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8 signs you may have a zinc deficiency

 

 8 signs you may have a zinc deficiency

Often overlooked, this nutrient has many important functions when it comes to our bodies

Zinc assists with:

  • Healthy immune function – zinc deficiency may impair proper immune function making you more susceptible to infections
  • Vision, taste and smell – poor taste and smell has often been associated with zinc deficiency
  • Healthy skin – by promoting collagen production, zinc plays an important part in wound healing. The mineral also assists the treatment and prevention of acne by killing acne-causing bacteria
  • Healthy digestion – zinc helps to maintain stomach acid levels and promotes protein synthesis
  • Maintaining blood sugar levels – by assisting insulin production, zinc helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and reduce cravings
  • Whilst zinc is readily found in a number of foods, modern agricultural and cooking techniques can often remove a lot of the goodness. Unhealthy diets and excessive consumption of processed foods can also lead to zinc deficiency.

Starting to suspect you might be slightly zinc-deficient? Here are 8  signs and symptoms  to look out for:

  1. White spots on your nails
  2. Frequent colds/flu
  3. Digestive issues such as bloating and diarrhea
  4. Poor sense of taste and smell
  5. Scars or stretch marks that don’t heal
  6. Hair loss
  7. Acne
  8. Children with low zinc levels may have a poor appetite, slow development, and poor attention spans
  9. Poor blood sugar management – sugar cravings
  10. lowered fertility

Now that we know how important zinc is, we should make a conscious effort to include it in our diet. A good way to ensure you’re meeting all your zinc needs is to know what foods contain this important mineral. You can get your daily dose of zinc from:

  • Nuts – pecans, brazil nuts
  • Seeds – pumpkin seeds, flax seeds
  • Proteins – egg yolks, beef, liver
  • Seafood – oysters, crab
  • Vegetables – spinach, carrots, beetroot, green peas, sea vegetables such as Nori

Have you had your daily dose of zinc today?

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