Warning Signs That You’re Zinc Deficient | Dr. Josh Axe

Warning Signs That You’re Zinc Deficient | Dr. Josh Axe

August 17, 2019 100 By William Morgan


Hey guys, Dr Axe here from draxe.com. Today,
I’m going to share with you the five warning
signs that you’re zinc deficient. Zinc deficiency
is something that’s very common and can cause
a number of health issues.
Let me say this as well, I estimate about
75% of people out there today are deficient
in zinc. Here are the five warning signs that
you are zinc deficient. Also at the end of
this video I’ll talk about my top five zinc-rich
foods you should be getting in and what to
look for in a zinc supplement.
Number one warning sign that you have a zinc
deficiency is if you’re immune compromised.
If you tend to get sick frequently, if you
have immune system issues, if you’ve ever
come down with any sort of chronic allergies
or anything like that, that’s a big warning
sign that you are zinc deficient.
So again, if you’re immune compromised, if
you get sick often or you’re always that person
that gets sick, that is a major warning sign.
Also, if you’ve had any other disease related
to immunodeficiency, that’s a warning sign
you’re zinc deficient.
Number two warning sign you’re zinc deficient
is if you have leaky gut. Leaky gut is a condition
where proteins can leak through the gut and
cause systemic inflammation, and that’s also
relate to food allergies, thyroid problems,
adrenal fatigue.
But number two warning sign that you are zinc
deficient is if you have leaky gut and you
have malabsorption, you’re not digesting your
nutrients well.
Number three warning sign you’re zinc deficient
is if you struggle with diarrhea, if you ever
have loose stools. That’s where, again, your
stools aren’t firmly formed in the toilet.
That’s a big warning sign that you’re zinc
deficient.
Also if you have inflammatory bowel disease,
like irritable bowel syndrome, any of those
issues whatsoever, even gas and bloating.
Those are warning signs you are zinc deficient.
Number four warning sign is thinning hair
or losing your hair. If you have thin hair
or are losing your hair, zinc is an essential
mineral that really supports thicker hair
growth and also just supports your body growing
and repairing and healing.
Number five warning sign you’re zinc deficient
is you have any sort of inflammatory skin
issue, especially acne, eczema, dermatitis,
or psoriasis. All of those are warning signs
that you are zinc deficient.
There are other warning signs, but I want
to talk about what people are most deficient
in zinc and what causes a zinc deficiency.
One of the biggest things that causes a zinc
deficiency is high levels of emotional stress.
If you are emotionally stressed out, over
time your body has to utilize zinc and that
mineral to heal and repair the body, to repair
the brain, to repair the skin, to repair your
organs. Zinc is a reparative mineral that
actually is even critical for protein synthesis
and utilization in your body. So if you have
had, let’s say, a loss in the family or a
very stressful job, and you’re not sleeping
enough, any of those things, that is a big
cause of zinc deficiency.
The second most common cause of zinc deficiency
is over exercise. Triathletes, marathon runners,
and CrossFit athletes are some of the people
that are most susceptible to a zinc deficiency.
So again, if you work out a lot and maybe
even have overworked out in the past that
can cause zinc deficiency. The third most
common reason you’re zinc deficient is if
you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Obviously
when you’re eating for two that can cause
mineral deficiencies, and so again, that can
cause a zinc deficiency.
Last but not least, typically aging women
or elderly, they tend to have malabsorption,
so they don’t absorb zinc well, so they tend
to have a zinc deficiency as something that
can happen. So if you’re going to get more
zinc in your diet, a few things need to happen.
The number one thing you need to do is consume
more zinc-rich foods. Some of the best zinc-rich
include, number one, pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin
seeds are very high in zinc. Also, oysters
are high in zinc.
Another great form of zinc is going to be
grass-fed beef, is going to have some zinc
in it. Then sprouted nuts and seeds, chia
seeds, flax seeds, even almonds, getting some
seeds in your diet, and then peas are also
a good form of zinc. So getting some green
peas in your diet can also increase those
zinc levels.
Last but not least, you need probiotics as
well. Probiotics, taking a good quality probiotic
supplement and consuming probiotic rich foods
like kefir and fermented vegetables like sauerkraut
increase your absorption and digestion of
zinc.
Remember that it’s not just what you eat,
it’s what you digest. So again, getting more
probiotic rich foods in your diet and supplements
can actually improve your overall zinc absorption.
So again, remember, the biggest warning signs
you have a zinc deficiency are immune issues,
leaky gut, bowel issues, like diarrhea, thinning
or losing your hair as well as inflammatory
skin issues like acne. Those are warning signs
you have a zinc deficiency.
If you want to learn more natural cures and
ways to improve your zinc, hey, check out
draxe.com. You can find more information.
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Hey guys, thanks for watching this video on
zinc deficiency symptoms with me, Dr Axe.