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The Most Common Nutrient Deficiency: Iron

Elements Massage Scottsdale on Shea Jul 31, 2013

Iron is a critical mineral our bodies need that is used in many cell functions and is the most common nutrient deficiency found in the United States. Not enough iron in our bodies can lead to a host of adverse health conditions that are otherwise easy to avoid. The most common condition resulting from an iron deficiency is anemia. Anemia is a condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood and results in symptoms of weariness or exhaustion.

 

It is believed that iron deficiency is caused by either an increased need of iron in the body (for example, small children who are rapidly growing, pregnant women, or people who lose blood), or a decreased absorption of iron taken into the body mostly related to diet or medical conditions. The signs and symptoms of iron deficiency are largely manifested only if anemia occurs but can include decreased performances at work, decreased immune function, and general feelings of exhaustion and weakness.

 

To prevent it, it is important to eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. Vitamin C also enables your body to absorb iron better! Another course of action that has proven results to help decrease anemia is regular massage treatments, specifically Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, hot stone massage, and reflexology. Talk to your massage therapist at our Elements Massage Scottsdale on Shea studio today to address your specific needs!

Elements Scottsdale on Shea: 480- 941-3077

 

Source Material:

http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/vitamins/iron.html

http://www.massagecollege.org/02/massage-and-anemia/

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