Iron is an important mineral for the body. Keep in mind that you are deficient in iron in case you feel exhausted all day, or find it difficult to climb stairs without getting tangled (even if you are physically fit). This is especially true for females. Understanding the concern about the lack of iron in women is the writer and former actress Twinkle Khanna on Instagram. Talking about how your inbox is flooded with questions about ways to increase your iron intake, you shared some advice on what you do to maintain your daily iron intake.
Twinkle Khanna takes ways to increase iron intake
In its publication, Twinkle reveals a couple of plates and combinations of foods that help maintain your iron levels. The following are the dishes and food combinations you shared:
1. Oatmeal made with water or almond milk.
2. Spelled / amaranth / quinoa
3. Chopped nuts
4. Pumpkin seeds
Twinkle writes in his post that you should try these foods for 3 months and then see how they have contributed to the increase in iron levels in your body.
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Iron is an important component of hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that is responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. Women need more iron, since they lose blood every month during their menstrual periods. Women aged 19 to 50 need around 18 mg of iron per day, according to WebMd. Whereas, men in the same age group can do so with only 8 mg of daily iron intake.
It is after menopause that a woman's recommended daily intake of iron is reduced.
Also read: The 7 main reasons why your body needs iron-rich foods
Lack of iron can prevent your body from producing enough red blood cells and causing anemia. Iron deficiency can make you feel fatigued, affect the functioning of your brain and also negatively affect your immune system. Iron intake is especially important for women during pregnancy. Severe iron deficiency during pregnancy can lead to premature birth and the baby to be born smaller than normal. What is more is that iron is necessary for healthy skin, hair and nails.
Try to increase your iron intake like Twinkle and feel the difference. It's important for all the women out there!
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