Maybe it’s the weather. Or the fact that the children have been sick. Or that I haven’t been sleeping well. There are a number of possible reasons (or combination of reasons) for having low energy. One worth considering is low iron intake. Iron is critical to transporting oxygen to the entire body. So, any deficiency in iron can cause fatigue. Serious deficiencies can cause serious problems.
You might think that making sure you have enough iron in your diet means that you are eating quite a bit of red meat. However, you can find iron in a wide variety of sources. Here are some of the most beneficial iron rich foods.
The body absorbs iron best from animal sources. Here are a few iron rich foods in that category.
Liver (both chicken and beef)
The body can also absorb iron from plant sources. However, these sources require a little extra help. So, eating something rich in vitamin C alongside these will help with the absorption. Some suggest eating these with a glass of orange juice. Otherwise, you may choose to eat them with citrus fruits, berries, peppers, peas, potatoes (including sweet potatoes), dark leafy greens, broccoli, melons, kiwi, and pineapple.
Beans (esp. kidney, lima and navy beans)
Nuts and Seeds
Some lists also place dark chocolate as a nice way to get a little iron into your system! So, if you’ve been told to increase your iron intake or if you think you could use a little more iron, you don’t have to go out for a steak dinner or buy a bunch of iron supplements. Consider many more delicious, nutritious, and even thrifty options to take care of that body.
What are you favorite iron rich foods?
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