Do You Have an Iron Deficiency? Here's What You Need to Know...

Lately I have been speaking to many individuals about Iron Deficiency, approximately 25% of the population are at risk of Iron deficiency. Symptoms of deficiency are anaemia, amylophagia, angular stomatitis, cold sensitivity, chronic dull headache, constipation, deficit in cognitive functioning, burning mouth syndrome, breathing difficulties, blue sclera, dizziness, fatigue, fearfulness, poor appetite, spoon shaped distortion of nails, brittle nails, restless leg syndrome, weakness, sore inflamed tongue and more (Osiecki, 2014).

Factors that are required to consider when increasing your iron intake is the importance of co-factors to assist the body to absorb and process the mineral. These are Vitamins B2, B12, C, and selenium. Copper is required for iron metabolism (caution I would check the levels before taking), however Copper can also decrease absorption (Osiecki, 2014).

There are also many factors involved that decrease absorption of iron such as antibiotics, bile acid sequestrants, NSAIDs, salicylates, stanozolol, excessive amounts of sugar, coffee, tea, dairy products and much more (Osiecki, 2014).

Foods high in iron are almonds, apricots, avocado, clams, liver, kidney, oysters, parsley, pine nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and poultry (Osiecki, 2014).

If you are experiencing low iron levels explore what may be blocking the absorption and contact a health professional to work with who will assess the broader areas that could be affecting iron levels.