5 Reasons Why Hair Testing is So Effective

Sam Bock

At Paragon we use a powerful & personalized combination of Metabolic Testing (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis or HTMA) & an online health assessment.  Paragon has been using this highly revealing metabolic testing method for over 15 years with elite professional athletes and those wanting to enhance wellness and feel great.  People often ask us, why is hair testing so effective? Here's what we know... 

1. Reveals Mineral Levels and Metabolic Activity in Cells

Your health depends on key mineral levels inside cells, as intracellular minerals activate vitamins & enzymes inside cells. Hair reveals key information regarding mineral, vitamin, and overall enzyme balances inside your cells. Hair testing provides a clear window into cell health, metabolic activity and type, glandular and hormonal activity, nutrient levels, and any ongoing toxic metal exposures.

On the other hand, blood tests measure levels outside cells (extracellular), and the two are often not related. For example, most magnesium is stored in cells, whereas less than 2% is stored in blood, so blood is not a good indicator.

 2. Detects Hidden Mineral Imbalances

You can have a “normal” blood test and still have hidden cellular vitamin, mineral, or nutrient imbalances that are revealed in a hair test, as levels of nutrient in cells and blood are different. Hair testing measures mineral levels and ratios inside cells that directly affect related vitamin and metabolic activities within the cell.

Different conditions are associated with particular balances of minerals. Adjusting those minerals and their associated vitamin levels is often the most critical factor to restoring metabolic balance and full health.

3.Detects Hidden Toxic Exposures

Since the body needs to keep the blood pure and uncontaminated, as a protective measure, it works to quickly remove toxic heavy metals and store them deeply within cells, including hair. This is why someone can have a “normal” blood test and still have a heavy metal toxicity. By acting as a receptacle for heavy metals over a period of weeks and months, a hair test will effectively pick up any ongoing metal toxicity—even when exposures are sporadic.

4. Stable, Long-Term Reading

Blood tests are subject to minute to minute fluctuations based on activity, emotions, and food eaten most recently. Our hair testing provides a long-term record of nutrient and toxin intakes affecting your vitamin and mineral balances and overall metabolic activity.

5. Painless & Non Invasive

Hair samples are pain-free, easy to collect, require about a tablespoon of hair, and don’t require any special storage or transport methods like refrigeration. They arrive at the lab without any fear of spoiling or damage. 

Whether you're an elite athlete, an executive with a fast-paced career or a busy mum, your day-to-day depends on peak performance and a huge output of energy.  Data-based recommendations like what HTMA reveals, will help you get there faster and safer than any other method we have seen.

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