Iron plays a vital role in creating energy from the nutrients that we intake. The excess iron is stored in our body for future use. When there is too little iron in our body, Iron deficiency anemia occurs. Most of the iron intake of our body is stored in hemoglobin and hemoglobin in red blood cells is responsible for transporting oxygen to the body’s tissues. Oxygen is essential to every cell in our bodies to function well.
As a working mum, I also suffer symptoms of iron deficiency anemia. Maybe because of stress, lack of sleep, or due to a heavy period. Yes, I eat healthy food and even exercise regularly. But still, it is not enough. After my blood test, I found out that I have a very low hemoglobin count. I am diagnosed with Iron deficiency anemia. This condition significantly affects my performance in my work and even my relationship with my kids. The symptoms like headaches and dizziness make me irritable and quickly get annoyed even from the smallest mistake that my kids do. At first, I mistook these signs as caused by overworking. And I never thought that even my habit of crunching ice also has something to do with Iron deficiency anemia.
What Causes Iron Deficiency Anemia?
- Low iron intake – a poor diet can result in poor iron absorption. Our body needs a healthy balance of nutrients and iron supplements to supply adequate iron to make hemoglobin.
- Changes in our body – such as; growth spurts, menstruation, pregnancy, and lactation
- Blood loss – Gastrointestinal bleeding, urinary tract bleeding, excessive menstrual and injury
- GI or Gastrointestinal tract problem – if there is a problem in our GI tract, the absorption of iron is also affected.
Though the development of iron deficiency anemia is slow – for it takes months for the body’s reserved iron to be used up, this is a condition that should be prevented and treated as early as possible. Because the symptoms of this condition can affect your daily activities and how you treat the people around you, you must be mindful of its signs and symptoms before the situation gets worse.
Signs And Symptoms Of Iron Deficiency Anemia
- Paleness or valor
- Extreme fatigue
- Increased heart rate
- Pagophagia or ice craving
- Headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness
To correct this condition, the easiest way is with iron supplementation and eating healthy foods rich in iron. And this supplement is not only for pregnant women and for yourself, but also your whole family. To be safe, see your doctor first If ever you or your child develops signs and symptoms for proper treatment and to know if there are severe causes like internal bleeding. For my kids, I always prepare them with healthy food and follow their doctor’s prescription of vitamins.
“Prevention is always better than cure” as we all know it. Invest in our health before anything else. Living with a healthy lifestyle and taking a supplement that is proven to be safe and effective is a wise start for investing in a healthy and productive life.