I love meat! I eat it everyday! But I have a zinc defficiency and cannot for the life of me figure out why. My skin gets dry and chicken bumps form all over. My zinc levels were low, but I can't understand why. I havent eaten any grains for months exceot white rice. I don't like supplements because I like to rely on my diet. But if Imy skin blows up and I can't sleep at night, my nails get weak. I want to get to the bottom of this. I take vitamins A,D and K2, and mageniusm when I feel stressed ocasionally. I don't know if it's copper or zimc, and my primary care dr refuses to give me a blood test.
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on September 18, 2014
at 04:06 PM
Try a zinc tally test AKA zinc challenge. This is a liquid form of zinc that you'd put a few drops of on your tongue and taste. If you notice no taste at all, i.e. just like water, then you need zinc. The stronger the taste, the less zinc you need. It's not a perfect, acurate test, but better than nothing.
Zinc deficiency is usually caused by poor stomach acid, which in turn causes further stomach acid deficiency as zinc is required for HCL and HCL is required to extract zinc from the meat we eat. You might try to supplement with Betaine HCL and see if that helps.
on September 18, 2014
at 02:14 AM
I always had keratosis pilaris on the tricep area of my arms in my teens and twenties. I noticed once I started eating liver weekly it went away. I think it was the vitamin A but I suppose it could be something else in the liver. Liver also has copper and zinc in it, two things you are worried about.
Also, I never get acne or canker sores anymore since starting the weekly liver.
As far as the sex drive goes, Vitamin A is necessary for normal steroid synthesis and even a mild deficiency can significantly reduce P450scc activity (1), an enzyme responsible for the conversion of cholesterol to pregnenelone (2)
I've personally found that the trick to making liver taste good is getting it as fresh as possible. I get a frozen one and I feel like they must freeze it quickly once the animal is killed (but I'm just guessing) because it has a mild and pleasant taste. I had another one from the store that was unfrozen but packaged that day and it tasted aweful. Chris Masterjohn talks about this in an article (3)
on September 27, 2014
at 02:06 PM
I'm deffo zinc deficent according to the zinc taste test I took. I got some HCL and I guess only time will tell. It's only been about a week and my skin is already smoother and I'm able to handle stress a lot better, well shut it off quickly! Low stomach acid and zinc deffieincy is an epidemic that I think a lot of people don't know about...and unless you have good stomach acid genetically...I don't think there is any way to naturally fix it unless ACV
on September 23, 2014
at 03:53 AM
meat is not a 'massive' source of zinc, esp when compared with shellfish.
two examples from nutritiondata showed 174 gram beef steak with 14 mg zinc & 191 gram beef steak with 19 mg zinc.
here are a couple of nutritiondata searches on foods high in zinc;
1. Foods highest in Zinc per 100 gram serving
2. Foods highest in Zinc per 200 calorie serving
also, i know you mentioned that you do not take supps, but just a side note in case you plan on taking any iron containing supps,
best not to take the iron supp with any foods that you want to get your zinc from...
the reason i mention this is because in supplement forms, iron & zinc compete for absorption (tho this does not seem to be the case with dietary iron & zinc).
so to be on the safe side keep any iron supps away from your 'zinc' foods.