woman with a flowerDid you know that without sufficient iron, your body will begin to deteriorate? This is because it can no longer transport oxygen throughout your body, nor can it distribute nutrients.

So if you’re on a journey to becoming healthier, you aren’t absorbing all the vitamins and minerals from your fruits, veggies, smoothies and supplements.

If you’re anemic, you need to fix your iron levels, so that you can truly witness enhanced well-being. Let’s first learn more about how iron works in the body and then we’ll go into the foods and herbs that you can consume to help raise the levels.

Iron is needed for oxygen and nutrient distribution

Iron is a mineral that your red blood cells need to operate properly. When you have sufficient iron, your red blood cells deliver oxygen to all the tissues in your body, and stores oxygen inside of your muscles, which is needed and used when you exercise.

The more iron you have, the more red blood cells can be produced by your bone marrow. This means more will be stored in your liver for oxygen distribution to take place. This also gives your body plenty of distributors to transport all of the vitamins and minerals that you consume.

Other roles iron plays in the body includes converting blood sugar into energy (very important for athletes and fitness enthusiasts) and producing enzymes, which are needed for creating amino acids, new cells, neurotransmitters and hormones (very important when you’re trying to overcome an illness).

Overcoming sickness is more difficult when iron levels are low, since your immune system also relies on iron to properly function.

Since iron is needed for proper mental and physical growth, it’s important that you have sufficient amounts during pregnancy and as a child.

How most people become iron deficient

Iron deficiency is the first stage of insufficient iron levels. When this isn’t corrected soon enough, it can lead to anemia. There are different ways that you can lose red blood cells and various conditions that can prevent formation of new red blood cells to replace them (an operation performed by your bone marrow).

Some of the ways that you can lose red blood cells include:

Sweating (especially for training athletes)

Urination

Defacation (bowel movements)

Exfoliation (Dead skin cells)

Menstruation (especially those who have heavy cycles)

Bleeding from wounds

Bleeding from pregnancy/delivery