Yes, we all get that “lazy day, want to stay in bed all day” feeling sometimes. It can pair with the “no energy to do anything” day. But, if this is happening to you all the time, you might want to take a step back and think about what your body is trying to tell you. People should have appropriate energy levels that let them function every day.
We all try to eat healthy food and try to make sure that we’re getting enough of all the nutrients we need to power our bodies. It is so easy to miss out on one essential nutrient though, and that is IRON!
You may not have sat down and thought that your body could be deficient of anything, not with you putting effort into consistently eating a healthy diet. But, the most common deficiency worldwide is actually an iron deficiency. Here’s a fact, women need twice as much iron as men, why? Because they lose iron during their menstruation cycle.
If you’re feeling tired all the time, you might want to book yourself an appointment with your doctor to get a check up. But, this isn’t the only symptom of iron deficiency. Although fatigue is the most common, other symptoms include feeling weak, having bags under your eyes, weak nails, hair loss, and feeling like you have a shortness of breath.
Iron is crucial because it helps your body make hemoglobin, the red part of your red blood cells. Hemoglobin is what allows your red blood cells to carry oxygen to the different parts of your body. So it’s a simple equation:
Not enough iron = Not enough hemoglobin = Not enough oxygen going through your body
We may be able to survive without food for a week, and water for 3 days, but your body cannot survive without oxygen. In many cases, iron deficiency is a slow accumulation. If the body gets 99% of the oxygen it really needs in a day, issues won’t be readily apparent. However, each day, that amount becomes compounded since it didn’t receive enough oxygen in the days before. Eventually, it will be felt severely.
Well, before you head to the store to pick up a bottle of iron supplements, take a look at your diet. Are you getting enough iron filled foods? Are you eating enough meat, fish, leafy greens? These food items are packed with iron and deliver it to be digested and converted within the body.
If your diet is actually full of iron, and you are eating enough of the nutrient, it could mean your body is having a hard time actually absorbing the nutrient. In this case, you will probably need to look to supplements. Specifically, they will have to be iron supplements that are easily absorbed by your body. There are so many supplement brands that it can get confusing, so it would be worth asking your doctor or pharmacist which would be the best option. In some cases, people are unable to take oral supplements and need to receive other options. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, so getting iron supplements through an injection or IV can deliver the iron directly where it’s required.