Doctors and GP’s use blood testing on a daily basis to screen their patients for various health conditions. However, blood tests only provide a short-term or instantaneous reading regarding the physiology of the blood. This is useful in some situations, especially emergencies, but less useful if you desire a more long-term assessment of the inner functioning’s of the body.

The blood is actually maintained at the expense of the body tissues, one of which being hair tissue. This means that mineral changes will occur in the hair long before and often years before the blood.

The blood is far more buffered because it touches every cell. Large variations in mineral levels here would be fatal and therefore they are kept fairly constant even when a problem may exist. This is why hair testing is such a useful tool to detect early cases of mineral deficiency, mineral excess, and some health challenges. Also, hair test results are unaffected by recent meals, recent strenuous activities, or emotional states, which certainly can impact and affect the results of blood tests.

Hair tissue mineral analysis measures the levels of 21 or more minerals in the hair tissue. Minerals tested include the electrolytes - calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and phosphorus. Trace minerals tested include copper, manganese, chromium, selenium, iron, molybdenum, lithium, cobalt and zinc. Toxic metals tested include lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, aluminium and others.

The hair tissue mineral analysis actually presents an amazing window into the cells of the body and provides a unique biopsy type of reading of metabolic activity. Mineral levels and ratios reflect the activity of glands that determine metabolic activity, such as the thyroid and adrenal glands. Glandular function can therefore be assessed and quantified by calculating and analysing these ratios on a hair tissue mineral analysis report.

Many minerals are also required for the production of energy within the cells and therefore hair analysis can help assess and guide the enhancement of energy production. With greater cellular energy production human functioning improves, individuals are more resilient to stress, and many health challenges resolve by themselves.

The hair tissue mineral analysis reduces the guesswork in nutritional recommendations and allows for tailored nutritional guidance based on the biochemical needs of the individual. For instance, very low hair calcium and magnesium levels indicate an alarm stage of stress in which the body excretes these minerals as part of the fight-or-flight response. In this stage of stress, one needs more calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, choline, inositol and vitamin A. These will help balance the body chemistry. Other vitamins may be detrimental in this stage of stress. Excessive vitamin C, for example, can lower copper and worsen health for individuals with this biochemical make-up.

Some people metabolise carbohydrates and fats at a more rapid rate than others. The rate at which food is burned by the body is described as the oxidation rate. The mineral levels and ratios on a hair analysis can help determine this rate, which then allows us to identify foods and supplements that would be most helpful to balance the oxidation rate and optimise the efficiency of energy production. Also, many minerals are involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates. The ratio of calcium to magnesium specifically provides clues as to an individual’s glucose tolerance and can assist in fine tuning carbohydrate intake recommendations.

Protein utilisation is another aspect of human physiology reflected by mineral levels on a hair mineral analysis. Phosphorus levels, according to Dr. Eck’s research, reflect protein synthesis and should be at least 14. When lower, protein intake is inadequate, the type of protein consumed is improper, or protein digestion is impaired. When phosphorus is low, one does not rebuild tissue rapidly enough and a catabolic state ensues. This is yet another aspect of cellular physiology that can therefore be taken into account and adjusted for during our nutritional recommendations.

An additional feature of hair mineral analysis is its ability to identify chronic toxic metal poisoning in the body. Hair is a storage tissue and a tissue that the body uses for excreting excessive amounts of toxic metals, making it ideal for detecting toxicity from metals.

Comparing the results of repeated hair tissue mineral tests over a period of months is an excellent way to monitor subtle changes in body chemistry. Hair analysis re-tests therefore allow for further fine tuning of dietary recommendations and provide scientifically determined evidence of the body tissues becoming more nourished and optimally mineralised.

Finally, sampling of hair tissue is very easy, pain-free, and safe.

Many physicians offer mineral analysis but use the test symptomatically, supplementing only those minerals that read low. This is called replacement therapy and is not effective. Others use the test just to detect toxic metals. This is not the best use of the test as often these heavy metals are not revealed on the first test.

The benefits of balancing your body chemistry

1. Increase in energy levels
2. Reduced stress and improved ability to cope with stress
3. Improved mental functioning
4. Improvements in a range of health conditions, such as diabetes, skin conditions, obesity, hair loss, fatigue and depression, and improvements in health challenges relating to bone health, cardiovascular health, food allergies, and digestive health.
5. Improved physical functioning
6. Hormone optimisation
7. Improved sporting/gym performance
8. Anti-ageing properties
9. Maximised nutrition for a developing foetus/baby via well nourished pre-natal women
10. Correction and prevention of early cases of health challenges

Health conditions linked to poor nutrition

1. Coronary Heart Disease
2. Obesity
3. Cancer
4. Diabetes
5. Brain and neurological disorders, such as Autism, MS and Parkinsons disease
6. Infertility
7. Eczema and Psoriasis
8. Candida and other fungal infections
9. Hypertension
10. Allergies
11. Depression and Anxiety
12. Insomnia
13. Constipation
14. Hair Loss

Improved Energy Levels

Whether you are a busy business executive whose energy levels are drained after an intensive week’s work, a sportsman who wants to increase his energy levels during activities, or a mum of 2 who is exhausted by the constant energy-sapping nature of caring for her children, I would expect that the prospect of improving your energy levels sounds appealing.

