By Alane Archer, ND, CNC and Scarlett Eriksen
Are you familiar with toxic metal build-up? Did you know hair analysis testing can help you to find out if you have toxic overload? When our bodies are toxic, it will cause symptoms and can lead to disease. “The following is a list of the common symptoms of chronic toxicity: Fatigue, Muscle aches, Joint pain, Sinus congestion, Postnasal drip, Excessive sinus problems, Headaches, Bloating, Gas, Constipation, Diarrhea, Foul-smelling stools, Heartburn, Sleep problems, Difficulty concentrating, Food cravings, Water retention, Trouble losing weight, Rashes, Skin problems, Eczema, Psoriasis, Canker sores, Acne, Puffy, dark circles under the eyes, Premenstrual syndrome, Other menstrual disorders, and Bad breath” (1). What a daunting list, right?
When our bodies are toxic, it not only can cause some of the symptoms mentioned above; metal toxicity can also cause our bodies to have trouble with the absorption of vital minerals. “For metals and essential minerals to be absorbed, they must bind with transporters in the small intestines. Many toxic metals use the same binders as essential metals. This means toxic metals can be taken up in place of essential minerals, leading to a deficiency” (2). Hair analysis testing can help you find out if you have mineral deficiencies, then you can support detox with specific nutrients and help your body get its minerals back to optimum levels. Nutrient elements including magnesium, chromium, zinc, copper, and selenium are obligatory co-factors for hundreds of important enzymes and also are essential for the normal functions of vitamins.
If your hair has healthy levels of nutrients, so does the other tissues in your body—maybe there is an organ or part of your body that needs support, and you do not know it yet, this is another reason why hair analysis testing is so necessary! “Heavy metals affect almost every organ and body system, which can lead to wide-ranging health problems. Some areas are more vulnerable to certain metals. For example, arsenic affects the skin, lungs, brain, kidneys, liver, metabolic system, cardiovascular system, immune system, and endocrine system. Cadmium, on the other hand, impacts the bones, kidneys, liver, lungs, testes, brain, immune system, and cardiovascular system. Naturally, there is some cross over, with most heavy metals affecting the liver and brain” (2). Simply put, metal toxicity is serious business.
Want to learn what is in your tissues? Consider hair analysis testing. One easy test, so many answers!
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