Your body needs nutrition for the growth of all its cells and the metabolism of your organs so that you’re able to work hard to stay alive.
But your diet contains some iron; it may be the easiest way to get this if you haven’t eaten any in a while.
What is anemia?
If you are experiencing an iron deficiency, you’re most likely to have anemia – a lack of red blood cells due to lack of iron. It’s also called anaemia.
This condition can cause:
low red blood cells in the blood
feeling tired , dizzy or weak
, dizzy or weak weakness in your muscles
a tendency to get more thirsty after drinking fluids such as milk
in the short term you may not feel hungry
What can cause anemia?
Iron can build up in your body over a short or long period. It doesn’t necessarily flow through your blood and the amount it builds up affects you, so you may experience a variety of symptoms.
If you’re pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, your doctor may advise you to stop eating iron-rich foods as part of the pregnancy. If this is uncomfortable or you’re unable to do so, talk to your GP or midwives.
If you’re eating whole-grain products, they include whole oats, brown rice, enriched bread or pasta, cereals such as quinoa and bulgur, and barley.
If you’re pregnant, breast-feeding or taking medication for high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat, talk to your doctor or midwives about getting your iron tested.
What causes anemia?
Anemia can happen when there’s an inadequate amount of iron in our bodies, either because we have a high iron level in our body, or because we’re eating foods that aren’t fortified with iron.
If we experience any form of iron deficiency, we may feel tired, weak, unsteady, and feel like we don’t have energy, or we may not want to work hard enough because we can’t seem to get enough. This usually occurs in early pregnancy and if we eat red meat, fish or dairy products.
While anemia is more common in later adulthood, it may still happen if you’re in your 30s or 40s.
What happens next?
If you’re still pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk to your GP or midwife about getting assessed if