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 similar to this sleeping 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
Rapid and Fast Heart Beat
Unable to Sleep Soundly and Insomnia
Shortness of Breath from Walking
Dizzy, Light-headed, and Ringing in Ears
Irritability and Frontal Headaches
Pale Skin or Dry Skin
Increased Incidences of Infection
Abdominal Pain and Flatulence
Frequent Colds and Poor Digestion
Sores at Corners of Mouth
Strong Desire to Eat Ice Cubes, Dirt, Clay, or Paper
Slowed Growth and Hair Loss
Low Blood Pressure
Cold Hands and Feet
Decreased Appetite and Low Thyroid Activity
Spoon Shaped and Brittle Nails
Brittle and Dull Hair
Sore and Reddened Tongue
Tingling and Crawling Sensations
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.
What is Anemia Symptoms:
Fatigue and Weakness
Rapid Heart Beat
Abdominal or Chest Pain
Low Blood Pressure
Dizziness or Fainting
Pale and Cold Skin
Headaches and Cognitive Problems
The Different Types of Anemia
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 and Tannins in Coffee, Red Wine, Tea, Turmeric, Cocoa, Berries, Leafy Greens, Peppermint, Chamomile, etc.
High Intake of Competing Minerals like Calcium, Zinc, Copper, and Magnesium
Food Additives like EDTA
Glyphosate which is Found in the Herbicide Roundup
Foods Sprayed with Roundup (used to dry many foods)
Excessive Amounts of Exercising
Working Long Hours at Job
Inadequate Intake and Absorption of Iron
Growth Spurts or Menstruation
Pregnancy and Lactation
Not Enough Rest or Off Time
High Oxalate Foods such as Spinach, Beets, Buckwheat, Rhubarb, Almonds, Cocoa Powder, etc.
Heavy Metals like Lead
Lack of Good Bacteria or Vitamins
Phytic Acid in Whole Grains, Nuts, Seeds, and Legumes
Whole Grain Breads that Have Not been Fermented or Sprouted
Too muchFiber in Diet
Celiac Disease or Intestinal Disorders
High Intake of Egg Protein that binds iron molecules together from both Egg Whites and Egg Yolks (prevents body from absorbing iron from foods)
High Intake of Salicylates like Aspirin, Peppers, Coconut Oil, Tomato Sauce, etc.
InternalBleeding and Ulcers
CandidaOvergrowth from Sugar Consumption
Cancer or Parasites
High Intake of Antacids and other Medications
Vegan Diets & Vegetarian Diets
Too Much Fat with Iron Rich Meals
Tips to Avoid Iron Deficiency Symptoms
Cooking can sometimes result in a loss of heme iron depending on the
animal food and cooking method used. Cook your steaks to medium-rare
Also, to retain more iron in cooked foods - cook foods in a minimal amount of water to avoid iron deficiency symptoms.
Leavening as well as the fermentation of grains and especially of soy
will also remove anti-nutrients which helps with the absorption of iron.
Soaking and sprouting grains, beans, nuts, and seeds will also help to
enhance better absorption of iron by removing anti-nutrients like phytic acid that blocks
If you have iron deficiency symptoms, do not eat an excess of
calcium, zinc, or magnesium with iron rich foods as they will compete for absorption. For example, limit the amount of calcium to about 50 mg. when consuming red meat meals to avoid iron deficiency symptoms. Or wait an hour or two after your meat meal before drinking that tall glass of milk which contains about 300 mg. of calcium.
Keep Iron away from the Pathogens!
Low levels of lactoferrin - which is a glycoprotein that binds to iron could help keep iron away from pathogens. Mother's milk, grass fed raw milk, yogurt, kefir, colostrum, and raw cheese are good sources of lactoferrin.
Lactoferrin can behave like an iron scavenger and attaches with
free iron that would otherwise cause problems like feed bad bacteria or
pathogens which also need 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 (which your body also produces), so that the iron consumed can be absorbed and utilized by the body without unnecessary interference by harmful microbes. Lactoferrin attaches to iron and takes it to where it is needed thus helping to stop iron deficiency symptoms.
What About Too Much Iron?
Sometimes people end up with too much iron. This can occur from either a failure in their body's ability to regulate iron or a genetic condition called Hemochromatosis in which you will absorb more iron than the average person. This genetic condition
be much more prevalent in people of Northern European Descent.
Consuming the iron bound to protein found in raw meats is usually not the cause of too much iron or an iron overload. However, consuming large amounts of over-cooked or processed meats may create free iron.
Basically, the problem occurs when an excess of "unbound iron" or "free iron" builds up in
your bloodstream. This type of
iron is not bound to a protein like lactoferrin, etc. 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 free iron can damage or oxidize cholesterol in your blood and oxidized cholesterol clogs up vital arteries. Too much free 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 liver.
What Causes Too Much Iron?
Living in Highly Polluted Places
Use of Tobacco or InhalingTobacco Smoke or "Other" Smoke
Exposure to Glyphosate in Roundup
Premature Red Cell Aging or Destruction
High Consumption of Alcohol especially with Meals
Alcoholic Cirrhosis and Liver Diseases
Frequently ReceivingBlood Transfusions
Cooking Acidic Foods in Cast Iron Pots, Cookware, and Frying Pans
Excessive Amounts of Iron Supplements
High Intake of Iron Fortified Foods like Fortified Cereals
Drinking Well WaterHigh in Iron
HighAmountsofFructose from Soda, Fruits, and Sweeteners
Over Cooking or Over Processing Iron Rich Foods
High Intake of Vitamin C Supplements
Symptoms of Too Much Iron
Fatigue and Weakness
Weight Loss or Hair Loss
Joint Pain and Arthritis
Shortness of Breath
Abnormal Liver Function
Elevated Liver Enzymes
Glucose Intolerance and Diabetes
Grey or Bronze Skin Pigmentation
Visual and Hearing Problems
Loss of Sex Drive and Impotence
Damaged Adrenal Glands
Nausea and Vomiting
Diarrhea or Constipation
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. As
studies have revealed, blood donors seem to exhibit better than
average health as blood removal seems to help control iron
For the most part - menstruating women, growing children, and people on restrictive diets will probably lean more towards iron deficiency symptoms than having too much iron.
Remember, too much iron or not enough iron can both contribute
to health problems that can actually turn into chronic health issues. And 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.