Should You Supplement With Iron?

iron deficiency2Are you feeling too exhausted to get off the couch? Catching every cold that’s going around? It could be iron deficiency. Women are more likely to be low in iron during their reproductive years, but don’t rule out the troubles of a deficiency if you are older or of the opposite sex. Iron deficiency can affect men or women of any age.

Iron is required to produce hemoglobin in our red blood cells. Red blood cells, via hemoglobin, carry oxygen through your cells to every part of your body and organ systems. If your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin, a condition called anemia can result. Anemia affects over 3 million Americans. Continue reading “Should You Supplement With Iron?”

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Trace Minerals: Copper

almondsAs we continue the series on trace minerals, we will look at copper, which is the third most abundant trace mineral in the body, and a vital one at the that. Copper is at the core of normal body function. Without it, we cannot form superoxide dismutase (SOD), the superpower of all antioxidants. Copper also helps our bodies create collagen, the protein that forms healthy joints and supple, young skin. It also has a role in helping our bodies store iron, a critical component of the formation of hemoglobin in red blood cells.

While actual deficiency is rare, some health experts believe that the average person eating a typical Western diet, could benefit from a small amount of supplemental copper. Continue reading “Trace Minerals: Copper”

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What is Iron Deficiency? Do You Have It?

iron-deficiencyAre you feeling too exhausted to get off the couch? Catching every cold that’s going around? If you’re a woman, you could be iron deficient.

Iron deficiency occurs more frequently in women than in men. Menstruating women lose iron every month, and pregnant women need to supply extra iron to their babies. This is why men’s iron levels are usually okay while women are often playing catch-up.

Other causes of iron deficiency include blood loss due to ulcers, cancer, hemorrhoids or long-term aspirin use. Continue reading “What is Iron Deficiency? Do You Have It?”

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Dinner Tonight: Cast Iron Frittata

frittataIn last week’s blog about the importance of iron, it was mentioned that one of the ways to get iron in our diet was using cast iron cookware. Personally, I believe that everyone should own at least one heavy, good quality cast iron skillet. A cast iron skillet is an oven-proof, naturally nonstick tool that will actually last you a lifetime and could be also be one of the most used items in your kitchen.

Aside from helping with iron levels, a cast iron pan is free of toxins such as PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), which can be a worry with many nonstick options.

A favorite quick dinner meal is a frittata, using my cast iron skillet. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Cast Iron Frittata”

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Iron Deficiency – What You Need to Know

fatigueIron is the most abundant metal in the world and the most abundant trace element in the body, and about 70 percent of it is found in the blood. Yet iron deficiency anemia is the most common nutritional disorder in the world.

The primary cause of iron deficiency is blood loss due to ulcers, cancer, hemorrhoids, or long-term aspirin use. Women are particularly vulnerable to iron deficiency during heavy menstrual periods, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Those with low dietary intake of iron (such as vegetarians) and malabsorption disorders such as celiac disease are also at risk.

Iron is necessary for cell division, energy production, oxygen transport, and proper immune function. Iron deficiency symptoms can include: Continue reading “Iron Deficiency – What You Need to Know”

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