Iron deficiency anemia, often just referred to as anemia, is when the body is lacking sufficient amounts of iron. Iron is used by the body to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to vital organs and carries carbon dioxide back to the lungs. Lack of iron means lack of hemoglobin, which means that you body cannot get enough oxygen.
Anemia can be caused by any things:
- Not consuming enough iron-rich foods
- Internal bleeding from ulcers, cancer, or even hemorrhoids
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Digestive problems that don't allow the body to absorb iron, such as celiac disease or Chron's disease
Signs of iron deficiency anemia:
- Feeling weak and tired
- Shortness of breath
- Decreased cognitive functions
- Impaired immune system
Anemia is easily treatable by taking iron supplements and eating iron-rich foods such as poultry, fish, dried beans, and whole-grain bread.
As a …