tired

So, I had a checkup with my doctor because cancer is scary as all get out and I (along with everyone else) have people around me that are very sick with it. This drove me to get some peace of mind with my primary care physician. To my surprise I found out that I am extremely deficient in iron. So let me list what iron does for you and how it can affect you. It may just be worth getting your own physical over!

 

  • - Iron carries oxygen to your cells and carbon dioxide away from them. Low iron can lead to lower energy levels!
  • - Lower oxygen being brought to the cells in your brain will cause irritability and lack of concentration.
  • - Iron is needed to maintain a healthy immune system. Are you feeling consistently ill?
  • - Those who eat less or no red meat have a higher chance of this. Iron can be found in other food sources but our bodies get a higher percentage of the iron in red meat than in those alternatives.
  • - The more you train, the more iron your body needs. The more you train, the more you use up the iron you have.
  • - Iron can be lost due to injury, sweat, menstruation and even from heavy hitting of the heel. All you runners out there beware!
  • - Low iron levels can cause so many small nuisances but they all add up to one very annoyed ME: irritability, lack of motivation, fatigue, loss of interest, poor appetite. This is not cool and I refuse to accept this!
Not even knowing about the possibility of being iron deficient is kind of scary. I take all precautions to ensure that I eat a well balanced diet and that I get all the nutrients that I should need. All it took was a simple blood test during a simple physical and quite a few problems have become clear. All of my clients rely on my judgment when it comes to illness and injury and the second thing I tell them is that they should talk to a doctor! The first being that they are always correct in talking about it and not just sweeping irritations under the rug. (The good news is, I don’t have cancer. Sometimes even I need just a little reassurance.)

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