Want to know if you are absorbing ZINC?

By Tucson Functional Medicine on January 16, 2023 1 Comment

Millions of people are Zinc deficient and unaware of their condition

Here is a way you can check your zinc levels at home. You must have adequate levels of HCl in your digestive system to absorb Zinc.

Zinc allows us the smell and taste. We learned that from COVID.

Check yours today!

Signs of Zinc Deficiency

  1. Poor Neurological Function – Essential for growth and neuropsychologic performance, low zinc levels have been linked to attention and motor disorders in infants that persist well into adulthood.
  2. Weak Immunity – Zinc is also essential to maintain immune function
  3. Diarrhea – Most likely due to impaired immunity that is caused by zinc deficiency
  4. Allergies: Food and Environment- Chronic stress causes adrenal fatigue and can lead to calcium, magnesium, and zinc deficiency, which contributes to elevated histamine levels
  5. Thinning Hair – A common complaint of people battling adrenal fatigue, zinc deficiency is associated with hypothyroidism, an overlooked cause of thinning hair and alopecia.
  6. Leaky Gut – 70 years ago, the gut-skin connection described how a leaky gut could cause several health conditions.
  7. Acne or rashes – Zinc deficiency is associated with delayed wound healing and other skin manifestations.

Zinc Tally Test. A zinc tally test is a short in-office or at-home test that involves swishing a zinc solution in one’s mouth for 10 seconds. Depending on the zinc load in the body, the patient will experience different taste sensations over different periods.

Horrible Taste – Sufficient levels of Zinc

Slight Taste – Slight deficient levels of Zinc

No Taste – Severe Zinc deficiency

You can get a bottle of Zinc from amazon. Search for “zinc tally test” and several bottles will show up. A brand is not really important for this.

Zinc is also crucial in the conversion of T4 –> T3 in the thyroid.

If you take Zinc in a multiple or on its own and you still do not have a horrible taste when you do this test, you may be deficient in HCl. Hydrochloric acid is required to absorb Zinc and many other things.

Have fun learning about how your body works

  1. Tucson Functional Medicine says:

    You can take Betaine HCl with pepsin.
    Designs for Health has a great supplement to raise your levels of HCl
    You want to take one pill with each meal for 3 days – if you have no burning up the dose to 2 pills with each meal
    as soon as you get burning, move down to the level that did not cause burning
    Here is a link to order the betain HCl
    Just build an account then order away
    This is a great company that provides supplements without GMO / Gluten and many other things.
    Dr T

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