Let’s Talk About Zinc: How much? What type? And Signs of Toxicity

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One of the most common questions that I get from so many viewers here is, How much zinc is it okay to take? What’s the threshold? Am I taking too much zinc? So these are really common questions about a very popular and critical mineral that we need to be consuming every day, but we also need it in the right balance.

I’m going to share with you the different nuances of taking zinc, what are the forms that I recommend, as well as the dosing to help support your immune system and keep you healthy and well.

Benefits of Zinc and Maximizing its Potency

Let’s talk about zinc. Zinc is something, especially now, we’re dealing with a lot of folks that are concerned about their immune state, want to bolster their immune system to be responsive to colds, and the flu, and even COVID. Zinc is something that a lot of people are taking, but they’re not sure if they’re taking the right form, they’re not sure if they’re taking too much or too little, and they’re not sure if they’re maybe offsetting or creating symptoms because of taking zinc. So I want to cover all of that.

One of the things as a naturopath, zinc is a really critical asset to our immune system. If we utilize it in the right way, we can actually maximize the potency of zinc. I’m going to talk to you a little bit about zinc micro-dosing. That’s how I like to recommend utilizing zinc, and that also ensures that we don’t hit certain thresholds that put us into what I consider “zinc toxicity.”

Different Forms of Zinc: What to Take and What to Avoid

So let’s talk about zinc and the assorted forms. There are a lot of different ways to get zinc into our body. You’re going to find supplementation, like for instance, the Immunity 3 we have here at Organixx. This has two types of zinc. It’s zinc arginate and zinc glycinate, but those are two forms. We also have chelated zinc. We have zinc that we find in trace mineral form and liquid form.

We also will see things like zinc oxide. Often we know that as the zinc we put on our skin, but actually, we can see that in supplementation. I don’t advise that at all, a zinc oxide. So if you are consuming any type of zinc in that category, I would switch to a more bioavailable form. Which leads me to talk about the forms that we want to be consuming.

Transporters Help Maximize Absorption

Zinc is a really unique mineral. It on its own cannot actively and successfully enter into our body and our cells for max absorption. We call max absorption “bioavailability.” So zinc forms that you want to look towards for max bioavailability are going to be zinc that is paired up with what we call a transporter.

We often will see a transporter be an amino acid. That’s the most common. For instance, in the Immunity 3, this is a supplement I love to recommend for folks that want to lift their immune state, that want to grab zinc and get it in the right form, and that also want to be able to micro-dose in a healthy way.

This has camu camu, and it also has elderberry. All very healthy for our immune system. But what’s critical here is the zinc. There’s a zinc arginate and a zinc glycinate, and those two zincs have amino acids that are connected to them. So the amino acid becomes a transporter. It brings in the delivery – and it’s a delivery method – brings in zinc to the cells, and then we see that transportation process happen. Amino acid moves away and voila, we have zinc integrated into our body.

So, Immunity 3 is what I recommend for awesome zinc, but you can get that in also trace mineral form and you can find liquid forms, but most critically, you want to look for a transporter.

Now, if there isn’t a zinc that is bound to an amino acid, sometimes we will see a supplement added into the mix. So for instance, a supplement that has curcumin would be a very helpful zinc transporter.[1] So there are some herbal compounds that can help max the absorption and maximize the bioavailability. So, I just want to clear that up, but zinc plus arginine and zinc plus glycine, those are two very powerful forms that integrate into your body.

Ideal and Maximum Thresholds for Zinc

Now, as far as delivery methods, the transporters are helpful at bringing the zinc into the body. But how do you take a supplement, and what’s the most effective way to look at a zinc?

Well, before I get into that, I want to share with you where we look at the daily, and weekly, and monthly max thresholds for zinc. A lot of this has been studied – it’s in the medical literature – that every day we want to see our daily zinc intake at about 15 mg. That’s the daily required dose. That’s what you’re going to see on a lot of supplement backs. They have the daily value or recommended daily dosage. You’ll see that on supplements.

It’s okay to extend beyond that for a certain period of time, and that’s where we get into micro-dosing. But 100 mg every day for a sequence of days, weeks, and months, we’re at that threshold where we’re getting into zinc at levels that are not going to be equally balanced within the body.

