The Vitality Ratio & Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
Updated: Mar 3
Heart health month continues….so here we are today post Novak interview, whatever any one’s view, ‘choice’ is what it comes down to.
This is pretty much the same with our health. What we put into our body is up to us. This is not up to the ‘leaders’ that be, the last two years has shown that most of the ‘leaders’ of this nation have no idea what health truly is.
Today, I am sharing a little more about the mineral sodium but along side with potassium. Both of these minerals are part of the so-called macro-minerals, they are vital, they are crucial. If they ever get low in the blood, you would be in A&E, or maybe in a coma.
In HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis) a tool I use in practice one can get an idea of one’s vitality, by the sodium:potassium ratio. (Na:K).
Now in homeopathy this can help with choosing the potency of a remedy. Both sodium and potassium are also considered adrenals minerals. As mentioned in my previous posts, we are always wanting that ‘Goldilocks’ effect, not too hot and not too cold, not too high and not too low.
So what has this got to do with heart health, well pretty much everything, these minerals help with fluid volume hence blood pressure, electrical conduction, potassium is vital in the contraction of muscles which includes the heart.
One can experience heart arrhythmias with low potassium. We have this sodium-potassium pump in our cells which is vital for maintaining health communication between cells and hence organs.
In homeopathy we have these wonderful cell salts or tissue salts (same thing) Natrum Muriaticum (Nat Mur) and Kalium Phosphoricum (Kali Phos) which I use time and again to support client’s well being, more so when the minerals are out of balance especially when the Na:K ratio is not looking too ‘healthy’.
Both of these cell slats support the adrenals, they support the HPA axis.
Kali phos is known as the nerve nutrient…think HPA axis. It is usually taught as a brain cell salt but I have found in practice that it works more wider than this. Potassium is everywhere in the body, and the PHOS part …think ATP (adenosine triPHOSPHATE), think mitochondria, these powerhouses which have taken quite a ‘pounding’ with this virus. When you get to understand how the body uses these nutrients, these minerals these cell salts can be pretty much ‘magic’.
Nat Mur is known as the fluid balancer cell salt, but as you can see from yesterday’s post it is actually a vital adrenal HPA axis cell salt. It is a very ‘dry’ cell salt, so if you have dryness, dry mucus membranes, dry mouth, constipation, (aka dry stools) dry skin this cell salt can be helpful.
Take a look at the image below…so if you just think simply (no need to complicate anything), the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system, one is more fight-flight (sympathetic) one is more reaching freeze mode (parasympathetic).
When I see these extremes, either a very high or very low Na:K it can indicate ‘trauma’. …physical, mental or emotional. It can be small T not necessarily big T.
So can you see as practitioners it is of absolute importance when addressing heart health to not just look at the food on the plate, but the life style, the history, the minerals, the ‘heart’ of the person.
As I say a HTMA tells a story, it is not a black and white mineral test, it is not a test that just looks at toxic elements, it is not just about minerals, it has a ‘heart’, it has a soul, that hair sample comes from a living being, no matter what one says about hair being dead….it TELLS A STORY, YOUR STORY.
It is a tool that supports Nutritional Therapists on a whole ‘other’ level.
PS. health is about navigating from parasympathetic to sympathetic, there is a dance between having to fight for life because your child just ran into the road (sympathetic), and the time to heal and re-connect when you are sleeping or meditating or walking in nature, conscious breathing etc (parasympathetic). The imbalance occurs when we get stuck in one place…and this ratio can show this.