By Tia Cristy
What is the point of taking iron? Well, iron is one element we can not live without. There are about 12 forms of iron, to help keep your hemoglobin and blood happy. Not every source of iron is absorbed the same way, for everyone. If you have a low reading on your hemoglobin, you maybe diagnosed with iron deficient anemia. Which will result in taking an iron supplement or in drastic cases a blood transfusion.
If you are feeling tired, sluggish, confused, have muscle spasms, a bluish tint to the whites of your eyes or a number of other symptoms, you will want to contact your doctor to have your iron levels tested as soon as possible. Iron deficiency is very serious, if unaddressed.
A great home test, that not many people know about, to self check your iron, is getting a piece of yellow gold, (doesn’t work with white unless you’re extremely deficient). It may seem crazy, but it really works.
Take the gold ring, with the flat of the band, apply a good amount of pressure while you run it down the side of your face. If it leaves noting but just a red mark from where you rubbed it you may be alright, but if you are having symptoms, still call your doctor. But, if it leaves behind a black line, you probably are deficient and are in need of iron. If you can make a black line appear on the arm, you are probably more deficient than you’d expect. So, be sure to contact your doctor to get the level tested asap.
As I said, not all iron absorbs the same way, some people reject certain forms and accept others. If you have a problem with iron absorption, you may have to see a hematologist for iron transfusions. There are many forms and methods for iron, and your doctor can help you achieve the proper results.
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By Tia Cristy