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Last week, I wrote a post about how HTMA has been changing my life. If you didn't read that post, I hope you will check it out here. I went into a lot of detail about my health struggles over the last year or two, as well as why I chose HTMA and how it has been benefiting me.
In that article, I mentioned that I was going to write a separate post about how HTMA is helping me manage stress, so that is what I am doing today.
I also discuss my experience with Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis in this video and will be sharing more about my journey as I continue down this path.
A Little About Me and Stress
For those of you who know me well, you know that I am, by nature, a Type-A overachiever who is constantly stressed out.
Most of my stress has been self-imposed over the last decade and I know for a fact that it has contributed to the decline in my health.
Stress is a killer, people.
But, I knew that. I've known stress is detrimental to my health for years. Yet, I was consistently stressed out. It didn't matter how much I told myself to stop stressing, I still stressed.
I really felt like something was wrong with me, or maybe this was just how I was genetically wired.
Well, there is some truth in both of those theories.
Yes, genetically, I am wired to be more of a Type-A personality. That is just who I am. We can't really change genetics, but we CAN recognize areas that we need to work on and then start improving on them.
And, yes, there was something wrong with me.
I was totally depleted in minerals.
Minerals are the spark plugs of our vitality. They are critical to our health, both mentally and physically.
And little did I know, my mineral imbalance / deficiency was playing a drastic role in my physical health, as well as my mental health (namely the constant stress, anxiety, and OCD I had experienced for years).
I am not going to go into detail about how important minerals are. You can read this post, Are Missing Minerals Impairing Your Health? to get a better understanding of just how critical minerals are to our health. It's a good read. I hope you'll take a moment to check it out.
How HTMA is Helping Me Manage Stress
As with all healing journeys, you sometimes don't realize how much progress you've made until you look in the rear-view mirror.
I knew that HTMA was helping me, but it didn't sink in just how much until we recently did some remodeling on our house.
An event that would normally leave me frazzled and anxious had very minimal impact on my stress levels. Had we tackled this remodel project a year ago, my reactions to the stress would have been very different.
About a month ago, we started installing new flooring in our upstairs. In preparation for the construction the house was essentially thrown into chaos.
The contents of my office and our bedroom were residing in the living and dining rooms.
The halls were filled with furniture, boxes, and construction materials. Check out some of the photos on my Instagram here.
Finding anything important was nearly impossible. It was very difficult for me to get any work done because my computer was in boxes and things were strewn across the house.
In other words, things were a little crazy around here. 😉
One morning, about a week into the project, I woke up and it immediately occurred to me that I was not feeling stressed out. I wasn't anxious, I wasn't worried, I wasn't overwhelmed, nothing.
If this same project had happened a year ago, I would have been so stressed out and anxious about having my house in total chaos and disarray. I would have been fretting about not being able to work, not being able to find a pair of socks, etc.
But, that morning I woke up feeling calm and happy.
No stress. No anxiety. No worry.
Nothing but excitement for FINALLY getting rid of our nasty old carpet! 🙂
For me, this is indication of a MAJOR improvement in both my mental and physical health.
How Does HTMA Help Stress?
I know that my ability to better handle stress is a direct result of the focused mineral balancing that I have been doing.
Like I mentioned above, minerals are the spark plugs of our body. They are so vital in keeping EVERY system functioning properly.
When our minerals become unbalanced, our whole body (including our brain) becomes unbalanced. This leads to a host of health problems, which can also include brain function problems like the inability to cope with stressful situations, irritability, anxiety, OCD, etc.
I'm 5 months into my balancing and detox protocols and I am seeing some amazing results. We have a TON of articles on the site about minerals and my experience:
- Read all of our mineral articles here.
- Read how HTMA has eliminate the severe pain I was experiencing with my monthly cycle here.
- Read how HTMA has been improving my health in other ways here.
In this video, I discuss my experience so far with HTMA. I will be doing more video updates as I continue along my journey.
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I cannot say enough positive things about my experience with mineral balancing. Like I mention in my video above, for the first time in A LONG time I feel optimistic and hopeful that I will regain my health.
What an amazing feeling!
I get a lot of questions about mineral balancing and the specific test I took, so here's the link to that (aff. link).
I have taken two HTMA tests and will be taking my 3rd at the end of May. I decided back in November 2014 that I would commit to a year of this and see where I was at.
Considering the positive results I am seeing, and our goal to start a family sooner rather than later, I think I will continue to do the focused testing and subsequent protocols for much longer. I even convinced the DH to do it with me. We recently got his results back and he started on his supplement protocol this last week.
What I love about HTMA and the practitioner I am working with is that the reports and protocols I am getting are specifically tailored to MY results and MY needs.
When it comes to mineral balancing, there is no one-size-fits-all. Our unique biochemistry needs a focused plan that will suit our specific needs.
I have said it before and I will say it again — One of the most important parts of your health journey is finding a practitioner that you really bond with. Someone who brings you comfort and strength when the healing journey gets a little rough.
I've dealt with a lot of practitioners over the years, but there have only been a couple that have given me that kind of feeling. The support and expertise of having my current NTP, Lydia (aff. link), walk me through each step of this protocol has been immensely helpful for my own healing journey.
Now, For The #1 Complaint I Get
Any time I post about HTMA and how it's helping me, I get a lot of complaints about the price. I want to address that here, so I hope you'll read on.
Complaint: The test is so expensive!!!!
Well, folks, that depends on what you view as expensive.
Price is very much subjective. It really depends on what your health goals and priorities are.
We really need to get out of the mindset in this country that (a) our health is not worth spending money on and (b) that paying out of pocket for testing is a bad thing (aka “if it's not covered by insurance, I can't do it”).
If you want to get real results with your health, then you're most likely going to have to look outside what your insurance covers.
I am far from being wealthy, but for me personally the price of this test and supplements is tiny compared to what I have spent on other testing that has come back inconclusive. I have spent hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars over the years for tests and supplements that have not helped me at all — a total waste of money.
Western medicine has completely failed me when it comes to treating my chronic health problems.
These hair tests are the FIRST time that I am actually seeing some amazing results. I am really excited about finally regaining my health and for the first time in years, I actually have HOPE. I have not felt hopeful about my health is several years.
Also, there is A LOT of value in the support and customized protocols that you get from the practitioner you work with on this. You don't just take a test and get sent on your way (like a lot of other testing sites). You get a lot of information, including customized plans, direction, coaching, etc. to ensure that you are achieving the health goals that you want.
All in all, it really comes down to what your priorities are and what your goals are for healing.
I have to budget for these types of tests. They are not something that I can just afford to do on a whim. That goes for all the testing I get right now because I pay for it all out of pocket.
That said, for me these costs are so small in relation to the amount of information I am getting — and the positive results I am seeing from the customized protocols.
Also, to put things into perspective, I have a friend who recently had to pay over $1,000 (yes, you read that right) out of pocket for one single medical test (which didn't even end up giving her that much info). Now THAT is expensive!
It would be so awesome if this kind of testing was covered by insurance, but sadly, we live in a system where alternative methods (that are SO much more effective than Western medicine) are not covered under our traditional insurance plans.
In all honesty, HTMA and the supplements I take are what I consider my health insurance. These are the things that are going to keep me well as I age — not going to my MD's office.