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15 Signs You May Have an Iron Deficiency
You're vegetarian or vegan
All iron is not created equal. Your body absorbs heme ironwhich comes from meat, poultry, and fishtwo to three times more efficiently than non-heme iron from plants, says nutritionist Rania Batayneh, author of The One One One Diet. You can still get enough iron with careful meal planning. Dark leafy greens, whole grains, and legumes are all rich in iron; pair them with vitamin-C-rich foods like bell peppers, berries, and broccoli to boost your absorption.
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