What is HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis)?

What is HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis)?

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Basic nutrition is so overlooked but it is so essential for overall health and wellness.  Many other practitioners put a heavy focus on harsh detoxing or they want to set you up with dozens of supplements.  We know there is a better way that is safer, less expensive, and more effective.  When you give the body exactly what it needs it knows how to heal.

Minerals are considered to be the spark plugs of life so if your minerals are low or imbalanced then your entire body can struggle.  We need minerals for hormonal balancing, mental health, digestion, energy, hair health, and everything else that you can think of!

What is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis?

Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) tests for crucial minerals like magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium, zinc and copper. It also tests for toxic metals like mercury, arsenic, cadmium, and aluminum- all of which can create massive health issues. HTMA’s main focus is on the ratios of the main minerals. The ratios show us trends in metabolism, thyroid health, adrenal health, hormonal balance, blood sugar balance, and cardiovascular health.

A properly read HTMA can help you to determine your gut function, liver health, if you’re using up nutrients due to stress (like infections, mold, etc), and more! If you are not sure where to start your healing journey, HTMA is your answer. It’s the best test to determine overall strength of the body, and can set up your foundation before you move on to work on underlying infections, mold illness, or heavy metal detox.

We believe in helping the body to gain strength FIRST before jumping into heavy detoxing. This way you can reduce the severity of detox reactions, prevent the wasting of minerals, and know exactly what needs the most work at this point in time.

We now also include an herbal constitution assessment with our HTMA testing to help match the best herbs to your specific needs.

What Can HTMA help me with?

  • Fixing Mineral Imbalances and Deficiencies
  • Increase Nutrient Absorption
  • Supporting Overall Detox of Heavy Metals and other Toxins
  • Overall Health and Wellness
  • Supporting Adrenal Health
  • Strengthening Your Immune System
  • Supporting Women’s Health During Preconception, Pregnancy, or Postpartum

What Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Tests for


  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Copper
  • zinc
  • phosphorus
  • iron
  • manganese
  • chromium
  • cobalt
  • selenium
  • sulfur
  • molybdenum
  • and 14 trace minerals including lithium and germanium

Heavy Metals

  • Antimony
  • Uranium
  • Mercury
  • Arsenic
  • Aluminum
  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Beryllium

Mineral Ratios

  • Metabolic Rate/ Nervous system health: Calcium/Phosphorus
  • Vitality, Adrenals, and Life/Death Ratio: Sodium/Potassium
  • Thyroid : Calcium/Potassium
  • Hormone (Estrogen/testosterone/progesterone): Zinc/Copper
  • Adrenals: Sodium/Magnesium
  • Blood Sugar/Cardiovascular Health: Calcium/Magnesium

What a typical HTMA recommendation list might have:

  • Digestive support to help with nutrient absorption and assimilation.
  • Food and herb recommendations to help with increasing mineral levels.
  • Ideas to get better sleep (if you need help with this).
  • Adrenal healing ideas based on your HTMA pattern.
  • Nervous system support to help with anxiety, headaches, body pains, and more.
  • Detox support (depending on if one is ready for detox- we have recommendations for those that need gentle support OR more in-depth support).

We work on whole-body healing and foundational care that EVERYONE needs.

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Sample of HTMA Report

Whether you just want to increase energy or lose weight, or if you’re healing from something serious like Lyme or mold illness, our HTMA programs can help you.

Whole Food Nutrition

We don’t use 1000 supplements in our plans! Our goal is to help you HEAL. Not to get stuck on supplements for the rest of your life. If you’re on 10-20 pills a day based on “nutritional needs”- that is NOT holistic and it can create more issues in the long run. We use a blend of food recommendations, herbal remedies, and other holistic health practices in our plans.

Foundational Care

We work on basic foundational care that EVERYONE needs, no matter what your current health situation is. We work on gut healing, detox support, adrenal healing, and nutrient replenishment. These are are crucial to work on if you’re trying to heal from a chronic illness.

Personalized Plans

We tailor your plans for what YOU need as an individual. HTMA is an amazing tool, but for some reason it’s been used oddly for decades. They usually just make a supplement plan based on the lab’s recommendations- not on the person as an individual. I am one of the first people to do things differently and use HTMA the way it’s meant to be used- for biochemical individuality.

We Help You Build Healthy Habits & Realistic Routines

Our main goal is to help you to realize that you already know how to heal yourself.  Our bodies are incredible and when we give it the tools that we need to heal (minerals, healthy foods, herbal remedies, etc) it knows exactly what to do!  We want to help you to realize the importance and power that a real, whole foods based diet has for your health and wellness.  Health is not about cutting calories or struggling to find that one magic pill.  It’s about embracing a healthy lifestyle to reduce illness, reduce stress, and increase your vitality for life!

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