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The Iron Diet Requirement

Dec 6, 2007
Iron is essential in our diet. Lack of or deficiency in iron could lead to anemia, a medical condition that would bring about feelings of breathlessness, faintness and irritability due to the lack of oxygen in our body's tissues. This shortness of oxygen supply is mainly due to the fact that the transport system which delivers this element to the tissues is missing and that supposed postman that makes the door to door delivery is none other than iron. Given this fact, our daily consumption should make sure not to overlook on this very vital nutritional element.

The need of iron by one person may be different from the one sitting next to him. This is because the iron requirement our bodies have vary depending on our age and sex. For infants and children who are aged from zero to six months, you will need to ask for advice from your health provider on the amount of milligrams of iron your child must have daily. As your kid progresses from seven months to three years, he would require 11 milligrams supply of iron on his daily diet. The preschooler from 4 to 8 years of age is short of one milligram from whence he was before or is supposed to take in 10 milligrams of iron. A minimum of 8 milligrams of daily iron intake is recommended for those at the age of 9 to 13 years old.

In the upcoming years, the iron requirement differs from a male as compared to a female. A growing man needs 11 milligrams of iron from the age 14 to 18 and the requirement drops down to 8 milligrams as he reaches 19 until age 51 and so on. For a woman, the iron values are much higher. She would particularly need 15 milligrams until age 18 and from then on, 18 milligrams is the minimum until she reaches 50 years of age. This is because a woman's body undergoes a lot of changes in contrasts to a man's. These changes include the monthly menstruation cycles that a young teenage girl undertakes from as early as 11 to 12 years old until she reaches menopause when her body undergoes another drastic change.

In the monthly cycle, the woman's body bleeds and lets go of the uterine lining which is sometimes called by some people as "bad blood." As the body looses blood, new blood and tissues are generated as well. It is critical that oxygen from the heart and from the lungs is delivered to these new cells and that is where iron comes in. The iron requisite significantly increases when a woman goes through pregnancy and breastfeeding. Pregnant women need at least 27 milligrams daily of iron and 9 milligrams more when she is breastfeeding. In this phase, not only are there new tissues being produced but there is actually another living organism growing inside the woman's body who needs extra nourishment for his development. In breastfeeding, the baby's sustenance basically depends on what the mother has to offer. The iron in your diet is therefore accommodating not only one but two breathing and living bodies in the process.
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