day 4: zinc 

 Zinc is an essential trace element (metal) that I don’t think gets enough credit. Zinc is extremely important, it helps with hormone production, growth, cell repair, immune health, and is involved with digestion. 

Why I take it:

Hello hormonal production! If you see my instagram or other blog posts you probably know that I am currently trying to balance my hormones. After nursing school I know my cortisol levels were wild and so was everything else. My lab tests were coming back as showing I had hypothyroid among other imbalances, this came as a shock to me and really got me focused on my hormones. My most recent blood results didn’t show any signs of a thyroid issue or any other issues! I must be doing something right. Also my period/cycle has been a serious roller coaster but that is still a work in progress. 

Slowly but surely I feel my body calming down and regulating. I know it took me awhile to get to where I was so it will take me equally as long if not longer to be at optimal health. Back to the important stuff, just know that if you are even slightly deficient in zinc it can cause hormonal imbalances. 

When to take it: 

I do not typically take this everyday, although you can. It is best to talk to your doctor or health practitioner about what will work best for you. I try to take this every other day. I also make sure to eat foods with zinc in them. There are a few options out there but if you are on a vegan keto diet the best options are:

  • pumpkin seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • chia seeds
  • hemp seeds
  • nutritional yeast 
  • click here for more!

How it can help you:

  • Balance hormones 
  • Fights free radical =slows down aging process 
  • Increases fertility 
  • Decreases risk for diabetes
  • Increases immunity 
  • May help fight cancer 
  • Supports blood vessels & heart health 
  • Supports liver health 
  • Aids in nutrient absorption & digestion 
  • Helps with muscle growth & repair

Please click on the link for zinc! Dr.axe is great, I always read his stuff and attach his links to most of the supplements I talk about. This one in particular is important because it talks about signs of deficiency, foods that contain zinc and how much is recommended! 

**Note vegans and vegetarians are at highest risk of zinc deficiency!

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