Think you’re lacking iron?
So how much iron does a properly functioning body need to stay healthy? It has been reported that most female athletes only consume 1,600 to 2,000 calories per day, which typically provides about 12 mg of iron – compare that to the recommended intake for premenopausal women of 18 mg daily. Postmenopausal women have a lower recommendation of 8 mg per day, but that number jumps to 27 mg for those who are pregnant.
Taking the correct amount of iron is something everybody should be conscious of, but it’s particularly important for the female endurance athletes out there. Get your iron levels checked before and after you start a new training program so that you can supplement if necessary and use your iron intake to pump more iron, perform well, and create a healthier, happier you.
Look out for these 12 signs
1) Lack of energy and feelings of weakness
2) A pale complexion
3) Shortness of breath
4) Difficulty maintaining regular body temperature
5) Irregular heartbeat
6) An inflamed tongue
7) Feelings of dizziness
8) Problems with concentration
10) Chest pain
11) Constant feelings of grumpiness
12) Brittle nails
By Jenevieve Roper, PhD (ABD), CSCS