Learn More About Low Iron
Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the world. It is diagnosed when there are insufficient stores of iron to meet the body’s iron requirements. Iron deficiency occurs in people who consume a diet low in iron, in people who have difficulty absorbing iron, through blood loss, and with increased iron demand. For these reasons, the highest risk of deficiency is seen in vegans, vegetarians, people on acid-blocking medications or with digestive conditions, women with heavy periods, and during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Symptoms of Iron Deficiency:
- Poor memory and concentration
- Hair loss in women
- Weak immune system
- Weakness and low energy during heavy periods
In children, iron deficiency can present as poor cognitive development, behavioural concerns, and ADHD.
Lifestyle changes include:
- Focus on iron-rich foods, including meat, fish, dark leafy greens, brown rice, beans, nuts and seeds and iron-fortified cereals
- Avoid consuming foods that block iron absorption including black tea, coffee, cocoa, and calcium rich foods such as dairy, almonds, and broccoli
- Increase foods that boost iron absorption, including foods high in vitamin C and beta carotene
- Supplement with iron like Floradix or Floravit
- Heal the gut
Optimal iron status is essential to our overall wellness. Regular lab testing allows us to adjust the diet and supplements to achieve and maintain healthy levels.