Iron the unsung hero we all need!
It is common for clients to come to my Weight Loss Coaching practice in Beaconsfield, saying that they lack energy and enthusiasm and I immediately wonder about their IRON levels. So I decided to write a post on this issue.
Are you constantly tired, feeling low, struggling to find the energy to wake yourself up, go to the gym? How about looking “pale and interesting”, when it is the last thing you want? If so you may well be one of the millions of people suffering from low levels of the mineral Iron. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional gap, with almost one if four women having low levels of iron stores (below the recommended daily intake of 14.8mg per day and 8.7mg per day for men).
Iron is vital for the production of red blood cells which help store and transport oxygen in the blood. With lower levels of red blood cells, your organs and tissues will not get the oxygen needed to thrive, hence the fatigue and listlessness. Iron deficiency can be so debilitating and sap the joy from an otherwise happy, fulfilled life. So let’s address this easily resolved problem.
The most common type of iron deficiency is anaemia, and the most common symptoms include:
- Tiredness and lethargy (lack of energy).
- Shortness of breath.
- Heart palpitations (noticeable heartbeats).
- A pale complexion.
Other, less common symptoms include
- Tinnitus (hearing sounds coming from inside the body, rather than from an outside source).
- Feeling itchy.
- A sore or abnormally smooth tongue.
- Hair loss.
- A desire to eat non-food items, such as ice, paper or clay (a condition known as pica).
- Painful ulcers (open sores) on the corners of your mouth.
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).
- Spoon-shaped nails.m
Thankfully, iron deficiency can be easily rectified, simply by including more of the following foods: Dark green leafy vegetable eg, kale, spinach, red meat, pulses, eggs, nuts and seed, fish, brown rice, dried fruit (apricots, prunes and raisons).
So, let’s bulk up on these delicious and nutritious foods, raise our iron levels and watch our energy levels soar!