What We Offer
Hair Mineral Analysis Nutritional Counseling
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!
A sample page of an HTMA Report
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
- and 14 trace minerals including lithium and germanium
- 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
- Underlying infection ratio: Iron/Copper
Hair Mineral Analysis Services
Work with Kristin
Kristin is the founder of Sassy Holistics and has been doing HTMA since 2016. Her unique approach to HTMA has been helping people all over the world to heal from chronic illnesses.
Kristin offers hair tissue mineral analysis, GI Map, and mycotoxin testing. HTMA is the best test to start with for foundational care. GI Map is excellent for those searching for more answers with gut issues. Mycotoxin testing can give us an idea on if mold is stressing your body out right now. Read more about GI Map and Mycotoxin testing below.
- HTMA and GI Map Testing
- Email Consults Only
- Accepts All Clients
- 2 Months Basic Email Support After Consult
- Written List of Recommendations
Blood Tests That Complement the HTMA
We do not require these tests, but if you would like more information on specifics like copper, iron, and vitamin D these are the tests we recommend.
We can go over these with your HTMA report consult.
You can order directly with Ulta Wellness.
HTMA Client Testimonials
“As far as functioning, I am doing better than i ever can recall, I can get through the day without being totally physically exhausted and i never remember being like that…overall compared to where I started it is night and day-I know i have a long way to go but i was really bad off. I feel this saved my life–I think everyone needs the service you provide, I tell them but no one I know listens-but it could spare people a lot of misery now and in the future I think”
HTMA Client Testimonials
We’ve been using Sassy Holistics for our whole family for several months. The amount of progress we’ve all made with just simple, common sense plans has been incredible. Gut function is improving, mood and focus is getting better, and we are all feeling better than we have in years. Highly recommend, especially for how easy the plans are to follow! ~Shelly M.~
HTMA Client Testimonial
“My son with ASD had a MASSIVE turnaround using the HTMA process with Kristin. His symptoms (anxiety, sensory issues, inability to concentrate, lack of social skills, basically just a miserable kid) have dissipated by 75%. It’s truly amazing.” ~Allyson W.~
“I went undiagnosed for over a decade because doctors kept telling me my thyroid was fine. My labs were “normal” but not optimal. I finally found Sassy Holistics and ordered a HTMA. I use Kristin, it’s not crazy expensive and you get the test, results, a breakdown of what your results mean, a treatment plan and 3 months of follow up care. The treatment plan involves no medication, just supplements, whole foods and easy things like rebounding or a mineral foot bath. She doesn’t push 800000 supplements down your throat and she also doesn’t sell her own line, she recommends several different brands. Once I got the results and saw that I had major mineral and vitamin deficiencies and also a severe excess amount of copper, I started treating myself with supplements and it literally changed my life. I still have healing to do but I went from being completely housebound due to severe anxiety and in constant pain all day everyday to actually being able to live a productive life.” ~Ashley R.~
What HTMA with Sassy Holistics Is All About
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.
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.
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.
What is GI Map?
From Diagnostics Solutions Lab: “The GI-MAP™ (GI-Microbial Assay Plus) quantitatively assesses a patient’s microbiome with attention to bacterial, parasitic, and viral pathogens that can cause disease, disrupt the normal microbial balance, and contribute to chronic GI illness.“
If you are dealing with persistent gut health issues like IBS, constipation, diarrhea, autoimmune issues, SIBO, or you suspect viral infections and other pathogens, GI Map is the best way to determine exactly what is going on.
Since we need bile to properly eliminate pathogens, I highly recommend working on an HTMA plan or at least liver healing for at LEAST 3-6 months in order to get the best results with GI Map. Once we confirm the pathogens at hand, we will need to work on foundational care anyway before jumping into attack so it is best to start building this up first.
GI Map can help to determine many issues when it comes to the gut, so if you feel like you are stuck in your healing, it is the best test to go for.
When you order GI Map with Kristin, you will get an email report with your results and the recommendations based on your test. If you are also doing an HTMA, then you will get both reports at the same time.
Please be advised: they cannot ship or receive any kits from the state of New York. If they see any kit is being sent from New York, they cannot run the specimen and it will be rejected.
What does GI Map Test For?
- Bacterial Pathogens
- Viral Pathogens
- Parasitic Pathogens
- Parasitic Protozoa
- Parasitic Worms
- Normal Bacterial Flora
- Opportunistic Bacteria
- H. pylori with Virulence Factors
- Immune Response
- Antibiotic Resistance Genes
- Zonulin (measure gut permeability)
Do You Suspect Mold Illness?
We have seen a very huge influx of clients that are suffering from mold illness in the last few years. Usually mold is not that big of an issue for people unless you are dealing with nutritional imbalances and other underlying health issues. Exposure to mold can reactive old, underlying infections like EBV, Lyme, and other similar issues.
The most common symptoms of mold illness include (but aren’t limited to):
- Insomnia, and even sleep apnea
- Chronic sore or swollen throat
- Overactive immune response
- Food intolerances, especially with histamine
- Brain fog, confusion
- Sensitivity to EMFs (mold proliferates 600x faster when exposed to EMFs!)
- Chronic cough
- Neurological symptoms
Mycotoxin Urine Testing
- The MycoTOX Profile screens for 10 different mycotoxins, from 40 species of mold, in one urine sample.
- The MycoTOX Profile is the most comprehensive and competitively priced mycotoxin test available.
- I am sorry but these tests are not available for those in the state of New York. If any kit is being sent from New York, they cannot run the specimen and it will be rejected.
- I highly recommend doing an HTMA first to start getting your foundation strong before embarking on any type of detox protocol. Usually 3-6 months of mineral balancing is ideal before starting to work on underlying issues like mycotoxins and pathogens.
