HTMA stands for Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. The HTMA test is a comprehensive assessment of the mineral levels in your soft tissue. It provides valuable information about the your mineral levels and your body’s response to stress.

hair tissue mineral analysis results

What does the HTMA test measure?

The following markers are assessed on an hair tissue mineral analysis:

  • Macro mineral levels (Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium)

  • Supporting mineral levels (copper, zinc, phosphorus, iron, manganese, chromium, selenium, boron, cobalt, molybdenum, sulfur)

  • Heavy metals

  • Important mineral ratios to assess mineral balance

  • Metabolic type (can assess how quickly your body is using energy and which stage of stress you are in)

What does it tell us?

The HTMA test give us key insights into:

  • Thyroid function

  • Digestion

  • Adrenal function

  • Stress response

  • Blood sugar balance

  • Nervous system regulation

Who would benefit from the HTMA test?

The HTMA is a great baseline test to assess the health of your metabolism and stress response. Minerals are the spark plugs of your metabolism and they are require for your body to make energy. This is an excellent foundational test to complete before doing other functional tests because your body needs balanced minerals for a healthy gut, a thriving metabolism, and balanced hormones.

I specifically recommend an HTMA test for the following symptoms and conditions:

  • Weight loss resistance

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Blood sugar instability, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, or type 2 diabetes

  • Brain fog

  • Sluggish thyroid

  • Digestive issues

  • Mood imbalance

  • Hormone imbalances

How do you complete the test?

The HTMA is a hair test that you complete in the comfort of your own home. You will need to take cut a small sample of your hair to submit to the lab for analysis (don’t worry, you cut a very small piece of hair from underneath, where you won’t see it). A lab kit is sent to your house, and after you complete the test, you mail it back to the lab in a pre-paid envelope. Your results will be delivered to our practice and shared with you, along with interpretation and personalized protocol.

How to order a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

All functional lab tests, including the HTMA test are included in nutrition coaching packages. Schedule a free 30-minute strategy call to learn more about functional testing and nutrition coaching to rebalance your minerals and optimize your metabolism.

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