Posted on: June 26, 2015 at 1:31 pm
Last updated: September 22, 2017 at 2:39 pm

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Do you have acne? Do you frequently catch colds that take ages to heal? Have trouble sleeping? These could be signs that you’re among the 12% of Americans who aren’t getting enough zinc.

While many of us know we might need to get more magnesium or vitamin D, most have no idea that we might need more zinc. When we don’t get enough, our cellular health is affected, which affects not only our immune system, but can also contribute to DNA damage.

As a nutritionist, I’d like to share with you 10 signs that could signal a zinc deficiency:

  1. Poor immunity

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Do you catch one cold after the other or regularly suffer from all kinds of infections? The immune system cannot work properly without adequate zinc levels.

  1. Poor skin

Did you know that 6% of total body zinc is located in your skin? Severalstudies suggest that people suffering from acne have lower levels of zinc.

  1. Allergies

Constant stress can lead to adrenal fatigue, which can cause a deficiency in zinc, which plays an important role in blocking the release of histamine into the blood.

Excess histamine running through your system can give you typical allergy symptoms (think runny nose, rash, swelling, sneezing etc.), and it can also increase your overall sensitivity to allergens.

  1. Leaky gut

When your gut leaks, particles from undigested food get into your bloodstream, which causes an immune response. Of course, zinc deficiency is not the only possible reason for a leaky gut, but zinc supplementation has been proven to tighten the gut wall.

  1. Sleep disturbance

You probably know about melatonin, a hormone which helps you fall asleep. But did you know that zinc plays a significant role in both the production and regulation of melatonin? One study found that taking a supplement containing melatonin, magnesium, and zinc improved the sleep quality of people suffering from primary insomnia.

To see the remaining signs of zinc deficiency, please click here.

This article was republished with permission from Mind Body Green you can find the original article here.

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