Minerals are the basic "spark plugs" of life, they help you grow, heal and maintain a healthy body. Your bones and teeth require minerals for strength. They maintain your body's pH and water balance, nerve activity, muscle contractions, energy production and enzyme reactions.
Ideally we should get all the minerals we need from our diet. Unfortunately many of us do not eat a balanced diet. On average 40% of the kilojoules we consume come from highly processed convenience foods that are high in sugar and fats. These foods contain few of the minerals we need. Some other factors that contribute to mineral depletion include stress, illness, dieting, prescription drug use, strenuous exercise, pregnancy and breastfeeding, excessive alcohol intake, and regular caffeine consumption. Australian soils are naturally low in many nutrients, so even if you eat a healthy diet you may not be getting the best nutrition from your food. Consequently, we need to test and monitor our mineral status now more than ever.
The minerals found in your hair are a good indication of the health of your body. Many naturopaths regard HTMA as one of the most valuable screening tools available in everyday and preventative health care. Screening can detect at least 36 essential and toxic minerals that may be present in the tissues of your body, plus 27 significant mineral ratio results.
Many health conditions are the result of mineral imbalances and toxic metal excesses.
A HTMA can provide valuable insight into almost any health concern. Your results provide essential information about your immune system, metabolic trends, energy levels, toxicity levels and the activity of your glandular system.
Through HTMA your naturopath can provide you with a personalised report and recommend appropriate dietary changes and supplements to improve your general health and wellbeing.