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Health Benefits of Zinc and Recipes to Include it in Your Diet


Health Benefits of Zinc and Recipes to Include it in your Diet

Zinc is a trace mineral and is needed for many important functions in the body. Zinc is not stored in the cells of the body, so it is needed in small amounts consistently. Benefits of zinc are: shorter duration of the common cold, good hair, skin and nails, prevention of age related macular degeneration, help in regulating blood glucose, keeps your immune system strong, and may stabilize cognition according to a six month study in Florida on Alzheimer’s patients.

I reversed a zinc deficiency by adding whole foods containing zinc daily into my diet using food as medicine. When I retested three months later, my zinc levels were normal, and my hair was growing thicker again. Once I started eating the zinc containing foods, I found I craved them and couldn’t get enough for a while. This was most likely my body’s way of saying “Yes! Thank you for listening!”

Those at a greater risk of zinc deficiency are those with gastrointestinal disorders (my case), a vegetarian diet, large iron supplementation, diabetes, chronic diarrhea, and liver or kidney disorders. However it is becoming more common to have mild zinc deficiency world wide due to soil depletion.

According to studies, low level zinc deficiencies are on the rise in the world. Signs you may be deficient in zinc are:

Poor Memory

Brain Fog

Hair Loss

Vision Degeneration

Slow Wound Healing

Weakened Immune System (frequent colds for example)

White Spots on Fingernails

I don’t recommend supplementing with zinc unless you get tested for deficiency and work with a practitioner. However, eating a diet including foods containing great levels of zinc in a whole food form can be very beneficial to preventing or correcting a mild zinc deficiency. Whole foods that are a zinc rich are:

Oysters

Pumpkin Seeds (I use these) (One of the Best Plant Sources of Zinc)

Lamb

Tahini (Sesame Seed Butter also a good source of calcium)

Dark Chocolate (Ya!) Keep it at least 70% Dark or else you are getting too much sugar! I eat Alter Eco Dark Blackout Organic Chocolate that is 85% Cacao and it is melty on the tongue and yummy!

Almonds

Cashews

Chickpeas

Lobster

Beef

Pork

Chicken (Dark Meat)

Yogurt

Cheese (such as cheddar and Swiss)

Here are some delicious recipes you can make at home that are good sources of zinc!

  1. Almond Tahini Grain Free Cookies
  2. Chesapeake Crab Cakes
  3. Chocolate Mocha No Moo Smoothie
  4. Chinese 5 Spice Chicken Bites
  5. Lamb and Pine Nut Meatballs with Swiss Chard
  6. Mango Cashew Chicken Salad
  7. Oven Chuck Roast with Vegetables
  8. Oven Roasted Carrots with Cumin, Lime and Pumpkin Seeds
  9. Pizza Kale Chips
  10. Pumpkin Seed Pesto
  11. Sunflower Pumpkin Seed Crackers

References:

Discovery of Human Zinc Deficiency: It’s Impact on Human Health and Disease

The Emerging Role for Zinc in Depression and Psychosis

Zinc Deficiency Associated with Hypothyroidism: An Overlooked Cause of Severe Alopecia

A 3-Month Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study Evaluating the Ability of an Extra-Strength Marine Protein Supplement to Promote Hair Growth and Decrease Shedding in Women with Self-Perceived Thinning Hair

Zinc Fact Sheet for Health Professionals NIH

Disclaimer: This medical information is not advice and should not be treated as such. Consult your doctor before taking any supplements or vitamins.   The medical information on this website is provided without any representations or warranties, express or implied. You must not rely on the information on my website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor. If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

A Calorie Is Not Just a Calorie to Your Cells


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Wishing you all a very healthy New Year! Make a commitment this year to eat more food that will increase your health, and kick the processed foods and food that your body doesn’t thrive on to the curb! Resolve to listen to your body, and if it is achy, lethargic, anxious, tired, sleep deprived, overweight, has brain fog, poor digestion, muscle loss, or skin issues,  make a decision to change that this year. Food feeds your cells which turn over at an incredible rate. What you eat becomes your blood and cells. Once you begin a really good and healthful eating program for the purpose of lifestyle change (not a diet!), poor quality and processed food will no longer taste good to you. It takes times for your taste buds to change, so stick with it longer than a few weeks. I promise you will begin to crave delicious, real food all the time, love it and never look back!

You are so worth it! 🙂

Sandra Shields, Health Coach (Sam)

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

20 Warming Paleo Soups for Autumn!


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School is in full swing! It’s going to be October this weekend………….what? The sniffles are already going around at school. So, I am giving you a roundup of delicious, nourishing soups full of broth and vegetables that you can enjoy all winter! Grandma was right about soup! Not only is it comforting, but it is healthy, warming and nourishing! Eat up! 🙂

Beef and Cabbage Soup from My Big Fat Grain Free Life

Beef Shank Vegetable Soup from Eat Heal Thrive

Chicken “Zoodle” Soup from The Tasty Alternative

Chinese Meatball Soup from Paleo Flourish Magazine

Cioppino Redux from Rem Cooks

Crock Pot Chicken and Vegetable Soup from Sam Eats Her Nutrients

Crock Pot Cream of Tomato Basil Soup (Dairy Free) from Sam Eats Her Nutrients

Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup from Nom Nom Paleo

Delicata Squash Soup from A Girl Worth Saving

Fennel and Spinach Soup from Healing Family Eats

Hearty and Nourishing Vegetable Bison Soup from Sam Eats Her Nutrients

Jalapeno and Bacon Cream of Mushroom Soup from Naked Cuisine

Moroccan Spiced Carrot Soup with Pomegranate and Curried Kale Chips from Reclaiming Yesterday

New England Clam Chowder (Dairy Free) from Sam Eats Her Nutrients

Paleo Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo from Foraged Dish

Paleo Cream of Pumpkin Soup from Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!

Paleo Egg Drop Soup for One from Wicked Spatula

Roasted Pumpkin Soup from Against All Grain

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup from Paleo Grubs

Spicy Asian Chicken, Veggie and “Noodle” Soup from Every Last Bite

Enjoy your day!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

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