Iron Deficiency With Tania

Why iron is one of the most deficient nutrients globally

In recent years, there’s been a concerning trend in Australia, particularly among women, with iron levels plummeting to dangerously low levels. According to recent data from Australian Clinical Labs (2024), an estimated 1.1 million Australians are grappling with iron deficiency, highlighting the importance of understanding this crucial nutrient and its implications for our health.

Understanding Iron: A Vital Nutrient

Iron is a mineral essential for various bodily functions. Its primary role involves the production of haemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs to tissues and organs. Additionally, iron plays a crucial role in hormone production, thyroid function, immune response, and DNA synthesis.

Recognising Iron Deficiency

The signs and symptoms of iron deficiency can be subtle but impactful. Fatigue, weakness, rapid heartbeat, cognitive impairment, headaches, hair loss, cold hands and feet, shortness of breath, exercise intolerance, increased infections, brittle nails, and pale skin are indicators of low iron levels. It’s essential to recognise these signs early on to prevent further health complications.

Factors Depleting Iron

Several factors contribute to iron depletion in the body. Strenuous exercise, menstruation, rapid growth, injury, and certain health conditions like autoimmune conditions (such as Hashimoto’s, ulcerative colitis, and celiac disease), obesity, heart disease, and gastrointestinal inflammation, as well as bacterial infections such as H. pylori, can all impact iron levels. Moreover, poor absorption due to low stomach acid, gastrointestinal issues, or dietary factors can exacerbate the problem.

Iron is proinflammatory and is a source of pathogens. Therefore, our body tightly controls how much can enter from our food source.

Should I Supplement?

The decision to supplement with iron should be made in consultation with a healthcare professional. A comprehensive iron study blood test is essential to determine the extent of deficiency and the most appropriate supplementation strategy. It’s crucial to consider the type of iron, dosage, timing of consumption, and potential interactions with other nutrients or medications.

Enhancing Iron Absorption

Optimising iron absorption involves more than just taking a supplement. Consuming iron-rich foods alongside vitamin C-rich sources can enhance absorption. Additionally, maintaining a healthy gut microbiome with specific probiotic strains may contribute to better iron uptake. It’s all about creating an environment conducive to iron absorption and utilisation within the body.

The Intricacies of Iron Supplementation

Supplementation isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Factors such as individual iron status, dietary habits, and potential nutrient interactions must be considered. Adequate levels of cofactors like copper, vitamin A, vitamin D, and B2 are also crucial for optimal iron metabolism. Therefore, a holistic approach that addresses various nutrient needs is essential for effective iron supplementation.


Iron deficiency is a prevalent and serious health concern, particularly among Australian women. However, with proper understanding and guidance, it’s a condition that can be managed effectively. Whether through dietary adjustments, supplementation, or a combination of both, prioritising iron health is paramount for overall well-being.

If you suspect you may be iron deficient or have questions about supplementation, don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare practitioner or myself. Together, we can develop a personalised plan to address your iron needs and optimise your health.

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Tania Peta – Bio 

Tania is a devoted and passionate professional, and holds a Bachelor of Health Science degree. She specialises in naturopathy, iridology, and breathwork. Her commitment lies in nurturing, empowering, and educating individuals to enhance their overall health and wellbeing. Tania integrates traditional naturopathic wisdom with evidence-based science, offering holistic treatments designed to address the whole person.

With a focus on gut, skin, and mental health, as well as hormones and sports performance nutrition, Tania employs a comprehensive approach to optimal wellness. She believes in the transformative power of food as medicine, herbal remedies, nutritional compounds, and personalised lifestyle advice. Tania’s goal is to guide individuals on a journey towards improved health and vitality, ensuring a holistic and empowering experience for those seeking balance and wellbeing in their lives.