2. Feeling winded
Another common symptom that is associated with iron deficiency is shortness of breath. Again, this has to do with the role that iron plays in the production of hemoglobin, the protein found in red blood cells, which carry oxygen to all of the cells, tissues, muscles, and organs in the body. If you aren’t getting enough iron, your body can’t produce enough hemoglobin, which can lead to low levels of oxygen.
This can lead to an increased rate of breathing, as your body is trying to get the oxygen that it isn’t getting from your red blood cells. If you find that you are winded after doing non-strenuous activities, such as climbing a short flight of stairs, walking a short distance, or even standing from a seated position, it could be a sign that your iron levels are low. Make sure that you have your levels checked.