10 Telltale Signs of Iron Deficiency
10 Telltale Signs of Iron Deficiency Out of all nutritional shortages, iron deficiency is the most prevalent in North America, particularly for women. Consuming foods rich in iron—such as clams, mussels, oysters, turkey, fish, beans, and Popeye’s favorite, spinach—boosts the body’s production of hemoglobin, a red-blood cell protein that aids in oxygenating the body, and provides vital energy. Here are ten telltale signs of iron deficiency… 1. Pale Complexion If your naturally rosy hue is suddenly pale and blanched, you may be iron deficient. Reason being iron promotes hemoglobin production, the source of your pink and luminescent glow. 2.
White Lips & Gums It’s often difficult to determine lack of roses in your cheeks if you aren’t pale in skin tone. To check for iron deficiency, look at the inside of your lips and at your gums. If they lack healthy red coloring, your body may be lacking precious iron. 3. Fatigue Exhaustion is the most obvious sign of lacking iron reserves. You may just feel like your immunity is low or you may brush if off as lack of sleep, but when iron is low your body is actually robbed of vital oxygen and energy, so much that you experience mood swings, weakness, and trouble focusing on simple tasks. 4. Unexplained Anxiety Do you feel anxious for no reason? You may be iron deficient, a lack that deprives the body of oxygen and excites the sympathetic nervous system, heart rate, and fight or flight response (cortisol).
5. Accelerated or Irregular Heart Rate If your body lacks iron over the long term, anemia can develop and result in an irregularly fast or abnormal heart beat. Heart issues, such as heart murmurs, swollen or enlarged heart, and risk of heart failure can all be exacerbated by low iron and anemia. 6. Heavy Flow If your normal or light period suddenly becomes really heavy, you may have an iron deficiency.
Depleted iron often results in the loss of excess blood during your monthly flow. For instance, one prime indicator is the need to change your sanitary pad or tampon more frequently. 7. Frequent Headaches Because lack of oxygen occurs with iron deficiency, its no wonder most patients suffer frequent headaches and migraines due to lack of oxygen to the brain tissues.
8. Sore or Swollen Tongue In addition to robbing that healthy red hue from your skin, lips, and gums, your tongue may suffer lack of color, inflammation, tenderness, and an odd smooth texture. 9. Restless Leg Syndrome Trouble controlling your legs from twitching and moving when sitting still, a condition referred to as restless leg syndrome, is a prime sign of low iron. In fact, a John Hopkins study revealed that 15-percent of those with restless leg syndrome are also iron deficient. 10. Hair Loss If iron deficiency persists over the long term, hair loss, even for women, can occur due to oxygen deprivation.
Healthy oxygen levels are needed to maintain healthy hair and nail growth.
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