6 surprising signs you may have a zinc deficiency

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Zinc deficiency. You’ve probably wondered at some stage ‘am I getting enough iron’ or ‘am I low in omega 3?’ but not many of us ever think about zinc (as we don’t really know what it does).

In fact, zinc is often overlooked. We only need a small amount, but this can mean that it’s relatively easy to be deficient in it. To make it extra tricky, it’s also quite hard to test for.

Below are the signs to look out for to decide whether you may be deficient in zinc.

6 surprising signs that you may have a zinc deficiency

If you suspect you have a zinc deficiency we suggest that you make an appointment with your healthcare practitioner for best advice and care. At the bottom of this article we also reveal a simple and delicious way to boost your zinc intake.

6 surprising signs that you may have a zinc deficiency

1. It’s hard to lose weight

Zinc deficiency affects your appetite control and even disrupts your sense of taste and smell. This could lead to difficulties losing weight as you crave richer, saltier, or sweeter foods.

2. You’re extra sore after exercise…always

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Zinc deficiency can affect the development of muscle tissue. It can cause cramping and can make you quite sore the day after exercising.

Here’s another reason why your muscles may ACHE after exercise.

3. You catch every cold going around

Being low in zinc means your immune system is compromised, so you’ll probably be suffering more than others from coughs and colds.

4. Your tummy feels upset or sensitive

6 surprising signs that you may have a zinc deficiency

Zinc deficiency can affect your appetite as well as your digestion, so it’s no wonder you’ve got cramps, bloating or diarrhoea.

5. Your skin and hair aren’t looking the best

If it takes you a while to heal from scratches or bruises, your hair feels thinner, you have acne or dermatitis or any combination of these – you may be low in zinc.

6. Your attention span is off

Zinc affects us in many ways, including our ability to focus on a task. It can even cause depression in severe cases.

What can you do to increase zinc levels?

If you suspect that you are zinc deficient, it’s best you chat with your doctor. However, certain foods contain zinc, and it is a great idea to add these to your diet.


Click on the ingredient to open a link to a delicious Healthy Mummy recipe.

Think lambchickenspinachmushroomcashewspumpkin seedschickpeas, and yoghurt.

What else can I do to boost my zinc levels?

The Healthy Mummy Smoothie is packed with a potent combination of 24 vitamins and minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fibre and healthy fats, providing a nutrient hit for busy mums.

One serve (or shake rather) of The Healthy Mummy Smoothie mix contains 25 per cent of the recommended dietary intake of zinc. Along with 25 per cent of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Vitamin E.

For more information on our Smoothies download our Smoothie factsheet. If you are looking for some EASY, TASTY and HEALTHY smoothie recipes then grab a FREE copy of our Healthy Mummy Smoothie Recipe pack here

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