Health & Wellness

How to Know if you have an Iron deficiency & What to Do about it

October 30, 2015
Need more Iron?

Need more Iron?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-

  • Tiredness
  • Fatigue
  • General lack of energy
  • Poor sleep cycles
  • Underperformance at work
  • Decreased immune function
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetitie
  • Dizziness
  • 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
  • Oysters
  • Green leafy vegetables such as Kale and Spinach
  • Nuts
  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Mussels
  • Lentils
  • Beans
  • 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.

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For more reading and detailed information check out the Betterhealthwebsite.  https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/iron-deficiency-adults

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply Debbie November 2, 2015 at 23:03

    I have my blood checked every year to follow up with my minerals.
    Iron is so important, specially for women.
    Thank you so much for sharing this info, Sue!

    • Reply sue November 3, 2015 at 13:26

      Yes I have a blood test each year. Thanks for stopping by to comment Debbie!

  • Reply MaryThe boondocks blog November 4, 2015 at 07:12

    This is so important. My daughter got checked up because she has very pale skin but it turned out there was no problem with her.

    • Reply sue November 4, 2015 at 07:50

      Better to be safe than sorry Mary! Thanks for stopping by to comment, I don’t think people realise how important iron is. Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Ritu November 18, 2015 at 21:31

    Few months back when suddenly I lost my consciousness, I got to know it was because of iron deficiency.

    • Reply sue November 19, 2015 at 09:49

      Oh dear! Ritu I hope you are okay now as that would have been very frightening. I’m glad you know the cause. Take care and keep up your iron intake!

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