Zinc is an essential nutrient for the reproductive system of both men and women. It is an essential component of both sperm and eggs. It is central to many factors of fertility and reproduction.
Did you know that zinc deficiency is widespread? Do you recall our previous discussion on minerals and nutrient density? Following that general dietary advice will help with your zinc levels.
You can test your zinc levels yourself using a “zinc tally” test. It is a liquid supplement that you “taste test” to see your zinc levels. That is, if you taste nothing when you put some in your mouth, then you are extremely zinc deficient. The opposite response of disgust, and wanting to spit it out is a good sign. It means your zinc levels are sufficient. This is your taste buds telling you if you need it or not, based on your primal attraction or repulsion response.
If you are low, then you can add more zinc-rich foods to your diet (see the list below). Retest over time to make sure your levels are improving. In more extreme deficiencies, you may need a zinc supplement.
For women, zinc contributes to regular ovulation. For men, it’s necessary for semen and testosterone production. The National Institute of Health recommends that men receive a daily intake of 11 mg of zinc and women take 8 mg.
The foods highest in zinc:
- Calves liver
- Sesame seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Green peas
Healthy nutrition always revolves around the same underlying principles. Whole, processed, unrefined foods are always the beginning and end of a healthy diet. Avoid “white salt” (as we mentioned in chapter 2), “white sugar”, and all other processed and refined foods. Be wary of any attempt at improving on nature.
This topic is further expanded in Step 3 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About. You can download your free copy here.