Iron deficiency and anemia affect 20-25% of the world’s population. If you’re constantly feeling tired, weak, cold, or suffering from headaches, it could be due to an iron deficiency. Other symptoms can include a loss of appetite, brittle nails or hair loss, chest pain, and unusual cravings for ice, dirt, or clay. Weird, right?
As with all medical conditions, it is important not to self-diagnose. But if you feel that you may be at risk of low iron levels, read on to find out what to look for and what treatment options are available.
The Facts About Iron Deficiency
Iron deficiency and anemia are very common conditions. Iron deficiency anemia is a common type of anemia– a condition in which a lack of healthy red blood cells results in a lack of oxygen carried to the body’s tissues. As the name implies, those with iron deficiency anemia are low in iron (if you didn’t get that straight away, you may want to start back at the beginning of this article).
When managed, these conditions can be cured easily. But left unchecked, they can have serious consequences– especially for vulnerable individuals like women, pregnant women, infants, young children, and frequent blood donors. Vampires, however, are exempt.
In most cases, iron deficiency anemia can be cured with iron supplementation. In severe cases, individuals may need ongoing supplemental iron doses throughout their lives. Knowing the warning signs of iron deficiency and catching the condition early will help minimize the damage to your body.
Diagnosing Iron Deficiency
It is important to get your blood tested if you believe that you are suffering from an iron deficiency. Your doctor will be able to tell you where your iron levels sit and then you can begin proper supplement dosing from there. Don’t do it yourself! Medical matters should be left to the professionals and improper consumption of iron can result in iron poisoning. Yikes!
Determining the causes of iron deficiencies can be difficult. Many factors can contribute to low iron levels, including menstruation, diet, blood disorders, and autoimmune diseases. Be sure to monitor your symptoms and let your doctor know if there is anything irregular happening in your body. The more information they have, the better they will be able to treat you.
Regardless of the cause, if your iron levels are low it is important to begin treatment. In most cases, taking iron supplements will be the best way to stabilize your iron levels. You can also increase your iron intake through diet. Diet changes along with supplementation will incur the best results.
Supplement options can include pills, tablets, or liquids. Unfortunately, camping, constipation, and stomach issues are common side effects of these methods.
That’s why we created Pranin PureFood Iron, which is a whole food, organic iron powder that acts as a great replacement for typical supplement methods. It also contains vitamin C, which is very helpful during the body’s absorption of iron. With PureFood Iron there is no cramping and no stomach aches. Read our reviews!
Tips to Remember
- Always pay attention to your Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) when beginning any supplement plan. Toxicity can have harmful long-term effects on your body, so it’s important not to consume iron in excess.
- You should always take your supplements after a meal as iron can be difficult to digest. Milk, calcium, and antacids should never be taken at the same time as iron supplements. Always wait at least two hours after having any of these foods before taking your supplement.
- Vitamin C can aid in the absorption of iron supplements. Try pairing our Purefood C with your regular supplement routine for the best results.
- Iron supplements may interact with other medications you are taking. Always talk to your doctor before starting a new supplement regimen and make sure that you wait at least two hours between supplements and medications.
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