Did you know?
Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States, and women are among those at greatest risk. Iron is critical for producing hemoglobin, a protein that helps red blood cells deliver oxygen throughout your body. So without it, everything suffers
Here are few symptoms that may be related to an iron deficiency.
This is tough to tell since many women are busy and just dismiss the tired feeling as normal when in fact it’s the most common symptom of iron deficiency
- Quick to lose breath
Normal activities like walking up the stairs or you typical exercise routine causes you to lose your breath easily, easier than usual, chances are your iron is to blame.
Iron helps produce oxygen so when you are low in iron your body will portions out your iron supply and prioritize getting oxygen to your brain although you will likely experience headaches because it still isn’t enough
- Increased anxiety
Can’t relax? It may be in part to low iron since the lack of oxygen revving up your body’s sympathetic nervous system.
- Crave ice chips
Ever have the urge to chew on ice chips? Those who are iron deficient! If you notice yourself going to the freezer, that’s red flag for lacking iron!
I struggled myself with iron deficiency. My doctor prescribed iron supplements for me when I was in high school and I learned to eat more dark leafy green vegetables and red meat (loaded with iron).
Before you give blood they do a finger prick to test your hemoglobin levels which is produced by the iron in blood. Any time I tired to give blood I would try to increase my iron-enriched foods but didn’t work. I’d have enough iron (hemoglobin) but not enough to give. This was a little battle within myself over the next 10 years.
I pride myself on being healthy, why couldn’t I get my iron up?
I started ID Nutrition four months ago and I’ve noticed a few things improve but little did I know biggest changes are happening on the inside.
About a month after starting ID Nutrition, which based on my personalized assessment included an iron supplement, there was blood drive at my work. I signed up just hoping I’d been eating well enough. Not even thinking of my ID Nutrition supplements.
Sure enough, I was able to give at blood drive at work. My iron (hemoglobin) was just over what it needed to be to donate! WOOOO!
Now, about 3 months later and four months since I started ID Nutrition, another blood drive popped up near my house.
I went in to donate, all the while hoping in the back of my mind that my iron (hemoglobin) was high enough. The technician told me that hemoglobin levels needs to be 12.5 in order to give blood, mine was was 13.7. The technician with the Red Cross was even impressed! I knew this had to be a direct correlation of my use of ID Nutrition and my iron supplements. My hemoglobin level has never been higher and I’m so happy that I can give blood without worry of getting there just to be turned away.
It’s sometimes hard to track positive results form vitamins but this is something tangible and something that I’m so proud of! Not only is ID Life helping me fill in my nutritional gaps but in turn I can help save someone’s life.
Go take your free assessment today and see how quickly you reap the benefits of these pharmaceutical grade vitamins!
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