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Could You Have Iron Deficiency?

By Tom Herrin

It is a good idea to try to monitor your health on a regular basis.  People who take an active part in watching their own health can often expect good results.  If they look at their own indicators, they can recognize potential problems before they manifest as something that can become more serious.  A relatively simple thing to observe and treat is problems relating to low iron.  Obvious symptoms are pretty common and easy to recognize.

Some Symptoms Stand Out Easily

When many people think of iron deficiency, they think about people being weak and unable to perform physical tasks.  They relate iron to strength and stamina.  Particularly for people have obviously lost some of their physical endurance, it may be a sign of some kind of problem with their iron.  Another sign that does not always come to mind so easily is that people with low iron may seem confused while performing mental tasks.  If these two symptoms appear together, especially if it is somewhat sudden, low iron should be considered a possibility.

The Jobs of Iron

Probably the most notable job of iron is to help carry oxygen through the bloodstream.  When people are low on iron, they may seem to become winded easily and breathe hard while performing fairly routine physical activities.  This is because the body is unable to move enough oxygen.  Oxygen is necessary for the cells to burn food and release energy.  The other major job of iron is to transport nerve impulses throughout the body.  People with low iron may appear to show signs of dementia when they are actually only low on iron.

Help Is Readily Available

If you believe you may be low on iron, the cheap and easy way to check it is to make a stop at a blood donation center or mobile blood drive.  The technician will prick your finger and send you away with information if you are low on iron.  There are plenty of supplements on the market that can address the issue successfully.  There are also quite a few food products that have iron added to them.  Cereals are one of the most common.  Reading labels is a must.  If your iron is good, you will be able to donate blood and possibly help to save a life.  You will be a hero of sorts while trying to assess your own health.  That’s a pretty good feeling.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Valley City, Utah.

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