Maintain your immunity with Zinc
Zinc is perhaps most widely known for its role in immune system health.
A zinc deficiency is associated with increased colds and flu. However, zinc is an essential nutrient; an essential trace mineral, the most common mineral in your body aside from iron. Zinc is found in every cell.
Zinc is involved in more enzyme reactions in your body than any other mineral. It is a constituent of at least 3,000 different proteins in your body and a component of more than 300 different enzymes.
The Zinc Taste Test – Do you have enough zinc?
You can find out quickly if you have enough zinc in your body with a simple, 2-minute taste-test. The test provides an indication of your current zinc level.
Call in to Mr Vitamins this month (August) for a Zinc Taste Test.
Problems with Zinc Deficiency
Exercise, sweating, stress, eating too many sugary foods and not enough zinc-rich foods can deplete your zinc levels. Common problems affecting immune, skin, reproductive, prostate, eye and bone health can result from low levels of zinc in the body.
Zinc deficiency is common in adolescents, the elderly, vegans, vegetarians, pregnant and lactating women.
Zinc Is critical for good health…
- Healthy sex hormones and fertility
- Wound healing
- Protein synthesis
- Muscle contractions
- Skin conditions
- Taste bud function and appetite
- Thyroid health
- Children’s growth and development
- Blood sugar control, weight control and diabetes
Zinc is important for:
- Immune responses. Zinc may assist in the management of upper respiratory tract infections and provides relief from the symptoms of colds as well as reduce the severity of colds.
- Protection against yeast infections
Zinc helps with:
- Mental alertness and brain function
- Sleep quality
Zinc is needed for:
- Many enzyme processes in the body
- Neurotransmitter functioning i.e. to make “calming” GABA and the “happy hormone” serotonin
What is the Zinc Taste Test?
The test was devised and developed by Professor Derek Bryce-Smith, Professor of Biochemistry at England’s Reading University.
This simple 2-minute test involves drinking 10mls of a zinc sulphate solution and swishing it around your mouth for ten to 15 seconds, then you can swallow it.
Find out more about the Zinc Taste Test here…
How Does the Zinc Taste Test Work?
The test is based on the knowledge that your sense of taste and smell are dependent on your body having sufficient zinc available. So, your body’s zinc status will be indicated by the degree of taste you experience.
Prepare for your Zinc Taste Test – Important Requirement
For a clear indication of your zinc status, please avoid eating or drinking anything other than water for one hour prior to the test.
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Miriam has a practical approach, believing in the naturopathic principles based on treating you as an individual, working with you to improve your health, to identify the underlying cause and taking a ‘whole body’ approach to recovery.