Losing weight, gaining weight, and maintaining the “perfect body” weight can be a roller coaster ride. So many factors are involved in weight management. Genes, metabolism, hormones, lifestyle, environment, and even stress.
The common or widely accepted solution of course is dieting. By “dieting”, I mean food selection and regulation. BUT- It’s not about dieting. It is about acquiring and maintaining optimum health. One of the many wonderful natural by-products of radiant health is your ideal weight.
So, what are some helpful tips if you are on the weight-reducing end of the spectrum? Studies show that minerals are essential for various bodily functions and maintenance. One helpful tip is to definitely include sufficient amounts of the mineral zinc in your dietary regimen. Recent clinical research shows that overweight individuals have low zinc levels. Increasing zinc levels improve body mass and triglyceride levels which aid in reducing weight.
Minerals have two classifications in terms of quantity – macro (large amounts) and trace (small amounts). Zinc is a trace mineral that aids in immune system and protein building. It also regulates the sensory (taste, smell, etc) organs, promotes skin health, and male reproductive function.
Foods high in zinc include:
- Mushrooms (Shitake and Crimini)
- Seeds (Pumpkin, Squash, Flax, Watermelon, and Sesame)
- Beans (Mung, Lentils, Chickpeas, and Lima)
What’s the recommended daily, dietary allowance?
If you are…
Overweight: 33 milligrams/day
Average weight: 11 milligrams
A man or a pregnant/breast-feeding woman: 12 milligrams
A woman: 8 milligrams
Some interesting facts…
Did you know that zinc plays a crucial role in the fertilization (egg development) process?
The compound zinc gluconate can remove the sting from a box jellyfish’s lethal venom?
Talk about the power of zinc!