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In this episode, Dr. Hugh Wegwerth DC, passionate about functional medicine and functional neurology with over two decades of herbal medicine experience, remains committed to a holistic approach to wellness treatments for his patients and has traveled worldwide to acquire a high level of expertise that surpasses conventional medicine. Today, Dr. Hugh talks about iron and its importance, especially to women, and how solutions for this problem must be created.
Dr. Hugh explained how a person's ferritin level is not prioritized enough in the conventional system despite its importance in people's red blood cells and oxygen delivery.
There are thirteen different iron panels examined to study a person's iron status. However, in the conventional system, Dr. Hugh affirmed that these tests are irrelevant if no treatment is done.
In functional medicine, the sweet spot pertains to a ferritin marker between 40 to 80 with a lab range of 20 to 200.
Ferritin is an iron marker stored in a specific location, such as the heart, liver, pancreas, or muscles. Dr. Hugh believes that it is important to get the Ferritin marker checked. It is simple and checks for the possibility that symptoms, such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea, are caused by low absorption of iron.
Sub Optimal Status
Iron markers at the low range or if a person has sub-optimal iron status means no optimum oxygen delivery throughout the body.
Dr. Hugh doesn't encourage people to take iron supplements immediately after being diagnosed with low range markers. It can lead to being more sub-optimal iron status that could lead to full-blown and anemic condition.
The iron's role is to work as a magnet for the red blood cell to carry the oxygen throughout the body. However, if a person lacks iron, limited oxygen is delivered to the brain, which can cause brain fog or brain fatigue.
Importance of Ferritin Tests
Dr. Hugh advocates addressing every marker to find a solution and avoid a patient's long-term suffering.
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