The link between nutrition and behavior is profound and dramatic. Hair analysis can help identify and guide the correction of many cognitive, emotional and behavioral imbalances. Here are some of the most well researched links between nutrition and behavior.

Toxic Metals

Extensive medical literature links excessive levels of lead, cadmium, mercury and aluminum with behavioral dysfunction. All have neuotoxic effects.

Toxic metals are widely dispersed in the environment. They pass easily through the placenta into the unborn. Children are particularly susceptible because of their greater need for minerals for growth and development. Toxic elements can replace or displace vital minerals such as calcium and zinc.

There is no safe level of the heavy metals such as lead. Toxicity is not detected by routine blood testing and in most cases is not even suspected.
Lead alone is associated with over 20 conditions including memory loss, brain allergies, fatigue, violence, cognitive impairment and mood swings.

Although there has been progress, mercury from amalgam fillings, lead from paints, dyes and industrial waste, cadmium from smoke and water supplies and copper from pipes, foods and metabolic imbalances continue to be threats to both children and adults.

Trace Mineral Imbalances

Trace minerals catalyze and facilitate thousands of enzyme reactions. Many of these are involved in the central nervous system. Magnesium alone facilitates several hundred enzymes, including those that produce energy within every body cell.

Magnesium deficiency is widespread. This mineral is deficient in most diets, especially those containing refined foods. Magnesium has a calming as well as energizing effect upon the nervous system.

Zinc deficiency is closely associated with emotional instability, mood swings, and anxiety states. Copper imbalance often accompanies a zinc deficiency. Copper excess or biounavailablity is associated with detachment or spaciness, mood swings, depression, panic attacks, and in some cases schizophrenia.

Manganese imbalance is associated with one form of schizophrenia. Research by Dr. Paul Eck has linked other mineral excesses with specific behavior patterns, such as high iron with anger and hostility.

Hair mineral analysis is an excellent screening tool to assess toxic metals and trace mineral imbalances.

Vitamins and Amino Acids

Many vitamins and co-factors are essential for the functioning of the nervous system. Perhaps B vitamins have the most direct and powerful effects upon the nervous system. Dr. Abram Hoffer and others have shown the dramatic effects of niacin and choline on the brain and their role in reversing conditions such as schizophrenia, depression and anxiety states.

Vitamins have many indirect effects as well. Vitamin E assists in circulation and protects delicate enzymes. Vitamin C helps chelate toxic metals and lowers copper levels. Vitamin A is synergist with zinc. Vitamin D assists the absorption and utilization of calcium. In this way, the vitamins play major roles in all health conditions, including those of the nervous system.

Amino acids such as glutamine, taurine, cysteine and others also play important roles in the central nervous system.

Glucose Intolerance

According to Dr. Robert Atkins, MD and other prominent physicians, over 50% of Americans have some degree of sugar and carbohydrate intolerance.
Low brain glucose levels are associated with severe mental and emotional symptoms. These include confusion, forgetfulness, inability to concentrate, irritability and even violence. A diet high in refined sugars only worsens the tendency for low blood sugar. However, deficiencies in chromium, manganese, zinc, vanadium and B vitamins also play an important role in producing sugar and carbohydrate intolerance.

The Oxidation Rate

The rate at which the body metabolizes food is related to the overall metabolic rate. This in turn is regulated by the thyroid and adrenal glands, under the influence of numerous nutrient interactions. Imbalance in the oxidation rate is closely associated with personality and behavior traits, many of which can be modified by balancing the oxidation rate.
A slow rate of oxidation is associated with apathy, fatigue, depression, introversion, and despair. Over 80% of Americans have a slower than ideal oxidation rate. An extremely fast oxidation rate is associated with anxiety, paranoia, aggressiveness, extroversion, irritability, and nervousness.
Imbalances in oxidation rate and sugar intolerance can both result in various craving and tendency to addictions.

Energy Imbalance

The energy pathway consists of the steps involved in the conversion of food to ATP at the cellular level. The pathway involves digestion, absorption, assimilation, entrance of nutrients into the cells and cellular respiration in the Krebs and glycolysis cycles.

Any block or imbalance in the energy pathway will lower the production of adaptive energy and can produce pathology. The brain is a chemical organ and is affected by even small fluctuations in energy production. Conditions such as depression, allergies, attention deficit and the tendency for addiction can often be traced to a condition of lowered energy.

Hair analysis can help identify and guide the correction of sugar intolerance, an imbalanced oxidation rate and energy loss.

Author's Bio: 

Trained and certified by the inventors of hair analysis at the Eck Institute of Applied Nutrition and Bioenergetics, Director Grace Allison, is a successful health and wellness coach who has been practicing for more than 18 years as metabolic nutritional consultant. She has faced many life challenges, including a life-threatening disease, and used what she encountered as a stimulus to gain greater happiness and fulfillment.

Her approach to nutrition is unique compared to doctors, chiropractors and even other nutritionists. Director Allison is an educator of nutrition. Up till now, no one has provided the public with good consistent information about nutrition. Most people rely on the expertise of a sales clerk to evaluate their nutritional and supplement needs.

The link between nutrition and behavior is profound and dramatic. People often need a coach to assist them in making the life-style changes necessary. For almost two decades Director Allison has lovingly assisted people all over the world. She has been credited with changing and saving many lives.