Low iron levels can impact your day to day life more than you think. Even if you’re generally physically fit and well, low iron will make it harder to get through the day.
The main job of iron is to transport oxygen through your blood to the rest of your body.
When you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough haemoglobin to transport the oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body.
When your body doesn’t get the oxygen, you become fatigued and tired. You can sometimes get headaches, heart palpations, look paler and some people even have a sore mouth.
The fatigue from low iron can impact all aspects of your life. Iron keeps your cells healthy, including those for your skin, hair and nails.
The amount of iron you need will depend on a number of factors; your age, gender and stage of life. Pregnancy requires different amounts of iron. Women need to increase their iron intake to ensure the loss of iron during their periods is replenished. During menopause, your iron requirements will change again.
There are a variety of reasons why your iron levels might be low. When you come in for an appointment, we will discuss why your iron levels might be low and then a simple blood test can confirm your iron levels. Once we rule out any major concerns leading to why your iron is low, we can help get your iron back to what is best for you.
Iron can be consumed in your diet through a number of foods, and iron supplements can be a worthwhile option to help improve the levels of iron in your body. But, for some people, the best option is an iron infusion.
How does an Iron Infusion help?
An Iron Infusion provides iron directly to your bloodstream. The procedure can be completed in around half an hour and provide you with a level of iron that will last a longer amount of time – the approximate time your iron will last will depend on your personal health factors, your doctor will discuss this with you directly.
Iron infusions are often tolerated better than iron tablets and can have fewer side effects.
Make an appointment to discuss if an iron infusion is right for you.