FOR THE LADIES!
“You need some iron.”
“Who you tellin’ Sis!”
“Really! You tell me you’re experiencing weakness, shortness of breath, light-headedness, cold hands and feet, a rapid heartbeat, inflammation of your tongue … you need a boost!”
“Like a car battery girl! You ain’t never lied, lol!”
“You know at a certain age we women need a lot more of our essentials like F.E.”
“You singin’ to the choir honey — F-me, F-you, hell, F-everybody for that matter!”
“Blu, what in the heck are you talking about?’
“…uh…I don’t know. What are you talking about?”
“An iron supplement. For your diet! You probably have an iron deficiency.”
“Ooooh! – yeah, yeah, you can never get enough of that stuff! … iron I mean. Going to the vitamin shop right now and get a bottle … Holla!”
The good part about approaching your AARP years is that with age comes much wisdom and experience. The worst part is — well, we get old.
Our beautifully orchestrated bodies produce less and less of the essential elements we once took for granted in our youth, like of course, iron.
Iron (ferrous sulfate) is especially important to women due to the one event that doesn’t occur in HIS life: a period.
Women should particularly pay attention to their iron levels, especially during menopause when things can become, shall we say, extreme and ‘iron deficiency anemia’ can develop. Like in my case. Here’s the science behind it:
Iron is an essential mineral. “The major reason we need it is that it helps to transport oxygen throughout the body,” says Paul Thomas, EdD, RD, a scientific consultant to the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements.
Iron is an important component of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body. Hemoglobin represents about two-thirds of the body’s iron. If you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells. A lack of red blood cells is called iron deficiency anemia.
Initially, iron deficiency anemia can be so mild that it goes unnoticed. But as the body becomes more deficient in iron the signs and symptoms intensify. Some of the symptoms can be;
Shortness of breath
Dizziness or light-headedness
Cold hands and feet
Inflammation or soreness of your tongue
Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt or starch
Poor appetite, especially in infants and children with iron deficiency anemia
An uncomfortable tingling or crawling feeling in your legs (Ugh! Had this one. Horrible!)