Fixing my zinc deficiency.
On Nov 1, 2015, I walked in to Auburn Naturopathic Medicine, being curious.
I saw they had nutritional deficiency testing. I said, "Sign me up". I was thinking I would probably "ace the tests", because of my steady diet of green smoothies, meat, occasional sugar treat, and supplementing with minerals, and constant bodybuilding. I was in shape, doing the right things. But I knew something was "off", because I felt low on energy, and my enthusiasm for my workouts was low, and I was maybe a bit depressed. Ok, I had even tried therapy again.
Results came back on Dec. 1st. I was high in iron and selenium, with a high red blood cell count. I was low in zinc, copper, and free testosterone. Zinc is needed for testosterone.
Immediately, I bought a zinc/copper supplement: 50 mg zinc, 2.5 mg copper.
I looked up zinc deficiencies. I had about 6/8 of the signs! Surprising. Low energy, low testosterone, difficulty sleeping / insomnia, difficulty coping with stress, acne, I was battling a 10 day cold, but no real allergy or histimine problems, but mental cognition was fine, right? Maybe difficulty concentrating due to PTSD and oppression, but I didn't think that was a nutritional thing?
My dietary sources of zinc were poor. I never eat oysters, and had been neglecting red meat, ok, hamburgers, to try to slim down. Oysters have about 150 mg zinc. Red meat about 15 mg. Chicken 4 mg. And the only veggetarian source is pumpkin seeds, with 2mg. No wonder God said we could eat meat after the flood!
I start taking the zinc, and boom, big changes!
First night, great sleep.
First morning, woah, morning wood! Wow, the testosterone kicked in that fast! When you take the right supplement for the right deficiency, wow!
First week, I had that same boost of testosterone in the morning nearly all week. I used to have that "problem" 1 day in 7 or less! Apparently, it's not a problem, but rather, a sign of normal good health!
My joints felt even better, and I didn't think that improvement was even possible, partly because I had already improved so much!
And I noticed a small histime reaction that went away, just like they say zinc helps with that. I was getting a red swelling itching in the palm of my hands when I would go for a ten minute artificial tan. I noticed it only when it was gone.
They say zinc does all of these things; improves testosterone, helps joints, helps sleep, and reduces histimine responses. Bing bing bing! We have a winner! Not only were they right, but I came out the clear winner! And I started feeling like a winner!
THE LIQUID ZINC TEST
I learned that there is a great zinc test to tell if you are low in zinc.
There are 4 "taste levels" for liquid zinc, each indicating a different level of zinc in your body.
1. If you are very deficient in zinc, then it tastes like water.
2. Quite deficient in zinc, then no taste at first, but then develops in 10-15 seconds.
3. Adequate in zinc, then a definite but not strongly unpleasant taste noted immediately and tends to intensify with time.
4. Optimal levels of zinc, then the taste is immediate, unpleasant, adverse taste, which makes you grimace.
I ordered liquid zinc at amazon.com. When it came, I gave it to everyone, my girlfriend, the babysitter, my son Jude, and my son Hayden. Everyone, including myself, thought it tasted like water, except Hayden, who said, "ewww! tastes like WIRE!" He could not stand it. My 5 year old. So, it wasn't water after all!
This was 6 weeks after taking zinc. At 7 weeks, I could note a little metallic taste, after about 3 seconds. At 8 weeks, I had a bitter tasted in my mouth for about an hour.
Today is 2-25, nearly three months after starting zinc supplements daily, and my bottle is almost out. Perfect! 90 pills in nearly 90 days.
OK, I'm going to try the liquid zinc test again now!
Nope! It tastes like water again. That's peculiar. I wonder what's going on?
I have started on Boron supplements, and Iodine. I wonder if they have anything to do with it? I wonder if the green smoothie I had tonight depleted me of my zinc?
Peculiar. I will have to update my story on zinc later.
Below, are quotes from:
"Phytate, which is present in staple foods like cereals, corn and rice, has a strong negative effect on zinc absorption from composite meals. "
"The amount of protein in a meal has a positive effect on zinc absorption, but individual proteins may act differently; e.g., casein has a modest inhibitory effect of zinc absorption compared with other protein sources. Amino acids, such as histidine and methionine, and other low-molecular-weight ions, such as EDTA and organic acids (e.g., citrate), are known to have a positive effect on zinc absorption and have been used for zinc supplements."
Note to self: to best absorb zinc, avoid breads and carbs. Take zinc with protein and citrus. Lemon chicken. Orange chicken. Etc.
On 2-26-16, I started the day with a new blender drink, the "absorb-this-zinc smoothie!" Ingredients: 2 zinc tabs 50 mg each. Juice of one lemon (for the citric acid). 1 scoop protein power (for the amino acids) One tablespoon coconut oil, which helps you absorb minerals. And two cups of water.
That night, tonight, I tried the liquid zinc test again. After 3 seconds, it was mildly bitter. SUCCESS IN less than 24 hours!
About a month after getting great success with zinc/copper, I started taking boron.
Another month, and I started taking iodine. HOME