Near the end of 2016 I didn't quite feel 100%.Being a nutritionist I am very conscious of what I put into my body,and also lifestyle factors that can impact on my health and vitality.I was eating a very wholesome balanced diet rich in wholefoods (lots of fresh vegetables,fruit,protein,healthy fats and wholegrain carbohydrates),我每周锻炼5-6次，每晚睡8小时，meditating most day,但有些事情还是不太对劲。
I went to my doctor because I wanted to get a full set of blood tests to see what was going on.A few days after getting my blood tests done I got a phone call from my doctor saying everything was"okay"and all my test came back in the normal range.Knowing what I know,我要求把测试发给我，以便进一步调查，and little behold I found my iron (ferritin) levels were low. The range for ferritin an adult female is 20-170,I was sitting at 35.Looking at this result from a holistic perspective I knew this was the one reason I was feeling fatigued,I was slightly anemic.
Iron plays a huge role in energy production in the body.当红细胞失去铁的时候，它们就会收缩，变小。没有健康的红细胞，your body can't get enough oxygen,the consequence of not having enough oxygen in the body is constant fatigue. It can take up to 3 months to increase depleted iron stores as each red blood cell that carries iron has a life of 120 days.Knowing this I knew it was something I had to stay on top of for a minimum of 3 months,然后再做一组血液测试，重新进入我现在的位置（我现在正在做）。
This is also something I see a lot in clinic.I see many clients who are feeling fatigued and are seeking help to increase their energy levels,and more often than not when I ask these clients for their recent blood tests their ferriten levels are often below 60.
I work with many clients who's ferriten levels are on the lower end of the scale.Anyone who has ferriten levels under 60 is more than likely going to have symptoms of fatigue.我不是说这是导致你能量低的唯一原因，但是，如果你感到情绪低落，不明白为什么做一些血液测试是值得的，然后寻求全科医生的帮助来帮助你解释你的结果。
What I did to increase my iron levels:
- I started eating red meat 2x per week (I'm not the biggest red meat fan so I would only have it once every two – three weeks,but I have been making e a conscious effort to make sure I had it in my diet twice a week).
- I supplemented with iron bisglynicate (this form is the most bio-available form on iron to the body,which doesn't cause constipation).我确定我吃了维生素C（柠檬，leafy greens,西兰花)帮助铁的吸收。
- 我开始添加Natava SuperfoodsOrganics Spirulina Powderto my smoothies on a regular basis.
- 早上我继续吃生苹果醋饮料来维持我的肠胃。adding fermented foods to more meals,and supplemented with a probiotic at night.Iron is absorbed in the gut,so good gut health is essential if you need to increase your iron levels.
Even though it takes 120 days for your red blood cells to develop I personally noticed a huge difference in my energy levels within 3-4 weeks.我今天仍在把这些改变落实到我的生活方式中。Just a note – if you are vegetarian or vegan consuming red meat doesn't have to be an option.There are plenty of ways to get your iron levels up with being on plant-based diet.This is something I will touch on in a future post.
If low iron levels is something you struggle with,or if you are feeling fatigue and think iron could be contributing to your symptoms it may be worth getting some blood tests done so you can delve a little deeper.If you need help interpreting your results or are interested in seeking further help to get to the bottom of your fatigue I'd love tosee you for a咨询帮助你恢复健康和精力！!