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Warning Signs That You’re Zinc Deficient | Dr. Josh Axe

August 14, 2019

Hey guys, Dr Axe here from Today,
I’m going to share with you the five warning signs that you’re zinc deficient. Zinc deficiency
is something that’s very common and can cause a number of health issues. Let me say this as well, I estimate about
75% of people out there today are deficient in zinc. Here are the five warning signs that
you are zinc deficient. Also at the end of this video I’ll talk about my top five zinc-rich
foods you should be getting in and what to look for in a zinc supplement. Number one warning sign that you have a zinc
deficiency is if you’re immune compromised. If you tend to get sick frequently, if you
have immune system issues, if you’ve ever come down with any sort of chronic allergies
or anything like that, that’s a big warning sign that you are zinc deficient. So again, if you’re immune compromised, if
you get sick often or you’re always that person that gets sick, that is a major warning sign.
Also, if you’ve had any other disease related to immunodeficiency, that’s a warning sign
you’re zinc deficient. Number two warning sign you’re zinc deficient
is if you have leaky gut. Leaky gut is a condition where proteins can leak through the gut and
cause systemic inflammation, and that’s also relate to food allergies, thyroid problems,
adrenal fatigue. But number two warning sign that you are zinc
deficient is if you have leaky gut and you have malabsorption, you’re not digesting your
nutrients well. Number three warning sign you’re zinc deficient
is if you struggle with diarrhea, if you ever have loose stools. That’s where, again, your
stools aren’t firmly formed in the toilet. That’s a big warning sign that you’re zinc
deficient. Also if you have inflammatory bowel disease,
like irritable bowel syndrome, any of those issues whatsoever, even gas and bloating.
Those are warning signs you are zinc deficient. Number four warning sign is thinning hair
or losing your hair. If you have thin hair or are losing your hair, zinc is an essential
mineral that really supports thicker hair growth and also just supports your body growing
and repairing and healing. Number five warning sign you’re zinc deficient
is you have any sort of inflammatory skin issue, especially acne, eczema, dermatitis,
or psoriasis. All of those are warning signs that you are zinc deficient. There are other warning signs, but I want
to talk about what people are most deficient in zinc and what causes a zinc deficiency.
One of the biggest things that causes a zinc deficiency is high levels of emotional stress. If you are emotionally stressed out, over
time your body has to utilize zinc and that mineral to heal and repair the body, to repair
the brain, to repair the skin, to repair your organs. Zinc is a reparative mineral that
actually is even critical for protein synthesis and utilization in your body. So if you have
had, let’s say, a loss in the family or a very stressful job, and you’re not sleeping
enough, any of those things, that is a big cause of zinc deficiency. The second most common cause of zinc deficiency
is over exercise. Triathletes, marathon runners, and CrossFit athletes are some of the people
that are most susceptible to a zinc deficiency. So again, if you work out a lot and maybe
even have overworked out in the past that can cause zinc deficiency. The third most
common reason you’re zinc deficient is if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Obviously
when you’re eating for two that can cause mineral deficiencies, and so again, that can
cause a zinc deficiency. Last but not least, typically aging women
or elderly, they tend to have malabsorption, so they don’t absorb zinc well, so they tend
to have a zinc deficiency as something that can happen. So if you’re going to get more
zinc in your diet, a few things need to happen. The number one thing you need to do is consume
more zinc-rich foods. Some of the best zinc-rich include, number one, pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin
seeds are very high in zinc. Also, oysters are high in zinc. Another great form of zinc is going to be
grass-fed beef, is going to have some zinc in it. Then sprouted nuts and seeds, chia
seeds, flax seeds, even almonds, getting some seeds in your diet, and then peas are also
a good form of zinc. So getting some green peas in your diet can also increase those
zinc levels. Last but not least, you need probiotics as
well. Probiotics, taking a good quality probiotic supplement and consuming probiotic rich foods
like kefir and fermented vegetables like sauerkraut increase your absorption and digestion of
zinc. Remember that it’s not just what you eat,
it’s what you digest. So again, getting more probiotic rich foods in your diet and supplements
can actually improve your overall zinc absorption. So again, remember, the biggest warning signs
you have a zinc deficiency are immune issues, leaky gut, bowel issues, like diarrhea, thinning
or losing your hair as well as inflammatory skin issues like acne. Those are warning signs
you have a zinc deficiency. If you want to learn more natural cures and
ways to improve your zinc, hey, check out You can find more information. Also you can subscribe here to this YouTube
channel. I am every week putting out the latest and most cutting edge information about vitamins,
nutrients, and herbal remedies to heal your body naturally. Hey guys, thanks for watching this video on
zinc deficiency symptoms with me, Dr Axe.


  • Reply colin562 November 5, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    I am so tired and looke very tired…my job became more stressful its in a different location now so i have to cycle 8 miles each day which i am in no way use to..Two points you made….stress and too much exercise are good ones…I am eating oysters as i read one oyster a day will cover all your zinc needs…but will also eat pumpkin seeds as u suggest…Thanks from what i call the global village…London uk

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  • Reply Dream Weaver November 13, 2018 at 9:35 am

    You lost me at “leaky gut”. 🙄

  • Reply Freddy Arena November 19, 2018 at 12:11 pm

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  • Reply Cliff Hendrixxx November 26, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Is it dangerous to just try supplementing zinc for some time, without checking it in a blood test first?

