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ADHD Test: Nutrient Element Analysis

There is no single cause of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Many environmental triggers, such environmental pollutants and nutritional problems, combine with a specific genetic profile to cause the disorder.  Among the leading triggers of ADHD in children are nutrient deficiencies and the presence of toxins in the body.  One way to test for these is to use nutrient element analysis.

Nutrient deficiencies and toxic metals in the environment have been proven to have a negative impact on a child"s health.  Research has shown that chronic exposure to toxic elements like lead and mercury progressively impairs various neurologic and enzymatic processes, which leads to health conditions like ADHD and other chronic disorders.  Nutrients, on the other hand, have numerous roles to play in the human body.  They are vital to proper cell functions. They help regulate a wide variety of different enzymatic reactions, and they assist in the production of brain neurotransmitters.  Toxins in the body can contribute to deficiencies in essential nutrients and induce symptoms like poor impulse control, aggression, and short attention spans. 

Hair is one of the best specimens to screen for the presence of toxins in the body and for any mineral imbalances. Unlike urine and blood, hair functions as a storage depot for elements.  Growing hair follicles are richly supplied by blood vessels, and the blood that runs through hair follicles is the transport medium for essential nutrients and toxic elements.  Whatever elements are in the bloodstream are thus incorporated into growing hair proteins through a process called keratinization.  Thus, element concentrations in the hair reflect the element and nutrient content in other body tissues. 

Numerous studies have shown the efficacy and accuracy of hair testing, particularly for toxic metals.  Although elements in the blood are kept constant, hair is not subject to this homeostasis, which means it can reflect changes before abnormalities in the blood are apparent.  Hair analysis is also inexpensive and non-invasive, and illustrates the relationships between toxins and nutrients in the body.  Of course, hair is also subject to external contamination from products such as perms, bleach, or dye, but children are most likely to have untreated hair.  If your clinician suspects that your child may have been recently exposed to toxins, your child may have to undergo a urine test or blood test instead, because hair analysis evaluates for chronic patterns of deficiency or toxic exposures.

A nutrient element analysis is probably the right test to take if your child experiences headaches, fatigue, allergies, and joint pain along with the symptoms of ADHD. The test will require no more than a tablespoon of hair.  The hair sample will be cut from the nape of the neck, and the hair closest to the scalp is tested.  Because small amounts of hair will be taken from several places at the nape, it will be almost impossible to notice any bald spots.  If any toxic contaminations, nutrient deficiencies, or element excesses are spotted, your child"s treatment plan may involve a diet, food supplements, and a lifestyle change.  You may also have to examine your home environment closely to eliminate possible sources of pollutants, if any toxic elements are found.

You will need a trained holistic health care practitioner to help you order, interpret, and make recommendations based on a nutrient element analysis. But if you want to get started right away on the road to overcoming ADHD naturally, we invite you to check out our UnRitalin Solution.

Resource:

Genova Diagnostics – www.genovadiagnostics.com