natural family living, natural home,  natural home magazine, natural parenting, natural family

Featured Advertiser:

The first magazine to offer natural living tools for every family.
We're your down-to-earth, "how-to" resource for natural family living, natural beauty, natural home, natural parenting, and health & wellness. No matter what your personal or parenting style, we offer natural tips, tools and information everyone can use! Life is only natural, so why not live it more naturally? Let NFO show you how.
Natural Family Online
Free eNewsletter
FREE Baby or Child Website

NFO is maintained by volunteers. Every single dollar counts! Send to [email protected]


Visit our NFO chat board!

Attachment Parenting group for pregnancy and baby.

Extended Attachment Parenting group for parents of kids ages 2 to 18.

Can't find what you need?
Use the web search function near the bottom of NFO!
Natural Family Living
Natural Family Living
Do It Yourself
Entertaining & Holidays
Natural Beauty
Natural Pets
Health & Wellness
Health & Wellness
Children's Health
Fertility to Menopause
Natural Soulooooo
Healthy Eating
Cooking & Recipes
Baby & Toddler Nutrition
Vegetarian Lifestyle
Babies & Children
Attachment Parenting
Children's Health
Diapering & Potty Learning
Feeding Baby & Toddlers
Pregnancy & Birth
Resources & Shopping
Questions & Answers
Product Reviews
<e New on the Bookshelf
Resource Links
Mountain Rose Herbs
Leading Organic Supplier in organic botanical products.
FREE Baby or Child Website


Subscribe to free eNewsletter!
About NFO
NFO Staff & Contributors
Advertise with us
Writer's guidelines
Reprint Permissions

Join our newsletter for new article updates!

Take Zinc for Healthy Bodies and Minds

By Christine Climer

Did you know that zinc deficiency ranks 11th out of the top 20 risk factors for disease? Yes, zinc! According to the World Health Organization, zinc deficiencies are responsible for 16% of lower respiratory infections (such as pneumonia) and 10% of diarrheal illness worldwide.

While severe zinc deficiency is rare, mild deficiency is quite common. Zinc forms a part of at least 200 enzymes in our bodies. Those enzymes play a part in numerous functions:

• physical growth
• wound healing
• strong immune function
• sexual maturation and fertility
• hormone levels (including insulin)
• skin, hair and nail quality
• sensory perception
• brain function
• detoxification

New to homeopathy? Start here!

When to think zinc
Though most of us are able to get enough zinc in our everyday diets, there may be times when we just need more than normal. Your body may have increased demand for zinc if you are pregnant or nursing, if you have diarrhea or if you consume alcohol. Stress, illness and injury may also increase your requirement for zinc.

Your child may have an increased zinc demand if he is a preemie, if he has ADHD or if he is entering a period of rapid growth such as adolescence. Vegetarians may require up to 50% more zinc than those consuming meats because the fiber and phytates in plant foods interfere with zinc absorption. For information on your family’s specific recommended daily intake, visit the Food and Nutrition Board’s guide.

If a little is good …
In the case of zinc, a lot is definitely not better. Too much zinc can cause nausea, vomiting, iron deficiency and poor immune function. The National Academy of Sciences has established a safe “upper level” for zinc dosage. This is the highest daily dosage associated with no adverse effects under normal circumstances. You should not take more that the upper level unless you are instructed to do so by your health care provider.

Upper Levels
Infants up to 6 months 4 mg
Infants 7-12 months 5 mg
Children 1-3 years 7 mg
Children 4-8 years 12 mg
Children 9-13 years 23 mg
Children 14-18 years 34 mg
Adults 40 mg

Zinc supplements should not be combined with certain medications. Speak with your physician before taking zinc if you are on antibiotics, hydralazine, immunosuppressant medication or NSAID. Also, avoid taking zinc along with iron, calcium or copper, since these minerals interfere with each other’s absorption.

Martin M. “Zinc- Contributing to Better Health.” International Zinc Association, February 2004.
National Institute of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements
University of Maryland Medicine, Complementary Medicine Program website
World Health Organization. “The World Health Report 2002: Reducing Risks, Promoting Healthy Life.”

© Christine Climer

Christine Climer is a registered nurse with experience in pulmonary disease, pediatrics, home health and hospice services. Also trained in early childhood education, she is currently executive director and child care nurse for an early childhood health promotion organization. She lives with her husband and three children (including a set of twins) in Texas and enjoys researching health issues and gardening.


Google ads are not personally selected by our admin team.
Find out more.

Featured Books

Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child
by Katie Allison Granju


Sign With Your Baby Complete Learning Kit
(ASL-based Book, Training Video & Quick Reference Guide combination



Natural Family Online Home Free eNewsletter
Natural Family, Natural Parenting & Natural Health Articles FREE Baby or Child Website
Links Guide and Natural Family Resources Key Resource on the Web Award © 2003, 2004, 2005 Blame Mama Media
Visit the Balter Catalogue Co. Visit our NFO Natural Parenting Chat Board Web Hosting by Ballad Web Solutions
Cognigen Business Opportunity Attachment Parenting Chat Group - Off Site Many Graphics by  
Home, Business & Travel Solutions Extended Attachment Parenting Group - Off site Disclaimer and user agreement