The All Four Lows, or four lows pattern, is characterized by below ideal levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. It is a pattern that sometimes reveals itself on an initial or first-time Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) test report. Low levels of these four crucial minerals mean having a less than ideal percentages in the body such as:
- Calcium level less than 40 mg%
- Magnesium level less than 6 mg%
- Sodium level less than 25 mg%
- Potassium less than 10 mg%
What Causes the Four Lows Pattern?
On an initial hair analysis test, the four lows pattern may be caused by overworking, insufficient rest, depression, and toxic metals with nutrient depletion. An individual experiencing this pattern tends to continue to push themselves, despite being exhausted. Their adrenal and thyroid glands do not respond the way they should, and there is an autonomic nervous system imbalance where it is not properly regulated. The four lows pattern can also represent a stalled transition between fast and slow oxidation. Dr. Eck believed it may even be its own separate metabolic type.
Symptoms of the four lows pattern may include:
- Muscle tightness or cramps
- Impaired digestion
- Food intolerance
Seeing the All Four Lows Pattern on an HTMA retest is common, and a good sign
A four lows pattern that appears only on a hair tissue mineral analysis retest holds a different meaning than the same pattern appearing on an initial HTMA test report. The four lows pattern actually occurs quite regularly on a retest when an individual is following a Nutritional Balancing Science program.
The difference in seeing the All Four Lows pattern on an HTMA retest is that it is generally a cause for celebration and a good sign of a new healing pattern developing in the body. The body is signaling that it is essentially going back into the “repair shop” to re-plan, and will be working proactively toward an extended and healthier life. It is not necessarily considered retracing, as the individual may have never been in an four lows pattern before. Instead, it is considered as cause for celebration and restoration of life.
The nutritional supplements recommended to persons whose HTMA test report displays the All Four Lows pattern are supplements containing higher dosages of a specific spectrum of nutrients. Supplements that include higher dosages of calcium, zinc, magnesium, a digestive aid, taurine, vitamin D, fish oil and kelp are ideal for addressing the four lows.
In a Nutritional Balancing Science program, Taurine supplementation is an exclusive recommendation given only to persons whose HTMA test report indicates an All Four Lows pattern. Taurine supplements assist cell membrane function and enhance the body's capability to process out of this pattern. Be aware that higher doses of some Taurine supplements may cause increased fatigue.
It is imperative that all adrenal and thyroid hormone or support products, vitamins B, C, E, and stimulating herbs are avoided. Optional supplements should not be taken until the pattern corrects itself. This may be difficult for some people due to presenting symptoms, but taking other supplements could harm the program’s progress.
Although it may take some time to emerge from the four lows pattern, you should not feel discouraged if the pattern shows up suddenly on a recent HTMA retest. It may be best to be in the pattern for awhile, and is often exactly what the body needs. It is also possible to re-enter the four lows multiple times. Just make sure your diet, lifestyle, and supplement regimines are adjusted accordingly when this happens. It is best to get frequent hair analysis re-tests to keep track of your body’s current mineral levels and ratios.