Examples of foods that contain iron are red meats, egg yolks, dark leafy greens, raisins, oysters, turkey, chick peas, liver and artichokes. Red meat actually is the easiest form for our bodies to absorb.
You can also take iron supplementation. I have had more than one patient refuse to take their prescription iron supplement because it caused constipation. I had a simple solution change the form of iron to iron citrate and take it with vitamin C and they were able to take the iron supplementation and increase their iron levels.
If you have a history of anemia as a child or teenager make sure you continue to check your blood levels because it could be still affecting you now. If you are losing blood because of your monthly period you might be anemic. As we lose blood each month our red blood cell numbers drop and we have to replenish them.
No one wants to be tired or feel too exhausted to enjoy their lives. Going to the doctor to get your blood drawn can change your life for the better, just by finding out that you need to support your body's ability to manufacturer red blood cells. Understanding that you have anemia is the first step in correcting it.
The next step is to understand why you have it in the first place.
Anemia is a symptom that something else is out of balance in the body. So once you confirm it with a blood test, the next step is to talk with you doctor about why it is there in the first place.
The answer could be as simple as that you have a heavy menstrual flow each month, or it could be a sign of something more serious. Once you solve the problem you will have more energy, and be healthier in the process!
Dr. Dae is a Naturopathic Physician who practices in the Washington DC metro area. She treats the whole person, using safe and effective combinations of traditional and natural methods to produce optimal health and well-being in the lives of her patients.
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