The Results of my Hair Mineral Analysis Test

Last post, I told you all about hair mineral analysis, how it works, and where and how you can get this test done if you so choose.

I left you with a cliffhanger though on what kind of info my own test turned up, so here it is! The results of my hair mineral analysis and what I think about it:

Click Here to View my Graphs and Full Report

Now, I’d like to say that my results are not what I expected at all. I was SO convinced that my copper IUD was probably causing me to retain a lot of copper, causing a multitude of issues (including throwing my zinc off) that I was about ready to rip it out of my uterus right then and there.

The good news is that my copper and zinc levels are just fine. Yay! I don’t have to get rid of my IUD. Even just to know that makes having this test worth it for me.

I was also concerned about mercury because of my mercury filling, but my mercury seems to be very low, so that is also awesome!

So What’s the Problem Then?

Well the big thing with my results is that I am retaining huge amounts of sodium and potassium. This doesn’t mean that I simply eat too much salt, there is a reason my body is retaining all of it – a super high sodium level that is matched by potassium indicates that my adrenal glands and thyroid are overactive.

In plain english, this means: CHILL the f OUT!!!

Yes. The results are in – stress is an evil devil. I so didn’t want to believe that the way I’ve been feeling lately (ie. not good) is because of my own doing, but the test says it all – I’m stressing myself out and my body is responding negatively.

What Else?

The test also told me that I have a fast metabolism. Pretty obvious, really – I don’t put on weight to save my life.

Characteristics typical of a fast metabolizer: 

  • Tends to be overly nervous due to increased adrenal and thyroid activity
  • Tends toward tissue acidity
  • Tends toward pancreatic activity decreased
  • Tends toward hyperchloridia (too much stomach acid)
  • Does well on a lower carbohydrate diet with high fat and protein levels
  • Burns up food and nutrients quickly and needs to eat often to keep energy up (blood sugar swings)

The thing I found the most interesting about this part was the decreased pancreatic activity and the hyper active stomach acid. The report goes onto explain that people with high sodium levels often have too much stomach acid because chloride is removed from sodium chloride to create it. Apparently this can lead to depletion of pancreatic enzymes, which then affects absorption and the integrity of the gut permeability.

Anyway, this was a big “aha” for me, because I’ve been having pretty bad digestion over the last few months… more frequent stomach aches, heartburn, and I haven’t been able to figure out why (uhh… I think it’s stress though!). The problem is that the symptoms of high stomach acid are the exactly same as low stomach acid, except low stomach acid is extremely common and high stomach acid apparently is not. So I assumed I had low stomach acid, but have been confused because taking HCL betaine actually makes my symptoms worse.

So this makes sense. Low stomach acid is not my problem, but supplementing with digestive enzymes is probably a good idea. I found this information really helpful so that’s a plus :)

The Dietary Recommendations

I’m still trying to process the idea of following the dietary suggestions. I don’t know if I’m going to or not. I eat close to how they describe anyway, but I’m just not finding myself able to wrap my head around cutting out staple vegetables like green beans, chard, eggplant, peppers, beets, and whatever else. So… I’m still “digesting” this, if you will, and I’m not sure where that will take me.

In Conclusion…

Although I’m still working out what I am going to do with this information, it has been really helpful to know. Things that I’ve come to realize thanks to this test are this:

I’m pretty resistant to reality. The truth is, I know there are areas I need to improve on that are completely within my power and it’s not necessarily to do with food (although it partly is). One is that since I’ve begun working from home, the amount of time I sit on my butt at my computer is having a really negative effect on me. Exercise is the biggest stress reliever, so no doubt I’m getting stressed out and cranky about everything. I was going to the gym, but then asbestos fell out of the roof and they closed the gym! So of course, now I just don’t go to the gym. I do yoga every day at home and walk sometimes, but still. Humans were designed to have short bursts of really intense activity every once in a while, and the rest of the time we are meant to just be moving around slowly. Humans weren’t designed to sit 22 hours of the day.

Also, because I don’t move much, I’m also not eating much either, so I’m probably not getting as many nutrients as I think I am. My blender also broke, so I stopped the green smoothies. Then I got a second hand one, and it’s the worst blender ever so I’m not keen to use it… I’m just not having blender luck, that’s for sure. I also get lazy about the variety in my food because I know there are certain things I can eat at the supermarket (organic chicken, kangaroo, vegetables) that is within our budget and convenient. I know I could do better – I’d be eating organ meats, grass fed beef, bone broth, raw milk kefir, nettles, and all sorts of super nutrient dense food if I wasn’t so lazy/had money issues (most of which are probably blown out of proportion by me). I know most of the laziness stems from feeling like “Whats the point in trying to source all this good food where I am when I’m leaving in two months. May as well save that effort for when I go back to Canada”. It’s a bad attitude.

