Top 5 Nutrient Deficiencies in Americans – Part 5

Zinc was first discovered as a micronutrient in humans in the 1960s, and today is known to be part of the deficiencies seen in humans worldwide. Deficiencies in zinc are commonly seen in individuals with low animal food consumption, high caffeine intake, high alcohol consumption, daily diuretic use, and increased dairy consumption. Infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant and lactating women all have an increased requirement for zinc compared to most adults, which puts them at a higher risk for deficiency. Insufficient amounts of zinc during periods of massive development can result in growth failure with profound consequences with the skin, gastrointestinal, nervous, immune, skeletal, and reproductive systems.

Zinc is absorbed in the small intestine. It is the 2nd most abundant trace element in the body behind iron (copper is 3rd).

Zinc is required to assist over 300 enzymes in the body. There are an estimated 35 thousand billion billion chemical reactions occurring in the human body every second. If your enzymes aren’t working properly, you cannot reach optimal health.

Zinc is also essential for proper gene expression, which means deficient zinc leads to DNA that can’t function properly, therefore cells, organs, and body systems that can’t function properly.

Signs of Zinc Deficiency:

  • Decreased Immune Function
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Thyroid Disfunction
  • Hair Loss
  • Digestive issues:

Leaky Gut

Food Intolerance

Blood Sugar Imbalance

  • Decreased Taste and/or smell
  • Anemia
  • Decreased Metabolism
  • Poor Sleep
  • Brain Fog
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Acne

How to replenish Zinc:

  • Consume foods right in zinc like meat, seafood, eggs, oysters, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
  • Supplementation with a zinc supplement



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