Suffering from low iron? So am I.
Ever been diagnosed with low iron levels (often referred to as anemia)? This is frequent in women, plant based eaters, anyone with digestion absorption difficulties, and more. A recent cold/flu bug has had me in full rest mode for the past 4 days, and after a blood test we can now add low iron levels into the mix. Iron is responsible for pro-oxidation properties used by the immune system to destroy bacteria. Determined to increase my iron levels for the long term, as much as supplementation is necessary, so is consuming some of the highest iron sources through proper diet.
Iron also is essential for energy production which is necessary for oxygen to transport throughout the body. With the adventure loving, health focused lifestyle I lead this becomes top priority! A great tip I got from Dr Andrea Gansner: cook in a cast iron pot, not stainless steel. Add acidic foods into the cast iron pot while cooking (ie apple sauce, lemon) and even more iron priorities are added into the food you’re about to consume!
Iron Rich Vegan Foods:
- Legumes: lentils, soybeans, tofu, tempeh, lima beans.
- Grains: quinoa, fortified cereals, brown rice, oatmeal.
- Nuts and seeds: pumpkin, squash, pine, pistacio, sunflower, cashews, unhulled sesame.
- Vegetables: tomato sauce, swiss chard, collard greens,
Health is Happiness!