Do you suffer from fatigue, joint, and muscle pain? Have you ever thought that these symptoms could be due to iron overload?
Iron is a crucial mineral necessary for maintaining good health. It plays a vital role as a primary component of hemoglobin, the molecule responsible for transporting oxygen throughout the body. By carrying oxygen to the cells, hemoglobin facilitates energy production and supports cellular development and repair processes. During the menopausal transition, which can be likened to a roller coaster ride, iron levels may also experience fluctuations.
Many women are at risk for iron deficiency when they have a regular menstrual cycle or go through peri-menopause and experience heavier menstrual periods.
In post-menopause, women are more likely to have issues with toxic iron overload. When you are no longer menstruating you don’t have the opportunity to release iron with your monthly bleed anymore. Over time your iron starts to store, leading to iron overload.
Iron overload is a condition characterized by excessive accumulation of iron in the body. Iron overload often develops gradually, and symptoms may not be apparent in the early stages. Common symptoms include fatigue, joint pain, abdominal pain, loss of libido, and darkening of the skin.
If left untreated, iron overload can lead to serious complications, such as liver cirrhosis, diabetes, heart problems, and joint damage.
In this Fit and Vibrant You podcast episode, I chat with Dustin McFarland all about iron and iron overload.
✔︎ Common symptoms of iron overload
✔︎ What blood markers to test (and the optimal values)
✔︎ Why you might have excess iron
✔︎ Simple (and mostly zero-cost) strategies to reduce your iron levels
Dustin McFarland FDN-P, CNC is a board-certified holistic health practitioner and founder of Serious About Wellness LLC. Through his own health challenges and struggles, Dustin decided at an early age that the only way he would heal himself was to learn as much as possible about being healthy. While being a personal trainer and a nutritional health coach, Dustin found his passion for helping others with their health. He is serious about helping people achieve optimal health thru diet and lifestyle changes. He specializes in getting people out of the cycle of trial and error by focusing on their whole picture which includes; hormones, immune system, digestion, detoxification, energy systems, and neurological health. With a philosophy of maximizing every aspect of life for him and his clients, he is serious and very passionate about helping people take care of the most important asset in this life, their health.
Connect with Dustin online: https://seriousaboutwellness.com/
Disclaimer: The content provided in this episode is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment options specific to your condition.