10 Signs You May Have An Iron Deficiency

1. Extreme exhaustion and fatigue

Extreme exhaustion and fatigue are one of the common signs that you have low levels of iron in your system. Fatigue normally occurs when the body does not have enough red blood cells to transport oxygen to all the body parts. This is because red blood cells have less hemoglobin than normal, hence experiencing difficulty in circulating the oxygen to all the cells. Less oxygen transported to all the body parts means the body is essentially suffocating from within. If less oxygen reaches the body tissues, the body is deprived of the energy that it needs, leading to a constant tired feeling. Insufficient amounts of iron will leave you sluggish, weak and unable to focus on your daily tasks. Tasks that were easily done before, such as working out, suddenly become hard work.

This symptom is the most difficult one to detect, as it is difficult to attribute it to low levels of iron. Unless you consult a physician, you may be looking at all the wrong places for a solution to your problem. Most people are used to having fast-paced lives and dismiss their fatigue and dizziness as normal tiredness and a part of their life. This, however, may be a case of low iron levels in their body and not just a normal tired feeling.

In as much as fatigue can be a sign of many other conditions, you should consider having your body’s iron levels checked if it does not go away with adequate rest, especially if you also feel weak, unable to focus, and irritable. Constant fatigue and lack of energy to perform even the mundane tasks in life is a red flag for low iron levels in the body. This is why people whose iron deficiency eventually progresses to anemia are said to have “tired blood.”