How to Reverse Iron Deficiency Naturally
Iron deficiency is quite common with almost 10 percent of women in the U.S. being iron deficient (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Iron is essential for many of the body’s functions, but most importantly, for the transport of oxygen via the cells.
Low iron can lead to one of the most common conditions, anemia. The National Center for Health Statistics (2014), reported nearly 188,000 patients being discharged from the emergency department nationwide with anemia listed as the primary diagnosis.
What are common symptoms and signs of iron deficiency?
-low energy levels/fatigue
-pale or yellow skin
-shortness of breath
-loss of appetite
-trouble staying asleep during the night
-difficulty concentrating or remembering things
And how can an individual become iron deficient?
Reasons that can create an iron deficiency include:
-following a vegan/vegetarian diet (due to a lack of protein that comes from animal products)
-over exercising as this can damage red blood cells
-a history of ulcers
-digestive issues that prevent iron absorption
An iron panel can determine whether you are anemic and how your body is using stored iron.
How can you improve iron deficiency?
The best approach to improve iron is through food. Therefore, it is vital that you eat a well-balanced and nutrient dense diet that includes iron-rich food such as:
-grass-fed meat products
-organic or free-range poultry
-cage free or free-range eggs
-organ meats such as beef liver and chicken gizzards
-dairy that comes from free-range animals
-veggies such as spinach, broccoli, kale, peas
-fruits such as strawberries, watermelon, berries, prunes, and raisins
Keep in mind, to properly absorb iron, foods must be paired up with other foods rich in vitamin C (such as leafy greens and citrus fruits).
Fruits rich in vitamin C include:
Before supplementing, make sure to get thorough testing that can help determine how much iron you need as iron overload can cause serious health issues. It is also advised that a good health evaluation be done to determine the reason for low iron and how it can be prevented in the future.