- This is not a diagnostic test as it shows what you are currently excreting. It can help to pinpoint how severe your mold exposure is and can give an idea on what types of mold you are being exposed to. I highly recommend testing your home with ERMI testing as well to determine the severity of the issue.
- With this test, you will get my analysis of your results as well as recommendations for further steps to take for healing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Learn How it Works!
What if i dye my hair?
4-6 weeks of new growth is preferred for the HTMA test. The sample is that is needed is as close to the scalp as possible. If your hair dye has bleach or peroxide, you will have to either wait for new growth (or leave a hidden section un-dyed) or you can send fingernails or pubic hair. We encourage scalp hair though as that is the most accurate sample. The lab does not accept beard, armpit, or other hair.
How long does the HTMA process take?
This whole process only takes about 3-4 weeks from the time you order to the time of the consult for a phone consult. Once you place your order, you will get an email within 1-3 business days about how to take the hair sample and where to send it. For email consults, it takes about 4 weeks to receive your full written email report from the time that you first order. The time frame depends on the speed of mail, how busy the lab is, and how many reports we have to do at the time.
Can I do this while pregnant or nursing?
Absolutely! It’s never too soon to work on replenishment of minerals, and I encourage women to do HTMA even before they think about conception. We have special suggestions for those that are pregnant or nursing since we cannot always use the same items as everyone else. HTMA can help to regain your strength quicker after childbirth or help to build up nutrient stores before you hit the postpartum period.
What is the difference between HTMA and blood tests?
Blood, saliva, urine, and stool samples are only able to show that exact moment in time that they were tested. They are a snapshot of what is going on, and they can change significantly within minutes or hours. A hair sample shows us about 3-4 months of time so it gives a MUCH better view on how you are using your minerals. There are some blood panels that can help though, as listed above.
What htma lab do you use?
We use TEI Labs for our tests as they do not wash the hair samples when they receive them. The hair-washing procedure that some labs use can actually skew results for certain minerals like zinc, potassium, and sodium.
Do you offer any discounts on htma?
We do offer family or bulk discounts if you plan on ordering more than 1 HTMA. Email me at sassyholistics.com to inquire about this pricing. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter
Can I use an HSA Card?
This seems to depend on the company that you have the card with. We have had many people that were able to use an HSA card, and we’ve had others that were able to submit a claim for reimbursement. Check with your company to see what they allow.
What is the difference between a phone consult and email consult?
Since early 2020, Kristin has been doing only email consults for clients, and this has actually turned out to be a real hit with many clients. The email consults have literally everything written out- the analysis, the recommendations, and then a much more in-depth report on what is going on with your HTMA and why we recommend the specific items on our list.
This method has been so much easier to keep as a reference vs phone calls because you don’t have to remember everything that was said to you over a phone call: you can just check your report and read it over as many times as you need to! Email consults are available with both Kristin and Breezy, so if you are ordering with Breezy you can let her know which you prefer.
What happens once I order?
Once you order, you will get an email within 1-3 business days from your practitioner. This email will have your next steps on how to proceed: the intake form to fill out for us, where to send your sample, and how to take the hair sample.
If you are getting a mailed kit, the kit will have a small paper scale that will help you measure the hair out correctly and the best way to take the sample. The sample is about one heaping TEASPOON of hair (about 100 milligrams weight-wise). It is not a lot of hair so you don’t have to worry about losing a lot.
What if I am sensitive to new supplements or foods?
My favorite phrase is “turtle speed”, and we use that approach with pretty much everyone at this point. We didn’t get sick overnight, so rushing the healing process doesn’t always work out. We go low and slow with our recommendations, and at the pace that YOU need.
Are there restrictions on location?
We cannot accept samples from NY state, but the rest of the US is absolutely ok. There are some restrictions on international clients though, so email me if you have questions, or we’ll talk about it when you order. Please be advised that international orders will have a longer wait time to get results back.
How often should we retest HTMA?
Hair tissue mineral analysis shows us about 3 months of time- it’s a very solid view on what your body has been doing when it comes to your mineral levels over a longer period of time (versus blood or other tests). The main reason why we retest the HTMA every 3-4 months is huge- you want to make sure that you are still needing the program that you were originally put on!
Retesting ensures that we’re either on the right track still and do not need to deviate too much from what we are doing, OR it could actually be that things have shifted so significantly that it would be time to change everything around.
I’ve also seen in just 3-4 months where the minerals get significantly better and then we can move onto the next stages of healing depending on what the person is going through- usually more detox support for things like EBV, parasites, heavy metals, etc. Retesting gives us the best insight on how strong a person is getting in the process and when we can start introducing more into the healing program.
We also offer a retest discount price if you test within 6 months of your first test!
What if I already have an htma?
We offer consults with existing HTMAs as long as they are less than 4 months old. We highly recommend using tests from TEI or ARL labs, but we will accept tests from other labs as long as they have the same minerals that we usually look at. Just choose the option “consult with existing HTMA” with your preferred practitioner.
- We reserve the right to decline service to anyone that might not be a good fit for our programs.
- Please understand that we do not recommend any synthetic or isolated supplements in our programs (for example, we will never put vitamin D, B12, iron, etc in isolated, synthetic supplement form). Our protocols are just suggestions based on your personal biochemistry using items that we know can help you heal- it is up to you to decide what to implement and stick with.
- It usually takes about 3-4 weeks to get your report/consult. 1 week to send you the HTMA kit, 1-2 weeks to get results back from the lab, 1-2 weeks until we get your report done. This can be longer if you are outside of the US.
- Refund Policy: Refunds are available if you have ordered within the last 30 days and have not submitted your hair sample yet. Tests are void after 1 year from purchase.