Feeling fatigued, pale, inside of bottom eyelids pale? You may be lacking Iron
Iron is needed to make the red blood cell to carry oxygen around the body. Not enough Iron, not enough red blood cells.
Iron is naturally lower in the blood in the afternoon, so you may feel a bit tired.
Iron deficiency can be cause by direct blood loss via menses, pregnancy and abnormal bleeding. Inside the digestive system – stomach by ulcers, NSAIDS, intestines by hookworm, and large bowel by tumors, ulcerative colitis and haemorrhoids. You may not be having enough iron in your diet or unable to absorb it.
Carries the iron around the body.
It can be raised when the body is looking for Iron in cases of iron deficiency, Oestrogens, OCP, pregnancy, hypothyodism, B12 or folate deficiency or acute liver disease.
It’s reduced with chronic inflammatory and liver disease, malabsorption, malignancy, renal disease, thyrotoxicosis, steroid therapy and haemochromatosis
Should be 10-50%. The closer to 50% you are the better.
This is your Iron stores and should be at 100. It also is affected by inflammation. High levels might be caused from inflammation in iron rich tissues like the liver, gut, spleen and lymph system, so an investigation with a C-Reactive Protein (CRP) test is a good way to check that out.
High levels maybe from Iron overload like genetic haemochromatosis or fatty liver, alcohol, liver disease, malignancy, renal failure, thyroiditis, anorexia or blood infusion.
Low levels maybe from the same as low levels of Iron as they are draining the Iron stores.
Think of Iron in the blood as spending your cash and Transferrin as your cash card, so when you run out of cash you have it and always needing Ferritin as money in the bank with a balance of $100.
Pathocize (exercise for your pathology)
Ensuring you have good levels of Iron, check for anyone with haemochromatosis in your family. This can be masked while still having your menses and is revealed during menopause.
Iron is found in these foods http://www.nutritionaustralia.org/national/resource/iron
|Food||Serving size||Iron content|
|Kidney beans||1 cup||3.1mg|
|Green lentils||1 cup||3.0mg|
|Cashew nuts||30g (20 nuts)||1.5mg|
|Raw spinach||1 cup||1.2mg|
|Dried apricot||30g (5 dried apricots)||0.93mg|
|Cooked brown rice||140g (1 cup)||0.7mg|
- eat foods high in vitamin C with foods that contain iron
- cook your plant foods to improve the amount of available iron
- avoid having tea, coffee or calcium during or directly after having a source of iron