Low iron is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world, and is the only nutrient deficiency that is significantly prevalent in the western world, according to the World Health Organisation.
A staggering 2 billion people (that’s over 30% of the world’s population!) are thought to suffer from some degree of iron deficiency. And it’s especially common in women, specifically those of childbearing age.So chances are, you’re low in it too.
The body uses iron to make haemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that transports oxygen around the body. When you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells, you start to feel pretty exhausted.
If your body is not efficiently transporting oxygen to the lungs, feeling breathlessness after minimal exertion can occur. You may also be finding that your spinning classes are getting tougher, not easier, as low iron levels can cause your endurance to suffer too.