Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in America. We are so used to the hustle and bustle of life that we think being tired and low on energy is normal. We push through daily thinking “oh I’m just tired”. Well yeah, we are tired!!
Someone like myself I knew I had a problem. My hormones haven’t been right in the last year…or more. Not one doctor out of the 4 I went to ever suggested doing a FULL blood work up. It wasn’t until I went to see a natural path that I got the answers I have been searching for. For the last 6 months, maybe longer I have been very tired throughout the day. I’m high energy in the morning, slowly declining by afternoon, and by evening I need a nap to make it until bedtime. I knew I had a problem with my hormones and chalked it up to that. I have been working to find out what is going on with my body for the last year. I workout HARD, eat REALLY well, get plenty of sleep, take my supplements, drink my water, you name it I do it. I’m very detailed with my health and fitness. But for the last year I just haven’t been able to get to the leanness that I desire, and feel that I should be at for the work that I do.
After a year I finally feel like the mystery is being solved. Among the things that was discovered at my last natural path appt. was that my iron is EXTREMELY LOW and that I’m anemic because of it. My level is at 26, a normal person should be at 50, and an athlete should be at 100. Because my iron is so low its causing my thyroid to not function optimally and it’s caused my T3 to be lower. My current plan of action is to supplement with iron, eat iron rich foods, and wait. It is a long road to get your iron up and could take up to 6 months to reach optimal levels. But at least I have one answer to the puzzle now.
Iron deficiency anemia symptoms may include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Pale skin
- Weight gain
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Frequent infections
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Cold hands and feet
- Inflammation or soreness of your tongue
- Brittle nails
- Fast heartbeat
- Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt or starch
- Poor appetite, especially in infants and children with iron deficiency anemia
- An uncomfortable tingling or crawling feeling in your legs