Iron deficiency anemia is one of the most common conditions in India. But wait! The bigger problem is it’s diagnosis. Symptoms of iron deficiency often go unnoticed as they are not distinguished. Most of us “feel” that everything’s alright, as the symptoms are fairly mild. Even though the symptoms are not noticeable enough, iron deficiency ends up degrading one’s productivity.
Getting the blood levels checked regularly plays an important role here. All the elements of our body should fall in a certain range, which ultimately facilitates smooth functioning of our body and keep the immune system at it’s best. Common nutritional deficiencies such as iron or hemoglobin makes one weaker. It’s not only about the blood levels; but but it’s also about the lifestyle which gets affected.
A person with iron deficiency does not feel active, catches cold frequently then this disturbs the person’s lifestyle. Few might find it difficult to stand for long without feeling uneasy. Overall the immune system deteriorates to some extent which is just enough to make us fall sick easily and not realize if anything’s wrong with us. One might experience weakness, one’s ability to work or perform exercise decreases, few might find it difficult to focus as well. Thus day-to-day life’s productivity gets hampered.
However, the good news is it’s much easier to maintain healthy iron/ hemoglobin levels than to identify the issue! Hence it is best to do yearly health checkups, avoid self diagnosis and consult a doctor and, eat a balanced diet.
Some iron-rich food you might consider to include in your diet are- Nuts and dry fruits, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, black raisins, eggs, lentils, dark chocolate, chickpeas and some citrus fruits as a source of Vitamin C in order to increase iron absorption in you body.