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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Are you IRON Deficient ?

Iron is the most common deficiency .Iron is needed for oxygen transport through the blood ,it is also involved in producing energy at the cellular level ,it actually helps make DNA ,it helps with hemoblobin myoglobin which is basically the transport oxygen system to the blood and also to the muscle.

So iron is needed to transport oxygen to the different parts of the body .Then neuroglobin which is basically similar to these other oxygen transports but it goes to the central nervous system like the brain spinal cord and that type of things .

Iron also helps make T cell so it's involved in the immune system.
The symptoms of iron deficiency are :

  • Fatigue
  • Increase heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Low endurance
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Poor memory

Normally we need about 8 mg of iron per day ,postmenopausal women need 18 mg of iron and that's 10 mg more per day then the average person.A pregnant woman needs 27 mg of iron every single day .

Iron is in spinach,it's in vegetables,in legumes and beans , but the challenge is that the animal sources of iron are much more absorbed by the body but you can still get it if you're vegetarian for sure if you actually have a variety of vegetables but it's much easier to get it from meats ,chicken and fish in that type.

Other nutrients needed to absorb iron : vitamin A,copper,zinc ,so you also need these other minerals .

When you're taking iron as a supplement a lot of times they use something called Ferrous Oxide which is a not recommended source ,it's not the best source for the body and you want to get it from foods it's all possible.But if you're actually taking iron as a supplement and you take at the same time as you take calcium chances are you're not going to absorb it so you want to take your iron and take your calcium later about two hours later don't combine those two .

When you're low in iron and you have poor conversions from T4 to T3 so the thyroid needs iron for its conversions.

Some causes of iron deficiency :

  • Digestive issue
  • low stomach acid
  • Gastric Bypass

By Dr Eric Berg