Potassium and Hair Testing
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Potassium is one of the most important minerals in the body that shows in the hair test. If potassium is imbalanced – either too low or too high – as compared to the other minerals of calcium, magnesium and sodium, then important functions in the body that require sodium are altered.
Potassium is known as the “follow-through” mineral. (Note that the hair must not be washed at the laboratory to obtain accurate potassium readings.)
High Hair Potassium
This is an indication of high sugar and glucocorticoid levels. A very high potassium can be a potassium loss due to excessive breakdown of body cells.
Low Hair Potassium
This is an indicates adrenal gland exhaustion. A very low potassium level is associated with allergies, fatigue, low blood sugar, sweet cravings, and low blood pressure.
Fatigue results when there is high calcium to potassium ratio is associated with an underactive thyroid. Fatigue is often a common complaint associated with low thyroid function.