“Minerals are the basic spark-plugs in the chemistry of life, on which the exchanges of energy in the combustion of foods and the building of living tissues depend.” Dr. Henry Schroeder
The right balance of certain minerals will generate maximum energy, and the better your energy levels are the more you will enjoy your life. Just like the minerals that are needed in a battery must be in balance to carry a charge, the same is true in the human body.
Energy regulating macro-minerals: calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium
The 4 main minerals in the body which help regulate glands (such as thyroid, adrenal, etc.) and other systems are calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. These are called macro-minerals because they appear in larger proportions than other minerals in the body, and are considered regulatory. When these 4 regulatory minerals are within normal ranges in the body the glands and other systems have the conditions they need to function at peak efficiency. When levels of any one of the macro-minerals deviates from normal is when problems arise.
The following body systems are those where calcium is needed to function: circulatory, excretory, digestive, nervous, reproductive, endocrine, blood, muscular, skeletal, metabolic, detoxification and cellular.
As you can see, calcium is needed in practically every function of the body! Deficiencies in calcium can mean trouble for the bones, nerves, hormones, etc. HMA: A high calcium level (in the hair), along with other indicators, show poor calcium utilization and a failing metabolism due to excessive stress. A low calcium level can tell whether the body is using calcium excessively, for example, due to glandular dysfunction.
About 60% of the magnesium in the body is located in the bones and is required for bone formation. Most of the remainder is within the cells and is required for enzymes to be able to activate biochemical reactions, which cannot use any other mineral!
Deficiencies in magnesium be responsible for kidney stones, poor muscle function (cramping), irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure. HMA: High and low levels of magnesium can manifest symptoms of fatigue and depression or anxiety and irritability. NOTE: Remember, levels of mineral must be looked at in relation to other minerals to determine trends, not diagnoses. For example, anxiety and irritability can have other causes, such as copper toxicity.
Potassium’s big roles in the body are in muscle contraction, nerve conduction and cell permeability, referring to the integrity of the membrane which separates the inside of cells from the outside (these function best when in tact).
Potassium deficiencies often manifest as water retention, irregular heart beat and low blood pressure. HMA: High hair potassium may indicate a trend for high sugar and cortisol levels. Low hair potassium indicates adrenal exhaustion.
Sodium maintains blood pressure and heart rate, ph of kidneys and urinary tract, and the acid needed by the stomach to digest proteins and other substances. Like potassium sodium is also involved in regulation of cell permeability. HMA: High hair sodium can be indicative of high adrenal activity or heavy metal toxicity, especially cadmium.
Conditions that may be the result of a mineral imbalance:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Digestive Disturbance
- Emotional Problems
- Hair Loss
- Musculo-Skeletal Disorders
- Prostate Disorders
- Skin Rashes
- Thyroid Disturbance
Mineral imbalances may be caused by:
- Congenital deficiencies
- Improper digestion
- Improper drinking water
- Medications, Birth Control Pills, Vaccinations
- Nutritionally depleted & toxic food supply
- Parasitic infections
- Taking minerals and vitamins which are not compatible with your body chemistry
- Toxic metals and chemicals
- Unhealthy lifestyles and eating habits
Valerie Robitaille, PhD(c) Nutritionist: I recommend Hair Mineral Analysis if no explanation can be found for the health condition you may have, or if the cause has been found but the recommended lifestyle changes, or medications, hasn’t been effective. Even if you’re healthy you can benefit from the information available through HTMA to prevent future health issues. Please click below for more information about HTMA and nutrient deficiencies.