To begin with, iron deficiency can go by unnoticed, while the symptoms are mild.
However, like many deficiencies it gets worse over time.
To avoid becoming deficient in the first place it is best to ensure you get plenty of iron in your diet.
Good sources of iron include:
- Liver (but avoid this during pregnancy)
- Red meat
- Beans, such as red kidney beans, edamame beans and chickpeas
- Dried fruit – such as dried apricots
- Fortified breakfast cereals
- Soy bean flour.