6 Ways to Know You Need MORE Zinc

why does everyone forget zinc everyone's

so focused on potassium and magnesium

and man I'll tell you zinc is one of the

most important minerals if not the most

important when it comes down to just

cellular function it is one of the most

prevalent minerals in the body but we

don't have a storage system for it so

what that means is that we end up having

to constantly replenish our zinc level

so it's very easy to become deficient in

zinc and it can cause a cascade of

different problems now what it does do

is manifest with some pretty clear ways

so we'll explain those deficiencies and

all that so that you know if maybe you

need to start adding some zinc and also

talk about some foods that are gonna be

rich in zinc and how much zinc you might

want to be getting in alright so we're

gonna talk all about that but first I

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first of all why zinc is so unique it

promotes thousands and thousands of

transcription factors and enzymatic

functions within the body okay now most

of the time minerals are involved in

some or part of these transcription

factors now what that means is basically

the creation of new cells and things

like that now normally magnesium is

involved in a few then you got potassium

involved in a few well

zinc is involved in all six enzymatic

classes so what that means is that every

kind of enzyme function in your body

whether it's breaking down food or

whether it's breaking down certain

cellular functions or whether it's

triggering the growth of new cells and

things like that different enzymatic

functions zinc is involved in all of

them and in case you don't understand

the magnitude of that we cannot function

without enzymatic functions happening at

some point so they're involved in

ligases lies as hydrolases isomerizes

oxido reductase and transferases which

has to do with even genetics right

actually like changing our DNA and

changing things like that that's very

important what I said earlier no ability

to store zinc we don't have this a

storage mechanism for zinc so what we

have in our body in our blood or in our

cells at a given time is what we have

it's why it's very important to

replenish your zinc levels every day

whether it's through supplementation or

through good food okay if you go and you

get a blood test and you find that your


levels are high or low it's not

necessarily going to reflect anything

that matters because it doesn't tell you

what is being utilized by the cell at

that point in time you say if your zinc

levels are high it in your blood it

doesn't necessarily mean that your cells

are utilizing that sink and then you

actually have good amounts of zinc in

your body so it's always good to

replenish sink now the caveat being if

you take in too much zinc can you go

overboard it depletes and cancels out

copper that's when things get wild with

minerals start taking in too much zinc

it actually cancels out some of the

copper which creates its own signs and

its own symptoms which we'll talk about

in another video but let's talk about

some telltale things because otherwise

we're gonna sit in lala land where it's

super complicated alright the first

symptom that I want to talk about this

is kind of an order of what you might

see manifesting the first symptom is

going to be hair loss okay here's what's

going on hair cells and hair follicles

in that whole process they turn over

really fast so whenever you have

something that's turning over fast

you're having a big demand in zinc

because zinc is required in that

turnover creating new cells new means

ematic function so anything that turns

over really fast he's going to burn

through zinc like crazy so what's

happening is when your zinc depleted

your hair starts to fall out or starts

to thin simply because you have other

cells that require zinc that turn over

fast let me put it like this hair cells

regenerate fast immune cells regenerate

fast intestinal cells regenerate fast

but hair is not a priority so what ends

up happening is the zinc deficiency

makes it so that your body prioritizes

the immune cells and the intestinal

cells and says okay we have to shuttle

zinc away from the hair and put it to

the immune cells because that's where

they're needed so as a result you start

losing your hair so if you're you know

brushing your hair in the morning just

having clumps of hair coming out not

even clumps you just notice it's

thinning and coming out

zinc could be an issue in just a little

bit of supplemental zinc could fix that

or adding some oysters or some shellfish

in your diet could make a big difference

there which kind of leads me into the

next thing maybe if you don't like

oysters or shellfish you want your

tastes to go away but in this particular

case this is a symptom of zinc

deficiency so same kind of thing with

our taste buds our taste buds have a

short half-life believe it or not our

taste changes every one two weeks so

what happens is your taste buds the

cells in there die

and they go through a kind of new

recycling process every one to two weeks

which explains why if you eat spicy

foods for about a week you get used to

it okay you develop a sweet tooth or a

salt tooth or a spicy affinity just an

amount of weeks time but the same kind

of thing happens here if you're

deficient in zinc your body's

reprioritizing and sacrificing for the

greater good of the rest of your body

your immune cells and you know your

intestinal cells and things like that so

it's taking zinc away from the cells and

your taste buds and moving them to other

more important places so these two

although are critical for most life

they're not super critical compared to

immune cells and intestinal cells so

that's where we really have to start

paying attention these are the first

warning signs and I want to stop right

there because you might be wondering

where you can get zinc in food like you

might be looking at this thing okay well

this is great I already have these

symptoms where can I get some food so

okay we've got things like oysters okay

we've got other shellfish those are

always going to be a good sign you've

got some things like seaweed and they're

gonna have levels of zinc anything kind

of marine base is going to have a good

amount of zinc

there's a lot of vegetables that have

zinc but unfortunately a lot of times

our soil is so deprived of the minerals

we're not actually getting that amount

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after you watch the rest of this video

