The mineral Zinc plays a important role in supporting our immune function as well as assisting in many cellular functions and numerous enzymatic functions. Zinc is an essential part of healthy hormone and immune molecule development and therefore human growth. Unfortunately, deficiencies are very common globally with an estimated 1/4 of the worlds population deficient. Over 400 thousand deaths annually are contributed to by a Zinc deficiency. Zinc is most important for pregnant women and growing children because it helps with cognitive development as well as regulating Leptin, IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor-1), Cortisol and other hormones.
Professionals recommend adults to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night, however, this is far from what most of us are getting regularly. In finding a balance between work, family, exercise and hobbies, sleep is usually what is sacrificed first. While you may feel like you can still function fine on fewer hours of sleep, especially with an extra shot of coffee in the morning, you’re really depriving your body of the rest and recovery it needs to function, and your health will suffer because of it.