Symptoms of an Iron Deficiency:
Severe Fatigue and Exhaustion
This is caused due to the lack of oxygen carried through to the cells in your body, which can affect your energy levels. This kind of exhaustion cannot be alleviated with sufficient rest.
Iron is critical in managing your body’s immune system, a lack of it can make your body more prone to periodic infections. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the spleen, which is an important organ in warding off infections.
Haemoglobin infuses the skin with a warm, rosy hue. A lack of it can result in lightened, paler skin. Dr. Murr, at the School of Medicine at the University of Texas says,
“When red blood cells become low with iron, they become smaller and paler in the centre so skin also becomes paler”
When hair follicles are deprived of oxygen, they become dormant. Anything in excess of 100 strands, lost per day, could indicate a deficiency.
Craving unusual, inedible elements such as chalk, wax and mud could be a sign of deficiency. This causes a condition known as Pica.
Getting out of breath whilst doing normal activities could mean that oxygen levels are low. Low levels of oxygen, are caused by its insufficient retention in the haemoglobin molecule.
Restless Leg Syndrome
If you are feeling fidgety and can’t get your legs to stop moving? Your body might be telling you that you need more iron. This syndrome causes you to compulsively move your legs, to combat a tingling feeling that makes it tough to focus.
If you relate to any or most of these symptoms, it may be time to schedule a ferritin test to measure your body’s iron stores.