• Anita Hollerer-Squire

Fatique? Check your iron levels

Low iron levels are one of the most common nutritional deficiencies - about 10 % of women are iron deficient, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The reasons could be because:

  • Lack of iron in your diet

  • Heavy menstrual periods

  • Pregnancy

  • Breastfeeding

Why do we need sufficient iron?

Iron is an important mineral that helps your body produce hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the body's tissues. Without healthy red blood cells, your body can't get enough oxygen. If you are not getting sufficient oxygen in the body, you are going to become fatigued.

Low levels of iron can cause a decrease in the number of red blood cells. This can result in iron deficiency anemia.

Recommendations for daily iron intake:

  • Women aged 19 to 50 need 18 mg of iron per day

  • Pregnant women need 27 mg of iron per day

  • Women over the age of 50 need 8 mg of iron per day

  • Males over the age of 19 need 8 mg of iron per day

How do you know if you are iron deficient?

Signs of low iron are often fatique, tiredness and weakness.

Other symptoms cou