If you’ve been around my blog for awhile, you know that I have been trying for years to figure out what is causing this horrible adrenal fatigue and other symptoms that have been plaguing me for over a decade. Turns out, it’s toxic levels of copper! Crazy, right?? After all these years of trying everything to feel better, I’ve finally found the root cause and am now tailoring my diet and supplements (no synthetic vitamins, though!) to fixing it. I’m sharing my story with you today in the hopes of helping others find the sources of their chronic health problems.
Back in June (almost 4 months ago) I had a hair mineral analysis done. An acquaintance had mentioned it and I thought it might be a good idea. I knew that I had been exposed to flaking lead paint in one apartment and who knows what else. The results were really surprising. My lead level was fine, but my copper was at toxic levels.
What was absolutely shocking, though, was that every single health problem I’ve been dealing with is explained by copper toxicity! Adrenal fatigue, the horrible cracking skin on my hands and feet, the sensitivity to light, the dizzy feeling the happens randomly, my chemical sensitivity and all the other things can be caused by high copper.
When copper is extremely high, it reduces zinc levels (zinc and copper are supposed to be balanced at a specific ratio) and messes up several other key minerals and metals. Many organs and glands are unable to function properly with too much copper (or not enough zinc).
I would never have put all these symptoms together and recognized copper toxicity without the results of the hair analysis! It all just seemed so disconnected. Getting this analysis done was the best thing I could have done and I am hoping that sharing my experience will help some of you find the hidden root causes of your own health issues.
Hair analysis is only able to show mineral and metal levels, so do keep in mind that vitamin deficiencies, excesses or imbalances won’t show up. If minerals or metals are the cause, though, it’s a valuable tool for pinpointing the source and tracking progress.
I just sent in my second hair sample (3 1/3 months after the first one) to check my copper detox progress and we also sent in first samples from my husband and our kiddos. In a couple of weeks, we’ll know how my copper levels are and we’ll see if anybody else in the family has a mineral or metal problem.
If you have any unexplained health issues or know you’ve been exposed to lead, mercury or any other dangerous heavy metals, you might want to consider a hair mineral analysis. I went with this company (look for “Hair Tissue Analysis” on the left side) and highly recommend them for the analysis. They use one of the very few reputable labs and their results are clear and easy to understand.
I honestly didn’t use much of their dietary and supplement recommendations and have switched to the basic analysis with just the results. Since I am a huge researcher and never take anything from a single source at face value (always check multiple sources for info before taking any kind of supplement!) I ended up doing all my own research, creating my own diet plan and buying supplements from the only supplement companies I trust (this one is my favorite!).
How to do a hair analysis
If you are like me and intend to figure it all out on your own, you can get away with the “Basic analysis” (Profile 1). If you’d like some guidance on diet and supplement changes, get the “Comprehensive- Profile 2” report. There is a 10% discount on 2 or more test (we got such a great deal by doing 4 of the Basic test at 10% off!) and there’s also a retest option for the comprehensive report if you want a comparison between original results and retest results.
I am doing retesting once every 3 to 4 months to check my progress and adjust my diet/supplements accordingly.
I’d love for you to share your experience with hair analysis and I’m happy to try to answer any questions or put you into contact with somebody who can, if you need some guidance. I plan to post my copper detoxing experience after I’ve made more progress (it generally takes from 6 months to 2 years), but in the meantime you can ask questions about that in the comments here.