Everyone has days when they can’t stop yawning. However, ongoing fatigue is more than just feeling tired now and again.
Fatigue is the kind of weariness that leads to lapses in concentration, a tendency to withdraw socially and an overall inability to keep up. This often leads people to look for help; researchers say that about one fifth of all family medicine doctor visits are at least partially prompted by excessive tiredness.
Fatigue is a key marker for a long list of medical conditions (which is why it’s a good idea to schedule that doctor visit). But one of the most common is a lack of iron.
Cells need two things to create energy: fuel (such as glucose or fat-based ketones) and oxygen. Hemoglobin, the stuff that gives red blood cells their color, grabs oxygen molecules in the lungs so they can be delivered to the body’s cells.
What is hemoglobin made of? Iron.
This is why a lack of iron is one of the most widespread causes of anemia, in which the blood doesn’t have enough hemoglobin. In fact, iron deficiency is a common nutritional problem around the globe; it affects nearly 25% of the world’s population, according to the World Health Organization.
Fatigue is one of the most frequent symptoms of anemia, as is weakness. Others include dizziness, headaches and brittle nails. What’s more, being low on iron can cause tiredness and a washed-out feeling long before outright anemia develops.
Excerpt from Energy Times magazine July/August 2019 issue.
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