Symptoms of Too Much Zinc

The max threshold is 300 mg of zinc, which is extensive, and honestly, you’d have to be taking a lot of zinc, and it would be overwhelming to your body. You might even get some of the symptoms before you hit that. So usually, we’re going to see that 100 mg threshold where people get symptoms of extensive nausea, they will have changes in their cholesterol levels, it leads to additional stomach upset, headaches, dizziness, even sometimes it’s this weird kind of movement like the spine. They kind of have a wobbly spine.

So there are symptoms that we look for, for that max zinc. But what I recommend is to make sure … This is my cautionary tale … When we are taking more than 15 mg of zinc a day, which is very common … I have a lot of patients when I work with them, we’ll set out all the different products that they’re taking. So they might be taking an elderberry gummy, they might be taking a liquid throat soother, they might be sucking on a lozenge that has zinc. Well, all of those zincs are going to add up. So I like to have us calculate, how much zinc are you getting in your multivitamin? How much zinc is in your protein smoothie powder? Sometimes zinc is going to find its way in food additives. We’re going to see it in some protein bars. We’re going to see it in a lot of different places that we don’t always think about and register.

Plus, we also are going to get zinc from our food, our plant-based sources. So, once we gather that collective quantity of zinc, and you can very easily add this up, what I recommend then is looking at, are you hitting that threshold? If you are, and you’re not taking a zinc balancer, we need to add that in.

What is a Zinc Balancer?

So, let’s talk about the zinc balancer. The direct balance, counterbalance to zinc is copper.[2] This is a lesser talked about and discussed mineral that we need to have in our body to balance out zinc. One of the most common forms of copper deficiency from upper levels of zinc is premature gray hair.

So, if you have graying hair where you’ve noticed you’re on a cold-flu regimen, you’re trying to support your immune system and you’re taking every day 75 mg of zinc, you’ve been doing that for six months and you’ve noticed you’re having a little bit more gray hair. Or even other parts of your body you’re noticing graying hairs. We have gray hairs all over our body. If you’re noticing that, and the only thing that has changed is your immune supportive supplementation, then we need to add a copper to balance that out. So that is really, really important.

I mention that because zinc is not negative. It’s very powerful, and it has positive effects on our bodies. But the way the body, the symbiotic nature and the homeostasis that our body is always trying to achieve, it’s all about balance. If we add more of one thing, we need to counterbalance it with another. That is, I’m hoping, super helpful in understanding how much zinc you want to aim for a day.

How to Micro-Dose Zinc

Let’s talk a little bit about micro-dosing because I want to highlight, for instance, if you are taking the Immunity 3 here at Organixx, you one, calculate the other zincs that you’re taking. So I want to make sure that we’re staying below 50 and 75 mg on a daily basis. If you are just getting your zinc from Immunity 3, awesome. If you notice that you start to feel a kind of ick coming on, then you can start micro-dosing the Immunity 3 because of the zinc. You can micro dose and take two capsules every two to three hours up to three doses that day.

So that is how I recommend ensuring that you are not hitting and going beyond the 100 mg threshold every day. That 100 mg – or close to it –everybody’s body is a little variant in terms of how they react. But that tends to be where we see a lot of those symptoms. We’ll see the nausea, the headaches, the weird kind of wonky imbalance in the lower hip and spine. We also will notice different imbalances when we’re pulling mineral profiles.

When I do blood testing with patients, they’ll have really low copper, super high zinc, and a lot of the symptoms we’re combating, it ends up being because we need to lower the zinc dosage. There are a lot of different ways to do that. I can get into that in future videos. But I just wanted to share with you the most important takeaways of how much zinc, what’s too much, and really how to utilize some of the amazing benefits that we offer you here in Immunity 3 with the two most bioavailable transported forms of zinc.

So let us know how that works. I’m curious for all of you who start calculating your zinc. I’d love to know if you have an average of zinc and the milligram dosage that you’re often finding you’re taking. Love to find out how we can also support balancing zinc here through some other Organixx products. So make sure you comment and let us know.

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Healthy Holiday Survival: Critical Dos & Don’ts for Optimal Immune Health

Happy holidays, everybody! I’m sure so many of you are trying to get yourselves ready, get your body and your health in alignment so you can maximize your joy and the season of the holidays. Today I want to share with you a few dos and don’ts that will help you increase your immunity and stave off the normal winter icks and illnesses.

