Low chromium levels: 8 signs you’ve lost your shine

Chromium is a tough metal that’s best known for its lustrous shine. But did you know that it could have the same effect on your health? When your chromium levels go out of tune, your natural spark will dim and you might not even know why.

In medical terms, chromium is an essential mineral that plays a role in a whole host of your everyday functions. It’s not produced in the body, instead we rely on diet and supplements to get our levels just right. Raw chromium is stored in rocks and soil, and permeates through into foods such as yeast, potatoes and meats – it’s even in our water supply.

So, what does this wonder-metal do for my body?

Well, the short answer is that it has a bearing on all of the following body functions:

  • Blood sugar and diabetes control (burns calories, decreases sugar cravings, makes insulin work more efficiently)
  • Bone health (helps calcium retention, reduces bone loss and prevents osteoporosis, helps produce DHEA which is a steroid hormone)
  • Weight management (aids fat loss, stimulates muscle development, increases physical endurance)
  • Immune system health (boosts DHEA which protects against diseases, increases antibodies, lowers excess cortisol which is a stress hormone)

Its most important role is enabling the effective metabolisation of fats. While most research indicates a link between optimal chromium intake and healthy arteries, some studies have even identified that people who died from heart disease had reduced chromium levels at the time of death.    

Chromium is crucial for insulin-signalling pathways that determine our body’s ability to control sugar intake. This balances our blood/glucose levels and keeps energy levels stable, helping you to be your normal vibrant self.

The mineral can also protect our DNA, preventing the cell mutations that can lead to chronic disease, and chromium is also associated with longevity because of its role in metabolising fats, proteins, carbs and other nutritional compounds.

8 warning signs that you’re chromium deficient

Finding out that you’re deficient can be a tricky task, with many of the warning signs typically being put down to age or stress. These are the eight warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore:

  • Elevated insulin levels or high blood sugar, or impaired glucose tolerance
  • Bone weakening
  • Low energy/fatigue, low concentration and poor memory
  • Poor skin and/or eye health
  • Mood changes and increased anxiety
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Increased injury healing time (e.g. wounds or post-surgery)

If you’re displaying any of these signs for a protracted period of time, speak to an expert in restorative medicine to find out how you can retune to your mineral balance.

What are the long-term effects of chromium deficiency?


It could increase your chances of becoming glucose-intolerant or insulin-resistant. Either of these would increase your likelihood of developing diabetes.

Weight gain

It could result in weight gain as you’d become unable to metabolise insulin. It also plays a role in hunger and carbohydrate cravings that is not yet fully understood.

Cognitive health

It would leave you feeling permanently fatigued and unable to think straight.

Skin and eye health

Chromium deficiency is likely to result in the onset of skin conditions such as acne. If the deficiency leads to the onset of diabetes, your chances of getting glaucoma would also increase.

Bone health

Chromium helps your body to retain calcium, preventing osteoporosis. A deficiency could make bones brittle, and is most prevalent amongst menopausal or postmenopausal women. If supplementing chromium, magnesium and vitamin D are also needed, to assist calcium absorption into your bones.

How to restore and maintain chromium levels naturally

Recommended chromium levels vary depending on your age, gender, weight, fitness and general health. If undertaking a course of restorative medicine, practitioners generally recommend a dosage between 50 and 200 micrograms daily, although a higher dosage can be used to treat a specific illness.

Here’s a breakdown of recommended chromium levels for demographics to get you started:

Teenagers (14 – 18 years) 35 micrograms (boys), 24 micrograms (girls)
Adults (19 – 50 years) 35 micrograms (boys), 25 micrograms (girls)
Pregnant/breastfeeding women 30 micrograms


8 warning signs that you’re chromium deficient

8 warning signs that you’re chromium deficient

There are two main ways to ensure that your levels remain balanced for optimal health; diet and supplements. Many everyday foods contain chromium, so don’t go throwing out all your recipe books just yet. Here’s some of the top performers:

Broccoli Pork chops (organic)
Grapes Calf’s liver (organic)
Potatoes Oysters, lobster tail
Garlic Scallops, shrimp
Basil Green pepper
Grass-fed Beef Pork chops (organic)
Oranges Fresh chilli
Turkey Carrots
Green Beans Eggs
Red Wine, Beer Spinach, cabbage
Apples Parsnips
Bananas Blueberries

Up to 90% of the chromium content found in food is lost in food processing, so foods should be eaten unprocessed and, most likely, together with chromium supplementation.

Supplements are another great way to boost your chromium intake. The body struggles to absorb chromium by itself, so nutritional experts recommend taking a product which combines it with protein picolinate, to enable better entry into the bloodstream. Picolinate also increases the absorption of zinc, copper and iron.

Finding balance with your chromium levels can do so much to improve your health. And, once you know how, with some medical advice it can be easy to achieve. Whether you’ve become chromium deficient through heavy exercise, antacid use, a high carbohydrate diet or overdosing on refined sugar, or just through depletion in the aging process, simply stick to these dietary and nutritional pointers, and you can rediscover the real you!   

Why is Zinc Deficiency often Misdiagnosed

Why is zinc deficiency often misdiagnosed?

How to identify and fight it

Zinc is an essential trace element and mineral that’s found in all living beings. It’s known as ‘essential’ for a reason: it has a major effect on your overall health. In fact, it performs more biological roles within the body than all other elements combined.

