Iron Deficiency Help : MY TIPS from the Iron Princess
My grandfather, my father and I all suffer from pretty bad
Iron-deficient Anemia. Being pregnant, makes this much worse and a big
part of my diet during pregnancy is to enhance the already iron-rich
diet I consume and add additional supplements. I think it is
interesting how many people are Iron-deficient and don't know it and how
easy it is to live with.
Feeling tired, sluggish,
irritable, exhausted? Headaches, blue tint in the whites of your eyes,
brittle nails or woman with heavy bleeding during menstruation? If you
have any or all of these, you might ask your doctor to take a simple
blood sample and examine the iron in your blood! In my case, my body
doesn't absorb it well and aside from the symptoms above, it also makes
pregnancy a 'journey'.
Some great ways to add iron into your diet and lifestyle are the following:
Iron Rich Foods: (Most to lease in 3oz servings)
Dried Raisins, prunes
And here's a tip: If you eat iron-rich foods along with foods that provide plenty of vitamin C, your body can better absorb the iron.
Vit C: Thyme, Dark
Leafy Greens, Bell Peppers, Brussels sprouts, Oranges, Strawberries, Peppers,
Lemon in Water!
Also, I only cook with cast-iron
skillets! No Teflon in this house (and that isn't just a health tip for
iron deficiency but overall health, make the switch!)
Supplements: I recommend Prune Juice, Floradix (drinkable
iron supplement), Pure Ferrous Sulfate pills (take on an empty stomach
and a few hours before eating and remember, it can cause upset stomach
so I take mine before bed).