The Results Are In & I Need Your Help!

Cholesterol Ferritin & Menstration5I usually have a blood test very six months to check my cholesterol and my iron levels.  I accidentally missed my check, which should have been in February.  I booked in straight after arriving back from Fiji.  I wanted to see if there were any significant changes to my blood.  The results were very interesting.

Cholesterol
My cholesterol levels were amazing.  Even my doctor was surprised.  In 2013 my overall cholesterol was 4.8.  This year my cholesterol was 3.7!  That’s without any medication, that’s purely based on lifestyle and diet.  This was my biggest confirmation yet that you can control your cholesterol by what you choose to eat.

My HDL or good cholesterol levels were at 1.8 and my LDL or bad cholesterol was at 1.5.  These are brilliant results.  Measuring your results is the best way to see how your body is going and if there are any tune-ups required.

Cholesterol Ferritin & Menstration Iron Levels
This brings me to my next point.  While my cholesterol was great, my ferritin (iron) levels were quite low.  I found this quite baffling as I eat A LOT of dark leafy greens, broccoli, lentils, beans, chickpeas, beetroot, nuts and seeds.  I also eat several eggs per week.  I thought I had this covered.

The doctor explained that iron exists in the body in two ways.  The first is the iron that is being used in your system.  The second is the iron that is stored in your bones.  I had plenty of iron in my system.  The iron stores in my bones were very low.  At this stage I was not anemic but would need to boost my iron stores.

Vegetarian Iron Sources
I did a little research and have a few theories about why my levels are low. Turns out that vegetarians need to eat a greater amount of iron to maintain their levels.  The only extra thing I’ve added in to my diet is firm tofu.   The rest of the iron rich foods I am already eating.

Cholesterol Ferritin & MenstrationI did learn that you can increase your iron absorption by eating foods high in vitamin C.  These include oranges, kiwi fruit, strawberries, tomatoes, capsicum and cabbage amongst a few others. My solution – add the fruits into my green smoothies!

Menstruation
What I really believe is influencing my low ferritin levels is my periods.  After the stroke, I stopped taking the contraceptive pill.  My periods became very heavy.  This has been going now for three years. I have also had to take a low dose aspirin to thin the blood, post stroke.  I believe this causing the problem of iron loss.

My doctor recommended doing an ultra sound to make sure there was not some other cause.  This is on the list to do for September.  The question is how do increase my ferritin levels back to a healthy range?

The doctor had three ideas.Cholesterol Ferritin & Menstration 8
1.    A hysterectomy
2.    Using an IUD (contraceptive device)
3.    Iron supplements

I’m not in love with any of these ideas at the moment.  I’m determined to find a way to increase my levels naturally.  This is where I’m hoping you can help me.

If you know of any ways to increase your ferritin levels naturally,
I’d love to hear about it.

Please share your comments below and help me solve this!  If you found this valuable, please share it with your family and friends.  I’m sure I can’t be on the only woman with this issue.  Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

6 thoughts on “The Results Are In & I Need Your Help!

  1. I have suffered with low iron levels most of my life despite eating meat. A naturopath recommended I have a tablespoon of blackstrap masses everyday. My vegs. Friend adds it to pasta sauce. Later in life (in my 40s) I reduced wheat to 5% of my eating. My energy levels soared and my period flow reduced dramatically. Also period pains are a thing of the past.

  2. Have a look at a commercial product called Floradix. I have used it as an iron based liquid suppliment based on herbs etc. Found in Health Food Shops and some chemists.
    Cheers, Sally

  3. Hi, my blood test results this week also showed the same very low iron levels as yours did and I am not keen on taking iron tablets either due to the side effects that are common. I also have had very heavy periods for last 18 months after stopping pill and am very interested to find out natural alternatives so hopefully we can get some replies to help us both

  4. Hey Nikki. I wish you well on your quest. My wife and oldest son are vegetarians and my wife has has low iron levels recently. I hope you come up with some great ways to increase your iron levels naturally and if you do i’m certain there will be so many people that will love to hear you findings.

  5. Have you checked your hormone levels. I too had extremely heavy periods for years and was often anaemic. New GP (into alternative ways of treatment) checked my hormone levels and I’ve now been on Progesterone cream (which includes DHEA and Testosterone) for a number of years with regular periods and no anaemic. This is a medical practitioner prescription in Australia and needs to be made up by a compounding chemist.

  6. I think you have been given some useful information via the other comments regarding Black Strap Molasses and Floradix (I’ve been taking this natural liquid iron supplement since I turned vegetarian over a decade ago and recommend it as I was anemic at the time and it reversed the problem). I also include Dong Quai, which is an oriental herb that has been used for thousands of years in China and is given to young girls to regulate their periods. It will help with the heavy flow so that you can avoid surgery. I would recommend an ultra sound to make sure that you do not have cysts or tumors that are causing the heavy bleeding. I also recommend that you check into PEMF (Pulsed Electro Magnetic Frequency waves) therapy to help your body heal from a cellular level via carrier waves that allow cells to communicate and do what they do (which is heal the body) even when there is a blockage or trauma preventing the healing process. Email me, if you want to know more about the particular device i use for myself. I have had the European Inventor of the device I use on my talk show, Divine Love Talk on CRN, which prompted me to purchase my own device after I rented and used one for a month and got amazing results for lupus related flare ups and a growth on my hand that disappeared after I used it, as did the pain and inflammation. email: doctorparthenia@aol.com

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