Iron Deficiency Symptoms
and Anemia Symptoms

Iron deficiency symptoms are more common than you think and when left unchecked will progress to Anemia symptoms.

The word Anemia is a Greek word and means "without blood".

Anemia symptoms would be like - this flying bat turning into Dracula and getting hold of you to suck you dry!  Not a fun experience and I do not recommend letting iron deficiency symptoms progress that far.

Iron Deficiency Symptoms

  • Fatigue and Lacking Energy
  • Ringing in Your Ears
  • Pale Skin or Dry Skin
  • Spoon Shaped and Brittle Nails
  • Brittle and Dull Hair
  • Sore and Reddened Tongue
  • Rapid and Fast Heart Beat
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Unable to Sleep Soundly
  • Shortness of Breath from Walking
  • Increased Incidences of Infection
  • Abdominal Pain & Flatulence
  • Abnormal Menstruation
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Dizziness and Lightheaded
  • Strong Desire to Eat Ice or Dirt
  • Irritability & Frontal Headaches
  • Sores at Corners of Mouth
  • Cold Hands and Feet
  • Tingling and Crawling Sensations
  • Slowed Growth and Hair Loss
  • Frequent Colds and Poor Digestion

What is Anemia?

Anemia is a condition in which you have a lower than normal amount of red blood cells.

And if you don't have enough red blood cells to effectively transport oxygen throughout your body, you are said to have Anemia.


Anemia symptoms and iron deficiency symptoms are usually related to one another as a cause and effect type of situation.

Types of Anemia caused by a decrease in red blood cell production include Iron Deficiency Anemia and Vitamin Deficient Anemia.

The Different Types of Anemia

What is Anemia Symptoms:

  • Fatigue & Weakness
  • Rapid Heart Beat
  • Abdominal or Chest Pain
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Dizziness or Fainting
  • Pale & Cold Skin
  • Weight Loss
  • Headaches & Cognitive Problems

You will need iron, folic acid, and vitamin B12 to produce your red blood cells. A deficiency of any one of these can result in Anemia.

Severe Anemia can damage your heart and your brain along with other important organ systems.

Red blood cells not only carry oxygen to your cells, but remove carbon dioxide which is a waste product from your body.

Another reason for Anemia could be not having enough of "good bacteria" (E. coli, etc.) and having too much "bad bacteria".

A person whose diet contains ample amounts of iron and other important co-factor nutrients should be able to produce enough new blood to prevent Anemia and iron deficiency symptoms.

Reasons for Iron Deficiency Symptoms

Polyphenols & Tannins in Red Wine, Coffee, Black Tea, etc.

Too much Fiber in Diet

High Intake of Competing Minerals

Pasteurized Dairy Products

Low Lactoferrin Levels

Food Additives

Excessive Amounts of Exercising

Working Long Hours at Job

Inadequate Intake and Absorption of Iron

Growth Spurts or Menstruation

High Oxalate Foods such as Spinach, Buckwheat, Rhubarb, etc.

Herbs like Peppermint & Chamomile

Pregnancy & Lactation

Phytic Acid in Unfermented Whole Grains, Unsoaked Nuts, and Unsoaked Seeds

Celiac Disease or Intestinal Disorders

Cancer or Parasites

High Intake of Egg Protein from Both Egg Whites & Egg Yolks

High Intake of Antacids & other Medications

High Intake of Salicylates like Aspirin, Peppers, Coconut Oil, Tomato Sauce, etc.

Internal Bleeding and Ulcers

Candida Overgrowth from Sugar Consumption

Heavy Metals like Lead

Vegan Diets

Vegetarian Diets

How to Increase Iron Absorption

Iron deficiency symptoms can be caused by issues such as low levels of lactoferrin - which is a glycoprotein that binds to iron.

Mother's milk, organic raw milk, yogurt, kefir, colostrum, and unpasteurized cheese are good sources of lactoferrin.

Lactoferrin attaches to iron and takes it to where it is needed thus helping to stop iron deficiency symptoms.

Lactoferrin can also behave like an iron scavenger and attaches with free iron that would otherwise cause problems like feed bad bacteria or pathogens which also needs iron to survive.

Lactoferrin is a prebiotic which also stimulates the production of probiotics which are the good bacteria.  This also makes it much harder for pathogens to survive.

People that have iron deficiency symptoms may just need to increase their levels of lactoferrin, so that the iron consumed can be absorbed and utilized by the body without unnecessary interference by harmful microbes.

More Tips to Avoid Iron Deficiency Symptoms

However, do not eat an excess of calcium, zinc, or magnesium with iron rich foods as they will compete for absorption.

Soaking grains, beans, nuts, and seeds will help to enhance better absorption of iron by removing anti-nutrients that block iron.

Leavening as well as the fermentation of grains and especially of soy will also remove anti-nutrients which helps with the absorption of iron.

Cooking can sometimes result in a loss of heme iron depending on the animal food and cooking method used. 

To retain more iron in your cooked foods - cook foods in a minimal amount of water to avoid iron deficiency symptoms.

What About Too Much Iron

Sometimes people end up with too much iron. 

Either from a genetic condition called Hemochromatosis in which you will absorb more iron than the average person.

And this genetic condition appears to be much more prevalent in people of Northern European Descent. 

However, you can also end up with Hemochromatosis because of bad lifestyle choices.

Excess iron in your bloodstream is called unbound iron or free iron.

And this type of iron is not bound to a protein or lactoferrin.

Increased amounts of this type of iron can actually stimulate free radicals to form in your body which can lead to chronic diseases.

Excessive amounts of iron can damage or oxidize cholesterol in your blood - oxidized cholesterol clogs up vital arteries.

Symptoms of Too Much Iron

  • Fatigue & Weakness
  • Weight Loss or Hair Loss
  • Joint Pain and Arthritis
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Abnormal Liver Function
  • Elevated Liver Enzymes
  • Glucose Intolerance & Diabetes
  • Grey or Bronze Skin Pigmentation
  • Visual and Hearing Problems
  • Loss of Sex Drive & Impotence
  • Damaged Adrenal Glands
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or Constipation

Too much iron can be very dangerous to your health.

And unless this iron is released or utilized by your body it gets stored in places like your muscles, liver, heart, and pancreas.

And iron continues to accumulate.

What Causes Too Much Iron?

High Consumption of Alcohol Especially with Meals

Excessive Amt. of Iron Rich Foods (especially cooked iron rich foods)

High Intake of Iron Fortified Foods like Fortified Cereals, etc.

Cooking Acidic Foods in Iron Pots and Pans

Excessive Amounts of Iron Supplements

High Intake of Vitamin C Supplements

High Amounts of Fructose from Soda, Fruits, and Sweeteners

Drinking Well Water High in Iron

Living in Highly Polluted Places

Use of Tobacco or Inhaling Tobacco Smoke

Frequently Receiving Blood Transfusions

Are You More at Risk?

Men are much more likely to suffer from excess iron than iron deficiency symptoms because they do not menstruate like women.

And studies have revealed that blood donors seem to exhibit better than average health as blood removal seems to help control circulating iron levels.

Too much iron or not enough iron can both contribute to health problems that will actually turn into chronic health issues.

You will need to get a blood test in order to know for sure if you are suffering from iron deficiency symptoms or symptoms of too much iron.

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