If You Are Pumping Iron, Then Don’t Forget To Eat It Too!

Remember what it’s like to have endless energy? Nope, neither do I, well at least not until I get my Pre-workout down my throat that is! If you have children in your life then you have a constant reminder of what it was once like to have oodles of energy, they go from one thing to the next, running, jumping, laughing and crying without so much of a

It’s true that children are a little more efficient at converting macronutrients into energy, their energy pathways and hormonal responses are still relatively unadulterated by sugar, fat and artificial additives (at least they should be) meaning their metabolic pathways convert food to energy far better than the majority of adults.

But what if I told you that you can increase your energy levels through indirect means and not just through starchy carbohydrates and pre-workout supplements?

Underlying medical conditions aside, here is one of the main culprits for low energy…

 

Iron Deficiency

The World Health Organisation assert that iron deficiency anaemia is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies worldwide. This is proving to be a problem when it comes to energy levels, this is because iron is the main component of red blood cells, the oxygen transporters within our body.

Insufficient oxygen transport can cause tiredness and low energy, shortness of breath, heart palpitations (noticeable heartbeats) and pallor (pale complexion).

Iron deficiency can be caused by bleeding in the stomach, this can be relatively minor such as from anti-inflammatory drugs, or from more serious causes such as stomach or bowel cancer. Now I’m not saying you have this if you’re tired, but internal bleeding of any kind will need repairing, and your iron levels will need topping up as a result.

One of the primary causes of iron deficiency anaemia is female menstruation (periods), the excessive bleeding during that time of the month can cause acute iron deficiency. So if you’re concerned about your iron levels then try to up the quantities you eat of the following foods:
- Dark-green leafy vegetables, such as watercress and curly kale

- Iron-fortified cereals or bread

- Brown rice

- Pulses and beans

- Nuts and seeds

- Meat, fish and tofu

- Eggs

- Dried fruit such as dried apricots, prunes and raisins
If you struggle to get adequate amounts of these in then sort it out, alternatively consider an Iron Supplement and/or Multi-Vitamin & Mineral supplement.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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