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Tired of Being Tired? ~ Iron FYI

Updated: Oct 17, 2019

I've experienced anemia before.  My red flag(s) to let me know when I am lacking iron is dizziness and fatigue. Low energy is not a common thing for me, so it's one of my clear signs. I try to consume rich iron sources, but I am not a big meat eater.  Therefore, protein bars, greens, and beans (including hummus) are my main sources. 


FYI on Iron:

-Iron is a mineral, and its main purpose is to carry oxygen in the hemoglobin of red blood cells throughout the body so cells can produce energy. Did you catch that? ENERGY.  Low iron, low energy.

- When the body's iron stores become so low that not enough normal red blood cells can be made to carry oxygen efficiently, a condition known as iron deficiency anemia develops.


When levels of iron are low, symptoms may include:

Fatigue

Weakness

Difficulty maintaining body temperature

Pale skin and fingernails

Dizziness

Headache


Please continue reading to get a snap-shot of iron's importance, as well as top food sources, supplements, and other helpful resources.

* A simple blood test can check your iron levels, by measuring several substances in the blood.  To learn more, such as normal ranges and recommended amounts of iron: https://draxe.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron-deficiency/ https://labtestsonline.org/tests/iron-tests

Top Food Sources:

Lentils

Spinach

Kidney beans

Chickpeas

Duck

Sardines

Grass-Fed Beef

Lamb

Blackstrap molasses

Pumpkin Seeds


Suggested Iron Supplements:


Are you tired of being tired?  Get some blood work done! 

* Side Note: B Vitamins deficiency and Vitamin D deficiency can also mimic some of the same symptoms as anemia/iron deficiency.


In Grace~

Cara


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