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Hair Mineral Analysis Test

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£ 189,00

GetTested’s Hair Mineral Analysis provides a comprehensive insight into your body’s mineral balance and heavy metal levels through hair (or nail) analysis. This non-invasive test measures 39 different substances to identify nutritional imbalances and toxic exposures. The test is conducted at an accredited and ISO-certified lab.

For a complete understanding of chronic versus temporary toxicity, combine our Hair Mineral Analysis with the Heavy Metals Test. This dual approach distinguishes long-term accumulation from recent exposure.

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Which minerals are measured?

Calcium
Calcium is vital for strong bones and teeth. It helps in muscle function, nerve signaling, and heart health. Calcium is in dairy products, leafy greens, and fortified foods. Many people, especially older adults and those who don't consume dairy, might need supplements. A lack of calcium can lead to weak bones and other health issues. It's key for bone density, especially as we age.
Copper
Copper is important for iron absorption, nerve function, and making red blood cells. It helps keep blood vessels and the immune system healthy. Copper is in nuts, seeds, whole grains, and shellfish. Some people might need more copper, especially if they have certain medical conditions. A lack of copper can lead to fatigue and weak immunity. It's key for heart health and maintaining strong bones.
Iodine
Iodine is a vital mineral essential for thyroid health, playing a crucial role in producing thyroid hormones. These hormones regulate metabolism, growth, and energy production. While iodine occurs naturally in seafood, dairy, and some grains, deficiency is common, especially in areas with iodine-poor soil. Insufficient iodine can lead to thyroid disorders, impacting overall health. It's important to ensure adequate iodine intake for proper bodily functions.
Magnesium
Magnesium is key for muscle and nerve function, blood sugar control, and making protein and bone. It helps regulate blood pressure and supports a healthy immune system. Magnesium is in nuts, seeds, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables. Many people, especially older adults, might not get enough. A lack of magnesium can lead to muscle cramps and fatigue.
Phosphorus
Phosphorus is a vital mineral crucial for building strong bones and teeth. It plays a key role in how the body uses carbohydrates and fats. It is also involved in the body's production of protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues. Phosphorus helps the body make ATP, a molecule the body uses to store energy. This mineral is found in foods like meat, fish, dairy, nuts, and beans. A balanced diet typically provides enough phosphorus, but deficiencies can occur, especially in those with certain health conditions.
Potassium
Potassium is crucial for heart health, muscle function, and maintaining a healthy balance of fluids in the body. It helps nerves to function and muscles to contract. Potassium is found in bananas, oranges, potatoes, and spinach. It's important for controlling blood pressure and reducing the risk of stroke.
Selenium
Selenium is important for thyroid function, a healthy immune system, and protecting cells from damage. It helps in fighting off infections and supports thyroid health. Selenium is in Brazil nuts, fish, poultry, and whole grains. A good balance of selenium is key for preventing cell damage and boosting immunity. Not getting enough can affect thyroid function and immune response.
Sodium
Sodium is key for nerve and muscle function and helps control blood pressure and fluid balance. It's essential for maintaining the balance of fluids in our body. Sodium is found in salt, processed foods, and many common snacks. It's important for hydration and nerve signals. Too much sodium can lead to health issues like high blood pressure.
Zinc
Zinc is essential for immune function, wound healing, and DNA synthesis. It plays a key role in growth, taste and smell, and hormone production. Zinc is found in meat, shellfish, legumes, and nuts. Many people, especially vegetarians and older adults, might not get enough. A lack of zinc can lead to weak immunity and slow wound healing. It's important for skin health and fighting off infections.

Which trace minerals are measured?

