Preparing your body from A to Zinc
LOSING your hair? or suffering from bad skin? you could be needing some zinc in your life.
One in ten females in Australia are zinc deficient but researchers think the number of undiagnosed cases is much higher.
Noticing a few of their customers experiencing zinc deficient symptoms Leanne Dobbin and Gemma Pallisier at Nutritional Health and Wealth are offering zinc testing at their store.
With everyone stocking up on cold and flu preventatives the health providers wanted to offer their consumers a way to get ahead of ailments.
"Zinc is really important and used in almost all bodily functions." Ms Pallisier said.
"Boosting the immune system is one of it's jobs which is important this time of year," she said.
Symptoms of zinc deficiency are low immunity and slow wound healing, hair loss, acne and even altered cognition.
"A lot of people will take preventions once they start to feel unwell, however it's better to boost your immune system before you feel sick," Mrs Dobbin said.
"It's a tough time of the year for everyone we want to help as much as we can," she said.
The testing procedure is a non evasive method and takes only a few seconds.
"We get participants to suck on a taste stick for ten seconds and depending on what flavour they taste will reveal their levels of zinc," Mrs Dobbin said.
Zinc is commonly found in food groups such as lean red meat, seafood, dairy products and the legumes family.
The mother and daughter team took over the store almost a year ago and are expanding the business to include more health foods and supplements.
"We live busy lives and we want people to be at their healthiest," Ms Pallisier said.
"We already offer a range of healthy treats and we're hoping to include organic meats in the near future."
Zinc testing is available through appointments at Nutritional Health and Wealth.