We are all capable of producing a certain amount of energy. The more of this energy that can be conserved and enhanced the happier and healthier you will likely be.

In order to do this a lifestyle designed to conserve and increase energy levels should be followed. Blueprint targets this directly by assisting our clients with lifestyle recommendations relating to rest, water consumption, oxygen consumption, toxin exposure, stress avoidance, and mental and emotional control. We also assist our clients to achieve this by balancing their unique body chemistry using nutritional recommendations based on the amazing hair tissue mineral analysis. Properly targeted, good quality nutritional supplements based on a hair tissue mineral analysis can massively improve energy levels by providing the correct nutrients an individual needs, by balancing critical mineral ratios that play a role in energy production, and by assisting the detox organs in their removal of toxic substances.

Improved Mental Functioning

Increasing an individual’s energy level also helps with mental functioning. The brain uses a lot of energy, and requires many nutrients to work optimally. A tired or ‘burnt-out’ body produces insufficient energy and the brain cannot work as well.

In order to optimise energy production in the body, and to ensure mental clarity, it is essential to eat correctly for your unique body chemistry. A slow oxidiser eating excessive fat, or a fast oxidiser eating too little, will both result in decreased efficiency of energy production and poorer mental functioning.

Increasing your energy levels will also likely improve your mood. High energy levels are associated with greater self-confidence and a more positive outlook on life.


Balancing your body chemistry has as an anti-ageing effect because it re-nourishes the body, removes toxins, and causes hormone levels to optimise to levels possessed by younger individuals. Additional methods that we utilise to assist in the restoration of youth include more rest and sleep, stress reduction, toxin avoidance, increasing oxygenation, increasing hydration and others.

All these healthful activities help to activate protein synthesis within all cells of the body. As the proteins are synthesised faster and in larger quantities they replace damaged proteins, enzymes, and cells much faster, creating an anabolic effect in the body. If the DNA synthesis of proteins is accelerated enough it can overcome the pace of normal wear and tear on the body. As this occurs, a person actually begins to become younger inside. The process begins in the internal organs, and the return of this internal health will then gradually be reflected on the outer body as well.

Another aspect of anti-ageing that is addressed by the program is the restoration of telomeres. Telomeres are strands of DNA at the end of chromosomes. Individuals tend to be born with about 15,000 to 35,000 pairs of telomeres which are linked to the end of each chromosome in the body. As you age though, they deteriorate, and the telomeres become shorter and shorter. When there are only about 4,000 pairs of them left, the DNA cannot replicate itself properly and health suffers. Adhering to the program helps to keep telomeres intact for longer and actually increases their length as well, producing an anti-ageing effect. It is relatively easy to count the telomeres from a simple blood sample or even a hair or other tissue sample.

Prenatal Care

Hair analysis research indicates that almost all children today are born nutritionally deficient and with significant levels of toxic metals in their bodies. This occurs even if the parents do their best to follow a healthy diet. A consequence of this is that babies can often suffer with some health challenges, ranging from simple rashes to delayed development, autism and others.

Many mothers-to-be are malnourished and have substantial amounts of toxic metals built up in their bodies. The work of Dr Lawrence Wilson indicates that women who balance their body chemistry are much more likely to have a healthy child with a stronger immune system and who is psychologically more balanced and resilient to stress. Often these babies even show improved academic performance when they reach school age, and improved physiological development. Dr Wilson states that it is best to begin the program before becoming pregnant, as it takes a while to improve one’s own health. However it is also effective to begin during pregnancy as well.

Current prenatal care promotes dietary changes and vitamin supplementation that is not customised to the needs of the individual mother, making these recommendations ineffective in most cases. Pre-natal care also begins too late in our view because, as stated earlier, it does take a while to improve one’s own health.

Balancing the body chemistry of mothers has been undertaken by Dr Lawrence Wilson and his associates over the last 40 years with over 500 pregnant women. No negative outcomes have been witnessed to date, with only positive results experienced.

Other lifestyle modifications are also useful prior to and during pregnancy. Blueprint will assist all mothers to be with optimising this important aspect as well.

Sports performance and physical functioning

Balancing body chemistry using the results of a hair tissue mineral analysis can improve physical functioning and performance, and help to prevent some health related-challenges often experienced by individuals who take part in strenuous exercise.

