How do you know that you have iron deficiency and when you need to seek professional advice?
Iron is one of the main components of hemoglobin, so if there’s iron deficiency it will affect the levels of hemoglobin in blood causing iron deficiency anemia. All the symptoms of iron deficiency anemia are the most significant symptoms of iron deficiency.
The body cells don’t receive enough oxygen, which decreases energy production, leading to fatigue.
• Apathy and concentration difficulty
The brain cells are lacking oxygen, which is their primary source of nourishment. This will decrease the productivity and cognitive function of the brain.
• Brittle nails and dry skin
Oxygen and iron help in cell growth and regeneration. Anemia slows down the growth of skin and the nail cells, leading to dry skin and brittle nails.
Hemoglobin is the component that gives the blood its color. When the iron levels decrease, the hemoglobin does as well. That will decrease the red blood cells that reach the skin, giving the characteristic pale appearance of anemia.
• Shortness of the breath
When the cells of the body don’t receive enough oxygen, they signal the brain to increase the rate and decrease the depth of the breathing pattern in order to compensate for low oxygen levels.
• Recurrent infections
Iron has a major role in immune cell proliferation and maturation that help fight off bacteria, viruses, and other foreign bodies. Iron deficiency increases infection recurrence and decreases healing and recovery.