Fatigue? Always tired? – Iron Deficiency could be the reason!
Iron deficiency can suck the energy out of your system and create conditions of chronic fatigue and restlessness. Persistent deficiency of iron can lead to anaemia, coronary disorders (heart diseases), complications in pregnancy and even in recovery after delivery. Low iron levels can not only defer physical development of babies/children but would also effect their cognitive abilities and proper functioning of brain.
Understanding the problem!
Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional disorders with nearly 2 billion people or 30% of world’s population under its umbrella. Vegetarians, women, children, and developing countries population constitute the highest numbers suffering from low iron levels.
National Academy of Sciences defines Iron deficiency
“A relative or absolute deficiency of iron which may be due to lower or no absorption of iron from food in the gastrointestinal GI tract, loss due to acute or chronic hemorrhages (bleeding), or lack of iron rich foods in diet.”
Hemoglobin test is most commonly used to test iron levels. With Hemoglobin concentrations lower than 13 g/dL in men and 12 g/dL in women, anemia is inferred.
Are you suffering from Fatigue and Restlessness? The reason could be severely low iron levels. Find out how!!
Identification of the symptoms is the first step towards addressing the issue. More often than not, our body is not able to absorb sufficient iron per its increased needs or sometimes even cover the basic needs. Iron deficiency most commonly gets reflected with health issues such as fatigue, restlessness, and unnecessary anxiety. Starting from very minor issues to onset of major disease or even chronic conditions could be the result of essential mineral deficiency such as IRON. Below we look into the major symptoms:
Chronic Fatigue and Anxiety!
One of the most common symptoms and yet, one of the most difficult to detect!! Iron deficiency causes less oxygen to reach your tissues, so your body is deprived of the energy it needs, leading you to be very tired. A lack of oxygen also revs up your body’s sympathetic nervous system, causing anxiety and stress.
You lose breath easily!
If the oxygen levels are low, no matter how deeply you breathe, you would be out of air. If normal activities like climbing a flight of stairs, makes you lose breath, iron deficiency is the one to blame.
You have a pounding heart!!
Iron deficiency causes the oxygen levels to drop. As a result, the heart tries to pump more blood. This results in an over worked up heart. Get your cardio checks done regularly to identify health problems and take immediate medical actions.
Restless leg syndrome
Can’t stop fidgeting? A prominent sign of restless leg syndrome. The lower the iron levels, the worse the symptoms.
You crave clay, dirt, and ice!
PICA, craving for non-food substances can be a sign of iron deficiency!! Iron-deficient people may be tempted to chow down on chalk, clay, dirt, and paper. As weird as it sounds!!
Iron is a mineral that plays a vital role in health and well-being. Without it, many bodily functions would malfunction. If your body doesn’t have enough iron, it cannot produce enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Iron deficiency can cause anemia, which means you have too little hemoglobin!! Observe the symptoms in the early stages and take remedial actions!!
In our next posts in this series we will be covering topics on the main causes of iron deficiency and also on natural measures to boost your iron levels. Stay tuned!!