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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Getting Enough ZINC in Your Diet?

I have mentioned previously in this blog the old adage, "You can live without vitamins but will die without minerals".

ZINC is one of those minerals that performs a number of tasks in your body and a shortage of same will wreck havoc with your overall health;

Let's take a look:

FACTS about  zinc:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Found in every tissue of the body
  • Even a small deficiency can become a disaster
  • Deficiency causes low fertility and low libido in both sexes
  • It is involved in promoting endocrine function and ideal hormone levels
  • Zinc deficiency creates an altered sense of taste resulting in a craving for saltier and sweeter food, along with diarrhea, low energy, chronic fatigue, infertility, bad memory, inability to focus, slow wound healing, nerve dysfunction and ringing in the ears.
Benefits of Adequate zinc levels in your body:

  • Improve athletic performance and body strength
  • Support male reproductive health and fertility
  • Support female reproductive health and fertility
  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Become more sensitive to insulin and possibly prevent diabetes
  • Zinc is a super anti-oxidant
  • Helps detoxify the brain and to remove heavy metals and helps prevent Alzheimer's
  • Boost brain function and help avoid ADHD
  • Elevate mood and eliminate depression
So where to you go from here? Do you just start popping zinc tablets like candy and hope for the best?
NO you do not. You need to test your zinc levels first and proceed from there.


 Following are suggestions from the link I will post here:

EXCERPT on how to test for zinc levels:

How To Test Zinc Level
Before you start popping zinc at random, take note that there is an upper limit to dietary zinc. Zinc toxicity has produced poor immune health and infertility, just as low zinc compromises the immune system. Scientists suggest you perform a zinc test to measure your level and then supplement accordingly. Once you start taking zinc, your levels will rise and you should do another test six to eight weeks later for best results.

The simplest way to test for zinc is a taste test that works because we know that taste and smell are dependent on there being adequate zinc in the body. To do this test, get zinc sulfate and put about 1-2 teaspoons in a cup and sip it, holding it in the mouth. If it tastes just like water, you are very zinc deficient. If you taste something slightly metallic, you are moderately zinc deficient. If it tastes disgusting—strongly metallic and unpleasant—your levels are probably adequate. This test is subject to individual taste perception and it is not 100 percent valid, but it is a good place to start.

Other test options are a serum zinc test, but there are factors that can cause inaccuracies such as fluctuations from meals, stress, diurnal variations, and complications from other nutrient deficiencies. A plasma zinc test is another option and it will pick up severe zinc deficiencies, but it won’t indicate a more moderate deficiency. It should not be relied on because even a moderate deficiency will negatively influence health.

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