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Identifying the Causes of Your Burnout Symptoms

Apr 04, 2022

Life can be challenging and exhausting at times, leading to a breaking point where the conditions are too overwhelming to continue ignoring. As a high-achiever, you might be more prompt to have a burnout caused by excessive stress, and all this stress significantly impacts your mineral system, driving your body to lose potassium from within your cells, your sodium levels might rise, and your magnesium may become depleted quickly. In this article, I'll explain the benefits of the HTMA test and why you should consider ordering one if you have symptoms of burnout.

What is Burnout?

Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion. It can occur when you experience long-term stress in your career or have been feeling physically or emotionally drained for a long time. It isn't something that will go away on its own. Instead, if you ignore the signs and don't address the underline causes of your burnout, it can worsen and cause further harm to your physical and mental health in the future. If this wasn't bad enough, it may even destroy your relationships.

Biochemical factors or external events can cause burnout. Still, the real reason behind your burnout symptoms is often a change in the mineral pattern such as deficiencies and imbalances. Hence resting, taking some time off, or reducing stress will not always eliminate your burnout completely. It's essential that you are addressing the underlying mineral patterns, providing proper nourishment to your cells, and detoxifying your body to restore your energy!

What is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)?

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a quantitative analysis test made from small samples of hair. This functional test aims to determine the levels of substances such as mineral salts, electrolytes, heavy metals, drugs, and toxins. I often recommend it to my clients with burnout symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, or headaches. This hair sample test is non-invasive and takes only a small sample of your hair, yet it accurately indicates mineral imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, and heavy metal toxicity. All these imbalances are detrimental to health and should be considered.

These mineral nutrient measurements and their close relationships determine how well your cells function and affect physical and cognitive performance. The goal is to correct the body's chemical disturbances and improve cell function using the HTMA as a guide for proper supplementation and restoration. When faced with symptoms such as fatigue, we tend to look for something to wake us up, opting to drink coffee or energy drinks or indulge in sweets for a quick boost of energy. But unfortunately, these substances will affect biochemistry, bringing even more consequences to the body.

Why Should you Test for Minerals and Heavy Metals?

Did you know that the hair shaft contains information about everything that has happened in the last three or four months? Hair is one of the many places where the body eliminates minerals and heavy metals, making it easy to detect. As a result, the HTMA test is one of the best early indicators of disease and is a great protocol for maintaining wellness.

The hair analysis graph shows the following nutrient minerals and many of their accompanying ratios: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, chromium, selenium, and more. It also shows the detoxification of heavy metal toxins such as antimony, uranium, arsenic, beryllium, mercury, cadmium, lead, and aluminum.

Many health conditions are aggravated by mineral imbalances and toxic metal excesses, including anxiety and depression, diabetes, high cholesterol, headaches and migraines, learning difficulties, thyroid dysfunction, and adrenal fatigue, to name just a few. Thus, we need to test and monitor our nutritional status more than ever, hence the importance of doing an HTMA test regularly. Ideally, you should do a retest every 3 months to understand your current health status.

What are the Benefits of Getting an HTMA test?

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis provides clinical data missed by standard blood, urine, and stool testing. It indicates potential health and nutritional imbalances by identifying mineral levels and ratios at the cellular level. These minerals are essential for growth, healing, vitality, and well-being. Thus, HTMA is a valuable analytical test because it measures the mineral content of a hair sample and allows a correct program of diet and supplementation to be designed for your specific needs.

  • Identify nutrient mineral imbalances, toxic heavy metals, or mineral excesses that may be affecting your health.
  • Reliable data on more than 35 essential minerals, toxic heavy metals, and over 25 important mineral ratios.
  • Personalized interpretive test reports evaluate your current mineral status and highlight areas of concern.
  • Receive recommended dietary changes and supplements for improved health and well-being.  

Common Causes of Mineral Imbalances

Minerals play an essential role in our daily life, and many factors contribute to mineral deficiencies and imbalances. Here are only a few of the many causes of mineral imbalances that I commonly see among clients in my practice.

