Did you know that iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States? Iron is an important mineral that helps transport oxygen flow throughout the body. Iron is also a vital component for maintaining healthy nails, hair, skin, and cells. If you’re anything like me, I did not even show interest in knowing what my iron level was until I got in my late 30’s. At that time, I found out women are among the those at greater risk for iron deficiency. It’s important to understand the symptoms of iron deficiency.
Here’s some symptoms of iron deficiency to check for:
• Being exhausted and feeling fatigue often.
• Women having heavy periods every month.
• Skin looks pale.
• Get short of breath easily.
• Heart is pounding.
• Experience restless leg syndrome.
• Frequent headaches.
• Feeling anxious for no reason.
• Losing hair.
• Have an underactive thyroid.
• Have celiac or an inflammatory bowel disease.
Don’t be afraid to contact your doctor immediately if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms so you can have the proper iron test ran. Unfortunately, iron requirements aren’t one size fits all, especially for women but you can try eating a single serving of lentils, spinach, beef, nuts, chicken or chickpeas. In addition, you can always add an iron supplement to your daily diet as well.