As you can imagine, this week has been all about iron! What it is, how to get it and how to raise the iron levels in your body. I don’t want to give up my vegetarian lifestyle, I love it! So it’s all about finding balance between being a vegetarian and being a woman! Thank you to all those who kindly contacted me to share their experiences, it was much appreciated.
I’ve learnt a lot about how to tackle low iron levels. I’ve come up with an easy system to tailor your greens smoothies to be iron rich. I’ve also worked out some great snacks and meals to increase the iron levels in my bones. I’ve looked in some advice from Sally regarding Floravital by Floradix. It’s a liquid iron supplement that seems to be very pure in origin. It doesn’t contain any nasties from what I can see. I’ve just started my first dose this morning. I’ll be doing another blood test for iron in around eight weeks. I’m really interested to see if my iron levels have improved.
Here’s a few of the highlights I’ve learnt this week. Iron and protein are not the same thing. Protein helps to rebuild and repair the muscles. Iron helps to carry oxygen around the body via the blood stream. When iron levels are low, the amount of red blood cells is reduced, which in turn reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood stream. An oxygenated body is a healthy body.
Low iron levels can cause a number of side effects. In more extreme case it can cause fatigue, paleness, breathlessness and dizziness. It is possible to overdose on iron if you take an excessive amount. Make sure iron supplements are stored safely away from children.
Iron Rich Green Smoothies Formula
1. Choose a leafy green for your smoothie (greens are iron rich).
2. Add a fruit that is high in Vitamin C (this aids iron absorption).
You can also add any extra fruit or herbs you’d like to include in your smoothie.
3. Add water and blend.
Here’s some examples to get you started. Choose any combination you like or make up your own iron rich combinations!
|1. Choose a Leafy Green||2. Choose a Vit C Fruit||3. Add Water & Blend|
|Spinach||Kiwi Fruit||Coconut Water|
|Swiss Chard||Berries||Filtered Water|
|Bok Choy||Citrus Fruit|
I came up with iron rich snacks to get me through the afternoons. Slice firm tofu into small bite sized squares. Top with hummus, sliced tomatoes and few of your favorite herbs. The tofu and hummus will provide you with iron. The tomato is full of Vitamin C and will help you to absorb the iron. They taste great and certainly jazz up a piece of plain tofu! Some other great iron rich foods you include in your meals are Quinoa, capsicum, chickpeas and dried beans. I’m thinking felafels, Quinoa with lots of thinly sliced veggies and Mexican beans with salad. Yum!
Lastly on my quest to restore my iron, I’ve booked in for an ultra sound to make sure everything is okay. I’m sure it is but it never hurts to be sure when it comes to your health!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I will be busy ironing – yes literally!
If you found this helpful or know of someone who is also finding maintaining iron levels a challenge, please share it with them. If you have any great iron rich recipes, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.