Do you have some of the obvious iron deficiency symptoms?

Iron deficiency symptoms can be attributed to a range of reasons that we will look at here.

Iron is an essential mineral and an important component of proteins found in every one of your cells.

It is associated with the protein in red blood cells to form the oxygen-carrying molecule hemoglobin.

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States.

The oxygen carrying ability of red blood cells is directly affected by the presence of iron in the hemoglobin molecule so with a lack of it, everything in your body suffers.

iron deficiency symptomsRed blood cells distribute oxygen from the lungs to the cells of your body

Various factors can result in iron deficiency symptoms including:

  • inadequate dietary iron intake,
  • poor iron absorption and
  • various medical conditions that cause internal bleeding.

Which people are the most at risk of iron deficiency?

People who:

  • donate blood regularly,
  • women with excessive menstrual bleeding,
  • people who use medications that interfere with the absorption of iron,
  • children and adolescents in their rapid growth phases and
  • pregnant and lactating women.

Anemia develops very slowly and only after the normal stores of iron has been depleted in your body.

Women generally have smaller stores of iron than men and also lose iron more frequently because of the blood loss during menstruation.

So how would you recognize these iron deficiency symptoms?

Before iron deficiency develops into anemia, people with a poor iron status may experience a variety of symptoms including the following:

  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Pale skin in the lining of the eyes, the mouth and gums
  • Deteriorating ability to concentrate
  • Dizziness and headaches
  • Brittle nails
  • Hair loss
  • Severe menstrual pain and bleeding
  • Susceptibility to infections
  • Low blood pressure
  • Sensitive tongue

Test for iron deficiency are relatively simple and usually measures:

  • red blood cell counts of hemoglobin
  • size of red blood cells,
  • serum iron levels and
  • iron binding capacity in the blood.

Individuals with poor iron intake may also demonstrate an unusual eating behavior called pica.

During this behavior they eat inedible materials like dirt, clay, and/or charcoal. In children, iron deficiency is associated with learning disabilities and a lower IQ.

What can you do to raise your iron blood count?

A person suffering from iron deficiency symptoms can be cured by some relatively simple and effective treatments.

These include taking iron supplements as well as increasing iron intake from food that rich in iron.

Meats are good sources of iron, including beef and pork. In addition good iron rich foods include:

  • beans, nuts,
  • dried fruits,
  • whole grains,
  • fish, poultry,
  • green leafy vegetables and enriched cereals.

Juicing with iron rich foods like dark green leafy vegetables can be a powerful way to get some of this vital nutrients into your body.

iron deficiency anemia dietYou can build iron rich blood by juicing with green leafy vegetables

Anemic patients are able to build iron rich blood by preparing juice recipes with Chlorophyll rich ingredients that should include grasses and spinach.

Chlorophyll is often called the blood of plants!

Your juicing recipes must also be compiled with foods that is high in folic acid.

Foods rich in folic acid include citrus fruits and juices prepared from dark green leafy vegetables. This includes foods like spinach and kale.

Some more iron rich foods that are useful to include in juicing recipes include:

  • kelp,
  • barley grass,
  • brewers yeast,
  • bee pollen,
  • alfalfa sprouts and
  • algaes

It is always useful to eat foods which contain vitamin C along with iron-rich foods because vitamin C helps the body absorb iron.

There is no nutrient super shake or chemically fabricated pill that comes anywhere near the power supplied by freshly extracted iron rich foods.

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