Boron
Boron, a trace mineral, enhances bone density, brain health, and hormonal equilibrium. It boosts the body's uptake of magnesium and calcium, fighting osteoporosis. Moreover, boron improves cognitive abilities and brain performance. This mineral, present in apples, oranges, nuts, beans, and leafy vegetables, integrates smoothly into any nutritious diet.
Cobalt
Cobalt is a trace mineral that plays a pivotal role in the body as part of vitamin B12, crucial for nerve function, red blood cell production, and DNA synthesis. While cobalt itself is not directly ingested, its presence in vitamin B12 is essential for maintaining overall health. Deficiency in cobalt, though rare, can lead to symptoms similar to vitamin B12 deficiency, impacting energy levels and cognitive function. While cobalt is essential in small amounts, excessive exposure can lead to serious health issues. These include respiratory difficulties, heart complications, and thyroid dysfunction. In high concentrations, cobalt can become toxic, particularly harming the heart, kidneys, and lungs, highlighting the need for balanced cobalt levels for optimal health.
Chromium
Chromium, in trace amounts, is an essential nutrient involved in glucose metabolism and insulin regulation. However, certain forms, like hexavalent chromium, are highly toxic and carcinogenic. Overexposure to chromium can lead to severe health issues, affecting the skin, respiratory system, and kidneys.
Iron
Iron is essential for making hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. It's crucial for energy, brain function, and a strong immune system. Iron is in red meat, beans, fortified cereals, and leafy greens. Many, especially women and vegetarians, might need supplements. A lack of iron can lead to tiredness and weaken immunity.
Lithium
Lithium, though known for its use in psychiatric treatment, occurs naturally and in trace amounts can influence mood stability and mental health. It's being studied for potential benefits in small doses for cognitive function, mood enhancement, and neuroprotective effects. While not commonly referred to as a dietary mineral, emerging research suggests lithium's role in promoting neurological health.
Manganese
Manganese, an essential nutrient, significantly contributes to bone formation, blood clotting, and inflammation reduction. It plays a vital role in metabolism by helping digest and convert nutrients into energy. Additionally, manganese bolsters the body's antioxidant defenses. Foods like whole grains, nuts, leafy vegetables, and teas are rich in manganese. While rare, a deficiency in manganese might result in bone malformation and impaired wound healing.
Molybdenum
Molybdenum is a trace mineral important for various enzymatic processes in the body. It plays a critical role in detoxifying harmful sulfites and breaking down amino acids. While molybdenum deficiency is rare, it's vital for overall health. Foods rich in molybdenum include legumes, grains, nuts, and dairy products. Ensuring a sufficient intake of these foods can support the body's natural detoxification processes and promote healthy enzyme function.
Silicon
Silicon, a trace mineral, strengthens bones and boosts skin, hair, and nail health. It's found in grains, fruits, and vegetables, making it easy to include in your diet. Silicon also plays a role in preventing osteoporosis by enhancing bone mineral density.
Strontium
Strontium, similar to calcium, supports bone health and may reduce osteoporosis risks. It's present in seafood, whole grains, and vegetables. While beneficial in small amounts, excessive strontium can interfere with calcium absorption, underscoring the need for balance.
Vanadium
Vanadium, a trace mineral, shows promise in blood sugar regulation and diabetes management. Found in mushrooms, shellfish, black pepper, and grains, vanadium supports insulin sensitivity. However, its efficacy and safety require more research, as high doses could be toxic.
Zirconium
Zirconium is used in dental implants and various consumer products. While elemental zirconium is not harmful, its compounds, if inhaled, can irritate the lungs. People should use products containing zirconium cautiously, especially powders and sprays, to avoid respiratory irritation.

Which Heavy metals are measured?

