Nutritional minerals and toxic elements retained by the body are deposited in the hair. A sample of hair, analyzed by a good laboratory, gives an accurate picture of the quantities of different elements the body has been exposed to in the past two months. This is often a wealth of information. Mineral deficiencies and elevations of toxic elements both can impair metabolism and result in a multitude of symptoms. What's more, different patterns of mineral deficiency and excess indicate malfunction of various bodily processes. Allergies, select vitamin deficiencies, weakened detoxification and antioxidant defense systems, hypothyroidism, maldigestion and malabsorption, disorders of carbohydrate metabolism, and stress are a few of the metabolic imbalances that are alluded to by various results of hair analysis. Hair elemental analysis is a good test for investigating underlying causes of fatigue, chronic pain, cognitive/memory/emotional problems, violent behavior, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, neurological disorders, weakened immunity, hypoglycemia, diabetes, weak finger nails, unhealthy skin and hair, and accelerated aging. Due to the breadth of information and its low cost, Hair elemental analysis is a test I like to employ with every new patient. I have yet to test a person who did not have at least one mineral deficiency identified on hair analysis. Reduction in toxin exposure and use of specific natural supplements are indicated for correcting abnormalities found on hair analysis.