Written by Achiever Foods Nutrition Unit
It can be very fulfilling knowing that you ceased every moment of your day to express yourself in a productive way. Just think about how you can continue to be efficient when you practice very good nutrition daily. Iron nutrition is a subject that may not be on the top list of many people who want to stay healthy, full of energy, boost their confidence and most especially fuel their brains for optimum work outputs.
When you need energy, you consume carbohydrate foods and incorporate the fatty ones to satisfy your cravings. However, you may be missing out on certain healthy nutrients if you don’t take conscious efforts to ensure your diet is also rich in iron.
Iron deficiency is mostly connected to poor iron nutrition being the topmost cause of anemia with about 2 billion in the world suffering it. (WHO reports).
In adults’ chronic fatigue, tiredness, loss of concentration, poor appetite, headaches, dizziness can be signs that your body is deficient of iron.
In children, slow growth and development, behavioural impairment and poor appetite can also be signs of iron deficiency.
Severe deficiency can lead to hair loss, shortness of breath, tingling in legs, immunodeficiency diseases, and brain malfunction.
Persons who are prone to iron deficiency
- Pregnant women (increase demand of iron for baby formation)
- Heavy bleeding women (due to excessive loss of blood)
- Infants and young kids (poor iron diet)
- Menstruating women (due to monthly blood loss)
- People who have undergone surgery and have lost blood
- Frequent blood donors
- Malnourished individuals
- Athletes or Sports Person (due to increase demand of iron for oxygen circulation)
- Obese people…and many more.
Incorporating iron foods into your diet can be very helpful to your health.
Here are some amazing benefits of iron rich foods;
1. Boost brain performance
The body prioritizes getting more oxygen to the brain. Iron is a key nutrient in transporting oxygen to the brain cells to be used for its function. When you have enough iron in your body it helps in relaxing the brain arteries contributing to enhance brain function. This can also help to prevent frequent headaches.
Iron also helps in the production of neurotransmitters which balances moods and boost concentration. Having a focused and concentrated mind at work is very critical in overall productivity.
Eating iron rich foods that helps with brain function includes beans, berries like turkey berries, almonds, lean meat, quinoa and tomatoes etc.
2. Maintain a healthy weight
Maintaining a healthy body weight is very important for overall health. Being obese or overweight can make you prone to a myriad of diseases. Iron is very vital for thyroid function. Thyroid hormones helps in metabolism. Iron helps in the production of these hormones. When you have enough iron in your body it helps increase metabolism enabling the calories in the food you eat to burn. The calories you burn is very vital for losing or maintaining body weight.
When the body is able to burn calories, it helps in keeping your weight under control to avoid weight gain. Iron Foods that can help with maintaining a healthy weight includes iron fortified breads, oats, leafy greens, dried fruits (fibre rich ones). Our Daliha Turkey Berry Powder is full of fibre which improves metabolism and digestion.
If you are overweight or obese, include our Daliha Slim Tea into your diet. It contains iron and other essential components that helps boost metabolism so you can achieve a healthy weight.
3. Improves energy levels
Energy is life. When you are energized mentally and physically you are able to accomplish a lot. When your body is weak and tired it can have negative effects on your productivity.
Iron is very vital in the production of haemoglobin which helps in the transport of oxygen to the muscles and tissues.
Studies have shown that fatigue is one of the top most symptoms of iron deficiency. This is because less oxygen reaches the muscles and tissues depriving them of oxygen coupled with the fact that the heart has to pump more blood to other parts of the body affecting energy levels.
Athletes or Sports Persons can enhance their energy and endurance when they eat iron rich foods. Iron foods that provides energy include potatoes, dark chocolate, whole grains like brown rice and oats.
Our Daliha Juices, Teas and Powders are caffeine free and helps boost energy levels in a natural way.
4. Prevents Cravings
Iron deficiency can lead to certain cravings that can be detrimental to health. Mostly craving for certain foods is an indication that the body is lacking other nutrients. In some cases, cravings can lead to weight gain.
In some other cases it can even cause Pica. Pica is a condition that makes iron deficient individuals crave for non-nutritive foods like clay, paper, sand, ice cubes, dust, and other inedible things.
Studies show that this condition affects about 10-30% of children and some women and pregnant women also do suffer it. Eat iron and fibre rich foods to suppress craving. Legumes, lean meat and chicken, leafy veggies are all good.
5. Improves Heart Health
In severe cases when you are low on iron, your heart must pump more blood to other cells due to the lack of oxygen getting to these cells of the body. This usually causes rapid heartbeat because there is more pressure on the heart to function. This may lead to serious damages to the heart or even cause heart failure in some cases.
When you have enough iron in your diet it helps the heart to function at a steady and controlled rate in pumping blood to the necessary organs. Foods like salmon, turkey berries, tuna, avocados, flaxseed, blue berries and grapes are good sources of iron that supports hearth health. Our Daliha Turkey Berry Teas and Powders are great options.
Iron Nutrition is a critical factor in general wellbeing because it helps in the production of red blood cells. Approximately 7-8% of a person’s body weight is blood. The blood in the body basically gives life to all human cells. Severe anemia can cause death if not treated early.
When you become deficient in iron for long your body will use all the iron stored in the liver. If your diet cannot replenish the iron stores you may have to include iron supplements. The dosage of iron drug you need will be determined by your doctor or physician. Don’t take an iron drug without consulting your Doctor. Remember to consult your physician if you experience any of the above symptoms to make an informed decision whether you have low iron issues or not.
If you want to avoid or prevent iron deficiency or better still avoid iron drugs you have to always eat foods rich in iron. This is the best way to go.
We have a range of iron rich foods which is organic, full of fibre, gluten-free, caffeine-free and many other essential nutrients for you to choose from.
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