Physical activity and iron: Tips for those who practice sport

Being active and participating in sports helps contribute to the health and well-being of the human body. Nevertheless, too much intensive training and sweating can result in the loss of valuable energy and mineral salts.

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In cases of iron deficiency, which is associated with particular pathological conditions, including iron malabsorption, or physiological conditions, such as pregnancy, menstrual cycle, and breastfeeding, the feeling of general physical exhaustion can be more intense or prolonged following physical activity.

It has been demonstrated that iron deficiency is particularly common in people who participate in endurance sports as a result of micro-bleeding or in professional athletes who are required to practice intensively on a regular basis, which leads to greater consumption of iron.

Increased depletion of reserves can also be seen in women who are of childbearing age and in young people, where better iron consumption is also complemented by an increased requirement for this nutrient.

Sports: How to manage iron deficiency

Iron is an important element for the transport of oxygen in the blood.

Sufficient consumption of iron is mandatory for people who practice physical exercise on both amateur as well as competitive levels, thereby contributing to the normal production of red blood cells and hemoglobin.

A varied and balanced diet, which guarantees the supply of all the macro- and micronutrients necessary for the body, is an excellent starting point, especially for athletes. Liver, beef, egg yolk, spleen, etc., in specific, are a great sources of iron with excellent bioavailability.

On the other hand, nuts, leafy green vegetables, oat flakes, and beans are some of the iron-rich plant-based foods that are also a crucial part of an athlete's diet.

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How to deal with physical activity in case of iron deficiency?

Under normal health conditions, a healthy and balanced diet is enough to provide the right amount of iron on a daily basis.

However, under some circumstances, there can be a deficiency or increased need for iron. The use of a dietary supplement in combination with a balanced diet is a great way to get iron into the body in times of need.

In case of deficiency or increased requirements for this nutrient, the SiderAL® range of dietary supplements is intended to supplement iron.

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