Heavy metal testing is a good way to see if your system is overloaded with toxicities. Heavy metals can build up in our systems from everyday staples such as; food, water, cleaning products, personal hygiene products and cosmetics. All heavy metals can accumulate in the body and to some degree, affect the absorption of nutrients and impair detoxification pathways.
Heavy metals also compromise every organ system in the body which can result in serious damage. Common signs and symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include:
- behavioural changes
- gastrointestinal disturbances
- hair loss
- dry and scaly skin
- skin problems
- loss of appetite
Basic Heavy Metal Test
This assessment tool will test for cadmium, lead, zinc, copper and mercury. This test requires a urine sample which is then added to a solution that will change colour. Depending on the results I will provide you with suggestions on how to detoxify your system if required as well as what foods/products should be reduced if toxicity is present.
Body Toxicity and Mineral Test
Shall you wish to look into a more extensive heavy metal test, the ‘Body Toxicity and Mineral Test’ is ideal for you. It will test for approximately 16 essential elements and 12 toxic elements depending on the option you select. This test uses a small hair sample that is sent away to a laboratory to measure your mineral and toxic element levels. This test is very accurate and often more accurate than a urine sample. A hair analysis is able to determine the stored levels of heavy metals in your system as opposed to a urine or blood sample that tests exposure to heavy metals which can fluctuate.