Do: Eat Before Attending a Party

The first do is to make sure you eat a snack or a small meal before you go to a holiday party. This will help you minimize the excess calories and some of the yummy goodies that you might be consuming that might tip the scales in terms of your increase in sugar and unhealthy carbohydrates. And just really also helps give you the energy boost you might need, depending on the time of the holiday.

Don’t: Overdo the Alcohol

Now on the don’t side, I recommend limiting your alcohol consumption to one glass of wine or champagne or one cocktail that has at a maximum one ounce of alcohol and no more than that. And my “do” that couples with this is do make sure that before and after holiday party, where you might be consuming a little alcohol for this festive occasion, that you also add in some dandelion tea to the mix to help support your liver’s detoxification process and the breakdown of the excess estrogen that will come from the alcohol consumption.

Do: Supplement with High-Quality Vitamin D3

Now, I also recommend that you do reach for a really high-quality vitamin D3 supplement. And I love to recommend my Turmeric 3D here at Organixx. This is really great because in the supplement, not only are you getting 5,000 IUs of vitamin D3, you’re also getting some anti-inflammatories by way of turmeric that will help calm the body’s natural inflammatory response, which will enhance your immune response when you need to fight any illness, bugs, or viruses you might come into contact with during the holiday season.

Do: Pair Vitamin D3 with Light Therapy

Another do that I recommend is to reach for your light therapy sources. So these are full-spectrum light boxes that will enhance and balance your circadian rhythm, especially during the winter months. If you live above the Mason-Dixon line, this is really critical. These light boxes actually pair up with taking vitamin D3 supplementation as well because they can help increase your dopamine levels, thereby decreasing winter blues and winter depression. So if you are looking to keep your body balanced in not just your immune state, but also your mood balanced, they’re all interconnected. Vitamin D and light boxes are highly, highly beneficial.

Don’t: Indulge in Sugary Items

Now, on the don’ts, is to avoid reaching for a lot of the sugary items. The holiday season is basically sandwiched between October where we kick off Halloween with lots of sugar and we usually end that whole winter season with Easter and everything in between is filled with lots of excesses of sugar. So I recommend to very, very much restrict and limit your sugar consumption because sugar is one of the most challenging ingredients in a lot of foods that will decrease and reduce your immune response.

So if you’re looking to stay balanced and to keep your immune system healthy, loading up first on your plate with veggies and fresh items, fruits, and whole grains are going to be much healthier for you and your immune system in the long run.

Do: Get Outdoors

Now, other things I recommend because it’s the season of being festive and there’s a lot of great outdoor activities, I recommend getting outside and harnessing your inner child and enjoying some of the winter sports that maybe you haven’t done in a long time, like getting outdoors and skiing or taking up snowshoeing or ice skating. Just being outside in the morning time particularly because that will help balance your circadian rhythm.

Do: Ensure You’re Getting Enough Sleep

I also recommend that you maximize your sleep. So do choose to go to bed close to the time that the sun is setting. Now, in some cases, you can’t go to bed at 4:30 PM, but if you move up your bedtime, that will maximize your immune health. It’ll help you stay balanced. It will lower your cortisol levels. And will enhance your overall mood and immunity.

Don’t: Stop Exercising

Do not avoid exercising. This is really critical. One of the things that we find is a lot of times, during the winter months, people stop exercising outside. They stop running. They stop doing some of the things that they enjoy doing outside because it’s sometimes too cold or they have to bundle up and wear extra gear. So look at alternative choices and exercise routines that can get you outside enjoying this season.

Do: Avoid Wearing Only Comfort Clothing

And what I recommend, my last and final, is to stave off wearing some of the stretchy pants and comfort clothes of the holiday season. This is really tricky because we’re all kind of in that phase where a lot of us have been wearing a lot of comfy clothes and stretchy pants are really quite trendy. But one of the things that I find is if we are wearing clothing that’s not as tight-fitting or that is not our normal wear, that we tend to be less mindful of our fitness routine as well as exercising.

So those are some tips for you to help improve your immune system, maximize the benefits of the holidays, as well as enhance some of the micronutrients like vitamin D that are going to be in deficiency during the winter months.

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