Tomorrow morning thousands of British women will leave their homes and get run down

Don’t panic. There’s every chance you’ll make it through the week in one piece. But how will you feel at the end of the day?
Strong as an ox and bursting with vitality? Or are you more likely to feel worn out and lethargic - with barely enough energy to turn off the television? (And thank heavens for the remote control unit).

Your not alone. Most women do feel tired and run down some - if not lots - of the time. And for most of our adult lives we’ve accepted this as normal. But we don’t have to any more.
In Britain seven out of ten women aged 19 - 54 get less than their recommended dietary intake of iron. With at least one in ten running an increased risk of iron deficiency.* But why is iron so essential? And what does it actually do for you?
Put simply, iron is necessary for the formation of red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body.
Low iron levels result in difficulty in carrying oxygen in the blood and into muscles to provide energy. And that’s when you start to slow down.

So unfortunately, feeling tired may be an early sign of your body lacking iron. A minority of women do eventually become seriously iron deficient. On the advice of their doctor, these women may need to boost their iron levels with artificial mineral supplements .

For most of us, however, nutritional experts agree that it’s far better to get the iron which we need from natural foods. It all comes down to a healthy, balanced diet. As a part of which foods , such as meat ,which contains a high percentage of absorbable iron play an important role.

Haem iron (found in red meat, poultry and seafood) is a form that is much more easily absorbed by the body than non - heam iron (found in vegetables, bread and cereals ).
For instance a moderate (140g) serving of grilled lean rump steak not only contains about three times more iron than an average (70g) serving of cooked spinach, but around twelve times as much of the iron present is actually absorbed.
As a general rule, the redder the meat, the higher the iron content.
Lean beef and lamb are two of the best sources of easily absorbed iron. If you do suspect that you do have an iron problem, ask your doctor about your ferritin levels (iron stores). And what to do if they’re low?
Changing your eating habits could make a difference.

Are you getting your essential daily iron?

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