If You’re Experiencing These, You Could Very Likely Have An Iron Deficiency

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Written by: Lindsay Sibson

Have you ever woken up in the morning after a full night of sleep and thought to yourself… “WHY, oh, WHY am I still tired?”

It has been happening to me more frequently recently despite a full night’s rest and eating a fresh and clean diet.

Anytime something feels “off,” I go into full-on detective mode to learn more about natural ways I can optimize my health. Considering I had a brush with anemia in college, my first thought was to dig in and learn more about the symptoms of iron deficiency. But first…

WHY Is Iron Important?

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United states.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 9% of women suffer from an iron deficiency. You are even more at risk if you are physically active.

Iron is critical for producing hemoglobin, which is a protein that helps red blood cells deliver oxygen throughout your body.

When you don’t have enough iron in your body, everything suffers.

Here Are 10 Warning Signs You Have An Iron Deficiency

Trouble Focusing
  • Being low in iron can alter your neurotransmitter synthesis.
    • Leads to lower than normal functionality.
Breathlessness
  • If your oxygen levels are low, you will feel out of air.
  • Getting short of breath when climbing stairs or during your usual workout could indicate an iron deficiency.
Fatigue
  • Your body uses iron to make hemoglobin.
    • Carries oxygen in your red blood cells.
  • When you don’t have enough healthy blood cells, you begin to feel exhausted.
Anxiety
  • You feel anxious for no particular reason.
  • A lack of oxygen increases your body’s sympathetic nervous system.
    • Can send your heart racing.
Headaches And Pains
  • Your body prioritizes getting oxygen to your brain before other places.
    • If iron-deficient, your brain will get less oxygen than it should.
    • Causes your brain’s arteries to swell, which leads to headaches.
Restless Leg Syndrome
  • About 15% of people with restless leg syndrome are deficient in iron.
    • The lower the iron levels, the worse the symptoms.
Hair Loss
  • Iron deficiency sends your body into “survival mode.”
    • Your body sends oxygen to support vital functions versus nourishing your hair.
  • Normal hair loss is about 100 hairs per day. Any more could indicate an iron deficiency.
Pale Skin
  • Hemoglobin gives your blood its red color, which creates a rosy hue on your skin.
  • Low levels of hemoglobin can reduce the color of your skin.
    • Check the inside of your lips, gums and bottom eyelids. If they are less red than usual, low iron could be the issue.
Heavy Periods
  • Number one cause of iron deficiency in women.
    • Lose too much blood.
  • Your period should only fill 2-3 tablespoons each month
    • If you have to change your tampon more than every 2 hours, consult your gyno.
Apathy
  • A general lack of interest, concern, or enthusiasm.
    • For family, friends, work, hobbies, etc.
  • A result of altered neurotransmitter synthesis.

If you are experiencing the symptoms listed above, it is important to consult with your doctor to get your blood tested. This provides the information that you need in order to optimize your iron levels.

How To Start Getring More Iron

Incorporate the following foods into your diet to increase your iron intake:

  • Lentils
  • Spinach
  • Beef
  • Nuts
  • Chicken
  • Chickpeas
  • Olives
  • Eggs
  • Broccoli

You can easily throw these foods into salads, incorporate them into sandwiches, have them as side dishes for meals, or even blend them into your smoothies (except for maybe the chicken).

NOTE: More iron isn’t necessarily better. Overloading yourself with TOO much iron can damage your internal organs. Hence, it is advised to work with your doctor to determine the amount of iron your body needs.

This information has the power to radically change someone’s health. Know someone who is always saying how tired he/she is? Or someone who is frequently commenting on how anxious he/she feels?

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Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.

Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).

Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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