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Signs You're Not Getting Enough Zinc

By Sara Butler

Most people get enough zinc in their diets but there are two groups of people at risk for not getting enough: Vegetarians and those over 60 years of age. This is because both at-risk groups primarily eat a plant-based diet. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a plant-based diet – it’s simply important to understand where you may need to make up nutritional ground. Here are some of the ways you may be able to tell you’re not getting enough zinc and what to do about it so that your body can work optimally.

Chronic Disease

Zinc is important for proper immune function and cell division. Some chronic diseases may be a sign that you’re not getting enough. If you suffer from:

  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Wilson’s disease
  • Neurological disorders
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Age-related degenerative disease

Any of these diseases or disorders can indicate a lack of zinc. Research into all of these conditions has found ties to zinc deficiency because of the crucial role the mineral plays in the immune system. If your cells can’t grow healthy and immune function is impaired, then it can lead to chronic inflammation and oxidative stress on the body, both associated with chronic disease.

Skin Infections

Skin infections may be a sign of reduced immune system functioning and that can be linked to a lack of zinc. If you don’t get enough zinc, then your immune system won’t be healthy enough to fight off infection – which can leave you with skin problems.

Hair Loss

No one wants to lose hair but if your hair is thinning and falling out, then it could be a sign of a lack of zinc. Rest assured that zinc deficiency only causes hair loss in the most extreme cases. If you’ve not noticed it in conjunction with skin lesions or frequent diarrhea, then it’s likely not the culprit.

Food Doesn’t Taste Good

Zinc supports proper cell growth and immune function and also is integral to proper taste and smell. If you aren’t getting enough, then food can start to taste different and not as good! So if food just doesn’t seem to be what it used to be for you, then it definitely might have something to do with your zinc!

Not getting enough zinc in your diet is serious. If you're suffering from symptoms you believe to be related to zinc deficiency, discuss them with a health care professional!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fontana, Calif.

 

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