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Tip n°40 : The Zinc

This week, I'm going to talk to you about Zinc, which is, after Iron, the most abundant element in your body and it is essential for your health 💪.

Yes, Zinc participates in more than… 🤔 humm 🤔 … 100… 200… 300 😲 enzymatic reactions in your body.

Of course it depends on the sources, scientists 👩‍🔬 don't all agree 🙄, fortunately I want to say, otherwise there would be no debate 🤓!

In short, Zinc is important, everyone agrees on this point... phew 😅!

Our body is unable to store Zinc 🎒, we must therefore find it in our diet 🥘, but where ❓❓❓

At the top of the hit parade 📋 foods rich in Zinc are oysters 🦪 … yes… not easy for everyone 🥺, fortunately there are others 😃, we are saved 😅:  the meat 🥩, the yolk of egg, dairy products 🐄 or calf's liver for example.

What do you do if you are vegetarian ❓❓❓

Well, I recommend whole grains 🌾, I repeat: whole grains 😉 (refining 🍞 removes a lot of good things including zinc 🙈), legumes (grains) like chickpeas or lentils, fresh vegetables, seeds or potatoes 🥔.

Zinc is essential for the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, proteins and for our DNA 🧬 .

Zinc is also necessary for the growth of our cells 🧫.

This is the reason why when we lack Zinc, we lose our hair 💇, our nails are brittle 💅 or our wounds heal more slowly 🤕.

❌ Warning ❌: a Zinc deficiency is by far NOT the only cause, it can come from an iron deficiency for example, or something else.

Zinc occupies a VERY important place for the proper functioning of our 🦠 immune system 🦠 and especially for the synthesis of white blood cells.

👉 Example: if you are sick 🤒, the white blood cell production factory is activated so that there are more of them in order to eliminate microbes 🦠 , so more zinc is needed. If it is missing, this process is slowed down and your defenses are less effective, resulting in slower healing 🤒🤒🤒.

Zinc is also important for slowing down the aging of our cells (it is an antioxidant), for fertility (especially male 👨), for our brain 🧠 and our moods 😂😭 or for certain inflammatory skin pathologies such as acne or eczema.

It still has many other beneficial properties but I'm going to stop there otherwise it's a book that will have to be written 🙄🙄🙄!

That being said, zinc is NOT suitable for everyone if:

❌ You are taking medication (risk of drug interactions)

❌ You are anemic or lack iron (risk of worsening)

❌ You are pregnant or breastfeeding (as a precaution)

❌ You have cancer and even if you are cured (pay attention to accelerated cell renewal)

➡️ You will need authorization from your doctor before starting Zinc supplementation.

➡️ We are all different, what suits some does not necessarily suit others.

If you are in good health, it is important to take the right dosage ⚖️: 7.5 to 15 mg depending on the situation.

Take it on an empty stomach for better assimilation 👍 and away from food supplements based on iron, copper or calcium.

Since the absorption of Zinc seems to decrease with age 🤷‍♀️, especially over the age of 55, I regularly recommend Zinc cures for 3 months for example... 3 months... no more.

Treatments yes, but breaks too 😉!

This little overview of this fabulous trace element is over, next week... well, it's next week 🧘‍♀️ carpe diem 🧘‍♀️, right???

Come on, ✨✨✨ Miam la Vie ✨✨✨, I wish you all a great weekend 🤩 and see you soon for brand new discoveries 😃 ! 

Docteur Sandra Stallaert 

Cabinet de Santé Holistique

Homéopathe - Nutritionniste

Consultation à distance


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