Are you feeling tired and a general lack of energy? You could be deficient in Iron. Iron is an important mineral and one of it’s jobs is to transport oxygen in the red blood cells. If you don’t have enough iron you body can’t make enough red blood cells and you can become anaemic.
Do you know that 70% of Australian women, aged between 25-55 are deficient in iron and are not getting the daily requirement of 18mg. Women who menstruate heavily are more likely to be iron deficient.
Post Menopausal women only require the same daily intake of iron as men, as their menstrual cycle ceases. The daily recommended intake is 8mg.
Symptoms of Iron Deficiency include-
- General lack of energy
- Poor sleep cycles
- Underperformance at work
- Decreased immune function
- Loss of appetitie
- Feeling weak
- Experience cold hands and feet
Seek medical advice if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
How our Diet can help
Your diet should provide all the iron your body needs and our bodies absorb more iron from animal products than vegetables. Foods that are high in iron are:-
- Red meat
- Green leafy vegetables such as Kale and Spinach
- Fortified cereals
If you have a well balanced diet you should not require Iron supplements and in fact taking more iron than is recommended can be dangerous.
Usually tweaking your diet to include more iron-rich foods will solve the problem, if not consult your doctor.Increase your intake of red meat, fortified cereals, leafy greens & nuts & increase iron to your dietClick To Tweet
For more reading and detailed information check out the Betterhealthwebsite. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/iron-deficiency-adults