  • Reply Christine Lu December 2, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    I have #5

  • Reply Ford AFG December 11, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Can we take zinc pills instead. Thanks Doc

  • Reply Kim Jong-un December 13, 2018 at 3:47 am

    Does it matter what brand zinc i get?
    Can i get this from walmart

  • Reply Marc G December 16, 2018 at 3:22 am

    what about Gold ?

  • Reply The Emperor is Naked December 16, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    When he said emotional stress can cause zinc deficiency. That explains so much.

  • Reply Kultar Singh December 22, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Very nice doctor

  • Reply Eagle One December 23, 2018 at 6:03 pm

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  • Reply Dano1947 December 24, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Eating a lot of fruit and veggies can also make your stool loose.

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  • Reply Brian B December 27, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Really appreciate you Dr Axe

  • Reply Ann Baker January 3, 2019 at 7:13 pm

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  • Reply Jesse Jackson January 4, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Thank you this was great information I appreciate it a lot!

  • Reply Autumn V January 10, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    I love doctor axe! He has helped me out through the years…God has given us the tools for healing on this earth and thank the Lord doctor axe is giving us the Lord's tools! You are a blessing..please don't ever stop these informative videos!

  • Reply Edith UNICHI January 11, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks so much for this information.

  • Reply Rex January 11, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    This man is NOT a medical doctor. He is "doctor" of chiropractic, which is not scientifically proven practice. He also calls himself "a clinical nutritionist", which doesn't mean anything, I can call myself a clinical nutritionist. It is not the same as dietitian, who need to be registered.

  • Reply Dan Carlan January 12, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    when should i take my zinc tablets ?

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  • Reply Conrad Gallardo January 13, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    1) low immunity
    2) leaky gut
    3) ibs, problems w/ diarrhea
    4) losing or thinning hair
    5) skin problems such as acne
    KEEP listening for the causes and what to do to help.

  • Reply Wanna Wander January 13, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you… sharing💜

  • Reply eUphorian January 14, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Any zinc supplements?

  • Reply live life January 14, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Subscribed & wish this man the best .

  • Reply axiom January 18, 2019 at 5:13 am

    pumpkin seeds are also high in phytic acid though

  • Reply shawn a January 21, 2019 at 4:40 am

    Would 15mg zinc daily cause copper deficiency?

  • Reply Marz Media January 21, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Will Eating cashew , almond and spinach help in zinc increasing

  • Reply Armando Silva January 24, 2019 at 6:01 am

    I was taking copper 18 mg a day cus i heard its good for you . after taking it for a week i noticed i was looking slim and my sciatica was gone but im loosing hair and i get headaches and i got an yeast infection 😔 but the brainfog is the worst . should I take Zinc to balance this out and stop taking copper ? Please any advice

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    I love zinc

  • Reply Michael V January 28, 2019 at 12:33 am

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  • Reply Sheila Aker February 3, 2019 at 12:56 am

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  • Reply Asma Shaikh February 4, 2019 at 6:46 am

    what will be the dosage of zinc supplement ??plz suggest..Thank you

  • Reply Robin Lugosi February 4, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    If I take zinc in a vitamin what do I take to absorb the zinc ?

  • Reply Robin Lugosi February 4, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Will zinc supplements help with extreme eczema ?

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  • Reply Joseph Barclay Ross February 6, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Thank you, Dr. Axe. Your videos always represent the clearest and most mainstream natural health information available. You perform such a vital service for so many thousands of people!

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  • Reply Vielka Rodriguez February 13, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Try a decade and a half
    I don't workout as lot but stressed a lot.

  • Reply Vielka Rodriguez February 13, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Don't like oyster, pumpkin seed or sour crout. I do this, flaxseed, chia and slmonds

  • Reply BANAchannel February 15, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Not easy to keep sufficient Zinc our body.Supplement tablet sold in the market helps us.

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  • Reply Anica Le Grange March 8, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Myzinc pills / supplement zinkorot taste like Talcum powder with slight very slight bitter taste. What supplements are better?

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  • Reply Christine Lee March 12, 2019 at 10:51 am

    I’m currently taking 50mg of Zinc every day for Atopic Dermatitis to boost immune system and repair the skin. But, I’m wondering if 50mg is too much to take every single day.. Is it okay to take zinc like now?

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  • Reply Mennen’s Art March 13, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Dr. Axe, thank you for your videos!! But how about having high levels of zinc?? I suffer from high levels of zinc in my body, is there anyway I can bring it to lower down?? Plz help, all informations I get about zinc in only about zinc deficiency

  • Reply Graeme Davin March 21, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Stress and lack of sleeping that's me

  • Reply Aji Rose March 22, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks a lot Dr.Axe

  • Reply Dalila Cunha March 22, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Thank you for this video. It was great. I've got to add more pumpkin seeds to my salads !!! 🙂

  • Reply Sage k April 1, 2019 at 5:46 am

    How about zinc sulphate? I take 50 mg of it ( it’s a combined capsule that includes b complex vitamins as well) which equals 15 mg of elemental zinc.

