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Six signs you may have an iron deficiency

Around 20% of Kiwi women are thought to be iron deficient.

By Donna Fleming
Around 20% of Kiwi women are thought to be anaemic or suffering from iron deficiency. You may have low levels of iron in your blood if you:
  1. Get dizzy easily
  2. Feel weak and tired
  3. Have unusually pale skin
  4. Suffer from headaches
  5. Experience numbness or coldness in your hands or feet
  6. Have a low body temperature.
Anaemia can be due to many factors, including heavy periods, chronic illness such as Crohn’s or coeliac disease, or a deficiency of iron, folate or vitamin B12. Some substances can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb iron if they are eaten with iron-rich foods. These include:
  • Dairy and other calcium- rich foods
  • Calcium supplements
  • Antacids
  • Tea
  • Coffee
Red meat is one of the best sources of iron. Bread, beans, nuts and spinach also contain iron, but it is harder for your body to absorb.

Take a look at the health benefits of potassium here.

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