I’ve recently been in hospital and after having the usual blood tests it has come back that my Iron levels are really low and need to take more vitamins. The constant tired feeling and the need for bronzing pearls will explain all this. Here is advice from the lovely Julie Neville with whom I am in regular contact with and has agreed for me to feature her blogs
What Is Anaemia?
Anaemia is not a disease but rather a symptom of various diseases therefore once diagnosed the cause should be investigated.
Anaemia reduces the amount of oxygen available to the cells within the body and as a result they have less energy to perform their normal functions. Muscular activity, cell building and repair all slow down and become less efficient.
When the brain lacks oxygen dizziness may result and certainly mental sharpness, focusand concentration are severely affected.
What Do I Do If I Think I Have Anaemia?
If you are diagnosed with anaemia, as well as increasing your iron intake, it is also very important to increase your intake of vitamins B12, folic acid and vitamin C also to optimize absorption.
Too much iron in the body can also be problematic so best to get your levels checked before supplementing.
And What Causes Anaemia?
There are several causes of low iron levels such as gastritis, crohns disease, coeliac disease, smoking, heavy periods, drug use, hormone disorders, surgery, infections, repeated pregnancy, liver damage, rheumatoid arthritis, bone marrow disease, dietary deficiencies and an underactive thyroid just to name a few.
Anaemia can often go unrecognised – the first signs of developing it are:
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty in concentrating
Once the anaemia becomes more established the symptoms widen to include:
- Coldness of the extremities such as hands and feet
- Fatigue & Weakness
- Soreness of the mouth
- Weak and brittle nails
- Ceasing of menstruation and loss of libido
What Foods Should I Avoid if I Have Anaemia?
Tea and coffee reduce the absorption of iron from food so if you do not want to cut them out, or at least avoid drinking them with meals.
Too much fibre can also reduce the absorption of iron so do not take your supplements at the same time as eating such foods.
Avoid beer, candy bars, dairy products, ice cream and soft drinks which can all interfere with iron absorption.
Avoid foods that are high in oxalic acid interfere with iron absorption which include almonds, cashew, chocolate, cocoa, kale, rhubarb, soda, spinach and most nuts and beans.
Good news…Foods to add into the Diet if you are Anaemic
-Most meats are high in Iron especially liver
-Many breakfast cereals now contain added iron.
-Green and leafy vegetables and sprouted seeds are all high in iron.
–Blackstrap molasses is a good source of iron and essential B Vitamins and delicious too. This Meridian Blackstrap Molasses we stock at WinNaturally is excellent – and yummy!
Foods extremely high in iron are:
- Kidney beans
- Blackstrap molasses
- Rice bran
- Mustard greens
- Prune juice
What Daily Remedies Can I Take For Anaemia?
I would suggest taking Vitamin C, folic acid and B12 daily to help increase the absorption of iron. The very best Vitamin C supplement I have come across is Biocare Vitamin C 1000mg.
The Better You B12 Oral Energy Spray is rapidly absorbed by the body and tastes delicious too. Four sprays under the tongue daily. This is one of our best selling products and customers often report feeling a real boost in energy after just four or five days. Great value for money too. Vitamin B12 is important in red blood cell production.
Take good multi vitamin daily too as the minerals will help your body to utilize the iron more effectively – again the Biocare one a day multi vitamin and mineral formula is high potency, natural and readily absorbed by the body so extremely effective.
The Biocare Folguard supplement is also an excellent Folic Acid and B12 combined vitamin. Folic Acid is needed for blood cell formation.
I would also highly recommend adding the Biocare B Complex to your daily supplement programme.
Julie’s Helpful Tips
Always take your iron supplements with a glass of orange juice as the vitamin C will aid its absorption.
It is easy to add iron to your diet in the form of our lovely liquid formulas – this Floradix range are best sellers for both adults and children – delicious and fruity. It contains a readily absorbable form of iron that is non-toxic and from a natural source.
Do not take calcium, vitamin E, zinc or antacids at the same time as iron supplements as again these can interfere with iron absorption.
You don’t have to keep feeling weak, tired and lacking energy, try some of my remedies above and please make sure you consult your doctor.