinary Ratio” (Sexual Hormones, both M/F) 

Normal range for this ratio is 8:1. 

If this ratio is >8:1, it shows the patient to have hypothyroidism, reproductive organ /hormone imbalances.  

Symptoms for men: (please place the following symptom lists side by side)