Zinc is an essential trace
element that’s found and used by every cell throughout your body.Essential nutrients cannot be made by your body so you
must obtain them through diet or supplementation.
Zinc is only required in small
amounts.However, if you are deficient
in zinc – there are very serious consequences!You require zinc for many highly important functions including hormone
creation, immunity, wound healing, and many others.
Key Benefits of Zinc
1.Major contributor to the immune
system’s ability to successfully combat viruses and bacteria.
2.Helps to create DNA in every
3.Critical to hormone synthesis
and balance (e.g. thyroid, progesterone, cortisol).
4.Essential for growth and
development of babies and children.
5.Key factor for the creation of
enzymes including Super Oxide Dismutase which is arguably the most important
antioxidant in your body! Overall used
to produce 300 enzymes.
6.Key for proper wound healing
(often recommended before and after surgery for this reason).
7.Zinc is required in order to
taste and smell anything!
8.Prevents age-related vision
9.Naturally stabilizes blood sugar.
10.Can help control high blood pressure.
11.Key for male fertility.
12.Boosts athletic performance through improved muscle repair.
Though outright deficiency
isn’t very common in the United States, simply not getting enough zinc can
throw important functions out of whack and make you feel not quite yourself.
You’re Not Getting Enough Zinc
·Loss of appetite
·Hormonal imbalance (especially low thyroid and low progesterone)
·A weak immune system
·Unexplained weight loss
·Changes in taste
·Changes in smell
·Poor wound healing
·Developmental delays in children
Factors that increase your risk
of zinc deficiency
·Birth Control Pills
·Leaky gut syndrome
·Vegetarians and vegans
·Sickle cell anemia
Hormones that Require Zinc for
production and balance
Zinc is extremely important to
produce sex hormones and allowing for reproduction. In fact, zinc
supplementation has been shown to improve male fertility and reduce
pregnancy complications. Studies have also found that zinc supplementation can help
improve strength, confidence and sexual desire.
At Home test for Zinc
Purchase zinc sulfate
liquid.Hold a capful in your mouth,
while noticing the following sensations:
·Immediate but slight metallic taste – adequate zinc levels
but could use a little more
·Strong metallic taste – you have sufficient zinc levels
Best Food Sources of Zinc
High Quality Zinc Supplements
The best zinc supplements are
chelated meaning zinc is bonded to amino acids allowing maximum absorption.Look for products that contain “Albion
Mineral Chelates” like Zinc Bisglycinate from companies like Jarrow, Blue
Bonnet Labs.Another excellent form is
“Optizinc” which is another high-quality chelated zinc supplement
How Much Zinc Should You Take?
An adult should be getting at
least 40 mg of zinc per day. However, It is possible to take too much
zinc, especially in the form of supplements. If youtake too much as you think you could
If you consistently eat foods containing high levels of zinc like
those listed above, you likely do NOT need to supplement.
If you are a vegetarian or vegan and do not eat plenty of
nuts/seeds like Pumpkin Seeds (highest food source of zinc available) you
probably require a zinc supplement.
Most multiple vitamins contain about 15 mg of zinc so if you are
taking a high quality multi with a chelated form of zinc it is unlikely you
The exception would be before surgery or healing from a physical
injury or wound.The other time zinc
is highly beneficial is zinc lozenges as soon as you feel a cold coming on –
can abort a cold entirely if taken at onset!
you want to make your resolution come true -- willpower won't get you there!
Achieving goals is best approached as if you
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"Willpower is for people who are still
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If willpower is required – there is clearly
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When willpower is required there are two
1. You don't know what you want, and you
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facilitate your commitment.
What do you really want?
If reaching your goal requires willpower, you
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After you decide what you want, the decision
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So, are you serious about your goals? Until you
decide, you'll be required to use willpower, and will continue making minimal
Are you committed?
When it comes to achieving goals, commitment
·Making it public
·Setting a timeline consisting
of small measurable goals that lead to the overall goal
·Creating several forms
of feedback and accountability
·Removing everything in
your environment that opposes your commitment
Once you truly commit - it's as though you've
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Create conditions that make success inevitable
You will fail to achieve your goals if you
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So consciously create an environment that
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This is how personal growth occurs. We adapt to
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Bill Walsh said,"If your why is strong enough you will figure out how!"
If you're required to use willpower:
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·You haven't fully
committed to what you're going to do.
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reaching your goals.