Ok… so you’ve just heard the current ad on the radio, talking about how low Iron can lead to fatigue and dizziness.. and the statistic that around half of all women are low in Iron. The ad then quickly prompts you to run out and purchase a certain brand-named Iron supplement, which is then quickly backed up with an endorsement from the Medical fraternity.
Whoa! I bet you didn’t even know you needed Iron until you heard that compelling story, right?
Sadly, Iron is something that I believe is overmarketed in this country.. and to suggest that it's as simple as popping a tablet to fix all your woes, is really just another way of delivering the band-aided "symptomatic relief" model that we have come to accept as the norm.
I aliken low iron to headaches – and instead of just taking a tablet for relief, I want to challenge you to ask yourself the question "WHY is this happening to me??”. You see, it's all good and well to reach for that supplement drawer when you know you are low, but is this really an ideal long-term solution?
Remember that taking elemental iron can come with a myriad of side effects, including nausea and constipation.
So before you kneejerk in the exact manner that a cleverly-designed ad wants you to, I urge you to have a read of some of the ways one can end up with low Iron. If you think you can relate to any of them, I would suggest that at some point, you take the initiative to resolve the problem for good and seek some sound advice. You're welcome. :P