Iron. We’ve all heard about it but most of us are unaware of how extremely vital it is to our health. Most of the time we assume that our levels are normal. However, since the birth of our first daughter I have come to realize how many women including myself are deficient in this vital nutrient.
Here is a little doctor talk about iron.
Iron is an element essential to our blood. Its main job is to assist the red blood cells in carrying and delivering oxygen in the body. Without iron, the level of red blood cells also decreases in the body. Obviously, iron’s job is life sustaining. Without oxygen our bodies, especially our brain, cannot function. Thus it makes sense that the symptoms of deficiency are: fatigue, shortness of breath, fast or irregular heartbeat, weakness, pale skin and brittle nails.
The symptoms I didn’t expect but that I found to occur in my case are headaches and a crawling sensation of my legs. I was first diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia when I began to experience headaches during the middle of my first pregnancy. Since iron needs for the developing baby are great, pregnant mothers often develop deficiency as their pregnancy develops. My secondary symptom, existed during my pregnancy but worsened after I had my daughter. It remained as an untreated symptom, because I didn’t even realize it was a deficency symptom, until almost 8 years later.
The symptom I am talking about it restless leg syndrome. It is common in MANY people and is often abbreviated RLS. Most people describe it as feeling as if your legs want to move and are twitching. It can make long drives and trying to go to sleep difficult. It is miserable. Yet, despite the many women (and sometimes men) that suffer…a correlation to iron is rarely made.
One amazing article later and my RLS is almost non-existent. Unless, I need to take my iron supplement. So WHO is at risk for iron-deficiency anemia? Pregnant ladies, those with heavy periods, or those with any other bleeding problems. I (and this is a TMI) happen to be a heavy bleeder. After nearly every menstrual cycle I need to take my iron to replenish my stores. This has literally been life changing and because my life has improved from ONE SIMPLE VITAMIN…I feel like I am doing the world and you an injustice if I don’t spread the word.
Now, I’m not your doctor. I don’t know your situation. I don’t know if you are iron deficient. But I do know you don’t want to be. See your doctor. Talk to a naturopath. Take iron.
What I use:
During my first pregnancy I took some OTC pills. I didn’t like them. I didn’t find them as effective as what I take now. During my last pregnancy, my midwife recommended the Floradix brands in its liquid form. She had noted that her patients that used the this form saw a greater reduction in symptoms. My personal results have been the same. As soon as I start getting my restless leg symptoms (which for me occur at night) I take a dose and the next evening have no difficulty sleeping.
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