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Why Anemia Lowers Your Energy

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Have you been feeling completely exhausted lately? Maybe you decided to be proactive about it and you went to the doctor for some blood work to see what’s going on. The doctor found that your iron levels are low and you received a diagnosis of anemia. But you probably want to understand why low iron so severely impacts your energy levels and what your treatment options are.

Why Is Iron Important?

Iron is a mineral needed in small quantities to facilitate oxygen transport. About 70% of the iron in the body is found inside two proteins called myoglobin and hemoglobin. The primary role of these proteins is to transport oxygen to the tissues that need it. 

Hemoglobin carries oxygen from the lungs to the body’s organs through the blood,  whereas myoglobin transports and shuttles oxygen to the muscles. Without iron, the body is unable to make these important proteins to carry oxygen. This leaves pale looking red blood cells that are ineffective. In turn, tissues and organs are unable to get the oxygen they need to function.

Iron and Energy

Without enough oxygen, the body’s organs are not operating at their peak levels. Instead, they are struggling to keep up with day-to-day demands. Because they have to work so hard, you are left feeling exhausted. This is why, no matter how much you might sleep or rest, you still feel completely exhausted when you have anemia. 

With iron deficiency, you may also get dizzy, have pale skin, feel cold all the time, have difficulty concentrating, or get sick often. 

But fatigue is not the only symptom of anemia. With iron deficiency, you may also get dizzy, have pale skin, feel cold all the time, have difficulty concentrating, or get sick often. Basically, your body is just struggling to keep up without the oxygen it truly needs. 

Improving Anemia and Energy

If you have been officially diagnosed with anemia, your doctor may prescribe supplements or encourage you to eat morefoods high in iron. These two options can help prevent anemia from getting worse, but they don’t usually help bring iron and hemoglobin levels back to normal. There are a few reasons why diet changes and supplements might not be enough to improve your energy. 

First, iron from food and supplements is notoriously poorly absorbed, so getting it where it needs to go to make new blood cells is a challenge. Calcium, coffee, tea and whole grains can all interfere with the absorption of iron. The type of iron you take can also impact absorption.

Additionally, even if the body is able to absorb the iron, there is no guarantee that it will be used to make new hemoglobin cells. The first step to making new cells is for the kidneys to release a hormone that signals the bone marrow to start production. 

Simply taking iron supplements is not enough to encourage this to happen, particularly if there is an underlying condition causing iron deficiency. Inflammation caused by liver, kidney or thyroid disease can all impact the body’s ability to make new hemoglobin. Other illnesses and medications can also slow your body’s ability to make new hemoglobin. So just supplementing with iron or eating more high-iron foods is not enough to give you more energy.

A well-rounded treatment for anemia needs to include quality sources of supplemental iron and nutrients that help the body naturally boost production of hemoglobin.Prohemia Natural Blood Support from Native Origins tackles the issue of anemia from all these angles to help you feel better and have more energy right away. If you’re tired of feeling tired all the time, Prohemia can help. With our 90-Day Money-Back Guarantee, you can try it risk-free.

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