Back in the day, an iron deficiency was called “iron-poor blood” but today, we know it as anemia. If you’ve ever been a culprit to it, you’re probably desperate to find ways to get more iron in your diet because it basically feels like you have mono – all the time. It’s awful, and unfortunately, iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder. Vegans and vegetarians are definitely at a higher risk but can easily incorporate things into their diet to counteract this misfortune.
Common Cures of Iron Deficiency
While ‘cure’ is a strong word to use, there are three components that can be used to treat iron deficiency. The first one is to eat iron rich foods which is elaborated on below. You can also want to eat those foods with items that are high in vitamin C. This encourages ultimate iron absorption. Again, these foods are explained below. Lastly, you want to avoid substances that discourage iron absorption at least 3 hours prior or post consumption of iron rich foods. That’s all you need to thoroughly change the way in which you feel, think and live.
Iron Rich Foods
If you are suffering from iron deficiency, eat plenty of iron rich foods such as; peas, raisins, dates, figs, prunes, artichokes, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. Spinach, red meat, egg yolks, collards, oysters, clams, scallops, turkey or chicken giblets, and liver are also packed with iron.
Vitamin C Rich Foods
As mentioned, you want to eat the previous food items with items that are rich in vitamin C as it will increase iron absorption. Add some citrus fruits, berries, mangoes, melons, kiwifruit, papayas, pineapples, melons and sweet peppers into your diet.
Avoid Iron Inhibitors
You may not realize that there are some foods that you are eating that could potentially be discouraging iron absorption. In order to avoid this common problem, avoid the following substances at least 3 hours prior or post the items mentioned previously – the iron rich and vitamin c rich foods. Some popular iron inhibitors include; fish, broccoli, nuts, beets, oregano, basil, strawberries, apples, peppermint, raspberries, blackberries, coffee, tea and cocoa.
Fortunately, when switching to the Paleo diet, you instantly decrease a lot of foods that further your iron deficiency and are left with a diet that you can thoroughly thrive on. Grains are a huge culprit, but you don’t have to worry about those. So, focus on the information provided and start feeling better sans the exhaustion.