However, your body has no means of producing or storing the mineral, so it’s tough to regulate your intake – the World Health Organisation estimates that 31% of people globally are zinc deficient. Ensuring that your levels are optimised will help you maintain your natural sparkle.

Why are we just starting to notice how common zinc deficiency is?

Though known as a crucial element for plants and animals since the early 1900’s, it took another 60 years before scientists began to investigate zinc’s effect on humans, and clinicians focused more on the effects of iron deficiency. The mineral was finally identified as essential only in 2009.

Zinc is mainly obtained via diet and the foods you eat. But even if you eat three balanced meals a day, it’s not quite that simple – modern food doesn’t contain as much zinc as in our cavemen ancestors time, for three key reasons:

  1. The soil we grow our food in is widely depleted of crucial minerals including zinc, selenium and chromium due to conventional agricultural methods
  2. Industrialised food processing rinses out up to 50% of zinc through mechanical and chemical processes
  3. Cooking habits – we don’t often risk eating raw meat or veg today, but cooking to being ‘well-done’, fries essential minerals to a crisp, preventing them from being absorbed by your body

Up to 2 billion people globally have a marginal zinc deficiency – but this is not severe enough for them to realise their condition, or for it to be easily diagnosed because symptoms are common to many other conditions.

How would I notice if I were zinc deficient?

Zinc is an essential mineral that helps with enzymatic reactions, binding to electron-rich cell proteins to interact with amino acid side chains. But what does this actually mean for your general health and wellbeing? You might notice some of the following if you become deficient:

  • a loss of appetite
  • occasional moodiness
  • numbed smell and taste
  • immune system compromised: for example, getting a lot of colds and/or flu
  • diarrhoea or ‘leaky gut’
  • increased allergies sensitivity

If you notice these symptoms, you should consider supplementing with zinc to enhance your levels.

Here are some aspects of your health zinc can help with and maintain:

Cell growth Immune system Metabolic rate
Eye health Taste and smell Histamine storage
Gene expression Blood sugar levels Protein synthesis
Respiratory system Cell functionality and division Digestion

Zinc is needed for bone formation and enhances the biochemical actions of Vitamin D. As an added bonus, zinc is also considered an antioxidant, helping to protect you from free radical molecules that cause tissue damage and speed up the ageing process.  It is important to note that the absorption of zinc decreases naturally with age, so you need to be more proactive with your intake as you get older.

How can I supplement my zinc intake?

The best way to naturally increase your zinc intake is by adapting your diet to include some of the following foods, but make sure they are organically grown and contain all the required minerals and necessary nutrients to support your health:

Liver Oysters
Crimini mushrooms Pumpkin seeds
Spinach Beef
Sea vegetables Green peas
Raw milk and cheese Beans

Remember organic is best, and of course, always try to eat real food, not processed. Also, try boiling, poaching and steaming (and avoid microwaving, frying and charbroiling) to ensure that the zinc is still apparent and absorbable when you eat.

Note: cigarette smoke can cause zinc deficiency. Just something to think about.

Restoring your zinc levels to their natural optimum can enhance your overall physical and mental health, and help prevent a myriad of health conditions. And, it’s so easy to achieve: with simple diet improvements and nutritional supplements, you could find a whole new lease of life!

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Why is iodine so important?

Why is iodine so important?

Did you know that iodine is the most important trace element for human health and that every cell in your body requires iodine to function correctly? And that a whopping 72% of the world’s population is deficient in iodine? Our glands, especially thyroid, ovaries, testes, pituitary and adrenals need iodine for the production of hormones. Hormones are the essence of life. Without them we could not function.

Iodine deficiency

When there is a deficiency in iodine, the body cannot repair itself because the building hormones, such as growth hormone, IGF and testosterone, all require iodine. Guess what happens? The body slowly breaks down. The body needs iodine for healthy cellular and metabolic functioning, it is almost impossible to achieve optimal health when there is an iodine deficiency.

Today iodine is perhaps the most misunderstood and overlooked mineral but its importance cannot be overstated. Iodine deficiency has been linked to breast cancer, along with ovarian, uterine, prostate cysts and cancers. Iodine signals death to cancer cells. With low iodine breast tissue can become cystic and fibrous and fibroids may occur in the uterus. Women suffering from fibroid cysts respond well to iodine supplementation.

Thyroid connection

The thyroid is a very important gland and cannot function correctly when there is a deficiency in iodine. The primary function of the thyroid is to balance metabolism. When the thyroid gland dysfunctions, it produces less thyroid hormone, a condition known as hypothyroidism. When hypothyroidism occurs, the body becomes sluggish and this is when we see weight gain – oh no, who wants to get fat? Also, with iodine deficiency you may have poor concentration – your job may depend on this! You may feel exhausted and depressed, you may suffer from craving for foods such as carbohydrates and sweets, and you may feel cold when other people feel hot. You may also have dry skin and/or hair loss. All these symptoms are characteristic of women with an iodine deficiency.

When your thyroid suffers, the rest of your body suffers – everything in the body is interconnected. There is a major connection between low thyroid production and low adrenal production. When the adrenals are low, you can be sure your sex life will be on a ‘go slow’ too – that’s because your sex hormones are low as well. Do any of you recognise these symptoms?

How to protect yourself

Be aware of bromide, aluminium, lead, chlorine and fluoride that are found in our drinking water, and mercury fillings that some of you may still have, as any iodine you have in your body will be used up in order to remove these extremely toxic chemicals. Iodine is known to increase the excretion of these toxins.