By Lindsay Chandler, PCOS Food Advocate
Zinc is a core supplement offered in our 5-Element PCOS System, as 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 amongst women today. There are many reasons why you might experience this such as:
- 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 contol
Hormonal birth control can actually stop the absorption of zinc into your cells as it artificially alters your natural cycle.
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-
- Grass fed beef
- Organic turkey
- Nuts – almonds and cashews
- Seeds – sesame and pumpkin
Can you think of some tasty ways to incorporate these zinc rich foods into your diet?
… I sure can!
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