Microbiome

Hair analysis testing

Practitioner: Rhi Hepple

Hair analysis testing provides a wellness check that can:

  • help you find the root cause of your symptoms, such as nutrient deficiencies, impaired digestion, food sensitivities or imbalance in your gut flora.
  • arm you with information to address these underlying health problems through nutrition and naturopathic techniques.
  • provide you with preventive healthcare to ensure any imbalances do not develop into chronic issues.

Although our hair may be technically ‘dead’ it is like a fingerprint that can actually tell us a huge amount of what is going on in the body. As generally we have about three months’ worth of growth it is a useful tool in detecting longterm patterns, such as the cause of present health issues, plus imbalances or potential problems likely to affect you in the near future – which in turn could enable you to head off major health issues later in life.

It is well known that nutritional deficiencies can impair neurological development, cause hormonal imbalances and adversely affect all cellular functions, and food sensitivities can cause digestive discomfort. But what is less realised is that long term these stress out the body which increases inflammation and leads to chronic diseases and autoimmune conditions.

The hair sample is run through an advanced Certified Class II Medical Device which uses a specialised system that has the largest frequency software package in the world. It is capable of assessing underlying imbalances, measuring 55 different electrical factors in the body, using quantum physics, biofeedback and bio-resonance technology.

STANDARD HAIR ANALYSIS TESTING tests for:

  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Mineral deficiencies
  • Food sensitivities
  • Digestive imbalance including the metabolism of protein, fats, sugars and carbohydrates and gut flora imbalance
  • Essential fatty acid balance
  • Body pH balance
  • Hydration
  • Organ imbalance

EXTRA HAIR ANALYSIS TESTS can also test for heavy metal toxicity, plus your choice of four of the following:

  • Sensitivity to food additives
  • Sensitivity to dust
  • Sensitivity to pollen
  • Sensitivity to feathers
  • Bach Flower Remedy blend that may be of benefit to you
  • Geopathic stress
  • Chakra balance

How does hair analysis testing work?

Nutrients are deposited in the hair, which is soft tissue, and remain locked in the hair structure so we can actually accurately measure how deficient our body is in nutrients. On average the number of nutrients in hair is about 10 times higher than that in our blood, making it easier to measure any deficiency precisely via hair.

When we take a hair sample it is a recording of what is happening at a cellular level, our cells being the final destination for all vitamins, minerals, sugars, fats and hormones, whereas a blood test can only accurately measure what is passing through the bloodstream at that time. The cells within our hair and other soft tissues are the storehouse for our nutrients, so if we are deficient in any of them then the body will retain the nutrients and low levels will be left in our stores. If our stores are low then a deficiency will show up well in the hair before it shows in our blood.

Our blood needs to maintain its quantity of nutrients at fairly even levels all the time. If we become low in calcium, for example, then calcium will be leached from stores in our bones or other tissues to replenish the blood. So it is possible for someone to have osteoporosis, or need more calcium to maintain their bone strength, but their blood (serum) calcium level be normal.

Toxic metals are easily detected in the hair as our body tries to remove any toxicity out of the system as quickly as possible. Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic are actually neurotoxins and have been linked to impaired neurological development and detrimental health effects later in life such as anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as some autoimmune conditions.

When the body becomes ill the body becomes stressed which affects the natural balance of its energy patterns. This can be identified using very sensitive bio-resonance scanning equipment which analyses the energy field contained in the hair and can identify hidden stressors or imbalances within the body and provide a complete wellness (or illness!) check.

A small lock of hair, cut at the root, is all that is required and it doesn’t affect the results if the hair has been coloured or chemically treated.

How to book

You will need a full initial consultation with our naturopathic nutritionist, Rhi Hepple (£65)

She will then take a hair sample for testing (a private payment of £50). Extra Hair Testing, including for metal toxicity, is £80

A follow-up appointment (£65) with Rhi, usually about two weeks later, is needed to go through the results and Rhi will discuss a Treatment Plan to support any imbalances and provide email support between appointments.

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