October 10, 2023
As I mentioned in my previous blog post about the HTMA, interpretation is not as simple as looking at the results report and determining that low numbers are deficiencies and high numbers are excesses; it is far more complex.
HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis) includes the evaluation of various mineral ratios, which are considered significant indicators of certain physiological processes and potential imbalances within the body. These ratios are derived from the mineral levels measured in the hair sample. Here are some of the commonly analyzed significant ratios in HTMA:
- Nervous System Ratio (Ca / P): This ratio assesses the balance between calcium and phosphorus levels. An imbalanced Ca/P ratio may indicate issues such as calcium utilization problems, phosphorus deficiency, or impaired calcium-phosphorus metabolism.
- Vitality Ratio (Na / K): This ratio evaluates the relationship between sodium and potassium levels. An imbalanced Na/K ratio may be associated with adrenal function, hydration status, and overall electrolyte balance.
- Thyroid Ratio (Ca / K): The Ca/K ratio examines the interaction between calcium and potassium. Imbalances in this ratio may reflect factors such as calcium utilization issues, poor calcium absorption, or potassium deficiency. This ratio also can provide insight into thyroid function or dysfunction.
- Adrenal Ratio (Na / Mg): The Na/Mg ratio evaluates the relationship between sodium and magnesium levels. Imbalances in this ratio may reflect issues such as sodium excess or magnesium deficiency. This ratio is super important for assessing stress and the health of the adrenal glands.
- Hormone Ratio (Zn / Cu): This ratio assesses the balance between zinc and copper levels. An imbalanced Zn/Cu ratio may indicate issues such as zinc deficiency, copper excess, or impaired copper metabolism which can affect sex hormones (testosterone, progesterone, estrogen)
- Blood Sugar Ratio (Ca / Mg): This ratio assesses the balance between calcium and magnesium levels. An imbalanced Ca/Mg ratio may indicate issues such as calcium dominance or deficiency, magnesium deficiency, or problems with calcium metabolism.
- Infection Ratio (Fe/Cu): This ratio examines the relationship between Iron and Copper levels. Imbalances in this ratio may indicate tendency toward bacterial or viral infections.
- Chemical Sensitivity Ratio (Cu/Mo): This ratio evaluates the relationship between Copper and Molybdenum. Imbalance in this ratio can help identify copper dysregulation or toxicity. An imbalanced Cu/Mo ratio may indicate increased chemical sensitivities.
An imbalance in each ratio (high or low) often correlates to a specific set of symptoms. An HTMA can validate symptoms and point practitioners and clients in the right direction to identify root causes to things like fatigue, joint pain and muscle soreness, weight changes, temperature sensitivities, cognitive issues, digestive difficulties, mood swings, sleep disturbances, inflammation, palpitations, hair loss, skin issues, hormonal imbalances, menstrual irregularities and more.
HTMA is a valuable tool for understanding your body’s mineral status and identifying potential health imbalances. However, the true power of HTMA lies in its interpretation and subsequent healing recommendations.
If you want a personalized roadmap to less fatigue and more energy, less aches and pains and more vitality, less cravings and more satiation, less disease and more healthy living, then the HTMA is for you.