Anyway… these lazy habits have slowly snuck up on me and I’ve failed to acknowledge how much things have slid in that department until now. And the more you let them slide, the more difficult it is to begin again (suddenly I remember how hard it was in the beginning to change to a healthy lifestyle…. laziness feeds laziness). However, I have ordered some grass fed beef, organ meats, and bones, as well as kefir grains and have possibly found a source for raw milk close to me. So… I’m working on it. Now to get to the exercise…

The biggest lesson that I have learned though is definitely that stress is playing such a huge factor in whatever is ailing me. I knew this deep down, but I guess I don’t trust my instincts enough. It is kind of nice having a concrete test to shout it in my face as a big fat reminder that if I just let go of my fear and control issues and be content with where I am, who I am, and what is, then maybe everything would be okay.

It’s funny because I’d been breaking out frequently before christmas, as well as having digestion issues every day no matter what I ate (which is frustrating), but when I went to Christmas with my boyfriend’s family, took a step back from my computer, gave myself permission to truly have a few days off and just enjoy the company, I didn’t break out at ALL. And my stomach didn’t hurt so much. It completely ceased. I wasn’t even washing my face the whole time, and no, I was not eating what I would consider to be ‘perfectly’. It’s so funny how that works, but it seems to be true for many people.

I think for the next while I really want to focus on articles and videos to do with stress relief, ways to be happy, spiritual development, and stuff that I am learning on my journey to contentedness. I often get so caught up in nutritional stuff that I forget how important these things are to me, to everyone, and to everyone’s skin and well being!

What do you think about hair mineral analysis? Intriguing?

Comments

  1. Hannah says

    I’m glad you found out some valuable things! I love the idea of focusing on stress management. I’m completely with you on overly focusing on nutrition and letting the exercise and emotional part go to the wayside, which is silly when we’re focusing on holistic health! Also, the exercise and stress reduction doesn’t usually cost any money, so it’s not an added financial burden. Looking forward to learning the tips and ideas you discover!

  2. Shawn says

    Your comment about taking a break from it all and letting your skin/diet routine slip couldn’t be more true. Every time I’m having skin problems and am super anal about my routine, then I go on a mini vacation and slip into an unhealthy week my skin starts to clear up and my digestion becomes more normal. I’m assuming it has something to do with stress. It’s too bad there isn’t a natural supplement to take to leave you stress free all the time.

    • Tracy says

      Definitely wish that supplement existed! lol… but yeah… it’s so true how acne seems to clear up when you’re having fun and not thinking about your skin… but then I find that freaks me out too much to do for too long… the idea of feeling free like that FOREVER… and not controlling my skin….. it’s too scary. I would love to work past this one day and harness that free feeling to keep.

  3. Ally says

    Hey! Interesting results. I also have a wicked fast metabolism and I used to think “sweet I can eat all this junk food and nothing happens”…turns out I was wrong and working in a bakery for 4 years eating unlimited bread and sweets and being on antibiotics for acne for too long have taken a toll. I’m from Vancouver as well and while I have my parent’s medical coverage I went to a natropathic doctor and got the expensive vitamin test done. Nothing turned out to be too high except I have yeast, gluten and dairy sensitivities indicating a candida problem. Best of luck to you and I totally agree that stress is the devil although I’ve recently choosen a path where stress s going to be pretty unavoidable for a few months….ahh. that being said have fun in Australia :)

    • Tracy says

      Thanks Ally! Good luck with everything :) Candida is a big acne causer so at least you know you have a cause and a path to deal with it!

  4. Maggie says

    Hi, I told my sister about the hair analysis and she said it’s a bunch of bull. How is this analysis valid?

    • Tracy says

      Hi Maggie,
      I addressed this in the previous article – the mainstream thinks it’s bull because most labs wash the hair, which skews the results. Some reporters once did a ‘test’ where they sent the same hair to a bunch of different labs and the results did not match. Therefore, they deemed the whole thing a quack, but that’s not so much a knock against the test itself, but more the accuracy of individual labs. Anyway…. I was concerned too, but this is put my mind at ease: http://www.drlwilson.com/articles/hair_analysis_controversy.htm
      However, in the end, it is up to you to decide what you think is worth your while and what isn’t. For me, I don’t automatically believe that things are not legit just because the mainstream says so – they basically discount everything that isn’t a blood test or used in hospitals – in other words, anything alternative. So I read around and come to my own conclusions and I felt this was legit enough for me.

