Struggle with Iron-Deficiency Anemia?
I struggled with iron deficiency for over 15 years of my life. I was constantly weak and fatigued; I would doze off at work after lunch, and while driving home! It was almost like I had no life inside me, I was pale and my hair thin and brittle.
After applying certain dietary and lifestyle changes and coming off of constant use of antacids my iron levels have been within normal range without taking iron supplements daily!
30% of the World’s Population suffers from Iron deficiency. The populations at risk include women in childbearing, and menstruating years, Pregnant, and lactating women, small children and athletes.
Iron Deficiency can be easily ignored.
One of the main symptoms is fatigue, but we rarely attribute our fatigue to iron deficiency, and we generally just keep going with the flow not really investigating why we feel so fatigued.
Other Symptoms Include:
- Heavy Periods
- Hair Loss
- pale skin.
- shortness of breath.
- strange cravings to eat items that aren’t food, such as dirt, ice, or clay.
- a tingling or crawling feeling in the legs.
- tongue swelling or soreness.
At some point in my early 20’s I was so anemic, that I had to get transfusions of iron at the hospital because my stores were completely depleted and I literally could barely keep my eyes open for a few hours in the day.
Now I know that there are several ways to increase Iron in the diet and also improve its absorption, like this recipe! because it doesn’t matter how nutritious your diet is; if you are not absorbing well, all that good nutrition is going down the drain.
Be aware of medications like PPI (proton pump inhibitors) such as Nexium! I relied on those for a very long time to treat acid reflux, not knowing that this was blocking my absorption of minerals. You need stomach acid to be able to absorb minerals like iron. I wish my doctor had told me that!
Over -the – counter antacids can also block mineral absorption and make you more prone to bacterial overgrowth and infections like H.Pylori. I went through that too, and don’t recommend it! stomach acid protects you from naughty bugs proliferating in your digestive tract.
I have found that eating beets really picks me up fast when my iron is running low, because of their high iron content, however in order for the body to absorb iron from plant foods it is best if it is paired with vitamin c and away from calcium rich foods.
Same goes for Iron supplements. If you take an iron supplement, make sure that it has vitamin C, otherwise take it with a vitamin C supplement or a vitamin C containing food like strawberries, broccoli, orange, etc. And make sure not to take it with milk, cheese, and yogurt or caffeine which also blocks absorption of iron.
It is important to take adequate levels of Iron specially before, during and after your periods, specially if you normally feel depleted after your cycle.
This recipe is a delicious way to increase your Iron Intake and build healthy blood.
I recently learned that blackstrap molasses are an amazing source of iron, and even though it is a sugar, it is high in minerals, and doesn’t impact our blood sugar levels nearly as bad as regular sugar. I have added some in this recipe, but i must warn you that the taste can be pretty strong, so you might want to leave it out and consume it by dissolving it in some water, or tea (caffeine free) and sip some iron that way.
MAKE IT A SMOOTHIE BOWL
This smoothie sometimes it works better if you eat it as a smoothie bowl, because the beets might be a bit chunky if you blend them raw, unless you have a Vitamix, which is a pretty powerful blender. I can’t wait to get one of those! If you love smoothies that are not chunky, I hear is a great investment.
The taste of this smoothie is unreal! the raspberries combined with the beets are divine!
½ cup of raspberries or blueberries
1/2 beet raw or cooked ( I recommend cooked if your digestion is not optimal, and if you like a smoother consistency)
2 prunes soaked in water
¼ to ½ tsp of organic blackstrap molasses ( optional, it is very strong so start with a little)
½ tsp vanilla extract
1/4 avocado for texture (you will likely not even taste it)
½ Frozen banana
½ – 1 cup of milk of choice or water (you may adjust the water content for a thinner or thicker smoothie) I use coconut water
¼ of an orange or a wedge of lemon
1 scoop of good quality protein powder (optional) I personally don’t encourage the use of protein powders because they are most of the time heavily processed, but I know that sometimes they are necessary if not enough protein can be acquired in the diet. The taste of your smoothie might be changed depending on which protein powder you use.
I personally like to use Collagen Peptides and my favorite brand is Vital Proteins, because it is made from grass fed cows, it has no taste and dissolves completely. You can click on the image to check it out.
This smoothie is great eaten as a Smoothie bowl specially if you use raw beets, it can take a bit of chewing. Just top with some granola, coconut flakes or your topping of choice
- place all ingredients in a high powered blender, including the water in which the prunes were soaked, and mix until smooth. Adjust the amount of water depending on the desired texture.
- you may make a double batch and store in canning jars in the freezer. when ready to use them just thaw a jar overnight and place in the blender with some ice in the morning for a quick iron boost.
Is Iron Deficiency something you have been dealing with for a long time? Do you suspect that you might have Iron Deficiency but you are not sure, you just know that you feel very fatigued? Let’s Talk about it! Book a FREE Consultation HERE
I hope this recipe helps you in your struggle with Iron deficiency. Do you have a friend or sister who suffers from anemia? Share this recipe, and let’s help her out!