- Low energy and fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Cold and/or pale hands and feet
- Headaches and migraines
- Weight gain
- Mental health symptoms and conditions - anxiety, depression, and neurological conditions
- Poor healing of wounds, or other skin conditions
- Dizziness, fainting, and brain fog
- Heart conditions - angina, tachycardia (high pulse rate), hypertension (high blood pressure)
- And even cancers.
There are many types of anaemia, but "anaemia" is defined as having low red blood cell count and/or low haemoglobin levels in blood tests. Iron deficiency anaemia is very common in my clients, but it's often not being tested or identified or treated properly.
Iron is needed, amongst other things, to make haemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in the red blood cells. If there's not enough iron, haemoglobin production and red blood cell production and function will be affected, causing poor circulation, reduced oxygen supply to the cells and tissues, reduced function of all cells, reduced energy (as oxygen is needed for energy production), and other symptoms of muscle aches and pains, headaches and migraines, heart pains, higher heart/pulse rate (as the heart compensates for the lower oxygen supply), higher blood pressure, poor stamina, brain fog and confusion, fainting and dizziness, shortness of breath, pallor (pale skin), and more.
The low oxygen level and poor circulation causes hypoxia, being low levels of oxygen in the body tissues. Other than with the above symptoms, hypoxia can be tested either with your doctor or other health practitioner with a "pulse oximeter" and confirmed with blood tests too. However, start with blood tests if you have any of the above symptoms, as a lower oxygen saturation level from a pulse oximeter can be slower to see the effects of the low iron and low haemoglobin levels.
If an iron deficiency anaemia is found, treating this with an iron supplement or even iron infusion in severe cases, may give some symptom relief, but doesn't fix the problem or its causes. There are risks and side effects to many iron supplements and even from an iron infusion.
Just taking iron supplements to improve haemoglobin or red blood cell levels isn't the answer to hypoxia. There are multiple root causes of low iron levels, anaemia and hypoxia, which all need to be checked and confirmed or ruled out, before implementing a plan to fix the causes of the low iron and low circulation and low oxygen levels. However, you need to get your blood test results interpreted properly from an IIFP trained practitioner (via the Institute for Integrative and Functional Pathology) and not your GP. This link explains why and what you can do about getting a more holistic analysis of your blood test results:
Finding and treating the hypoxia and iron deficiency anaemia isn't difficult and doesn't take too long! And people with chronic iron deficiency anaemia and hypoxia will start to feel improvements and reduction of symptoms quite quickly!
When the level of red blood cells and haemoglobin increase, there will be improved circulation and oxygen supply to cells and tissues, and many symptoms will reduce and you will feel a lot better! This can prevent the more serious complications of chronic anaemia listed above.