Today, on International Women’s Day, I’d like to talk to you about a health issue that each and every woman, especially in India, has had to deal with it at some point or the other. It has now become so common that we are desensitized to the impact it can have on the body. I am talking about Iron Deficiency.
On an average 59% of Indian women in the age group of 18-49 years have low hemoglobin levels.
That’s a big deal! So today I am going to share some common symptoms that we tend to ignore or assume are due to general lifestyle.
HOW TO IDENTIFY LOW HEMOGLOBIN LEVELS?
Pale skin and nails
Low energy levels, waking up tired, reduced stamina, body aches
Inability to concentrate
Desire to chew on ice
Increased coffee/tea cravings
WHAT TO DO NEXT?
Get a blood test. If your Hemoglobin levels are even slightly below the ideal range, get to work immediately!
Discuss supplementation with your doctor. Explore workout options that suit your requirements. And above all, increase your dietary iron intake. Get a customized diet to ensure you are consuming enough iron and in the right form.
The biggest challenge people face when on iron supplements is the constipation and bloating. So when you do go on supplements, m
ake sure you drink atleast 3 litres of water everyday, increase fibre intake and increase probiotics like Kanji, Curd, Buttermilk.
Here is a detailed list of iron-rich and vitamin c rich foods. Start as soon as you can.