Fall is around the corner and with that you should start getting your immune system in check. A healthy immune system requires zinc for your white blood cells to battle germs effectively.
If you get sick easily, get sick frequently and if you stay sick long after others have recovered you are showing signs of decreased immunity and should check your zinc levels. Poor wound healing is another indicator of a poorly functioning immune system.
Zinc is also necessary for well over 100 enzyme reaction within your body. Having optimally functioning enzymatic reactions has far-reaching effects ranging from pain reduction, proper digestion to reducing depression.
13 Signs Your Zinc is Low:
Test your Zinc Levels:
To find out if your zinc is low, you can ask your healthcare practitioner to do an easy Zinc Tally or Zinc Sufficiency Test. You can also do this test at home.
If your zinc is low, you can take a daily basic antioxidant containing zinc, a multivitamin with zinc, or consult your Naturopathic Doctor or healthcare practitioner for a daily zinc dose tailored to you. You will know your zinc levels are up when you retake the Zinc Tally test, and the solution has a strong metallic taste.
Absorption of zinc is decreased by fiber and food, as it competes with binding sites with calcium and magnesium. Zinc is best taken on an empty stomach or with a small amount of food. Larger doses of zinc can cause temporary nausea, so it is best to start with a small dose and work up to a level you can tolerate.
10 Vegan Food Sources of Zinc:
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