Iron-ing it Out: Anemia
As if it’s not bad enough that heavy periods, or heavy bleeding due to fibroids, or peri-menopause, force you to carefully schedule your life, miss events you really want to be part of, and worry about your ruining your white pants (or any pants, for that matter), heavy bleeding can also cause anemia. Anemia is a condition in which your body doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry the appropriate amount of oxygen to your tissue and organs.
There are several different types of anemia, but iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is the most common, and the type that’s associated with heavy bleeding. While you probably think “fatigue” when you think of anemia, there are other symptoms you may not recognize.
Here are anemia’s symptoms. Some really might surprise you:
• Numbness or coldness of hands or feet
• Low body temperature
• Pale skin
• Rapid or irregular heartbeat
• Shortness of breath
• Chest pain
So, what can you do? Obviously, you should talk to your doctor if you have heavy bleeding, and any of the signs or symptoms of anemia, a quick blood test will confirm a diagnosis. Your doctor may put you on an iron supplement, but there are also foods you can eat that are rich in iron and can improve your condition.
Start with breakfast. Read the labels on cereals and breads, and look for “100% Iron fortified.” Eggs are not only high in iron, but also protein, and make a great nutrition-packed breakfast, but if you don’t have time to make them, here are some popular cereals and their iron content:
• Cheerios (6.3 mg)
• Special K (6.3 mg)
• Corn Chex (9 mg)
• Corn Flakes (9mg)
• Raisin Bran (6.3-10.8 mg)
• Wheat Chex (14.4 mg)
• Frosted Mini Wheats (16.2 mg)
• Multi-Bran Chex (61.2 mg)
• Total (18 mg)
For lunch and dinner, there are a lot of delicious options for upping your iron consumption. For a complete list of food that are high in iron, visit the Red Cross.
Here is a quickie rundown of iron-rich choices:
• Lentils and beans
• Green, leafy vegetables, like spinach and kale
• Lean read meat
• Dried fruits, like apricots, prunes, and raisins
Heavy bleeding is inconvenient, and can affect so many parts of your life, but, supporting your body with good nutrition, is one way you can help yourself. For recipes that are rich in iron, and yummy too, go to Eating Well Magazine.
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- Posted by holx-admin
- On August 5, 2015