  • Reply SpikyTuber April 6, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Zinc is an essential mineral that supports immune health and energy metabolism.

  • Reply The New MoezMedia April 9, 2019 at 11:16 am

    I only have number 5 (acne) and I take a quality multivitamin containing 10mg of zinc (91% DV) so I think I am alright

  • Reply Neil C April 11, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Great information. Thanks Dr. Axe.

  • Reply meddie calvan April 11, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Well i think I really am zinc déficient….😅

  • Reply About36GREEKS April 14, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Majority of humans don’t get their blood work done enough . I was one of them , I went 4 years without any type or bloodwork done and found out I was iron deficient . Now waiting on my vitamin counts but we should deff be getting these numbers checked atleast 2 times a year I think

  • Reply Marjorie Tee April 21, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Thanks a lot 😊

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    Thank you

  • Reply Bretts health tips April 24, 2019 at 9:30 am

    brett I think this video is great my partner has had vitamin d deficient for 20 years and only just found out from doctors because now they test for it..bad sytoms for over 20 years its great to find this kind of advise

  • Reply jackie church April 24, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    I see everyone I know is deficient .

  • Reply jackie church April 24, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Every single site says the same symptoms but this with the stool and ibs

  • Reply Bjbbl April 24, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    This is so interesting, I have skin condition hormonal acne and psoriasis question I have can I take zinc vitamins and will this help

  • Reply Graciela Montes April 27, 2019 at 3:28 am

    I'm under a lot of stress ,my hair is thinning and losing a lot of hair what will be the best zinc milligrams to drink.Thank you 🙏🙏🙏😀👍

  • Reply sami alluhaibi May 4, 2019 at 4:12 am

    Taking zinc supplements without copper may lead to weight gain .

  • Reply Miss Valeria May 20, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Wow thank you what an eye opener!

  • Reply Jill Therese May 21, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    What a cool idea – to share the signs of being deficient in zinc. I definitely feel like I was deficient in zinc a few months back and it all changed when I started to take a good multivitamin.

  • Reply Luke Schneider May 23, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Losing hair on the outside parts of eyebrows too?

  • Reply HRD Heather 77 May 25, 2019 at 2:26 am

    Im going to consume more zinc

  • Reply Golam Rabbani May 26, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Dr. Axe Thanks……………….

  • Reply Terry Turner June 8, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Thank you Dr. Axe

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  • Reply James Hall June 15, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Drink raw milk from grass fed cows and goats daily.

  • Reply Alfred Koczka June 16, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Dr.Axe ! how much is max allowance for zinc ? .

  • Reply ChuggityMuggs1 June 21, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Great Video, Very effective and excellent critical information!

  • Reply Caroline Kuo June 23, 2019 at 8:27 am

    To raise zinc without imbalacing copper (anarysism) lower iron and increase magnesium. Avoid reduced iron in breads and flour – less red meat too. Take magnesium taurate and magnesium glycine and a bit of magnesium citrate. 500 mg or more.

  • Reply Jamie Ansara June 26, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    I was sick for years! Couldn't figure out what it was. I started taking zinc and literally fixed every problem I had.

  • Reply Marcie Johnston June 28, 2019 at 2:05 am

    My son has had white spots on his fingernails his whole life- we're testing for Pyroluria, he fit almost every symptom.

  • Reply Fools Gold Found June 28, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Where would we be in a world without zinc?

  • Reply Ynnlarcron June 30, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Super description!

  • Reply Shah Khalid July 1, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Hi sir…I have so much sweating in my underarm and all of body..also so smiley sweat…if you have any idea so please advise some things for this problem…Khalid from saudi arabia

  • Reply dynamicyadav July 6, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Thank u

  • Reply Syed Umar July 7, 2019 at 4:48 am

    How zinc deficiency has effect on vitamin A mobilization??

  • Reply Uneek Lifestyle July 13, 2019 at 2:46 am

    I am supplementing with a multivitamin that has zinc in it. Is it enough or should I take it separately. I have all these signs.

  • Reply cossie July 14, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Immune compromised
    Leaky gut
    Thinning hair
    Inflammation acne
    Over exercising
    Age /malabsorption

  • Reply Paul Mc July 15, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    What age should you take zinc

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  • Reply centpushups July 22, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Chicken hearts have a lot of zinc. 100g of hearts can give 50 percent of it. Along with many other nutrients and minerals.

  • Reply Nelson Stack July 25, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    this guys all about health but he looks like hes about to break out in facial acne. like i can see the beginning of 45 zits like the craters on the moon coming in.

  • Reply kul3 kul3 August 4, 2019 at 9:20 am

    one thing you are absolutely right about i had acne problems for the last 5 or 6 years oa soon as i started to take zinc supplement it cleared up within 1 week . doctors or medications did not help at all

  • Reply Jana Kubin August 9, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Thanks ❤️

  • Reply Lit TV August 14, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks doc

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