Is your fatigue caused by a hectic life or an iron deficiency?
(NC)—In North America, one in four women struggles with iron deficiency. And according to the World Health Organization, so do as many as five billion people or up to 80 per cent of the world's population.
Iron deficiency is the leading cause of fatigue among women between menstruation and menopause. Women need twice as much iron as men due to its loss during menstruation, but the average consumption of iron in the diet is only 8 to10 mg per day. This is suitable for men, but may leave women deficient as they need 15 to18 mg daily.
To get more iron in one's diet, eat dark, leafy greens such as kale, bok choy, Swiss chard, and spinach. Consume dried fruits such as raisins, prunes and apricots. Seaweed is a great source of iron, as is blackstrap molasses and eggs contain iron too. Kidney, Lima and soy beans also are a great source of iron. Eat one portion of lean meat two times a week if you are not a vegetarian. Finally, Vitamin C, found in peppers, broccoli and citrus fruits improves iron absorption, so combine meals with one or more of these items.
Some of the symptoms of iron deficiency include fatigue, decreased ability to concentrate, decreased endurance during exercise, increased frequency of infection, paleness, dark circles under the eyes, brittle hair and nails, and cold hands and feet.
Many women who suspect an iron deficiency will go for a hemoglobin test. But a more sensitive indicator of iron deficiency is a serum ferritin test. Once an iron deficiency is diagnosed, often solid iron and vitamin tablets will be recommended. However, one of the side effects of these tablets is constipation.
“Solid tablets first need to be broken down by the body before their iron becomes available for absorption,” says Dr. Cathy Carlson-Rink, a licensed naturopathic physician and registered midwife. A non-constipating, vegetarian, liquid iron formula can provide the necessary tools for the prevention of common iron deficiency,” she adds.
“For years, I have recommended liquid iron supplement Salus Floradix,” says Dr. Cathy Carlson-Rink. “It has been in use worldwide for more than 60 years. It is non-heme (plant-based), so does not lead to iron overload. It is additive and preservative free, non-constipating, and contains vitamins B and C to maximize absorption.”
More information can be obtained from your local natural health product retailer, at 1-888-436-6697, or online at www.requiredforlife.com.