Signs That Your Body Is Lacking Iron
Did you know iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder in the world?
According to the World Health Organisation more than 40% of the world’s population suffers from iron deficiency! Haemoglobin – Iron has an essential role carrying this protein in red blood cells most importantly transporting oxygen in the body. Iron seems to be the most common deficiency found mostly in women which can be from pregnancy, large blood loss and heavy menstrual periods. Insufficient intake of iron can cause anaemia, here’s the sign you should look out for:
- Brittle Fingernails – thin flat nails that can break easily.
- Fatigue – the most common symptom due to the lack of red blood cells transporting oxygen around the body. You will feel weak and more tired than usual.
- Dizziness –‘seeing stars’ as they say , this occurs when not enough oxygen reaches the brain and may cause headaches.
- Shortness of Breath – due to a low iron level less oxygen reaches parts of the body, if the body’s oxygen level is low it will cause shortness of breath.
- Damaged Hair – apart from using too many heat tools on your locks, dry fragile hair can be a result of the lack of iron
- Pale Skin – Lack of red blood cells can cause your skin to look washed out, the more haemoglobin there is the more your skin will look plump and rosy.
The easiest way to check is requesting a Red Blood Cell count at your GP. NHS informs that a normal count for men would be a guide of 4.0 – 5.9 and woman 3.8 -5.2. If you are lower than average your doctor will prescribe you to take iron supplements. In the meantime, include plenty of iron rich foods for example leafy greens, beef, sardines, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds and fortified cereals.
We recommend our Vitamunda Iron formula – liposomal – Lemon Well Med Health Supplements where the liposomal ensure better absorption and also prevents stomach upsets connected to iron supplementation.