Thursday, November 19, 2015

Low Zinc

With all of our technology and knowledge you would think our food supply would be top notch, healthiest it's ever been in the history of time. However, that just isn't the case. Our food has been destroyed of it's nutritional content through all the altering and such that man has done to it. Because of this our population is becoming quite a sick one. We aren't getting the vital nutrients and minerals that we need and should be getting from our food supply.

With this issue comes the fact that so many people have low levels of zinc. Zinc is important to the body for so many reasons. One of the ways I discovered our younger son had a Zinc deficiency was his incessant chewing of non-food items like his shirt collar, pencil eraser, and so on. 2 days after starting Zinc and it all stopped. It was a symptom, an outward expression of an inward deficiency.

Zinc is an essential trace element. This means you don't need a lot but that tiny bit is essential for your body. Zinc helps with healthy eyes, cellular growth, immune function, metabolic rate, taste and smell regulation, and growth.

Signs of low zinc levels include:

  • lack of appetite
  • loss of sense of smell or taste (in sharpness)
  • hair loss
  • mental slowness
  • growth issues
  • diarrhea
  • weight loss (not in a healthy way)
  • many more
There are tests that can be run to check your zinc levels. You should see your doctor if you are concerned about this. It's very quick and fairly painless. One way many doctors use to get a quick eye on if you have low zinc is a taste test. 

Here's how it works:
  • You need to use Zinc Aqueous for this test
  • Take a small sample taste (1tsp is fine) and swallow it. 
  • What did it taste like? If it tasted horrible or very bad, odds are your zinc levels are fine. If it tasted good or like water, odds are you zinc levels are low. 
I take zinc daily. I put it in my glass of water in the morning and I never know it's there. I have no taste when I put zinc in my mouth. I am deficient but am working on that. 

If you suspect a zinc issue, please visit your doctor. He can run any tests he feel are important and discuss treatment options with you. But don't ignore a zinc deficiency. There's no reason to feel so icky when the treatment is so simple and inexpensive.



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