The past few months have been crazy, we can all agree with that. I mean who would have thought! The lockdown sure hasn’t been easy on me but I managed to le arn a few things about myself. That I’m a good cook and brilliant baker, I can manage work and home efficiently (given a few weeks of adjustment), I can Netflix and chill all day if left to my own judgement and that I get tired easily.
The last part wasn’t easy to manage honestly. I’m in my mid 20s and a little housework would get me tired and energy deprived to no end. Later I got myself diagnosed and turns out I’m iron deficient! It came as a surprise because I love to have eggs, butter, milk, cheese, nuts, etc so I never realized I could be having low levels of iron. Now it makes more sense why I would sleep all day (okay I tried! But can’t blame that on iron)
But to give you a clear picture of what iron deficiency can look like in us women, here are some pointers.
Dull skin: Iron deficiency causes dullness and makes your skin look pale. : Iron raises your haemoglobin levels which in turn lead to increase in red blood cells which makes your skin glow from within.
Lack of energy: iron acts as a carrier of oxygen in the body and transfers it to the muscles and the brain, thereby increasing both physical performance and mental alertness. Low levels of iron within the body can make you inattentive, irritable, and fatigued.
Hair fall: Low levels of iron in your body can cause hair fall prematurely. What iron does is it helps improve the texture and reduces dullness by increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the hair roots and scalp.
Immunity: it’s the buzzword these days! Iron helps build immunity. It is highly useful for a number of immune functions such as the differentiation and proliferation of T lymphocytes and the production of reactive oxygen species that fight pathogens
Okay so now you are probably self-diagnosing yourself and in a mini state of panic. Just relax! It’s easy to get iron from your food provided you eat an iron rich diet.
Animal Sources: These are the best sources for increasing and maintaining good iron levels in your body.
Plant Sources: These sources of iron are absorbed less by the body and require Vitamin C to be absorbed in greater amounts.
Since I already had a pretty good diet, I was hooked up with some iron supplements by my doctor. I have started taking Livogen Adult Tonic every day and boy it’s like I feel rejuvenated and strong from within, whole day every day! 😉 My active status also reflects better on my mood and productivity and I’m able to accomplish more in the same time. If you are still wondering, it’s quite a common deficiency in women who juggle multiple roles in their busy lifestyles, so if you suffer from any of the indicators above, do give these good iron supplements along with a healthy diet a thought.
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