Healthy Iron levels are essential if you are planning an altitude hike or trek...
Often overlooked, it is one thing that make make a significant difference to your performance and comfort while at altitude.
However for some reason, no one is talking about it!
Today, I am going to share why iron is so important for altitude hikers and what you need to do to maintain healthy iron levels for your adventure.
Why High Altitude Hikers Need Iron
Iron is a naturally occurring mineral in the body.
It is used for a number of things such as converting food to energy, protecting the immune system and maintaining cognitive function.
But what most concerns high altitude hikers is that iron is essential for the production of haemoglobin.
Haemoglobin is a protein found in our red blood cells whose primary role is to transport oxygen from the lungs to body tissues and muscles.
While we are at altitude, the air is literally thinner, and as a result our blood oxygen saturation levels drop.
One of the ways our bodies try to combat in the acclimatisation process this is to produce more haemoglobin.
However, if we don't have healthy iron levels the acclimatisation process can potentially be inhibited.
And is not a great thing...
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