Signs of iron deficiency in women
Many women don’t know that they have iron deficiency. Iron is an essential nutrient required by every cell in your body. It promotes the formation of red blood cells, strengthens your immune system and protects your overall health.
It’s vital to your well-being, so it’s important to recognize the signs of a possible iron deficiency which happens to be the most common nutritional disorder in the world.
Here are five signs of iron deficiency that women should be aware of:
This symptom can be tough to detect because your life is likely hectic and stressful. Less iron means less oxygen reaches your tissues, so you become deprived of energy. If you are weak, irritable or unable to focus, iron deficiency might be the culprit.
An untreated iron deficiency can lead to iron deficiency anemia. This causes your heart to pump more blood to compensate for the lack of oxygen in your blood when you are anemic. The result is that you might experience a rapid or irregular heartbeat. Be sure to check in with your doctor if this occurs.
Iron deficiency sometimes triggers your body into survival mode. Your body will distribute oxygen to support your most vital functions, and keeping your hair attached doesn’t top that list. Most people lose about 100 strands of hair a day, so a more drastic daily hair loss could be a sign of low iron.
If your iron levels are low, you might experience symptoms similar to what you feel when you are depressed which include apathy, fatigue, irritability and brain fog.
When your body is low in iron, you are low on oxygen. A lack of oxygen can cause muscles to swell including your tongue. If your tongue is sore, swollen or marred with tiny cracks, you might need to increase your iron intake.
Be your own health hero by looking out for these signs and talking to your doctor if you suspect you need more iron in your life.
Remember to make healthy living a part of your daily routine every day.
How to increase your body iron:
Eat iron-rich foods such as chickpeas, mushrooms and cumin.
Cooking with cast iron pots and pans can increase the iron content of foods, especially foods with organic acids.
Add Vitamin C to your diet. Some foods boost iron absorption when eaten along with iron-rich foods. Vitamin C is a great example, so try drinking a glass of orange juice with your lunch