Ladies - exhausted to the point of tears?

  • Just put a post on another topic about this but thought i'd put it as its own thread so more people would get to read it.

    I recently read an article about excercise and mild anemia which stated that it is vital that women who partake in regular vigourous excercise (hands up if your cardio is vigarous) take a daily iron supplement. Excercises causes our red blood cells to be torn which causes them to release the iron they are carrying, this then gets secreated through our waste. Couple this with your monthly cycle and you quckly sucombe to the symptoms of mild anemia i.e tired, exhausted, energyless and constantly on the verge of tears.

    If your eating all your carbs but feel completely exhausted, I'm talking falling asleep on the way to work rather than way home, might be worth considering. I've suffered from bouts of anemia ever since i started regularly attending the gym about 4 years ago and was beginning to think there was something wrong with me before reading this article. Since then, however, i have been taking an iron supplement everyday and my problem has competly disappeared. 

    This may not be the case for all of you but if you've just started excercising regularly after a long time not or your excercising much more vigourously than your used to an, easy way to see if the programme has made you a little anemic is to look at the inside of your lower eyelid, it should be really red if its pale thats a good sign you need more iron.

    Either way taking an iron supplement isnt going to do you any harm and if that is what it is you'll feel better in a couple of days.

    "The future will be made up of the present. By taking good care of the present, we take good care of the future." Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Your multi vitamin should have Iron.  Some do not so make sure you check.  

  • Such a great reminder to monitor this!  I posted a few weeks ago about weightlifting bruises and again about almost passing out on the treadmill the same week.  I have been taking a multi-vitamin with iron, but that is not enough if you are anemic (as I have been on and off since I was little).  Turns out, it was anemia and it explained A LOT.  I really wish I had checked it out as soon as the exhaustion and dizziness started, but I just assumed it was because I was pushing myself so hard.  The great thing about BFL is that it really does not allow you to ignore your body for long.  When you are this focused on health,  you feel when something is really not right.  Thanks for posting!

    runninggrl :)

  • Thanks SianmcLaren for the info,  I too had a few days when I could hardly keep my eyes open.  One day so bad I lost my cell phone.  At this time I almost quit the competition as well (I was about 3 weeks in).  soon after that time I added beef to my menus because I was getting sick of chicken and have felt somewhat better but still do not have the energy that most talk about having this far into the competition (I am on the 7th week).  I assumed that it is because I work outside in Phoenix AZ and the weather is in the 90's now and this makes a body very tired.  I will go out today and get a multi with iron in it and see if this helps.  

  • You really may have hit on something here. Alot of us complain about total exhaustion in the challenge. I will certainley check this out and make sure to get my iron in. Thanks so much for posting.

  • The iron in a multi-vitamin is minimal (usually just 15% of the daily value). We may need an iron tablet. I  always feel better when I have. In fact, my stomach feels way better when I take iron, a multi, and folate. I also take vitamin-C with the iron because C keeps the iron in a form your body can absorb and use. Just a heads up!


  • Your right on there Abby

    Even taking a multi vit with Iron after 6 months of being fine I hit another slump last week. 7 days of iron tablets and I'm back to my usual energy levels.

    "The future will be made up of the present. By taking good care of the present, we take good care of the future." Thich Nhat Hanh

  • well i'm going to chime in with the opposite advice.  Not everyone needs an iron supplement.  The only way to know if you need on is to get your iron and ferritin levels checked by your doctor.

  • I gotta agree with Ilpirata... My wife the future pharmacist urges that you should definitely not start taking an iron supplement without consultation and lab-work through your doctor.  If you feel there is an iron deficiency either get checked out by your doctor and/or increase your dark/leafy green vegetable intake like spinich/broccoli or possibly eat more LEAN red meats (you need that protein anyways, right?)