As the world’s top nutritional deficiency, it’s pretty safe to say we’re not paying attention to our iron levels. Feeling tired? Cold? Spacey? That’s just life, right? Well, no. Chances are if you’re experiencing a number of these symptoms, you could be one of the many people with an iron deficiency (in other words, you might be low in iron). The good news? It’s easily remedied when you know what to look for.
But first, let’s take a step back for a minute. What is iron exactly? Iron is what gives you that kick up the backside when you just want to stay in bed. Essentially, it’s what your body uses to transport oxygen around, maintaining healthy blood levels and releasing energy as it goes.
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Like most good things, iron comes in pairs: haem and non-haem. Haem iron is found in animal foods like red meats, fish, and poultry, while non-haem is found in plant foods such as lentils and beans, and whole grains. While eating a diet rich in haem and non-haem iron should keep your iron stores in check, the fact is, many people simply aren’t getting enough. In fact, 70% of women aged between 25 and 54 years have diets deficient in iron.
So how much do you need? Women require 18mg/day and men 8/mg per day. Not getting enough? Then there’s a chance you’ll be experiencing one, or all, of the symptoms below.
1. You’re tired
And no, we’re not talking the kind of tired that comes with a busy life. This is long-term (over a month) fatigue that you just can’t shake, even with a mighty big nap.
2. You’re cold, even when the temperature isn’t
Strangely it’s hot outside, yet you’re feeling a chill in the air that you’ve never experienced before. Sound familiar? Don’t blame your outfit, book in for a blood test.