  5. Stacey says

    So…myself, I have considered hair analysis test. I have had the alcat and saliva hormone testing and was thinking hair analysis could be the next step. Thanks so much for sharing yours with us! I think it is great to learn about your health in anyway possible. However, I am not sure that this test hasn’t told you anything that you had not already known. Do you think this test is beneficial to others? Or, would you do it again now knowing the results or would you have used your money towards another test? Just curious…

    • Tracy says

      Hi Stacey,

      Well, it did tell me a few nuggets of info that was well worth it to me… but less about what I should do and more about what I don’t need to be doing:

      1) Take out my IUD
      2) Make removal of my mercury filling a top priority
      3) Take zinc
      4) Take HCL betaine or worry about low stomach acid, so I can concentrate more on my small and large intestinal health

      I didn’t realize how many food recommendations they were going to give me though and I suppose I would have preferred to take the test when I was more willing to comply with them. But I do find myself subconsciously wanting to move toward more nutritionally dense food due to having taken the test, which is a good thing.

      Anyway… but you’re right to say that I didn’t get a lot of particularly actionable information from it, but you don’t really know what the test is going to say until you get it, right? Yours could tell you all SORTS of stuff you didn’t know that may be extremely useful and actionable.

      In my personal experience, taking the test has put my mind at ease about quite a few very specific things that I wanted to know about, so I don’t regret it and am happy to have spent the money.

  6. Sampson says

    Speaking of supplementation, I’ve been taking a new multi that has betaine and some digestive enzymes. I feel like I’ve

    Have you ever taken MSM Tracy? It’s hands down the weirdest supplement I’ve ever taken (and I’m a bit of a supplement hog.) I’ve heard of people experiencing MAJOR detox symptoms with it and this particular supplement I’m taking has both MSM and cysteine (both supposedly good at detoxing.) I’m not sure if my breakouts are a result of detox or my carefree attitude towards my diet during the holidays (washing down horrible food with champagne was totally worth it though. I had fun) But since I’ve started taking MSM (one day after X-mas I believe) I’ve gotten these weird breakouts in places I never had them. I had two breakouts on opposite sides on my temples. I also have them under my shoulder blades and my body acne has been virtually non-existent for a long time, even while I was still breaking out on my face.

    I don’t quite know what to make of these recent breakouts, but they’re small and dry up within a day or so, so it’s not causing me any grief. But something strange I noticed, which leads me to believe that the MSM or cysteine IS working, is that I get some rumbling in my stomach and I feel like my kidneys (or the general area where my kidney is) is experiencing some weird rumbling too. Not pain, just sort of pressure or something. It’s strange, but perhaps this is what detoxing is supposed to feel like. I’ve been back on track with exercise and diet since New Years, but one thing I noticed since the MSM/cysteine supplement is that my urine is NEON yellow and I’ve been drinking more water than usual too. I speculate this is a sign of some sort of kidney action going on. Also got a mild headache yesterday, which went away in like 2 hours too. Not entirely sure what to make of MSM/cysteine yet, but I’ll stick with it until both bottles run out and see how it goes.

    • Sampson says

      Whoops, first part didn’t copy.

      Speaking of supplementation, I’ve been taking a new multi that has betaine and some digestive enzymes. I feel like I’ve been going #2 more, which is strange because I took digestive enzymes in the past and I felt like they didn’t do anything (noticeable anyway.)

    • Tracy says

      Hi Sampson,

      Have you taken betaine before? Maybe digestive enzymes haven’t worked in the past because your small intestine/pancreas was secreting enough of them, but you actually needed more stomach acid? That’s why the supplement is working better now? maybe?

      No I haven’t taken MSM… sounds a bit crazy. It sounds like detox to me if you are breaking out in places you don’t normally.

  7. Sampson says

    Betaine was in another multi I used to take and I didn’t feel like it did much either. Maybe there’s some sort of synergistic effect with the betaine and digestive enzymes because alone, I don’t feel like they did much. (Although in all likelihood that they did do something, it was probably on a molecular level so it’s difficult for us to notice differences like that.) I think I have low stomach acid because too much protein in one sitting makes me really sleepy, sort of like the carb coma you get after too many carbs. Supplementing with my multi seems to help this issue as well.

    I think for 2012 I’m going to focus mostly on becoming more in tune with my body and learning how it reacts to different foods and stimuli such as intense exercise, not just skin-wise. I feel like I’m on the verge of a breakthrough to understanding my body.

