You can definitely skip this post if you feel like your most energised self all of the time. However, if you ever feel like you need a pick-me-up, you should know that iron is one of the most important minerals that regulates your energy levels—and not everyone gets enough of it.
Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) is a condition in which “low iron levels result in fewer red blood cells or red blood cells that are too tiny, causing the blood to not carry oxygen adequately throughout the body,” according to Mary Bove, ND, a naturopathic physician and midwife.
And, according to Bindiya Gandhi, MD, if your body isn’t getting enough iron, you’ll have less energy. (Are you starting to see the iron-energy connection?)
So, how can you know if you’re receiving enough nutrition? To begin, if you feel you may be iron deficient, speak with your doctor, who can assess your symptoms and determine whether a blood test is necessary to confirm your suspicions. According to Dr. Gandhi, some of the symptoms doctors check for include weariness, headaches, cold hands and feet, and disorientation.
Fortunately, IDA is treatable with a change in diet and/or supplements. The daily iron allowance is between eight and eighteen milligrammes, or the equivalent of at least 12 ounces of beef or three cups of beans.
Floradix® Iron + Herbs provides 10 milligrammes of iron per serving, as well as herbs and fruit juices for flavour (which isn’t usually the case with iron supplements!) According to Dr. Bove, they also improve absorption, increase the development of new red blood cells, and help the digestive system.
According to Dr. Bove and Dr. Gandhi, there are different categories of people who are more prone to have low iron levels, which is why we made this handy graphic to help you figure out whether you’re one of those people and to provide you with more expert-backed information on iron’s benefits.
Continue reading to learn more about the advantages of iron and how to tell if you might benefit from a supplement.
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