Originally Posted by Cecilia's Mama
^^^ That's a good question, and if you haven't tested as having low iron, it's something to be careful of-- iron is not really something you want to take in excess of what your body needs.
"On the other hand, too much iron in the body can lead to a condition known as hemochromatosis, which can cause diabetes, liver damage, and discoloration of the skin. Unlike other nutrients, excess iron cannot be excreted by the human body. For that reason, you shouldn't take iron supplements on your own -- ask your doctor if you need extra iron."
Actually, floradix is a non-heme source. Meaning you can't overdose on it.
Some symptoms of low iron: Tiredness (but aren't we all????), weak, pale, lack appetite, cold/chilly, brittle hair and nails. Being vegetarian.
(Found on Floradix website but read from other sources as well.)
Another sign of low iron is the nail beds, the crescent at the bottom, being white. That's really deficient.
I don't get tested, but I just know my body so well that I when I'm low. One thing that always tips me, is something like climbing the stairs and needing to sit down. Not just the being winded, but the actual exhaustion from climbing the stairs. Or walking for a few minutes and needing to sit down from just being overly tired. In two days, I will be feeling better after the iron.
And just FYI, in a matter of a couple of weeks, in early pregnancy, you can become slightly anemic because of the increase in blood.
So, it's always something to think about if you think you are more tired than you should be.