August 2014

Iron Deficiency Anemia

What Is Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA)?


IDA occurs when we have a shortage of the heme form of iron in our body, and we are unable to either make a sufficient amount or decent quality of hemoglobin to carry adequate amounts of oxygen for our bodily needs. Ultimately this creates either a reduced amount or decreased quality of essential hemoglobin and this leads to either 1) a decreased number of red blood cells being manufactured, or 2) a decrease in the amount of hemoglobin within each red blood cell. Iron is also important because it plays an essential role in energy production for the body. It is essential in the formation and use of several enzymes and proteins. Iron also plays an important role in protection against the effects of stress, the proper functioning of the immune system and in our overall well-being.

No matter the cause (and there a number of causes but mostly dietary), IDA can create health problems which can negatively affect you and reduce the quality of your life. When it is very extreme it can on occasion be fatal.

Anemia occurs most commonly in young children (especially, those under two years of age), teenage girls, women of childbearing age, pregnant and breast feeding women and the elderly. In children, iron deficiency and IDA can cause developmental delays and long-term behavioral problems. In pregnant women, it increases the risk of a preterm onset of labor and delivering a below normal birth weight baby. While in the general population, periodic screening has helped reduce the total numbers of individuals suffering from chronic anemia, in women of childbearing age, iron deficiency has remained a significant problem.

If you, your child or spouse suffer from Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) then it must be treated. A normal intake of iron is essential not only for your immune system to function normally, but also to function optimally, at its highest ability to function and protect us from infection and illness.

The symptoms of IDA are basically tied to both our ability to bring adequate oxygen to our body and also to remove carbon dioxide and other toxic chemicals from our body. It is also tied to our immune system and our ability to fight infection and prevent certain illnesses.


IDA can impair our ability to function normally and to perform adequate, even excellent work. In children their ability to perform their school work and maximize their ability to learn what is being taught can be impaired. Our ability to concentrate can be impaired, we can have digestive system problems, increase nervousness and anxiety, tension, and headaches are common.

Increased frequency of colds, flu, bacterial and other viral infections

  • Feeling tired, fatigued or easy fatigability
  • Diminished physical capacity or ability to work and function Impaired concentration
  • Difficulty with digestion
  • Nervousness
  • Headaches
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Shortness of breath on exertion
  • Rapid pulse
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Brittle hair
  • A smoothing of the tongue
  • Brittle nails
  • Cracked or splits in the skin at the sides or corners of your mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing

  • For more information about IDA consider purchasing our book 30-Days To No More IDA, A Doctor's Proven Nutritional Program. This is an e-book and is easily available to download after purchasing it.