Are You Zinc Deficient?
Zinc is an important mineral in many biological processes and a deficiency may lead to several worrying conditions. Zinc is widely distributed in foods, yet deficiency is common.
There are several reasons why you may develop a zinc deficiency.
1. A very common cause of zinc deficiency is a high sugar diet. This is because when sugar is consumed the pancreas produces insulin to initiate cells to take in the glucose to use for energy. The synthesis of insulin requires Zinc, so when sugar consumption is excessive, zinc stores are used up and dietary supply of Zinc cannot keep up.
2. Insufficient production of Hydrochloric Acid in the stomach may lead to a Zinc deficiency. In this case it is not that dietary supply is poor, but that absorption is not occurring.
3. Strict vegetarians who eat lots of grains and legumes are more susceptible to a Zinc deficiency due to grains and legumes contain high levels of phytic acid which reduces Zinc absorption.
4. Individuals suffering persistent diarrhoea, inflammatory bowel disease, or chronic kidney problems have an increased risk for developing a Zinc deficiency.
5. Poor Thyroid function can result in Zinc deficiency because Thyroid hormones play a role in the absorption of Zinc.
Signs of Zinc deficiency include:
Slow Hair & Nail Growth
White Spots on Nails
Acne or Greasy Skin
Urticaria (Rashes / Hives)
Sense of Smell/Taste Reduced
Slow Wound Healing
Frequent Night-Time Urination
Low Sex Drive
Food Sensitivities / Leaky Gut Syndrome
Allergies / High Histamine
If you suffer any of these deficiency signs, I do not recommend you rush out and buy a Zinc supplement, it is best absorbed with other nutrients and supplementing with Zinc alone may cause a deficiency in other important nutrients.
I do recommend you increase your dietary intake of Zinc rich foods, and chew your food thoroughly at all times to assist the digestive processes. Good food sources include: Pumpkin Seeds, Grass-fed Beef, Lamb, Chicken, Raw Dairy Yoghurt or Kefir, Cashew Nuts, Chickpeas,Mushrooms, Spinach and Cocoa Powder.