Iron is an important mineral that we need, because it aids in transporting oxygen to all the vital organs in our bodies. It is a vital component of hemoglobin, which is the protein molecule in red blood cells that moves oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. Hemoglobin represents about 2/3 of the iron in the body. If you are low in iron, then your body is unable to create sufficient amounts of healthy oxygen-rich red blood cells (RBC). Without healthy RBCs, the body is unable to create sufficient amounts of oxygen, resulting in severe fatigue that will affect everything from the immune system’s ability to battle infections to basic brain functions.
Not only is iron responsible for moving around oxygen-rich blood to your organs, but it also maintains healthy cells that keep your hair, skin, and nails strong and looking beautiful.
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10% of women living in the United States are deficient in iron. How would you know if you are iron deficient?
Who is at risk for being iron deficient?
- Women who are pregnant or breast feeding
- People with a peptic ulcer, hernia, colon polyps, and/or uterine fibroids
- Patients undergoing dialysis due to kidney failure
- Consuming antacids on a regular basis as this will prevent your body from properly absorbing iron
- Individuals who have undergone bariatric surgery (for weight loss)
- People that exercise extensively, as constant and intense workouts are known to destroy red blood cells.
- Individuals who do not consume meat products because the body absorbs iron found in plants differently than it absorbs iron from meat-based products
- People with diseases such as Celiac and Crohn’s Disease
Symptoms of iron deficiency
- Shortness of breath
- Quicken heart rate
- Hair loss
- Cold sores near the corners of your mouth
- Difficulty swallowing (in severe cases of iron deficiency)
- Cold hands and feet
- Excessively fatigue for no reason
- No strength to exercise
- Pale skin tone
We encourage you to make an appointment by calling (949) 650-0616 and come into our office to get your iron levels checked. Your health is a main concern.