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Please don't take chances with your health! A wellness plan that's easy to understand and follow through on is key to good health all through your life. Make chiropractic a cornerstone of that plan, and you're well on your way to living a life that's active and pain-free!

Zinc is a metallic element having biological importance. It is an essential micronutrient required for the various metabolic process to maintain the normal growth and function of the body.

The recommended daily intake:

Men ~ 11-14 mg/day.

Women ~ 8-12 mg/day with an additional 2-3 mg/day during pregnancy & lactation.

Infants ~ 2-3 mg/day.

Children ~ 5-8 mg/day.


High sources of zinc are found in red meat, poultry, fish, milk, dairy products, and whole cereals. Fruits and vegetables are not the good sources of zinc.

Biological Functions:

Essential for cell division, growth, and maintaining normal physiological function within the cell.

Enzymatic activity within cells.

Skin and hair growth.

Key micronutrient for the production and maturation of sperm.

Key in the immune system as well as being required for the appreciation of smell, taste, and vision.

Vital in brain activity and is especially useful in boosting and maintaining memory and mood.

Essential in the promotion of wound healing.

Deficiencies of Zinc include:

Delayed/slow wound healing.

Dry hair and skin.

Defective sperm production and infertility.

Birth defects, low-birth weight as well as seizures in infants.

Anorexia and loss of appetite.

Depression & irritability.

Diarrhea & weight loss.

Reduced immunity & recurring infections.

BPH ( Benign prostatic hypertrophy).

Cataracts, Macular degeneration, and retinal detachments.

Impaired smell & taste perception.


Effects of Zinc toxicity/overdose:

Gastrointestinal ~ stomach pain, cramps, diarrhea, and impaired Vitamin A and B absorbtion.

Loss of hair.

Decreased libido & impotence.

Renal damage ~ tubular necrosis & renal failure.

Impaired cholesterol metabolism.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Because of the easy availability of fast foods and snack foods, we have lost our taste for fruits and vegetables; especially vegetables.  People no longer consume nor prepare vegetables in their daily diet.  It is not uncommon for the average person to go for weeks without consuming just one serving of fresh vegetables. 

The human body evolved with a diet high in fruits and vegetables and is dependent on many of the compounds unique to plant foods in order to function properly.  If you don't consume enough of these unique plant compounds, your body will not function properly and your energy levels will suffer along with your overall health.  Just reducing the amount of "junk food" that most people consume and replacing it with fresh vegetables will result in feeling better overall.

Cut Down on Sugar

The USDA has reported that the average American consumes approximately 134 pounds of refined sugar every year, or approximately 20 teaspoons of sugar per day. 

This high level of sugar intake is very unhealthy and contributes to obesity, Type II diabetes, heart disease due to elevated triglycerides, kidney stones, and chronic tiredness.  Decreasing your sugar intake is easier than most think. Avoid foods which are high in refined sugars, such as soft drinks, candy, cake and donuts, and most condiments.  Always look to consume natural sugars that are pure and unrefined.

​Stop Smoking

If you are a smoker, you are sick of hearing this, but….  it is REALLY important that you stop smoking!  Smoking throughout the day is akin to living inside a burning building.  Smoking degrades the collagen of your skin, causing premature wrinkling, destroys the cells inside your lungs, promotes heart disease, cataracts and cancer because of the oxidizing radicals released into the blood stream.  It can also contribute to back pain by dehydrating the spinal discs. 

Bone is a living tissue dependent on the functions and support provided by the other body systems. When these systems are not able to perform normally, bone is unable to rebuild itself. The formation of bone is particularly influenced by physical exercise and hormonal activity, both of which are adversely affected by cigarette smoking.

Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood and increases the level of harmful carbon monoxide. Nicotine also causes a constriction of the small blood vessels that feed your brain, spinal cord, and spinal discs, restricting their nutrient supply.  The loss of nutrients and blood supply leads to damaging those and other tissues within the body.  Your spinal discs become dehydrated and because of this they begin to degenerate.  Smoking is also causes an increase in estrogen loss in women who are perimenopausal or postmenopausal, which can result in a loss of bone density and increase your risk of developing osteoporosis.

Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things to do in your life, but it is not impossible.  People do it all the time!  If you currently smoke and want to quit, there are a number of effective medical programs that can help you.  Some people have also found complimentary therapies, such as acupuncture, to be helpful in smoking cessation

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