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Metals Hair Test UK: Analysis for 7 Heavy Metals & 30 Elements
Hair mineral and toxins analysis test kit, HTMA; check a hair sample to discover mineral imbalances and toxic metal overload.
Toxic metals; "Heavy metals are individual metals and metal compounds that can impact human health" , there are many exposure routs; for example, mercury toxicity, mercury poisoning and contamination in the human body (dental labs historically used mercury for amalgam fillings).
How is it used
Heavy metals testing is utilised to screen (not as diagnosis) for heavy metal poisoning (acute or chronic). To monitor exposure to a number of heavy metals, it tests and measures the amount of (in particular) extremely toxic metals in the hair tissue (vs body fluid such as blood and urine, which are also used sometimes).
A laboratory can offer a number of different types of heavy metals screens on top of tests for specific metals. The most frequently combined include mercury, arsenic and lead. This test checks for 37 elements in total, however the interactions and effects of all toxin permutations are unknown.
More than just a test for heavy metals:- A small variation in your dietary habits or the supplements you take daily can make a big difference to your health. The delicate balance of nutrients and minerals in your body can easily be disturbed. Adjusting the beneficial ratios of minerals present (like zinc or magnesium) can make a big difference.
The test can help you make informed decisions about your health. With dietary recommendations, a complete vitamin and mineral analysis and supplements regime to help you detox heavy metals and boost the immune system (compare with the basic test).
The sensitivity of the test detects elements recorded at milligrams percent ("milligrams per one-hundred grams of human hair") One mg% = ten parts per million (ppm).
Take a look at the pdf sample hair mineral & toxins analysis report and see what elements are detected.
Click this link to view a sample PDF of the patient written report, as a guide and overview to balancing your minerals.
Heavy metal toxicity
Existing in humans, we have all been exposed to the high levels of toxic metals over time, ever increasing amounts greater than the generations that came before us. We all have metals in our bodies; but how much is present varies, the challenge is to find out how much? Getting rid of them from the body can greatly enhance health, benefit cognitive functions and improve vitality, but how can we tell?
Hair mineral analysis is a toxicology screen that detects and measures metals including antimony, mercury, beryllium, uranium, cadmium, aluminium, arsenic, and lead. The test, instead of urine, stool or blood tests, can reveal heavy metals toxicities stored in the bones, brain and organs as they are mobilised and expressed in the hair.
Heavy metal toxicity can lower energy levels and damage the functioning of the brain, lungs, kidney, liver, blood composition and other important organs. Long-term exposure can lead to gradually progressing physical, muscular, and neurological degenerative processes that imitate diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and muscular dystrophy. Repeated long-term exposure of some metals and their compounds may even cause cancer. 
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The elements listed above are toxic, these "heavy metals" can interfere with the body’s normal biological processes and biochemical functions. Because they are present in the environment, they are present in all biological systems.
They are poisonous to humans, ideally they should not be present in our bodies in any quantity as they are injurious to health, excretion of them if found is advised to avoid bioaccumulation, either by detoxing the body through a change of diet or vitamins and minerals supplementation.
What beneficial minerals does hair analysis test for?
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Elements listed above are required by the human body to function correctly, they have been widely studied and are known to essential for many biological functions within humans.
They play a part in many bodily processes including the endocrine system, muscular activity, maintaining the integrity of the skeleton and joints, reproduction and overall development. They must be replenished through the food we eat or vitamins and minerals supplementation.
What additional elements does hair analysis test for?
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Additional elements listed above are thought to be of benefit to humans, research is ongoing as to the correct amounts required and their potential benefits, they are obtained either through our diet or vitamins and minerals supplementation.
How is the hair sample collected for testing?
Heavy metal testing using hair is performed in order to detect toxic metals and mineral ratios in a hair sample. Hair mineral toxins analysis is a good method to check your body for toxic element levels.
Being tested for heavy metals, with tests using hair to measure the quantity of toxic metals in your body, can give you a reading over a longer period of time (In comparison to blood or urine testing). Watch this short video to see exactly how to take a sample of hair for the test using the home test kit.
How to use the test?
Watch the video by Mineralstate (suppliers); here are the complete instructions of how to test hair for heavy metals and minerals in your system; (a systematic list to guide you is below the video).
- Cut new growth hair from the nape of the neck and back of the head (not just the tip).
- We request that you please cut hair from as close to the scalp as possible.
- Only the hair up to (2 to 4cm) ~ 0.78″ to 1.57″ from the scalp is acceptable for use.
- A small amount of hair is all that is required to perform the test.
- About 0.5 grams of hair is required for analysis.
- Approximately half a heaped tablespoon full.
- A device is included with the test kits to measure the amount of hair required.
- Can a person who is bald submit beard hair or body hair? Yes, but only the hair closest to the skin, older beard growth is not suitable.
The test kits for elements and toxic metals all include detailed easy to read instructions. Please fill out your details in the request form supplied with the kit and return your sample of hair in the pre-paid envelope.
What happens after I order the test
- After payment, we will send the documents and forms required.
- There is no registration required or need to make an appointment for the health test.
- It requires no technical skill to obtain a sample.
