MOST people dismiss their tiredness and lack of energy due to running around and leading busy lives, but fatigue could hide a more serious underlying problem; iron deficiency.
Millions of people are not getting enough iron and it is the most common nutritional gap in the UK with a survey showing almost one in four women have low iron intakes.
It also revealed that one in three female athletes have such low iron stores they are at high risk of clinical anaemia and 60 per cent are ‘depleted’ in iron. The mineral is essential for energy because it is a building block for the red blood cells that transport oxygen around the body.
Common signs are tiredness and lethargy, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and a pale complexion, but less common symptoms can be suffering from headaches, an altered sense of taste, feeling itchy and hair loss.
To increase your iron intake, lean red meat is a good source of nutrients with high iron levels with a steak providing three times more iron than chicken and 250 per cent more than broccoli. To further boost your intake, try drinking fruit juice.