Zinc has numerous functions in your body that make it one of the most important minerals that you should have enough of.
It is required for white blood cell production, and with low zinc levels, you are better allowing viruses to penetrate and infect cells.
Very low zinc levels can allow chronic infection by intracellular organisms like mycoplasma, Rickettsia, and even chlamydia.
Zinc is even required for correct DNA transcription—which is fundamental for the synthesis of all proteins, enzymes, and hormones.
For women, zinc is normally secreted as a vaginal disinfectant, however low levels of zinc are associated with vaginal thrush after menstruation.
This explains a phenomenon that the natural health community likes to call Candida Albicans.
Candida loves blood and will flourish around it if there is no zinc to kill it off.
One of the most important functions of zinc is that it blocks viruses that try to invade our bodies.
This is because part of the defense system against excessive metal absorption, most notably mercury, cadmium, and copper, is related to a protein called metallothionein.
This protein plays an important role when it comes to your body filtering toxicities and defending against excessive heavy metal absorption.
It is made up of cysteine (an amino acid) and 7 zinc atoms—and because of its defense properties, it plays a SIGNIFICANT role in copper overload, dysbiosis, skin problems, and gastritis with wheat and dairy intolerance.
The most fascinating part about this metalloprotein is its connection with zinc and stomach acid.
This concept is very easy to understand–simply put, to produce stomach acid, your body needs fundamental ingredients such as Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, and zinc.
Low Zinc Levels=Low Stomach Acid
If you have low stomach acid, your body will not send a signal to the pancreas to stimulate picolinic acid—a prime binder for the trace elements zinc, selenium, chromium, manganese, boron, molybdenum, and vanadium which allows these trace elements to be absorbed into the blood stream to make it to their target cells and complete their job.
Our modern day conundrum is this—if you do not make stomach acid, you do not absorb zinc, and if you do not absorb zinc, you do not make stomach acid!
A large part of our focus is increasing stomach acid in order to get your nutrients back in line in order to have a strong impact on your overall health.
This comes down to biochemistry–it just works.
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis is an amazing tool that gives us insight into the patient's stomach acid levels and their overall zinc levels so it is the perfect place for us to begin creating a plan based on nutritional medicine along with detoxification protocols based on one’s own deficiencies and toxicity levels.
This is all done while we are by your side guiding you along your path toward better health.
Taking a zinc supplement can definitely help you in the meantime, but HTMA is how we are able to measure if it is working for your body or not.
Luckily for you, we live in a day and age where we have technology available to us to see what is going on at the cellular level so that we can begin to get to the root of your health problems and start your journey toward proper healing.