Iron is an extremely important element to most life forms on earth and that includes human beings. Iron is responsible for converting blood sugar to energy, so if you’re an athlete who relies on metabolic energy to sustain you through a training session or workout, iron is crucial to your success. Iron is needed to produce red blood cells and it also helps oxygen travel too all of the body’s cells where it then helps carbon dioxide travel out. And if all that isn’t enough, iron is also essential with the body’s growth and immune system.
Since iron is so important we need to be sure our bodies have enough of it at all times, right? The body loses iron through sweating, bleeding and using the bathroom. Replace it with foods that are rich in iron. Most people know red meat is very high in iron, so that’s a good excuse to go out for a nice steak dinner. But, it’s certainly not good to eat red meat every day, or for the vegetarians out there iron can thankfully be found in other foods as well. Dark, leafy greens such as spinach and collard greens are high in iron as are dried fruits, artichokes, beans, lentils and soybeans. Egg yolks, mollusks and liver are full of iron too, so you have plenty of opportunities to eat a diet rich in iron.