Hello athlete: Are you getting enough IRON?
The answer to this question is NO.
Almost every single athlete has low iron.
It is 100% IRRELEVANT if you are an athlete in an endurance sport or intermittent sport or power/speed/sprint sport.
WHY? Because ALLLLLL sports involve training. LOL! Gotcha there didn’t I?
What does training involve? Inflammation of the tissues.
Training= Tearing the c*&p out of your body
Recovery= Repairing your body
I don’t get it???
Inflammation reduces the bodies intake of iron into your tissues, no matter how you got the inflammation in the first place. You can be ANY athlete: power lifter, crossfitter, basketball player, badminton player, runner, waterpolo, tennis, volleyball, cricket, soccer, rugby, squash, swimming, cycling, sprinter, rower, dancer, gymnast, diver, fencer, hockey, lacrosse, football, ping pong….. do you get my point?
I went to a phenomenal talk by Claire Badenhorst, PhD(candidate) at the University of Western Australia, yesterday. She discussed the importance of iron in athletes.
If you are serious about your sport. Please get your serum ferritin checked. If it’s below 60