There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for an iron deficiency, as the best remedy depends upon the severity of condition and type of lifestyle. When a doctor treats an iron deficiency, he or she focuses on increasing the iron the body stores to reach normal levels.
Since there are many different symptoms associated with this nutrient deficiency, doctors may also have to treat the symptoms caused by the deficiency in the body.
If you have an iron deficiency, these are some treatment options to consider and discuss with your doctor.
Natural Treatments with Iron-Rich Foods
One natural and easy way to treat an iron deficiency is to eat more foods that contain high amounts of iron. Some foods have more iron than others, because iron is naturally found in some foods and can also be added to other fortified food products.
Red meat is the best source of iron; however, some people do not eat red meat because of other health conditions, religious beliefs, or environmental concerns. Other meats that are rich in iron include chicken, turkey, fish, and shellfish. Vegans or vegetarians can try incorporating non-meat foods like peas, soybeans, lentils, kale, and other iron-rich foods into their diets.
Sometimes iron-rich foods alone aren’t enough to get iron up to a healthy level. Supplements, like Fergon Iron restoreTM, can help the body build up iron stores. Iron supplements may be needed for several months before iron levels fully return to normal, but most people start feeling their symptoms ease within a few days.
It’s important to only take the recommended dosage of iron supplements, because iron overdose is possible and dangerous. Depending on the type of iron you’re taking, many doctors will recommend taking iron tablets with vitamin C to help with the absorption of iron. It’s also often recommended that you avoid taking iron supplements with antacids because these can impair absorption.
For Severe Cases of Iron Deficiency
In severe cases, some doctors may recommend blood transfusions or IV therapy. These treatments are usually used only if a patient is at risk for other serious conditions or if a patient is unable to take a supplement in pill form.
If you are experiencing any or all the symptoms of iron deficiency, ask your doctor about which option is best for you and your health.