About 9 percent of women suffer from an iron deficiency, according to the most recent stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—but that number’s even higher for physically active women, say experts. How can you tell if your levels are a little low? Be on the lookout for these 10 warning signs.
The body uses iron to make hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen so when you don’t have enough healthy blood cells, you start to feel exhausted.
Neurotransmitter synthesis may be altered in people with an iron deficiency, leading to lower-than-normal functionality.
This can happen whether you’re at the gym or simply walking to your car—but why? Without enough iron in the blood, the body becomes starved for oxygen.
4.Unusually Pale Skin
A washed-out appearance can be caused by reduced blood flow and decreased number of red blood cells.
Another byproduct of that altered neurotransmitter synthesis? Apathy toward anything and everything—friends, family, work, even the latest episode of The Bachelor.
6.Trouble doing your normal workout
Low iron levels can cause your endurance to suffer.
If you actually do drag yourself to the gym, you’ll probably feel the burn for longer than normal afterward: Not having enough iron deprives your muscles of their ability to recover properly, leading to achiness.
8. Brittle Nails
Even the cutest mani/pedi can’t hide thin, frail fingernails and toenails. Another way your tips can tip you off to a possible iron deficiency: a concave or spoon-shaped depression in the nails.
9. Frequent Infections
If you get sick often—particularly if you’re always suffering from respiratory illnesses—iron deficiency might be the culprit.
10. Pink or Red Urine
We saved the weirdest for last. Beeturia is what happens when you eat beets and excrete reddish urine.This occurs in 10 to 14 percent of normal people, the number is much higher in people with an iron deficiency and is caused by increased intestinal absorption of certain pigments.