By Lindsay Chandler, PCOS Food Advocate
Zinc is a core nutrient in the 5-Element PCOS System, because it powerfully boosts immunity and is a HUGE player in balanced hormone production.
Zinc exists naturally in the body as a critical trace element required by every cell to function properly.
Making sure we consume foods rich in zinc and taking zinc supplements is SO important for those of us suffering from the symptoms of PCOS.
Here are some signs that you may not be getting enough zinc:
- Hair loss
- Low libido
- Digestive issues
- Brain fog
- Hormonal imbalance
Zinc deficiency is extremely common among women. There are many reasons why you might be deficient:
- Not enough Zinc in your diet
Foods like red meat, shellfish, and lentils are amazing sources of zinc – more details on zinc-rich, hormone balancing foods below.
- Poor digestion or leaky gut
Even if you eat plenty of zinc-rich food, if your digestion is not functioning optimally these nutrients can’t be properly absorbed and utilized.
- Hormonal birth control
Hormonal birth control redistributes zinc, causing low levels of zinc in the blood and higher levels in red blood cells.
Zinc is needed for stress resilience, and if you’re under a lot of stress all the time for any reason, you will power through your zinc and not be able to bounce back very quickly.
Many women struggling with PCOS are dealing with these issues all at once…
Remember that you are NEVER alone – know that healing and support is always available to you!
Zinc’s Role in Hormone Production
Zinc is mighty powerful when it comes to our hormones.
It works directly with our thyroid hormone receptors to let our hypothalamus know if we have enough in our bodies.
A zinc deficiency can lower the production of thyroid hormones and lead to hypothyroidism.
Zinc signals the pituitary gland to encourage ovulation and the production of progesterone.
Here are some zinc rich, hormone balancing foods to incorporate into your diet-
- Oysters, 3 ounces, 74mg/serving
- 100% Grass fed beef chuck roast, 3 ounces, 7mg/serving
- Crab, Alaskan, 3 ounces, 6.5mg/serving
- 100% Grass fed beef beef patty, 3 ounces, 5.3mg/serving
- Lobster cooked, 3 ounces, 3.4mg/serving
- Pork chop, loin, cooked, 3 ounces, 2.9mg/serving
- Baked beans, canned, plain or vegetarian, ½ cup, 2.9mg/serving
- Chicken, dark meat, cooked, 3 ounces, 2.4mg/serving
- Pumpkin seeds, dried, 1 ounce, 2.2mg/serving
Can you think of some tasty ways to incorporate these zinc rich foods into your diet?
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