Ice cravings & iron deficiency anemia: Tip of the Day 9-26-22
There was a time in my life when I stopped twice a day to buy the biggest cup of ice my local gas station sold. Not just any ice. The good ice. Anyone who craves ice knows the difference between regular ice and the good ice. Sonic has the good ice. Foosackly's and Goldfingers - good ice. All three sell the good ice by the bag. Pilot - good ice. Wintzell's mixes the good ice with regular ice. I know all the good ice spots. I don't crave ice the way I used to because little did I know at the time, my cravings were because of a nutrient deficiency. I've met many women who all know where the good ice is. If you know and love the good ice, and eat excessive amounts, it could be a sign that your health is declining.
My iron had gotten so low that I need iron transfusions. It's no joke! Without iron, your irons don't get the oxygen they need to properly function. They can eventually become enlarged an fail. Fortunately, iron deficiency anemia progresses slowly because your body will pull iron from reserves in your bone and marrow before you're depleted. Still - get your iron checked before it gets that serious. I found out about my iron after being tested for stomach issues. The doctor told me if I had gotten in a car accident, I could have bled out before help arrived because of how low my iron was. All the while, ice was the telling sign. Once my iron level were up, I stopped craving ice. Get your iron checked!
Other signs of iron deficiency anemia include:
Shortness of breath
Low tolerance for exercise
Inflammation of the tongue
Restless leg syndrome