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10 Signs of Iron Deficiency

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Iron is vital for health as it carries oxygen in your blood to every cell in your body. Iron deficiency has become a common problem especially among women. Here are 10 warning signs of iron deficiency you need to check on immediately.

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1-FATIGUE The body uses iron to make hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen. When you don’t have enough healthy blood cells, you start to feel exhausted.

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2-DIFFICULTY-FOCUSING Neurotransmitter synthesis may be altered in people with an iron deficiency, leading to lower-than-normal functionality.

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3-APATHY Another byproduct of that altered neurotransmitter synthesis? Apathy toward anything and everything, friends, family, and work.

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4-BREATHLESSNESS This can happen whether you’re at the gym or simply walking to your car, but why? Without enough iron in the blood, the body becomes starved for oxygen.

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5-UNUSUALLY-PALE-SKIN Look like a Twilight extra lately? That’s not a good sign. A washed-out appearance can be caused by reduced blood flow and decreased number of red blood cells.

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6-TROUBLE-DOING-YOUR Struggling to do the same number of reps you whizzed through a few weeks ago, even though you haven’t been slacking off on your workouts? Low iron levels can cause your endurance to suffer.

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7-CRAZY-SORE-MUSCLES If you actually do drag yourself to the gym, you’ll probably feel the burn for longer than normal afterward. Not having enough iron deprives your muscles of their ability to recover properly, leading to achiness.

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8-BRITTLE-NAILS Even the cutest mani/pedi can’t hide thin, frail fingernails and toenails. Another way your tips can tip you off to a possible iron deficiency: a concave or spoon-shaped depression in the nails.

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9-FREQUENT-INFECTIONS If you get sick often, particularly if you’re always suffering from respiratory illnesses—iron deficiency might be the culprit.

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10-PINK-OR-RED-URINE Beeturia is what happens when you eat beets and excrete reddish urine. While this occurs in 10 to 14 percent of normal people, the number is much higher in people with an iron deficiency and is caused by increased intestinal absorption of certain pigments.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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