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Protecting Your Body From The Inside

Protecting Your Body From The Inside

Many of us never forget to put zinc on our bodies when we go out to protect our skin from the sun, but the zinc levels in our body are just as important to protect us. Zinc is an essential mineral that stimulates the action of more than 100 enzymes in the body. It also supports healthy immune systems, is necessary to synthesize DNA, is essential for wound healing and supports the healthy growth and development of the body in younger years.

Minerals such as zinc are inorganic elements naturally occurring in the earth. We can get zinc in our diet by consuming plant foods, since they naturally absorb zinc from soil and water and animals also get zinc in their bodies when they consume plants, so we can get zinc indirectly by consuming certain animal foods. However, the levels of zinc in our soil are unfortunately slowly being depleted. A small amount of zinc is included in most single tablet over the counter daily vitamin and mineral supplements as well. In some cases it may be a good idea to take a zinc supplement on its own as well.

Zinc is beneficial to the body's immune system. Our bodies require zinc to make T-lymphocytes, or T-cells, a type of white blood cell that fights off foreign invaders in our bloodstream. Having low levels of zinc may leave us more susceptible to pneumonia or other infections. Zinc is a popular treatment for the common cold. While it most likely does not cure colds, it can help relieve symptoms by reducing inflammation in the nasal cavity. Additionally, zinc helps speed up the healing process after an injury by maintaining skin and mucous membranes. It is also believed to possess antioxidant properties, which may protect against accelerated aging of the skin and muscles of the body. Indeed, zinc deficiency may have effects on virtually all parts of the human immune system, so it is very important to make sure we are getting enough of it.

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