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Can boosting your gut health improve iron absorption?

Iron deficiency is the most prevalent nutritional deficiency throughout the world. On the other hand, at high levels, iron is considered toxic and can actually threaten your health1 It is a global nutritional challenge, and maintaining the delicate balance of iron in the body is essential for overall health.

Signs of low or deficient iron

  • Pale skin or yellowish skin tone
  • Unexplained fatigue or lack of energy
  • Shortness of breath, especially during physical activity
  • Generalized weakness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Tinnitus or “whooshing” sounds in the ears
  • Headaches, particularly during exertion
  • Unusual cravings for ice or non-food items like clay (known as “picophagia”)
  • Changes in the tongue’s appearance (e.g., soreness or smoothness)
  • Brittle nails or hair loss2

What causes low or deficient iron?

Several factors contribute to iron deficiency, including:

Can boosting your gut health improve iron absorption?

Improving gut health can positively impact iron absorption and overall well-being. Studies suggest that an imbalance in gut microbiota can hinder iron absorption, leading to a cascade of health issues. Did you know that we absorb less than 20% of iron?5 This can be partly due to poor gut health6 or high levels of inflammation in the body7 Iron that is not absorbed has been shown to damage the gut,8 potentially leading to oxidative stress, gut barrier dysfunction, and inflammation.9 It’s a vicious cycle!

Probiotics like Lactobacillus plantarum have demonstrated efficacy in enhancing iron absorption and reducing inflammatory damage to the gut lining. Incorporating probiotic-rich foods, such as Chuckling Goat Kefir, which contains Lactobacillus plantarum, is a natural and safe way to enhance gut health and promote iron absorption. Kefir’s immunomodulatory properties also help regulate the immune system, reducing systemic inflammation and supporting overall health.

By recognising signs of low iron, addressing potential causes, and prioritising gut health, you can achieve better iron absorption and overall well-being. Remember, a healthy gut is essential for a healthy body! For optimal gut health, check out What IS a gut health protocol, anyway?

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