Feeling fatigued? 3 ways women can boost iron intake

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If you’re a woman who feels like you’re constantly fighting fatigue, there could be a physical reason for that sluggishness.

In the US, 1 in 10 women, between 12 and 49 years old, are dealing with the results of low iron, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and that can easily lead to extra fatigue and muscle weakness. Unfortunately, iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), particularly affecting menstruating women, pregnant women, vegans and vegetarians, athletes (especially women) and recent blood donors.

“Many women have low iron levels and simply don’t know it,” reports Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, an internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, herbal medicine and dietary supplementation, and author of National Geographic’s “Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and More.” “Iron is absolutely critical to some of our most basic functions, like energy production, oxygen circulation and healthy brain function.”

The good news is, low iron stores can be easy to correct. Scientists at Mayo Clinic suggest the following remedies:

* Eat more foods rich in iron; these include meat, eggs, soybeans, seafood, beans, peas, peanuts, dark-green leafy vegetables, dried fruits, oatmeal and/or iron-fortified breads, cereals and pastas.

* In conjunction with high-iron foods, eat foods high in vitamin C that promote iron absorption. This group includes citrus fruits and juices, melons, strawberries, kiwi, broccoli, leafy greens, peppers and tomatoes.

* After talking to your doctor, choose an iron-boosting supplement that doesn’t cause unpleasant side effects such as nausea, diarrhea or constipation. Blood Builder, made by MegaFood using nutrients with farm-fresh whole foods, is clinically proven to increase iron stores in women without upsetting your stomach and digestive tract. To support healthy red blood cell production and iron bioavailability, Blood Builder also includes food state folate, B12 and vitamin C delivered through Uncle Matt’s Organic whole oranges.

In addition to fatigue, the most common symptom of low iron, symptoms can also include muscle weakness upon exertion; heart palpitations; pale skin; decreased focus; occasional sadness and/or an inability to stay warm.

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* Hi ladies this video is for you! Are you struggling with low energy, paleness, fatigue, cold hands and feet, feeling bunt out? Your iron level could be low! Please watch to see how you can get your Iron level back up! Iron is an essential mineral used to transport oxygen to all parts of the body. A slight deficiency in iron causes anemia (fatigue/weakness), and a chronic deficiency can lead to organ failure.

Foods that contain high Iron:
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    • David R
    • October 16, 2017

    Thank you very much for this info. 🙂 Really appreciate it. You look just like Madonna. I'd bet that you're distant cousins. Have a great day.

    • Specky Cyclist
    • October 16, 2017

    I am a man and I dare not say how low my ferretin was today. I eat chick peas, oats, a lot of broccoli, beans. I am a veggie. But I think it is time to start eating red meat again after 8 years without it.

    • polymath
    • October 16, 2017

    Spinach and Dates FTW!

    • dharmajann
    • October 16, 2017

    Thank you for this video! I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia since I was a chubby kid of 9. I'm thin now and of course, I still have it. I'm starting to take it seriously now because my hair is falling out because of it. I don't like taking iron because it's so harsh on my stomach, but I'll live

    • Danielle Robbins
    • October 16, 2017

    Sesame seeds as you mention are high in pyhtates which also inhibit iron absorption. Iron is best absorbed via heme iron i.e meats. If you go the vegan route like with sesame maybe pair it with vitamin c which helps increase absorption. Thanks for the vid good to get he word out there especially for women!

    • Desiree Sandoval
    • October 16, 2017

    what supplement?

    • ash86marie
    • October 16, 2017

    What is the supplement you take?

    • Craig Deskins
    • October 16, 2017

    Thanks for the video, liked and subscribed. Since you graciously mentioned the awesomeness of sesame seeds to your viewers… I like to get a tasty and phenomenally high amount of iron, calcium, magnesium, and healthy fat in this Vegan hummus dip!! In a food processor or blender mix 1 cup toasted sesame seeds, 1 15oz. can of drained garbanzo beans(chick peas), 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 lemon(squeezed), 1 clove chopped garlic(or powder) and salt to taste. This recipe provides about 206% daily calcium, 146% daily iron, 165% daily magnesium requirements. This is 2-3 days worth of tasty hummus dip for me. You can also mix in 1 cup of 1-minute oats and a chopped onion to the hummus dip to make hummus burgers. Rejoice!

    • My Life Portal
    • October 16, 2017

    Actually, do you have any supplement suggestions? Iron is usually a little harsh on the digestive system.

    • My Life Portal
    • October 16, 2017

    Hi, I just learned my iron is low as well. One of the things I've learned, is that consuming vitamin C with your meals helps with iron absorption.I typically eat an orange before or after my meals.

    • Paige Moles
    • October 16, 2017

    I just found out that my iron level was it 16 and I was told they started treating people at 80% for low iron the reason they tested my iron yesterday is because I have restless leg syndrome and a lack of iron or a big store of iron which is stored in your legs would cut will cause RLS didn't know if you knew that I just found out thought I'd share it so if you have restless leg syndrome also you should have your iron tested

    • Rose Belizaire
    • October 16, 2017

    mine was an 8 . very very low. doctor put me on ferratin, boy! those pills made me so sick. i decided to Floradix which a liquid herbal iron supplement. it raised it to a 10. im still on it . will take 2 to three times a day. 10 ml 2 to 3 times a day. for better absorption i take with vit c. or emergen c liquid. i take 15min before meals or after meal. my next lab is in a month. once i get result will post

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