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Iron is an important bodily nutrient which helps produce hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is responsible for carrying oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. Women are more commonly found to be lacking in Iron simply because of their monthly body rituals.

Basically Iron is a big deal and having a deficiency in it can be pretty harmful to you body. Check out the signs of it below.

Signs of Iron Deficiency

  • Fatigue/lack of energy
  • Irritability
  • Paleness
  • Feeling cold when others are not
  • Difficulty concentrating

The most common way that people turn their deficiency around is through supplementation. Iron supplements are one of the most common over-the-counter sold drugs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends getting 45 mg iron or less every day. Iron supplements come in two different forms, ferrous and ferric. The ferrous iron supplement is usually absorbed better but either can cause stomach problems such as nausea, abdominal cramping or constipation.

Four Common Mistakes with Iron Supplements

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1. Not Everyone Needs It

If you are not menstruating woman or anemic, you do not need to be taking an iron supplement every day. If you think your iron is low in any case, try supplementing with some high rich foods.

2. Try Not to Drink Green Tea with a Supplement

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Doctors say that when you drink green tea with an iron supplement or an iron-rich meal, the main compound in the tea will bind with the iron. This doesn’t necessarily affect your iron in any way but it does eliminate the antioxidant powers found within green tea.

3. Iron Supplements Can Cause Constipation

Especially in the elderly, this can be very problematic. The amount of iron you take can affect whether or not constipation occurs. Your body may not need the additional iron that you are taking, or there may be too much in the supplement.

4. Vitamins Contain Iron So You Could Be Double Dosing

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Most multivitamins already contain 30mg of iron.  Actual iron supplements contain as much as 180mg.

Natural Supplement Alternatives

If you don’t feel like taking a supplement, then try incorporating these high iron foods into your diet. Red meat, pork, poultry, seafood, beans, dark green leafy veggies like spinach, dried fruits, and peas.

So to sum up, an iron deficiency really isn’t helpful to your body, but neither is taking too much iron. The best thing you can do is to get checked out by your doctor, if they think you’re anemic than by all means start taking some iron supplements.

Just remember to keep in mind the four mistakes stated above. It’ll save you some toilet time.

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