Posted on November 19th, 2014
My energy levels have taken a serious dip recently and I have had a general feeling of not-100%. Not too sure of the reason behind this, I went to the doctor for a check up. After I received the results of my blood test, all was revealed. While the average person’s iron count should be about 50; mine clocked in at 8. Talk about a serious iron deficiency!
Upon hearing this I began immediately researching what foods are naturally rich in iron. Some of these include:
- Leafy greens-the darker the green, the more iron they contain eg. spinach
- Red meat
- Legumes eg. lentils and beans
What is also important to note is that Vitamin C is vital in the process of the absorption of iron. So an iron rich snack or meal should always be followed by a healthy dose of vitamin C. Vitamin C is naturally found in all citrus fruits and in most berries.
By incorporating more of these iron-rich foods into my diet and by taking the prescribed iron supplements, my energy levels have increased drastically. This boost in energy has been warmly welcomed as I write my grade 11 final exams.