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Here is how iron deficiency can impact your health

Written by Editorial Team | Published : June 22, 2019 1:13 PM IST

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Iron

Iron deficiency causes anaemia. This is a well-known fact now. And, to stay away from this condition, people try to increase their intake of iron-rich foods like spinach, red meat, pumpkin etc. But, they don’t know that doing that can not only help them get rid of anaemia but also can lower body’s cholesterol levels, says a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine. According to WHO, high cholesterol levels are majorly responsible for cardiovascular disease and stroke, causing around 2.6 million deaths each year globally. Iron is a mineral significant for transportation of oxygen in the blood. It also regulates your body temperature, immune system, and keeps the gastrointestinal function optimal. According to National Institute of Health, an adult male should have at least 8 mg iron a day and an adult should have 18 mg of this useful mineral. If your body is iron deficient, you may be at risk of developing various types of diseases and conditions characterised by extreme fatigue, weakness, headaches, pale skin etc. Iron deficiency may occur due to blood loss, a lack of iron in your diet, body’s inability to absorb this mineral, and pregnancy. Here we tell you about conditions may occur you your body doesn’t have enough of this mineral.

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Heart Problem

Yoga is increasingly gaining popularity across the globe. Medical science has also supported many of its benefits living including the positive impact it can have on our heart health. Practicing yoga can increase your flexibility, strengthen your muscles, reduce stress, boost stamina, and improve immunity. Since all yoga poses are accompanied with breathing exercises, your respiratory system gets the most benefit out of it. Yoga improves blood circulation and helps in managing weight, which in turn helps in attaining optimum heart health. Research has also shown that yoga helps improve cardiovascular health by calming the nervous system, reducing disease-causing inflammation, controlling blood pressure, and boosting beneficial HDL cholesterol. It is claimed that yoga can work as effectively as brisk walking and cycling in reducing heart disease risk. However, it is always advisable to consult a yoga trainer before doing any yoga asana, especially if you suffer from some pathological conditions. If you have hypertension or any heart disease like arterial blockage, you should avoid yoga asanas that can increase blood flow to the heart or pressurize the heart to pump more. Below are some yoga poses which are not recommended for people with heart problems:

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Suppressed Growth

Suppressed growth: According to a study published in the journal The BMJ, iron deficiency can potentially cause impaired child development.