Low iron ? Improve your diet and check your symptoms

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You can be low in iron due to menstrual bleeding and pregnancy and also other intestinal disruptions such as cealiacs, gluten allergy, barley allergy or crohns disease. Some people can be mildly anaemic and can improve absorption of iron through their diets. A fantastic tip is to take a lot of vitamin c rich foods as that aids iron absorption. If you have a severe low iron level get to your doctor and have an investigation. Low iron can mimic other illnesses and give you a lot of weird symptoms. low iron can also come hand in hand with low b12 vitamin levels and folate. Some iron supplements can make you feel ill and have side effects, always watch the mg amount a doctor gives you because you can overdose on iron very easily. It is best to build your iron up in small amounts.

The symptoms of moderate to severe iron deficiency anaemia include:
  • general fatigue
  • weakness
  • pale skin
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness
  • strange cravings to eat items that aren’t food, such as dirt, ice, or clay
  • a tingling or crawling feeling in the legs
  • tongue swelling or soreness
  • cold hands and feet
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • brittle nails
  • headaches

When caused by inadequate iron intake, iron deficiency anaemia can be prevented by eating a diet high in iron-rich foods and vitamin C. Mothers should make sure to feed their babies breast milk or iron-fortified infant formula.

Foods high in iron include:

  • meat, such as lamb, pork, chicken, and beef
  • beans
  • pumpkin and squash seeds
  • leafy greens, such as spinach
  • raisins and other dried fruit
  • eggs
  • seafood, such as clams, sardines, shrimp, and oysters
  • iron-fortified dry and instant cereals
Foods high in vitamin C include:
  • citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, kiwis, guavas, papayas, pineapples, melons, and mangoes
  • broccoli
  • red and green bell peppers
  • Brussels sprouts
  • cauliflower
  • tomatoes
  • leafy greens

As your iron levels rise your symptoms should go away very fast !

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