✨ Instead of just managing your symptoms, we use the HTMA to identify underlying mineral imbalances and heavy metals. ✨
What is the HTMA?
The Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a special kind of functional lab test that examines the mineral composition present in hair. Despite loads of research backing its use, this super affordable, reliable, and noninvasive test is severely underutilized in the traditional medical setting.
And you may be asking, ‘What’s so important about minerals, anyway?’. Minerals are essential nutrients that the body needs to function properly, they are often referred to as the “sparkplugs” because they play a critical role in really all of the biochemical reactions that take place. The human body needs all the essential minerals to function optimally.
The HTMA looks at the intracellular levels of minerals (i.e. the level of minerals INSIDE of the cells instead of just what’s floating around in the bloodstream), which is not something we can see on traditional blood tests.
How Does It Work?
Getting an HTMA is as simple as sending a snippet of your hair to the lab. No needles, no poking—just a tiny hair sample. Your hair holds a record of your body’s mineral levels, like a time capsule of your health. The best part is this can all be done painlessly from the comfort of your home!
Why is it Useful?
The HTMA reveals a comprehensive mineral profile, highlighting the balance or imbalance of key minerals implicated in hormonal regulation, including zinc, magnesium, and copper. By interpreting this profile, healthcare providers can discern potential connections between mineral status and hormonal irregularities.
Understanding your mineral fingerprint empowers healthcare professionals to craft personalized strategies aimed at restoring balance and fostering hormonal well-being.
How the testing package works
The HTMA is done right from the comfort of your home & is as easy as 1-2-3.
- Fill out the questionnaire
After purchasing the package, I’ll send you a questionnaire to learn a little more about your health history, current lifestyle, and your wellness goals.
- Complete & return the HTMA test kit
The test kit and instructions will be shipped directly to your home. After you complete the test, simply pop the envelope back in your mailbox for regular mail pick-up.
- Get your results & protocol
After your results are in, I’ll record an in-depth video explaining your results and custom healing protocol. (Clients love this because you can pause, go back, watch at your own pace, & review as many times as needed!)
ALL-INCLUSIVE INVESTMENT: $359
Who should get an HTMA?
The DUTCH can be beneficial for various individuals, especially those who are experiencing specific symptoms or conditions related to hormonal imbalances or other mystery symptoms they have not been able to find an explanation for.
Here are some scenarios where someone might be a good candidate for the HTMA:
Hormonal symptoms (cramps, heavy bleeding, painful periods, PMS, etc)
Women dealing with irregular menstrual cycles, fluctuating moods, or unexplained hormonal symptoms might benefit from HTMA. This includes issues like PMS, mood swings, and changes in libido. Mineral deficiencies like zinc and magnesium can impact the production and function of hormones, which can lead to PMS, menstrual irregularities, and infertility.
Fatigue and energy issues
Persistent fatigue and energy fluctuations can sometimes be linked to mineral imbalances. HTMA helps identify if minerals like magnesium and iron are playing a role in energy levels.
Skin issues (acne, eczema, rashes)
Conditions like acne or other skin problems may have underlying connections to mineral imbalances. HTMA can provide insights into minerals like zinc, which is crucial for skin health.
Certain digestive issues, such as malabsorption of minerals, can lead to imbalances. HTMA can offer a glimpse into mineral absorption and utilization. A deficiency in minerals like magnesium can lead to constipation, while excess copper can contribute to diarrhea.
The thyroid requires many different minerals to operate properly and for the thyroid hormones to move inside of the cells where they are needed. Mineral imbalances can help us to understand why someone may be experiencing symptoms of low thyroid function despite normal labs.
Stress and anxiety
Stress can impact both hormonal and mineral balance. Individuals experiencing chronic stress, anxiety, or adrenal fatigue may find HTMA useful in assessing their mineral status.
Nutritional and lifestyle optimization
Some individuals use the HTMA as part of a broader approach to optimize their health, including nutrition, sleep, and exercise. It can provide insights into areas that need attention for overall well-being.
Individual mineral levels
HTMA provides a detailed overview of various minerals, including essential macrominerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium, as well as trace minerals such as zinc, copper, and iron. These minerals play crucial roles in various physiological functions, including bone health, enzyme activity, and hormone regulation.
HTMA evaluates the ratios between different minerals, offering insights into their synergistic or antagonistic relationships. For example, the calcium-to-magnesium ratio can indicate potential cardiovascular risks, while the sodium-to-potassium ratio may reflect stress and adrenal function.
Toxic elements & heavy metals
In addition to beneficial minerals, HTMA assesses the presence of potentially harmful elements such as lead, mercury, and aluminum. Elevated levels of these toxic elements may indicate exposure or poor elimination, impacting overall health.
Stress response & adrenal health
The HTMA can provide information on adrenal function by assessing the ratios between sodium and potassium. This insight is valuable for understanding the impact of chronic stress on the body and the potential role of adrenal hormones like cortisol.
The HTMA helps us understand your unique metabolic type and guides the nutritional approach and macronutrient ratios that are best suited for your current health state.
What happens after I finish the protocol?
It’s up to you! I recommend retesting 3 months after starting your protocol. Longstanding mineral imbalances often take more than 3 months to resolve and this allows us to continue to nuance your protocol (as well as see the progress you made!). Others, who have complete resolution of symptoms or overall feel well may still find it beneficial to complete an annual HTMA to stay on top of their health.
Does this package include ongoing support with you?
No- this package is not meant to replace 1:1 support and only includes a recording of your results. If specific questions or concerns arise during the protocol, you may reach out to me at email@example.com. Please note excessive correspondences may result in additional charges or a discussion on upgrading package options.
What if I realize I need more support once I start the protocol?
Reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss upgrade options & we can make something work! You can also view my other offerings here.
How can I be sure this is the right test for me?
That can be tough! Deciding which test is best for which symptoms definitely requires nuance & expertise, that’s why I always recommend scheduling a free 15-minute chat with me to discuss the testing options before placing your order.
What is your refund policy?
Once the test kit is completed and mailed back to the lab, I am not able to offer any refunds as I am unable to recoup the lab fees for testing. If you have ordered the lab kit but no longer wish to complete it and have not returned it to the lab, send an email to email@example.com so I can check refund eligibility and follow-up with you.
What are the payment options/do you accept insurance?
You can pay for your order using all major credit/debit cards, or HSA/FSA cards. At this time, Insurance reimbursement is not available for these tests.