Symptoms of anxiety can cross over with symptoms of low iron and anemia

  • Foggy Head
  • Can't think clearly
  • Fatigue
  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dizziness

This is because having low iron and anemia means your can't transport oxygen around your body properly so your brain and body suffer.

If you are a woman today I am sure at some point in your life your doctor has told you you are low in iron... It is amazing how many of us are, but when you see just how many areas of your body need iron it makes sense.

For your body to be supplied with the oxygen that iron carries, it needs your red blood cell to be build in a perfect little doughnut shape.
This requires B12, Folic acid, B6, Zinc and iron to all be already available.

Then your body needs to have a perfect little hemoglobin molecule to sit in this doughnut to carry the iron with oxygen around your body.
This requires Vitamin C, vitamin A, Folic acid, B6, B12.

Once you have all that sorted...... then you can carry iron attached to oxygen around you body to feed it.

This image shows you the only cell that can carry your iron is the normal cell....All the others won't work...
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So it's a lot more intricate that just iron...

Often our menstrual cycle will be blamed for low iron. This isn't always the case. There may be undiagnosed Celiac disease, Chrons disease or other intestinal conditions that are preventing and impacting how your body can absorb iron. It can also be low levels of all the friends (cofactors) that iron needs to be absorbed. Like B12 and Folic acid. It can even be due to chronic infection as bacteria use iron as a food source. These all need to be investigated further.

We need to remember, while Iron at the right dose is essential to our health, it is a heavy metal. If you ingest it when you don't need it, at the wrong ratio for your body or without is friends (co-factors) your body will think it is under attack and reject it. So getting your iron levels to come up can be a recipe specific to you, not a smash it hard and drive it in hoping it will work...

When we consume iron naturally in our diet it comes with it's co-factors.
  • Red meat = Iron + B12 + Zinc + B6 + Folic Acid
  • Eggs = Iron + Zinc + Choline +++
  • Leafy Greens = Iron + B12 + Folic Acid + B6 ++++

So when we take an iron supplement that doesn't contain these co-factors some bodies react like they are under attack and shut the gates. Forcing the excess to be removed by to bowel. This unfortunately causes some nasty, black, constipated bowel movements.

Many of us, no matter how hard we try, can't get our iron levels to come up with diet alone and need a supplement. So where do we go from here.....

You need to find the right fit for you!
That is why I love what I do.

For some of you, taking a healthy dose of B12 and Folic acid is enough to get your iron level up naturally. For others you will need to give very small doses multiple times a day to prevent your bowel rejecting it. For some you will need further investigation as to why you are chronically low in iron. I would work with your GP or specialist to do this.

So next time your are visiting your GP and having your iron checked get the cofactors checked as well. B12 and folic acid. If it is chronically low push to have it investigated further.

I hope you have found this helpful.
Reach out if you want to discuss this further via my contacts
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Big love
Bec
The Byford Naturopath

As a side note, make sure if your GP is testing your for celiac disease you eat plenty of bread 1 hour before the test. Some people will come up with a false negative because they aren't eating gluten in their diet already or they have combine the test with other fasting tests. So watch out for this...