Emma Elwin realizes a lack of iron in here diet, something common for vegetarians. Here are her best tips on getting your daily intake of iron.
Lately I have been feeling a fatigue that I haven’t been able to shake off. No matter how much coffee (something I found out later on to be one of the bad guys) exercise and sleep I got, I never felt quite as energetic as I use to. After a visit to my doctor it was really obvious that I had a serious lack of iron. When I started reading about what a shortage of iron causes I recognized more symtoms like the feeling of apathy and having a hard time focusing. After some more research I found some great vegetarian sources for iron. Here are some of the best plant sources of iron:
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. Other: blackstrap molasses, prune juice, spinach.
But here’s the key: It’s not how much iron you consume, but how well you absorb it. Coffee, tea, milk and chocolate could impair your uptake of iron. Bu Vitamin C improves it! So for the next couple of weeks it is bye bye coffee and hello spinach and orange juice.
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