Nutrient Profile: Zinc

36% of men and 40% of women are zinc deficient

What is zinc?

  • It’s the 2nd most abundant essential trace element in the body
  • It’s involved in immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, reproduction, behaviour and learning, and thyroid function
  • It’s essential for the production of stomach acid (HCL)
  • It’s required for a proper sense of taste and smell

What are the signs of zinc deficiency?

  • Learning and behaviour issues (hyperactivity, ADHD)
  • Mental health issues (depression, anxiety, mood swings, fatigue)
  • Hormonal imbalances: PMS, decreased thyroid function, low insulin levels
  • Skin concerns (acne, eczema, psoriasis), poor wound healing, white spots under fingernails
  • Low immune system
  • Low sperm count

 How do I know if I have low zinc?

Your Naturopathic Doctor can run 2 simple tests to assess your zinc levels:

  1. Oral Zinc Tally Test
  2. Serum zinc (blood test)

What foods are high in zinc?

  • Oysters
  • Venison
  • Beef
  • Spelt
  • Scallops
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds

 

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Superfoods to Boost your Sex Life

Try adding these superfoods into your diet to help boost your energy levels, help with relaxation, and improve circulation – all of which are key to enjoying a happy and healthy sex life!

Oysters

  • High in zinc- important for testosterone production and sperm quality
  • Raise dopamine levels which increases your libido
  • If oysters aren’t your thing….Pumpkin seeds are also high in zinc!

Maca powder

  • Known as Peru’s natural Viagra
  • Helps to boost libido, strength, stamina, energy, and fertility
  • Acts as an “adaptogen” – helps body cope with stress & ward off disease

Foods rich in Arginine

  • Arginine helps open up blood vessels to promote circulation of blood
  • Foods high in arginine include -Watermelon, pomegranate, cucumber, soy protein, nuts and seeds

Eggs - a symbol of fertility!

  • High in B vitamins- needed to produce serotonin (your feel good brain chemical)
  • Low serotonin can cause premature ejaculation
  • Egg yolks contain choline- needed for acetylcholine production

Cocoa/chocolate

  • Contains more antioxidants than red wine or green tea
  • Contains phenylethlamine- stimulates your sense of excitement and well-being
  • Be sure to choose dark chocolate, pure cocoa powder, or raw cocoa nibs
  • Try grinding raw cocoa nibs with your coffee beans for an added antioxidant boost!

Cayenne pepper

  • Helps increase circulation- including to sexual organs
  • Helps warm the body and ignite your inner fire!

Licorice Tea

  • A favorite for supporting the adrenal glands – produce stress hormones & sex hormones
  • Provides a natural energy boost
  • Avoid this if you have high blood pressure

Nutmeg

  • Increases blood flow and relaxes muscles
  • Increases frequency of erections, intercourse,  and stamina & less recovery time

Greens supplements

  • Boosts energy levels
  • May help with sexual satisfaction and erection quality

Omega-3 fatty acids

  • Helps lower the hormone leptin – Premature ejaculation associated with high leptin levels
  • Helps to achieve adequate lubrication

Super Sexy Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or rice milk
  • 1 banana
  • 3/4 cups mixed berries (ideally including pomegranate)
  • 2 Tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp Maca powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients in a blender and enjoy! Serves 2.