  8. Renee says

    Hey tracy,

    If you invest in a blender I would suggest a hand blender. They are way easier to clean and store! They usually go on sale at Canadian tire. Just a suggestion. I was so happy my big blender bit the dust so I could go purchase a hand one :)

    Renee

    • Tracy says

      The problem is that I just don’t want to keep spending money on blenders, especially when I’m leaving in two months and will have to throw it away…. my house is already turning into a blender graveyard! I might ask my mother in law though how often she uses hers and if maybe she’ll let me borrow it for a couple months

  9. lola says

    was trying to figure out if there’s a birthcontrol I can use that won’t mess with my hormones (other than natural family planning)…im assuming getting an IUD is safe because thats what you do? or are there side effects for this?

    • Tracy says

      Well, it is good because it doesn’t have hormones, but it’s not completely natural and it can be very problematic, it all depends on how your body reacts to the copper in it. Most people don’t have a problem with it and luckily I don’t, but some women are naturally prone to retaining copper which can lead to copper toxicity/zinc deficiency which can cause a HUGE range of problems, including acne sometimes. So unfortunately you don’t really know if it’s going to be a problem until you get it. In Canada, it was cheap to get it put in ($40) but in the States I hear it is expensive so it is a bit of a gamble.

        • Tracy says

          To be honest, I really don’t know what to suggest because there is no perfect option. The family planning method is the only completely non-side effect method and I know most people don’t want to do that :/

  10. says

    Very very intriguing! So many great discoveries, Im happy for you! It is so true that stress is such a huge factor and I think that I & lots of other people underestimate this. So I would love more posts about these things, I am always so inspired by your posts :)

  11. says

    Hi Tracy,

    I saw your hair test and just wanted to let you know that I interpret HMT for people and offer supplement suggestions. I disagree with the interpretation that you received from your hair test. Why don’t you email me and we could discuss an alternate view.

    Sincerely,
    Christine

    • Tracy says

      Hey Christine!
      Interesting! Well, I would take you up on your offer, but this test was done a long time ago. About a year and three months now. Do you think it’s still relevant?

  12. says

    Hair charts only infur what is occurring inside your body for the past 8 weeks (assuming your hair grows 1/2″ per month), since you normally take only a 1 inch sample. So no, your current health would not be the same due to changes in your diet, mental state, exercise state, etc. Everything affects your bodies balance. That said however; people that do not know how to fix a severe imbalance, normally stay close to the imbalance that was first indicated – from my experience.

    Just curious – have you removed enriched products from your diet? Have you removed most all of the processed foods and eat mostly a whole food diet of meat, vegetables, fruits and whole grains? If so, this could explain why you are doing better.

    If you want, you can always retest and see where current levels are just to compare. Usually best to reuse the same lab for comparison.

    Christine

  13. Tori says

    Hi Tracy, thanks for the great article!

    Another article I read says “an imbalance in the calcium/potassium ratio can affect the cellular response to thyroid hormone. Dr. Paul Eck, who was an expert in nutritional balancing, determined that the ideal calcium/potassium rato in an adult is 4:1. According to the research he did, “a ratio greater than this is usually associated with an reduced thyroid effect”, while “a ratio less than this is associated with an excessive thyroid effect”. So in addition to helping evaluate someone with a current thyroid or autoimmune thyroid disorder, the calcium/potassium ratio can be a predictor of whether someone is going to develop “full blown” hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.”

    I know you said you are very slender and probably couldn’t gain weight if u wanted which could also be a symptom of hyperthyroidism… Don’t know how accurate this is, but you may want to check it out- seemed interesting to me :)

    Thanks again!

    Tori

  14. Malissa says

    what was wrong with my comment that it was any diffirent than any of the other ones here, that it had to get deleted/not posted?? how logn does it take for any commetns to even get posted on here?

  15. Malissa says

    what does moderated mean? thats what it said when i posted my comment, thought it was jsut processing, and than poof, all my work tht i have taken energy to write is gone! did you even have that post still somehwere laying around in your “data base trash” i guess?

      • Malissa says

        I did?? i looked eevrywhere for it to see if it got posted on either one and i didnt see it!!!! i wasnt sure what theheck was goign on so was all like, alright there goes my story hah. but awesome than, thank you for that

  16. Ken says

    So, how long have you been smoking? You are inhaling some sort of toxic smoke… your arsenic is dangerously high and your Cadmium is slowly climbing upwards… note… if your Cadmium gets to the danger zone you’ll most likely get cancer.

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