10 SIGNS YOUR BODY IMMEDIATELY NEEDS MORE ZINC AND 7 FOODS YOU NEED TO EAT
According to research, 12% Americans are deficient in zinc. This deficiency is often accompanied with other signs and symptoms such as acne, proneness to colds that heal long, trouble sleeping etc.
Most people are aware of their magnesium or vitamin D insufficiency, but only little can tell they lack zinc. Not getting enough zinc affects your cellular health, which in turn has adverse impact on your immune system, and also leads to DNA damage.
These are the 10 most common signs that could indicate a zinc deficiency:
Low zinc levels compromise the proper function of the immune system, which in turn makes you more susceptible to colds and infections.
Surprisingly 6% of the total body zinc content is in your skin and studies confirm that people suffering from acne often have zinc insufficiency.
Adrenal fatigue, caused by stress, often reduces the levels of zinc, which is important for blocking the release of histamine into the blood. This overproduction of histamine in your system can result in typical allergy symptoms (runny nose, rash, swelling, sneezing etc.). Plus, it can increase your overall sensitivity to allergens.
A leaky gut is a condition which allows particles from undigested food to get into your bloodstream. This in turn triggers an immune response. Although zinc deficiency is normally not the only cause of a leaky gut, zinc supplementation has proven efficient in strengthening the gut wall.
As zinc plays a major role in both the production and regulation of melatonin, the hormone responsible for sleeping, taking a supplement containing melatonin, magnesium, and zinc enhanced the sleep quality of people affected with primary insomnia.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting about 6.4 million kids in the US. A number of studies have shown a link between hyperactivity and low levels of urinary zinc. However, there isn’t enough evidence to support treating ADHD with mineral and vitamin supplementation.
Hair loss has been linked to low levels of thyroid hormones which shows that your body’s not absorbing zinc properly.
The growth of healthy bones depends on zinc. But, even mild zinc deficiency can significantly affect the growth of children and adolescents worldwide, including developed countries.
Infertility & poor pregnancy outcomes
Although zinc deficiency alone cannot cause infertility, it can drastically affect the proper function of your reproductive system. Normal testicular development and sperm motility in men heavily depend on zinc. In women, on the other hand, low zinc levels have been linked to premature births, prolonged labor, low birth weight, and more.
An epidemic in developed countries, Alzheimer’s has been linked to zinc levels in the body. Zinc deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the elderly and studies show that zinc therapy can protect against cognition decline.
Who is at risk?
Zinc deficiency is more common in frequent dieters, vegetarians and vegans, elderly people or those consuming lots of alcohol. Pregnant or lactating women, teenagers during growth spurts or puberty, or people with celiac disease, diabetes mellitus or recurring diarrhea are also at risk.
There’s a list of foods below that can help you increase your zinc levels:
Grass-fed beef, lamb, chicken
Pecans, Brazil nuts, peanuts, almonds, walnuts
Split peas, lima beans
Oats or buckwheat
For general health support, you can always use high quality zinc supplements. Talk to your doctor before taking any supplementation.