IRON: The most common nutrient deficiency in the world

health lifestyle Jul 08, 2023

The most common nutrient deficiency in the world: Iron 

How have you been feeling lately?

Specifically, have you noticed any signs of iron deficiency, such as fatigue, weakness, or pale skin?

Perhaps other symptoms like poor mood, hair loss, palpitations, and poor sleep patterns?

How Common is Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency is a common issue that can have a significant impact on your health and well-being. It's important to make sure you're getting enough iron in your diet or through supplements to avoid complications like anemia.

If you haven't had your iron levels checked recently, it might be a good idea to schedule a visit with your healthcare provider. They can perform 4 blood tests to determine if you're getting enough iron.

Blood Tests for Iron

These blood tests help us figure out what your iron status is, and you should aim for Ferritin of at least above 70, and Iron saturations of above 25%.

Here’s the list:

  • TIBC
  • Iron saturations
  • Ferritin
  • Haemoglobin 

Incorporating Iron-Rich Foods

In the meantime, here are some iron-rich foods you might want to incorporate into your diet:

  • Liver (Beef, Lamb, Pork, Chicken)
  • Red meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Spinach

Remember, taking care of your health is essential, and that includes keeping an eye on your iron levels. 

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