By Dr. Heather Kneale © June 2018
Using Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) we can assess:
- Rate at which your body releases energy from food (metabolism)
- Feedback on if the diet is correct for your body chemistry
- How to improve your energy with food guidelines and specific supplements
Dr. Paul Eck, biochemist and founder of ARL (Analytical Research Labs), was the first person to identify and correlate hair mineral ratios with oxidation types.
There are two oxidation types: Slow and fast.
- A Calcium/Potassium (Ca/K) ratio that is > 4
- A Sodium/Magnesium (Na/Mg) ratio that is < 4.17
80% of all hair charts show slow oxidation.
An individual that releases energy from foods too slowly. To help a slow oxidizer get more energy we have to speed up the oxidation rate.
Diet includes: high-quality proteins, preferably organically grown cooked vegetables, and a moderate portion of specified complex carbohydrates. These foods help to improve blood sugar, support the adrenals and thyroid activity, and improve energy levels.
There is not one diet plan that fits all. We are recommending a guideline to get you started. We do not know the exact recipe that is going to work for you. Over time and working with your practitioner, you will get to know what foods are best for you.
Common symptoms of slow oxidation:
- Sweet cravings
- Chronic allergies
- Low energy
- Low mood
- Dry skin and hair
- Do not sweat easily
- Tendency for constipation
- Low blood pressure
- Tend to feel cold
- Cold feet and hands
- Can carry weight in lower body (hips, thighs)
- Underactive thyroid
- Underactive adrenals
- A Calcium/Potassium (Ca/K) ratio that is < 4
- A Sodium/Magnesium (Na/Mg) ratio the > 4.17
An individual who releases energy from foods too quickly. To help give a fast oxidizer more long lasting energy we have to slow down the oxidation rate.
Diet includes: high-quality preferably raw fats and oils. They also need plenty of cooked vegetables and some high quality animal protein daily. They require less carbohydrates than slow oxidizers. Sugars and refined starches are particularly harmful for fast oxidizers.
Common symptoms of fast oxidation:
- High blood sugar levels
- High blood pressure
- Sweat easily
- Inconsistent energy
- Oily hair
- Oily skin
- Flush, reddish appearance
- Water retention
- Can carry weight in the abdomen and trunk
- Aggressive personality type
- Frequent or loose stools
- Nervous energy
- Tend to be warm
- Excessive activity of the thyroid
- Excessive activity of the adrenal glands
It is a transition state into either slow or fast oxidation. A mixed oxidizer often experiences a combination of symptoms from both fast and slow oxidation and may need a mixed food plan.
A mixed oxidizer has an erratic metabolism. To give more energy we need to stabilize the oxidation rate.
Our go to cookbook is , Joyful Cooking, by Joy Feldman.
Your oxidation type can be determined from a properly performed HTMA.
What is your oxidation type?