Mar 28, 2019
Iron is an essential mineral that is crucial for athletic performance because it helps transport oxygen around our body. Iron not only keeps our immune systems healthy, but also helps our body with vital functions such as energy production, growth, development, and the synthesis of hormones. Common symptoms of iron deficiency include: ❌fatigue ❌dizziness ❌pale skin color ❌hair loss ❌irritability ❌weakness ❌brittle nails How can you get your iron intake up through diet alone? Incorporate all these foods in your daily diet: ✔️quality red meat (bison, extra lean ground beef, top sirloin, etc...) ✔️shellfish ✔️spinach ✔️kale ✔️liver ✔️legumes ✔️pumpkin seeds ✔️broccoli ✔️watercress ✔️quinoa ✔️turkey ✔️dark chocolate Eat those foods with foods that help your body absorb iron such as: ✔️Vit C rich foods (citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, bell peppers, melons, strawberries) ✔️Beta-Carotene rich foods (carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, squash, red peppers, oranges, peaches, cantaloupe) ✔️Meat, Fish & Poultry Do NOT eat those foods around coffee, tea and milk around your iron rich meals as they have been shown to inhibit the absorption of non-heme iron. The exact amount of iron each individual needs in their diet is unique to their body, sex, age, and training style, amongst other factors. If you THINK you may be iron deficient based on the symptoms listed above, do not blindly supplement with iron - ask your doctor for a blood test as it's a free and easy way to ensure you are at the ideal level for optimal health and athletic performance! Leave a comment if you have any questions about your iron intake!