  • Diet. Industrial agriculture is depleting our soils and food of minerals. With excess use of pesticides, residues, artificial food additives, and more, our food is losing its nutritional benefits and becoming toxic to the human body.
  • Medications. Commonly used drugs such as antacids, antidepressants, antibiotics, aspirin, and the oral contraceptive pill can also cause imbalances in our minerals, leading to mineral deficiencies and the buildup of toxins.
  • Supplements. Some vitamins and minerals can compete for absorption within the human body. For example, supplementing with calcium and iron significantly reduces serum levels of zinc, leading to further complications.
  • Stress. Increased stress depletes calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium from the body. Additionally, stress can significantly influence our eating habits and how well nutrients are absorbed from food during digestion.

What Can a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) Reveal?

HTMA looks at the last three months of your tissue activity. This provides us with a comprehensive view of your body's nutritional state, ratios between minerals, heavy metal load, and detoxification processes, and provides valuable information on your mineral imbalances and any health concerns that you may have. It can even help detect diseases in their early stages and prevent future diseases from occurring when nutrition and lifestyle changes are implemented.

The hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) test provides us with details such as blood sugar, digestion, stress, heavy metals, thyroid and adrenal function, detoxification pathways, hormones, and more! We can then determine the specific nutrition and lifestyle changes that are best suited for your individual needs so you can overcome your anxiety, fatigue, brain fog, headaches, joint pain, aches and pains, low sex drive, and more. Here are some of the things that the HTMA can reveal:


  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Mineral deficiencies and excesses
  • Your metabolic rate (fast or slow)
  • Mental health - anxiety/depression
  • The state of your adrenals
  • Liver and Kidney function
  • Diabetes and insulin resistance
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Nervous system imbalances
  • Inflammation within the body
  • Energy levels and fatigue
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Digestive dysfunction
  • Sports endurance and recovery


If you’re interested in getting a hair mineral analysis, you can Order your Testing Kit & Functional Consultation HereWith hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA), you can finally overcome your burnout symptoms and naturally improve your performance, vitality, energy, and mental clarity (and truly understand how to maintain that level of wellness!).


What is Included in the HTMA Testing Package:

I've done my best to make this process as simple as possible. When you order the testing package, you'll receive an HTMA testing kit sent directly to your home, at no additional cost to you. I'll provide you with comprehensive instructions for collecting your hair sample in the proper way to avoid contamination. Your hair should be free of dye, bleach, and hair products for accurate results. If you have recently dyed your hair, please wait a minimum of 3 weeks before collecting your hair sample, or make sure your hair has been washed at least 8-10 times to ensure accurate results.

After you have mailed off your testing kit to the laboratory with the enclosed envelope, we will wait approximately 1-2 weeks for your lab results to be emailed to me. Your test results will remain confidential. In the meantime, I will provide you with a few comprehensive digital forms to fill out that detail your health history and symptoms, along with a 3-Day Food Journal. These forms need to be completed prior to our consultation so that I can create your customized protocol.

Once I receive your completed forms and your results from the laboratory, I will send you the link to book a 60-minute functional consultation to review your test results and customized protocol for restoring your health. I will also provide you with a custom client report, which includes 15+ pages explaining each part of your HTMA, including your digestive type, nutritional imbalances, presence of toxic elements, etc. Finally, I will provide you with expert-level recommendations for supplements to bring your mineral patterns back into balance, eliminate heavy metals, and restore your health. 

How You Can Balance Minerals

After an HTMA test, you can balance your minerals with a diet plan, targeted nutritional therapy, detoxification protocols like chelation therapy, infrared saunas, and coffee enemas, and lifestyle recommendations. The main concern will be balancing your minerals and in the context of heavy metals, eliminating the sources of the contaminating agent from your daily life; you should also take care to check your digestive process to ensure it is functioning optimally.

Digestion is of great importance in this detoxification process, as it is in the digestive process that the body absorbs nutrients and minerals. The HTMA can help to identify the signs and symptoms of health conditions before it manifests physically and/or mentally, often before they can be detected through exams in conventional medicine.

Are you ready to get started? Order your HTMA Test Here!



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