Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living!
Have you felt exhausted lately while climbing the stairs or extremely weak and fatigued even on a normal day? Then you need to check your iron levels. Many a times people blame it on improper food intake, lack of sleep, work overload, etc. But they miss out on the simplest reasons for feeling tired, that is, lack of iron in the body. This also causes palpitations, breathlessness, soreness of the mouth, headache, dizziness, etc. It affects the haemoglobin formation, which is the oxygen transporter in the body supplying oxygen to the brains, organs, and every cell of your body.
A good amount of iron is very important for proper growth of hair, strong nails, and glowing skin. Iron also improves immunity and is needed especially during pregnancy to supply oxygen to the baby and during pre-menstruation to prevent loss of iron due to heavy bleeding. To top the list, iron also helps in weight loss as every cell functions optimally. The best way to up your iron levels is to eat iron rich foods:
Sources of heme iron (better absorbed than non-heme sources):
Sources of non-heme iron:
Ways to increase iron absorption: