I once had a friend who never seemed to get sick. She told me that her secret was taking zinc capsules daily. I was skeptical (I usually am), but decided to try it. Surprisingly, it actually worked. However, for some reason (call it laziness or forgetfulness), I stopped taking my supplements. Coincidentally (or not), I have noticed that I have been quite sickly lately (such as last week), so now the correlation between zine and a strong immune system is even stronger in my mind. I started taking my zinc capsules again during my illness, but that’s a bit like locking the barn door after the horse has already escaped. Needless to say, that didn’t work.
In my overall wellness journey, I am striving to stay active, eat clean, and take care of myself mentally, physically, and emotionally. I am becoming less skeptical of natural remedies and more eager to get my “medicine” from food and vitamins. Zinc supplements are my little miracle pill, so I thought that it was only right that I share my secret with all of you.
The Dietitians of Canada tell us that, zinc is a mineral that your body needs to be healthy. It strengthens your immune system and helps in normal growth and development at all ages.
What Foods Contain Zinc?
It’s easy to take a zinc supplement, but, whenever possible, it’s always better to get your nutrients from the food that you eat (or a combination of the two). Try adding more of the following to your diet:
- Wheat germ cereal
- Heart of palm
- Cheese, particularly ricotta cheese
- Nappa cabbage
- Whole grains
- Crab, lobster, scallops, and shrimp
When all else fails, take a zinc supplement.
What is your favourite zinc-rich food? I have to admit, I hate oysters, but I made a meatless lentil main course for dinner this week!
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