all right now let's go ahead and talk

about the next one which is going to be

muscle loss and weight loss you might be

wondering I want to lose weight well

you're gonna probably lose the wrong

kind of weight if you're having a hard

time putting on muscle where you feel

like you're just atrophying and losing a

lot of muscle same kind of thing okay

comes down to the intestinal cells at

this point zinc deficiency is starting

to affect the intestinal cells so it's

prioritizing the immune cells and it's

getting rid of the intestinal cell

turnover because you're deficient in

zinc which means

that now you have a leaky gut so you

have more inflammation but you also have

cells that aren't functioning as well

which means they're not able to absorb

nutrients as well which means you lose

the good kind of weight you lose the

weight that you shouldn't be losing the

weight that you should be keeping on

because your body's deprived of

nutrients so if you feel like what the

heck I'm doing everything I can I'm

losing my hair my taste is is lame right

now and I'm losing muscle you're

probably dealing with a zinc deficiency

okay then we get into illnesses as we've

gone down the line okay you're kind of

seeing the pattern here right you've

seen the chain reaction it cells that

turn over fast in areas of the body that

require fast cell turnover are going to

end up seeing the result of a zinc

deficiency much faster so if you cannot

create new immune cells your immune

system suffers plain and simple next up

we have diarrhea the thing is there's

not a whole lot of understanding as to

why people that are zinc deficient can

get diarrhea so much now the issue is

once the diarrhea starts then you're

losing more minerals so then you lose

more zinc and then you really have to

replenish it and everyone talks about

replenishing sodium potassium magnesium

but no one's talking about replenishing

zinc which is one of the most important

ones to replenish okay now I have my own

hypothesis I think that what's happening

is it's a bacterial thing and I think

it's a chelation thing so what that

means is you're probably having diarrhea

because you have excess of one

particular mineral probably too much

iron that's chelating excess minerals in

the body and in the gut and it's causing

oxidation which is making you feel sick

now the point is there is you can reduce

your iron levels but that's pretty hard

to do the best way to reduce your iron

levels a long story short is to actually

add magnesium into the mix alongside

zinc but that's complicating I have

other videos on that we don't need to

worry about it right now okay last but

not least libido and testosterone zinc

is so critical for testosterone

production there's a lot of reasons why

but I want to reference one particular

study was published in the journal

nutrition back in 1996 took a look at

test subjects and it had them go on

diets that were low in zinc so basically

they slowly made them limit their zinc

intake whether it be through they were

supplementing before and now they're not

or they're just limiting zinc foods

pretty wild okay so they found that they

had a progressive decrease in serum

testosterone levels as they decreases in

fact after two months they had half the

attest Ostrom level they had before

after five months they had a

order the testosterone level they had

before okay just by limiting their zinc

intake okay so it crushed their

testosterone and crushed their libido

then with some older populations they

did another test where they supplemented

a little bit of zinc and they found that

it doubled their testosterone in just

six months by adding zinc really

powerful stuff so how much does think

should you be getting in per day okay so

recommend a daily allowance is like 10

milligrams that's really not that much I

would say you could go up to 40 before

you start to have some kind of issue

with potential copper cancelling out

I honestly think you could go higher

than that and it all depends on how

higher testosterone levels are how much

cellular turnover you have if you're

working out a whole lot you're breaking

down cells a lot which means that you

might be breaking down or requiring more

zinc for that cell turnover every time

that you're putting your body and high

demand for anything you're gonna turn

over more zinc okay so it's like you're

eating a lot then of course you're going

to have a lot of intestinal cell


you just have to increase your zinc

whenever you can feel that your body has

to increase cellular toner up turnover

when you're sick okay when you're

working out a lot things like that so I

hope that this helps you out okay so you

can get the zinc rich foods in you can

supplement some zinc at 10 to 20

milligrams per day and you can pay

attention to make sure that these

symptoms aren't getting too bad in your

own body so you know when you can start

implementing more zinc so as always

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