Physical endurance can be maximised if energy production with the cells of the body is ideal. However, inappropriate calcium levels can compromise the transport of nutrients across cell membranes and balanced quantities of zinc, manganese and chromium are required within the cells to facilitate the creation of energy from the nutrients. Fast oxidising individuals also require a greater proportion of fat in their diet, and fewer carbohydrates, in order to optimise energy production efficiency. Contrastingly, slow oxidising individuals require more carbohydrates in their diet, and less fat, to ensure the most efficient manufacture of energy occurs. The process of energy production within all cells of the body (including muscle cells) can therefore be optimised by eating a customised diet based on your own unique body chemistry and oxidation rate, and by supplementing essential minerals involved in the cellular energy production process. Critically though, we have found that replacement therapy (supplementing minerals that appear deficient on a hair test) is actually a very ineffective approach and that supplementing the correct combination of minerals, using suitable doses, is the key to improving an individual’s body chemistry and functioning.

Stamina and endurance can also be enhanced by improving glucose tolerance and stabilising blood sugar response. The appropriate mineral balance of calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and chromium is needed to effectively metabolise glucose and allow for sustained energy production.

The brain operates more effectively when an appropriate diet supplies it with all the nutrients it requires. Enhanced brain functioning improves awareness and decision making, contributing to improved sporting performance. Neuromuscular connections sharpen, thus increasing reaction time. Clearer proprioceptive feedback, relating to the orientation of the bodies joints and limbs and the position of self, allows for more efficient performance of complex coordinated movement.

Nutritional imbalances can contribute to weak bones, tendons and ligaments and cause inflammation of joint structures, increasing susceptibility to injury. In the event that an injury has already occurred, a range of minerals (zinc, manganese, copper, calcium and magnesium) are essential for optimum healing and require supplying in the correct amounts and combinations. A well-nourished body is therefore less vulnerable to injury, and is also able to heal more effectively from injury and with less use of medications. Even more importantly, some supposedly healthy sports players die from sudden heart complications during competition. Stress indicators from a properly performed and interpreted hair analysis would likely highlight a problem in its early stages and potentially allow for prevention using dietary adjustments and appropriate supplementation. Standard blood tests would be much less likely to reveal this information at such an early stage due to the importance of maintaining homeostasis within the blood.

Stress activates the sympathetic branch of the nervous system and triggers physiological changes that can impact on mental and physical functioning. Narrowing of attention and decreased awareness may occur, which can negatively affect co-ordination and decision-making, and reduce overall performance of sports where these attributes play a key role. The sports player who can remain in a more parasympathetic state will be calmer under pressure despite being subjected to a stressful competitive situation. Well-nourished individuals with well-balanced body chemistry, and who eat a diet appropriate for their oxidation rate, will likely be more relaxed and able cope with stress more effectively. Eating based on generic nutritional advice could easily result in an inappropriate diet being consumed in relation to the oxidation rate and consequently worsen the effects of stress.

Both nutritional imbalances and stress can combine to negatively impact on hormone production. An ideal hormone balance is essential to facilitate optimum physical functioning and to maximise the physiological adaptations following training. Poor nutritional choices and stress elevate the catabolic hormone cortisol, increasing muscle tissue breakdown. In addition, consistently high cortisol can reduce the anabolic hormone testosterone, reducing muscle gains and strength production. Balancing the body chemistry using diet and appropriate supplementation shifts the body into an anabolic state and optimises hormone production. Cellular mineral imbalances can also have a more direct detrimental impact on muscular gains. Zinc is needed for RNA transferase, an enzyme involved in protein synthesis, and therefore zinc deficiency can compromise muscle building. However, as mentioned previously, the complexity of mineral interactions means that we find the results of simple replacement therapy to be inadequate.

Intensive exercise training regimes can easily burn-out the body, especially the adrenal glands, and is very common today. Immune system function can also decrease if over-trained, and susceptibility to illnesses increases. Balancing body chemistry can help to buffer the stress on the body of exercise, help to prevent chronic fatigue and burnout, and improve resilience to illness.

Many sportsman and women, and even regular gym goers, take a variety of supplements. Some of these are not beneficial and some even harmful. A properly performed and interpreted hair analysis is very helpful to assess the appropriateness of the diet and to guide the use of supplementation to balance and enhance body chemistry. B-complex vitamins speed up the oxidation rate and so will enhance energy production efficiency and performance in slow oxidisers. Fast oxidisers will likely be excessively stimulated by B-complex vitamins, which would worsen their oxidation rate and subsequently have negative implications on sporting performance. Vitamin C is also excellent for slow oxidisers as it can assist adrenal function. However, excessive vitamin C supplementation in fast oxidisers can deplete copper, which is a mineral they require more of for optimum balance of body chemistry and performance. In addition to copper, fast oxidisers do better supplementing greater amounts of zinc, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin D. As you can see, correcting body chemistry in order to improve physical performance is a complex and delicate process. Significant development requires the assistance of a properly performed and interpreted hair tissue mineral analysis to guide and direct the use of diet and supplements.

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