⭐️ FOOD SOURCES INCLUDE lentils, kidney beans, cashew nuts, beef, pork, chicken, haddock, salmon, oysters, mussels, chia seeds, tahini, spinach, kale, edamame, dark chocolate
➰ANY ADVICE? Plant and animal sources or iron are both great. Plants contain non-haem iron, which isn’t as well absorbed as haem iron found in animal foods. But eating Vitamin C rich foods at the same time captures the non-haem iron in plant foods and makes it available to your body!
➰MAKING IT WORK: 100g/3.5oz spinach contains 20% of the iron you need each day plus Vitamin C, throw it into pasta dishes, omelettes, or put it on the side with eggs in the morning, or use it as the base for your salad - so yummy.
➰IRON IS a mineral and vital for a range of processes in the body
➰ IRON DOES have lots of roles, including acting as an important component of hemoglobin, required for red blood cells to carry oxygen round to all the busy cells in your body
➰ ANYTHING ELSE? Most people can meet their daily iron requirements through diet but women with heavy periods or who are pregnant are at a higher risk of iron deficiency anaemia and may need supplements. Signs include feelings of fatigue, faintness, arms and legs that feel heavy and headaches - though these feelings of low energy can have other causes e.g. not sleeping well or stress. If you’re worried, it’s definitely worth a blood test to check
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