Feeling tired?

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I’m iron deficient. Since childhood I suffered terribly with nose bleeds, leading to many days and nights in hospital, plus an 8 weeks stint with complications and a blood transfusion. My mum thought it was game over for me. Thankfully post op, my noise bleeds came to an end, but I still have a tendency to be iron deficient. I know when my body is lacking, I’m tired, with little energy and power. Even more noticeable if I’m pushing with my sport.

In this day and age we shouldn’t really need supplements. However we all have likes, dislikes different diets. I know due to my diet I fall short so supplements work for me.

Iron RDA (recommended dietary allowance)

  • 14 mg a day for women aged 19 to 49
  • 8.7mg a day for women aged 50 and over

Women having periods after 50 may need the same amount of iron as women aged 19 to 49. I’m in this group!

Foods rich in iron
  • liver and red meat
  • pumpkin seeds
  • spirulina
  • parsley
  • nuts such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews and Brazil
  • lentils
  • prunes and raisins

If you’re not a pill popper like me there are good liquid supplements. Ask your pharmacist. Most importantly as I’ve mentioned before, make sure your supplements are from a good reputable source, as every man and his dog are selling them.

Another tip

Vitamin C helps iron to absorb. I prefer to take a multivitamin, reason being vitamins and minerals often rely on each other to get the maximum benefit. Plus I know I’m having the correct amounts. I checked mine with my doctor.

All this said you may just need a good 8 or 9 hours sleep or a relaxing holiday!

One response to “Feeling tired?”

  1. Joolz avatar

    Sleep still working on 8 hours would be bliss. Take vitamins plus the seaweed tablets which seem to help. Don’t really eat meat eat fish but not often enough. I always know when my body needs iron always crave tuna spinach nuts mackerel.

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