Iron is essential for athletes, as the body uses it to create haemoglobin, so feeding our muscles with oxygen. However, iron deficiency in female athletes is surprisingly common. Symptoms include: fatigue, muscle fatigue, breathlessness, pale skin, increased sensitivity to cold and hair loss. To boost iron levels, eat: liver, lean red meat, dried fruit, whole grains, spinach, watercress and curly kale. Eat plenty of fruit and veg, as Vitamin C helps to absorb the iron, but avoid too much tea, coffee and alcohol, as these inhibit iron absorption.
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