Your Teen Might Be Not Getting Enough Iron
Your teen might be not getting enough iron. Iron intake needs to increase dramatically in the teen years. As teens grow, their muscle mass increases and blood volume expands, increasing the need for iron. The recommendation is 15 milligrams daily for girls age 14 to 18 and 11 milligrams daily for boys age 14 to 18. Here are 3 ways to make sure your teens are getting enough iron.
3 Reasons Your Teen Might Be Not Getting Enough Iron
- Iron Deficiency. An iron deficiency can result in a number of symptoms that should be evaluated by your child’s doctor. One common side is fatigue, and other symptoms can include frequent colds and infections, headaches, poor concentration and rapid heart rate. If you suspect an iron deficiency, have your child evaluated by their pediatrician.
- Get More Iron. Iron is present naturally in many foods. Meat, poultry and seafood, as well as legumes, enriched grain products and leafy greens are all excellent sources of iron. Animal sources of iron are best absorbed, while non-animal sources should be eaten with a vitamin C source to help increase absorption. Having cereal for breakfast? Serve it with grapefruit to increase iron absorption.
- Iron Supplements. A supplement should only be taken with the supervision of a physician once a deficiency is diagnosed. If your child is taking supplement at the recommendation of a doctor, follow-up blood tests should be performed.
Our registered dietitian or Health Coaches can help put together an eating plan for your teen that includes good sources of iron. If you are struggling to find a balanced diet that your child enjoys, schedule a free consultation with KareBoost Health to find out how we can help.
Karen L. Leibowitz, MD
Health and Medical Coach