- The hair mineral analysis-sampling procedure is easy, you don't have to go anywhere to get this carried out, you can do it at home.
- A free post return address envelop is sent to you with full instructions for taking you hair samples included
- There are no additional charges (Free shipping and handling via Royal Mail next day delivery).
- After a hair samples for each person is taken, send them to the nutritional analysis laboratory for processing by the clinicians via the UK pre-paid postal envelope supplied.
- You can trust us and have our assurance that customer service is a priority.
- We focus on dispatching orders quickly, usually within 24 hours.
Just fill out your details in the request form.
After the request form and sample are returned to the lab, it normally takes up to 2 weeks to process and return the results to you.
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The tests are suitable for use by adults and children.
- Doctors, nurses or private clinician appointments are not required to use the tests.
- Knowledgeable, professional staff, excellent service, customer care and support.
- We are a leading supplier of medical tests on the web.
- Voted by our clients as the highest quality "hair mineral analysis" service.
A clinically proven laboratory test, where you can check a hair sample in a state-of-the-art lab.
Toxic metals can bio-accumulate in the body's tissues over time. What the test can show you for example is; if arsenic, lead, mercury or aluminium is present in the hair sample, (the home kit includes easy to follow instructions).
Discovering your body's toxic overload - Its worth it, as a way to find hidden harmful elements before they get the opportunity to cause health problems. Do not let your overall health and well-being deteriorates due to toxic metal accumulation, without testing, they cannot be verified.
Hair analysis – get examined for heavy metals poisoning
What are heavy metals?
The definition of a heavy metal is a natural element that has a density and atomic weight of five times or more than that of water.
Because they are used widely in industry, agriculture, technology it has led to their prevalence in the environment leading to fears about their influence on human biochemistry and their environmental impact.
The route of exposure, the age of the subject and their genetics and nutritional status can all play a part in the toxicity of heavy metals.
The principal metals that lead to health problems for humans include arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and mercury due to their high degree of toxicity.
Even at low levels of exposure these five metallic elements are toxic and can lead to severe organ damage, they are also cacogenic.
Their toxicity, genotoxicity and the fact that they are cacogenic makes it an important area of study and analysis by the medical establishment and scientists as they try to ascertain environmental levels and health related issues associated with exposure.
Metals hair test
Heavy metals toxicity in humans has grown as the usage of chemicals in industry and the levels of pollution from our environment increases.
Toxic metals are deposited in in our body’s tissues and organs, high levels of dangerous toxic metals can lead to a range of serious health conditions for adults and children including developmental and neurological damage.
If you want to ascertain your levels of exposure to toxic metals then a metals hair test is a useful device. The use of hair as a biomarker can provide health practitioners with a tool to ascertain the levels of essential elements and harmful toxic elements in our bodies.
The reasons to undertake a metals hair test
Over many years, the science behind the measurement of hair element levels has been refined and improved to determine the level of elements in human hair samples.
Because hair is not regulated by the homeostatic mechanisms, it has distinct advantages over blood and urine. Primarily it is possible to detect variations in hair element levels before any symptoms can be detected of physiological problems occur overtly.
Used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures hair metals analysis is a useful tool for physicians to help in diagnosis of problems and disorders in the human body related to toxic elements and their metabolism.
The use of the hair (not the follicle) is ideal because once the elements are recorded in a tissue sample it acts as a permanent record.
As the hair grows, it incorporates a record of the elemental status of the subject and their exposure to toxic elements that is why it is an ideal medium for sampling.
The levels of nutrient elements in hair are proportionate with the levels in organs and other tissues; It is not practical to take samples of bones or other organs for elemental levels, which is why hair is the ideal tissue sample.
Our bodies require nutrient elements to function; they play an important role in the absorption of certain vitamins and are responsible for many functions within cells in the body.
The body does not store toxic elements in the blood or urine; in fact, the hair can retain a much higher concentration of elements.
Therefore, hair is an ideal tissue for the detection of exposure to harmful elements, of particular concern is the presence of mercury levels as this is can be transferred to infants from mothers through their neurotoxic methylmercury exposure from the consumption of fish such as tuna.
As the procedure of hair sample testing for toxic elements has improved over the last 40 years, so has its reliability and usefulness as an effective tool for analysis of essential elements for doctors and patients alike.
Provided the testing is conducted by a reputable laboratory and the sampling, procedure is carried out correctly and the sample is handled by professional trained staff then it is considered a precise analytical method for the determination of nutritional and toxic elements.
The analysis of heavy metals in a hair strand should not be considered as a diagnostic test but rather a screening test for the detection of irregular levels of elements.
The data obtained should be viewed by a trained professional and assessed with the help of other laboratory tests.
- ^ Sabine Martin, Ph.D., P.G. Wendy Griswold, Ph.D. Human Health Effects of Heavy Metals. Center for Hazardous Substance ResearchKansas State University 2009 Mar [CHSR]
- ^ Monisha Jaishankar, Tenzin Tseten, Naresh Anbalagan, Blessy B. Mathew,corresponding author and Krishnamurthy N. Beeregowda. Toxicity, mechanism and health effects of some heavy metals. Interdiscip Toxicol 2014 Jun; 7(2): 60–72. [PubMed]