Hair analysis has many benefits! The first benefit is that the process is painless. Yes, you can cut your clean hair easily and painlessly. Then you send it to the lab without special handling requirements. Also, hair analysis reveals a unique view inside your body at your cellular activity. You cannot see this view through most other tests. Another major hair analysis benefit is that it provides a blueprint of the biochemistry occurring during a specific period of hair growth and development.
To illustrate, lead may no longer be detected in your blood after a month or so. Why? Because lead is too harmful to allow it to stay in your blood, so your body will be hide it away in the bone marrow. But the hair analysis can continue to show that exposure until you cut your hair enough times to cut away all of the section that showed the exposure. Below are some more reasons why hair analysis is beneficial.
Why Hair Analysis Is Beneficial:
- Nutrient loss from the body can become so advanced that severe health conditions can develop without any appreciable changes noted in those same nutrient levels in a blood test. Why? Because the body will try to keep the blood levels normal for as long as it can. Once the blood begins to show the condition, it means that the body is no longer able to fully compensate for the problem.
- Symptoms of elemental deficiency can be present long before low you detect low levels in the blood.
- The Environmental Protection Agency uses hair as one of the tissues of choice in determining toxic metal exposure. A 1980 report from the E.P.A. stated that human hair can be effectively used for biological monitoring of the highest priority toxic metals. This report confirmed the findings of other studies in the U.S. and abroad, which concluded that human hair may be a more appropriate tissue than blood or urine for studying community exposure to some trace elements Since hair analysis can indicate toxic substances that are stored in the body.
Hair Analysis Example:
Approximately 30 to 40 days after exposure to a large amount of lead, elevated blood levels may be undetectable. This is due to the body removing the lead from the blood and depositing the metal into such tissues as the liver, bones, teeth and hair as a protective measure. After removing the lead from the blood, typically, it will not show up in blood or urine test. However, it will still show up in a properly performed hair analysis. Note the small amount of lead (Pb) in the pink area of the hair analysis report below.
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