Monday, June 27, 2011

Iron Clad

"The road to hugeness is paved in iron." -Arnold Schwarzenegger
What a wise sage that man is. Kidding. For the record, he seems like a slime ball to me. But this is the first iron-related quote I could come up with off the top of my head.
It turns out that in my case, taking a couple months' worth of iron pills and increasing the amount of iron in my diet wasn't enough. I originally tested at having an iron store level of 8, which is terrible. The normal range for women is 60 to 150, though it can go as high as 250 before it's a problem. Last week, my iron was re-tested at 25. Up, but still a poor level.
Food is always the best source for nutrients, but at this stage I cannot possibly eat balanced meals and eat even more meat. I eat it at least once a day, I eat red meat at least three times a week, I incorporate game meat (the highest in iron), I use blackstrap molasses in my baking when I can substitute, I cook on a cast-iron skillet, and I drink an iron-enriched hot chocolate every day. So, as it stands, I'll keep taking an iron pill three times a day.
I'm learning too that I need to take it with foods high in ascorbic acid, which is the best complimentary nutrient to aid with iron absorption. (No sense taking iron pills if m body isn't absorbing them). Ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C, is my new summertime best friend. We're getting it in mangoes, oranges, orange juice, watermelon, strawberries, bell peppers, kiwis, pineapple and baby spinach (uncooked).
It's been about six months of having low iron now, so I'm excited to see what it feels like to have it in normal levels in my body. Hopefully that means more energy, as Abby is so excited for everything summer these days!

4 comments:

  1. I had low iron a couple of years ago. It was so tiring! And my mother has low B12. But the B12 pills really help!

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  2. A few months after I had Cavan I found out my iron was really low (down in the 30's). I had extreme blood loss after his birth but opted to escape out of the hotel early and come home (I was sick of being in town for a month), but I really should have stayed a few days and had a few blood transfusions. I tried this stuff instead of the iron pills because I had problems with constipation after Hunter's birth. It work so great! Tasted horrible, but in about six weeks my levels were right back up to normal. It is high in the B vitamins too.

    The product is called Floradix, but for the life of me I cannot remember where I bought it from. Maybe Riverside?? Just google it and I am sure you can find somewhere that sells it.

    :)

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  3. Opps. Meant to say escape out of the hospital early- not hotel.

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