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Your hair contains every single mineral that exists in your body. These include not only nutritional minerals, but also toxic heavy metals. This Hair Mineral Analysis provides an accurate gauge for both nutrient deficiencies and toxic exposure. It tests for pervasive and potentially damaging toxins like aluminium, lead, mercury and calcium, as well as looking for minerals including zinc, calcium and magnesium.
This test is designed for anyone looking to establish any nutritional deficiencies or toxic exposure in their body.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your hair sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
Calcium is the most common mineral in the body and one of the most important. The body needs it to build and repair bones and teeth, help nerves and muscles to function, blood to clot and also help the heart to work. Vitamin D is essential to absorb calcium.
The majority of calcium in the body is stored in bone, the rest is found in the blood. If the calcium result is abnormal, a corrected calcium calculation is carried out to aid further investigation.
Magnesium is an important mineral needed for proper muscle, nerve, and enzyme function. It helps the body make and use energy and aids the movement of electrolytes such as potassium and sodium into and out of cells.
The kidneys remove any excess magnesium from the body so developing raised magnesium levels (hypermagnesemia) is rare. However, those with kidney problems and those supplementing high amounts of magnesium may be at risk of developing hypermagnesemia.
A low magnesium level can be caused by poor nutrition and a high intake of alcohol. Magnesium is found in a variety of foods including nuts, leafy green vegetables, legumes and whole grains.
Sodium is both an electrolyte and a mineral. It helps regulate the water and electrolyte balance of the body and is important in the operation of nerves and muscles. Sodium levels in the blood are regulated by the kidneys.
Excess sodium in the blood is often due to dehydration but can also indicate that the kidneys are not working properly.
Too little sodium is often caused by fluid retention (oedema) or reflects loss due to vomiting, diarrhoea or excessive sweating.
Potassium is essential in regulating how the heart beats. It also helps move nutrients into cells and waste products out of cells and influences how nerves and muscles communicate.
Raised potassium can be caused by over-supplementation but is also a sign of kidney failure as the kidneys fail to remove excess potassium from the blood.
Low potassium can be caused by dehydration, excessive sweating, diarrhoea and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
This test measures how much iron is in your blood with the aim of identifying iron deficiency anaemia or iron overload syndrome (haemochromatosis)
The symptoms of too much or too little iron can be similar - fatigue, muscle weakness, moodiness and difficulty concentrating.
A raised result can mean that you have iron overload syndrome, an inherited condition where your body stores too much iron, or that you are over-supplementing or that you have a liver condition.
A low result can mean that you are anaemic or are suffering from gastro-intestinal blood loss (or other blood loss). Anaemia is also very common in pregnant women.
We will send you your Hair Mineral Analysis hair test sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your hair sample in the comfort of your own home.
Your Hair Mineral Analysis test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your hair sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your hair sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your hair sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range hair test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Hair Mineral Analysis test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to mymedichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Hair Mineral Analysis test results.
Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your test results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.