Monthly Archives: May 2013

Crank Up The Iron

Iron deficiency anemia, the most common type of anemia, can result in symptoms such as fatigue, non-food cravings, impaired growth, cold intolerance, and a greater risk to infection. Many things can cause iron deficiency anemia, including pregnancy, excessive blood loss, disease, and in most cases, one’s diet. Pregnant women and children need the highest amounts of iron in their diets since they are in a state of rapid growth and development. In America, where meat is rather abundant in the diet, iron deficiency anemia only affects about nine percent of adults. Heme iron, which is found in meat, is more bioavailable to the body. Nonheme iron, found in foods such as spinach, is not absorbed by the body as easily.
Here are some ways to help give your body that extra push for absorption:
– When taking vitamins with iron, be sure to take it with meals. Beside the fact that iron can aggravate an empty stomach, food will help your body to absorb the nutrient better.
– Ditch the milk and grab the OJ at mealtime instead. Vitamin D competes with iron for absorption in the body. However, vitamin C enhances iron absorption.
– Don’t take iron pills with coffee or tea. Coffee decreases absorption by 35% and tea decreases absorption by 60%. It’s recommended to wait an hour after taking an iron supplement to consume these beverages.

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Wine…The incredible cure-all?

There is much hype lately about wine and its health benefits. 1-2 glasses of wine a day doing your body more good than harm? It may sound appealing, but new research from the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health says otherwise. Those with a BMI of 27.5 or higher (the majority of Americans), increased their risk of heart disease, cancer, high cholesterol, and stroke by having even a glass.  However, the benefits still hold for those with a BMI under 27.

“You can’t just focus on research that promotes something appealing- like indulging

in wine- and run with it.” “You can however, consider the findings an extra incentive

to stay fit.”- Elizabeth Somer, R.D.

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Uh Oh! Did these pants shrink?

Looking for a fabulous fat figher? Fiber! Say that five times fast. Fiber helps to bind to cholesterol and makes you feel fuller longer. On top of helping with weight loss, it also helps to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and lower blood sugar levels. Foods with excellent fiber content include beans, rice, bran cereals, walnuts, almonds, oranges, apples, berries, oatmeal, and vegetables. Shoot for 25-35 grams a day to start seeing the benefits!

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