• Helen Phillips

Food for Fitness Tip #7: EAT IRON RICH FOOD


Food for Fitness Tip #7: EAT IRON RICH FOOD

If you're a runner training for a half or full marathon and you're feeling sluggish, lacking in energy and generally out of sorts it could be that you're low in iron.

Anaemia, being low in iron, is a common problem amongst endurance runners

When we run our feet strike the ground with considerable force and the repetitive foot-strike action has the effect of bashing up and destroying red blood cells, releasing valuable iron which is excreted.

As endurance runners we're often running a number of times a week and if in training, including a long run, which means we're at greater risk of destroying more red blood cells running than someone who only occasionally goes out training.

Red Blood Cells are important to carry nutrients around the body

Our red blood cells are important, as they carry nutrients and oxygen around the body.

When we run we need fuel (glycogen) and oxygen to be transported to our muscles to power running and for waste products to be taken away to be excreted from the body.

If you're lacking in energy you could be low in iron and could be anaemic. If you think you might be suffering it's important to see your GP for advice.

Eat an iron rich diet when you're training

But there are some things you can to help avoid this problem. I always recommend that my running clients make sure that they're eating an iron rich diet when they're training.

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