It’s not fair, but us women are more susceptible to this common condition. Here’s why, and how to cope with it
Slaying it at work, keepin’ up with the kids (or both)…the list goes on. It’s no mean feat juggling the stresses of well, life, and it’s normal to have our tired days now and then. But if you find yourself dozing off in the office way too often, it might be a cause for concern.
While you’re busy running the world, you may want to check if you’re getting sufficient iron in your diet. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), women are more prone to iron deficiency anemia of which fatigue is a tell tale symptom. Here’s everything you need to know about the common yet often undiagnosed condition.
It’s in your blood
Let’s put it simply: iron produces red blood cells, which carries oxygen in the blood. A lack of those means your body isn’t getting enough oxygen, and this may lead to fatigue, dizziness, pale skin, hair loss and other irksome (and possibly life-threatening) symptoms.
Blame it on Aunt Flo
As if we don’t have enough reasons to dread that time of the month already, the loss of blood during menstruation is a huge reason why women are more susceptible to iron deficiency anemia. Mummies-to-be are also at a higher risk of having the condition, as your bodies need to produce more blood to support the growth of your baby.
Ironing out the issue
We know, we know, iron deficiency anemia sounds scary, but you’ll be surprised to find out how easily it can be prevented. Load up on more iron-rich foods such as meat, dark, green leafy veggies like spinach and kale (green smoothies, anyone?), tofu, and nuts. If you haven’t got the time to cook or plan your meals, you might want to consider opting for iron supplements – just pop one in everyday and you’re all sorted! Psst… Be sure to consult a doctor first before taking any supplements.
To make it a ‘lil easier on your tummies, choose iron supplements made from organic iron, which has better absorption and is said to have less gastrointestinal side effects.
This article is sponsored by Sangobion.