• John Bougearel

Why Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Matters

Updated: Feb 9

I urge a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis HTMA test for every functional health client. In the words of the late noted researcher, Dr. Henry Schroeder, “minerals are the spark plugs of life [and] more important factors in human nutrition than vitamins. The body can manufacture many vitamins, but it cannot produce necessary trace minerals or get rid of many possible excesses.…”


Without spark plugs, a car won’t run. The same happens within the human body including an electrical charge. When our minerals are out of balance, basic cellular function is compromised and all the other healthy things we do don’t stick. Hair mineral analysis lets us look at key minerals and toxic metals in a non-invasive and affordable way.


Trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions in all phases of the life process. For example:

  • Zinc is involved in the production, storage and secretion of insulin, is necessary for a healthy immune system and necessary for growth hormones.

  • Magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially the heart. A deficiency in magnesium has been associated with an increased incidence of anxiety, abnormal heart conditions, and nervousness. Magnesium is needed to activate vitamin D.

  • Potassium is critical for normal nutrient transport into the cell. A deficiency can result in muscular weakness, mild depression, and fatigue.

  • Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate amounts are required for normal cellular function. Too little can be just as disruptive as too much. The Sodium-Potassium Pump is the process of moving sodium and potassium ions across the cell membrane and is an active transport process involving the hydrolysis of ATP. This important function requires a balance of both sodium and potassium.

Can you see when just these four minerals above are out of balance how much function can begin to skew? Hair mineral analysis tests 37 trace elements including nutritional elements and toxic metals and provides insight into patterning and a road map for targeted support. It takes a trained practitioner to properly interpret results.


What causes mineral loss and imbalances? Diet, stress, inherited patterns, medications, environmental toxicity, EMFs, and more. An HTMA assessment, by showing us the imbalances, can inform a treatment plan.

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