Aluminium
Aluminum is a harmful heavy metal that poses health risks to the human body. Exposure to excessive levels of aluminum, often through consumption or environmental sources, has been associated with various health concerns, including neurotoxicity and a potential link to diseases like Alzheimer's. Understanding and minimizing aluminum exposure is crucial for maintaining overall well-being.
Arsenic
Arsenic is a naturally occurring heavy metal known for its toxicity to humans. While it has various industrial uses, arsenic exposure can lead to serious health problems. It interferes with cellular functioning and is classified as a carcinogen, posing risks even at low levels of exposure.
Cadmium
Cadmium is a highly toxic heavy metal with no beneficial function in the human body. Prolonged exposure can lead to serious health issues, including kidney damage, bone demineralization, and an increased risk of cancer. Cadmium accumulates in the body over time, making even low-level exposure a concern for long-term health.
Lead
Lead is a toxic heavy metal with no known beneficial role in the human body. Historically used in various products, lead exposure can lead to significant health issues, including neurotoxicity. Even at low levels, it can affect multiple body systems, particularly in children where it can cause developmental delays.
Mercury
Mercury, a heavy metal, occurs naturally and appears in various products like thermometers and dental fillings. Small amounts usually pose no harm, but overexposure can lead to toxic effects on the nervous, digestive, and immune systems. Symptoms such as tremors, insomnia, and cognitive issues can arise from mercury poisoning. It also raises environmental concerns, especially regarding water pollution.
Nickel
Nickel is a metal found naturally in the environment, widely used in industry. While trace amounts are common and non-harmful, excessive exposure to nickel can lead to adverse health effects, particularly dermatitis and respiratory problems. It is also recognized as a potential carcinogen, especially in occupational settings with high exposure.
Thallium
Thallium, a heavy metal, can cause serious health issues upon human exposure. Symptoms like hair loss, nerve damage, and digestive system problems may manifest from thallium poisoning. Contaminated water and certain industrial processes, along with its historical use in rat poison, are common exposure sources. Despite reduced usage in consumer products, thallium still presents a risk in industrial environments. While not frequently encountered, thallium exposure demands immediate medical attention to mitigate health risks.

Which Toxic elements are measured?

Antimony
Antimony, used in flame retardants, electronics, and alloys, can be toxic if inhaled or ingested. Main risks include respiratory irritation, skin problems, and, in severe cases, heart and lung issues. Those working in industries that use antimony or living near manufacturing sites have higher exposure risks. Using appropriate safety equipment and monitoring air and water quality can help prevent antimony toxicity.
Barium
Barium is a soft, silvery metal used in various industries, including manufacturing and medical diagnostics. While barium sulfate in medical imaging is safe, exposure to soluble barium compounds can be harmful, affecting the heart, causing muscle weakness, and damaging the kidneys and liver. Industrial workers and individuals near barium processing plants are at increased risk of exposure through inhalation or water contamination.
Beryllium
Beryllium, a lightweight metal used in aerospace, electronics, and nuclear industries, poses health risks when inhaled as dust or fumes. Beryllium exposure can lead to chronic beryllium disease (CBD), a serious lung condition, and skin diseases like dermatitis. The greatest risk occurs in industrial environments where beryllium is processed or machined.
Bismuth
Bismuth is a heavy metal commonly used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and some alloys. While generally considered safe, excessive intake of bismuth, especially from medications like Pepto-Bismol, can lead to toxicity. Symptoms of bismuth toxicity include neurological problems, such as confusion and poor coordination. Most exposure to bismuth is through ingestion of bismuth-containing products.
Gadolinium
Gadolinium is a rare earth metal used as a contrast agent in MRI scans. Though generally safe, there's concern about gadolinium deposits remaining in the body long after scans, particularly in individuals with kidney issues. Symptoms of gadolinium toxicity include skin thickening, bone pain, and cognitive disturbances.
Gold
Gold, prized for its aesthetic and industrial value, can also pose health risks when exposure exceeds safe levels. Found in electronics, dentistry, and jewelry, gold rarely causes issues in small amounts. However, prolonged skin contact with gold-containing products or exposure to gold dust in industrial environments can lead to dermatitis and other allergic reactions. Inhalation of gold nanoparticles is a concern in manufacturing settings, potentially affecting respiratory health.
Palladium
Palladium, a metal used in electronics, jewelry, and dental materials, can be toxic if inhaled or ingested in large amounts. Occupational exposure is the most common risk, leading to respiratory, skin, and digestive issues. Palladium allergy is also possible, causing dermatitis.
Platinum
Platinum, a precious metal used in automotive catalytic converters, jewelry, and chemotherapy drugs, poses health risks when inhaled or comes into prolonged skin contact. Workers in industries that use platinum and people wearing platinum-based jewelry may experience allergic reactions, respiratory issues, and skin irritation. Avoiding excessive exposure and using protective gear in industrial settings can mitigate health risks.
Silver
Silver has various uses in industry and medicine but can turn toxic with significant human exposure. Small silver amounts are normal in the environment and products. Yet, too much exposure risks health issues like argyria. This condition permanently turns the skin blue-gray. Eating, breathing in, or touching silver compounds can cause argyria and might harm the liver and kidneys.
Tin
Tin, found in various alloys, food packaging, and electronics, is generally low in toxicity. However, certain organic tin compounds used in industrial processes can pose health risks, such as skin and eye irritation, digestive issues, and in extreme cases, neurological problems. Those handling tin in manufacturing or using tin-containing products should be aware of potential risks. Avoiding unnecessary exposure to organic tin compounds and adhering to safety guidelines are key to preventing tin toxicity.
Titanium
Titanium is widely used in medical implants, cosmetics, and paints, known for its strength and corrosion resistance. While elemental titanium is considered safe, inhalation of titanium dioxide particles, especially in powder form, can cause respiratory issues. Workers in industries processing titanium materials and users of certain cosmetics might face exposure risks. Adopting safety protocols and using protective equipment can help prevent inhalation of titanium particles.
Uranium
Uranium, a radioactive element used in nuclear power and weapons, poses health risks primarily through radiation exposure and chemical toxicity. Ingesting or inhaling uranium can damage the kidneys and increase cancer risk due to its radioactivity. The most significant exposure risks come from living near uranium mining, processing facilities, or contaminated sites. Reducing exposure involves using water filters and following safety guidelines in affected areas.

