A lot of people do not realize they lack iron until they have been diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia. Although symptoms of this micronutrient deficiency can be easily reversed, it can escalate to serious complications when left unchecked.
Iron plays a vital role in the production of hemoglobin, a protein found inside the red blood cells that is responsible for transport of oxygen throughout the body. When we lack iron, our body’s ability to absorb oxygen is also impaired, as well as the cellular processes that need oxygen to function.
Women with heavy period, pregnant moms, and children in growth years are at risk of developing iron deficiency as their body needs more iron than others. You can reduce your risk of having this nutritional disorder by eating a well-balanced diet and foods that are rich in iron. These include the following:
- Red meat, pork and poultry
- Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach
- Dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots
- Iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas
Meat is a good source of iron. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, you may take supplements and other alternatives that will provide you the right amount of iron your body needs.
Bentonite clay is enriched with trace minerals such as potassium, iron, and magnesium that can be used as a supplement. By mixing a tablespoon of bentonite clay with water, you create an instant drink that will make up for the nutrients your body needs.