Nutrient deficiencies can sneak up on you without you noticing. If you ever experience unexplained fatigue you might not be processing iron in your diet efficiently or you could be low in iodine which helps in the process of iron. You obtain iron through the foods you eat, along with iodine. Too little iodine and it could affect your thyroid function. An under active thyroid could lead to symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, sensitivity to cold, and dry skin among other things. You can improve your chances of taking in the right amount of minerals and nutrients by making sure you eat more veggies, cut out over-processed junk and food high in refines sugar. Also cut back on alcoholic beverages, soda and fried foods. Doing these things will help insure that you have the proper levels of iron. Supplementing with iron is not advised because it can lead to too much iron. If you often wake up tired and sluggish or have mid-day slumps in energy, it might be time to consider your thyroid function. Consult with a professional to find out if your nutrient levels are too low or too high, addressing low iodine or poor functioning thyroid might be the answer.
- 1Iron is a required mineral, that women are often deficient, but sleep may be tied to an overabundance of iron.
- 2It is thought that an underactive thyroid can lead to this overabundance and similar symptoms.
- 3If women are able to take in more iodine, it can reverse this problem and help with those iron and thyroid issues.
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