About GetTested's Hair Mineral Analysis

Hair Mineral Analysis is an advanced screening method providing deep insights into your body's mineral balance and exposure to heavy metals. Firstly, this test measures levels of essential minerals and trace minerals. It also identifies potentially harmful heavy metals and toxic substances in the body. Trace minerals are essential for the body in small amounts but can be toxic in larger doses. Even in small amounts, heavy metals and other toxic substances can be harmful and require careful monitoring.

By analyzing a small piece of hair, or nails for those lacking sufficient hair, the test offers a non-invasive method to assess your nutritional status and toxic exposures. For those without head hair, using other body hair is also acceptable.

Benefits of Hair Mineral Analysis

  • Non-Invasive and Simple: Requires only a small amount of hair or nails, making it a painless and straightforward process.
  • Long-Term Exposure Indicator: Hair and nails store information about your body's chemical balance over months, offering a more comprehensive view than blood tests that reflect the current state.
  • ISO-Certified Lab: Analyses are performed at an accredited and ISO-certified laboratory, ensuring the highest standard of precision and reliability in the results.

Why Hair Mineral Analysis?

Hair Mineral Analysis offers a unique, long-term perspective on your body's chemical balance, unlike the snapshot provided by blood tests. This advanced test measures 39 substances. These include 5 minerals, 15 trace minerals, 7 heavy metals, and 12 toxic substances. It gives a comprehensive health overview. The test reveals how these substances have built up over time. This insight helps identify long-term exposures and their health impacts. With this detail, you can take specific steps to address imbalances and reduce harmful exposures. For those aiming to enhance their health further, we also provide DNA, hormone, gut, and nutrition tests.

The Process

Undergoing a Hair Mineral Analysis with GetTested is straightforward. After ordering your test kit online, you follow simple instructions to collect and submit your sample. Your sample is then analyzed at an ISO-certified lab, and you receive a detailed report with your results and recommendations.

FAQ

How is the Hair Mineral Analysis test carried out?

You can collect hair from the head, chest or pubic har. You can also use nails. You can however not mix hair and nails. One tablespoon of hair is required for the test (at least 4 cm long). After ordering, we will send you a kit with everything you need to collect the hair. Then, simply return your sample to us in the pre-paid envelope.

How quickly will I receive my results?

Once we receive your sample, average response time is 10-15 business days to receive results.

When should I take the test?

The test can be collected at any time of the day. Keep in mind that you should not have dyed your hair 3 weeks before the test and not permed your hair 2 months before the test. Avoid dandruff shampoo before taking the test.

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