Originally Posted by Nemesis
Memiles, what sort of iron supplement do you suggest? I am concerned about this as well as a few other things for myself, since I am having such a hard time getting going the past few months.
It is bothersome because I am finally running without injury, but I am dragging ass to even get out there!
I am considering Cod Liver Oil for the vitamin D, but I have been repeatedly confused as to what/how much of anything I should take. I've given up and just started taking a multi from GNC- supergreens multi or something like that.
We recommend a liquid form of iron, especially those with herbs that help you absorb better and prevent constipation. Floridax is good and easy to find.
For vitamin D, I like the drops that are 2000 IU's. Once you get your levels healthy (40-50 range), you can maintain by taking them a few days a week. I was up to 10000 units a day at one point as I was so low. Darn Seattle weather!
Originally Posted by Runningmommy
Memiles~do you want the scrub pants? No one else has said anything, and since you can use them, I'd be happy to send them to you. Just let me know.
RR: today is a rest day. went over to a friend's house to visit, then took dsd to work, home for a little to do house work, pick up boys from school, take ds2 for haircut, pick up dsd from work, make dinner, go to work 7-11pm. glad it's a rest day!
The pants would be great. I've been wearing my yoga pants for births forever, but we do such a high percentage of water births that I need something that dries a bit quicker when I get drenched. Plus they have great pockets. Let me know what I owe you and if you prefer paypal or a check.
Originally Posted by mommajb
I didn't know iron was lost through sweat. That combined with running, my nursing son's low iron levels, my coffee habit and more has me asking questions.
quoting from memiles article
"However, the results of low ferritin levels for distance runners are significant. While iron depletion rarely results in the general lethargy associated with true iron-deficiency anemia, distance runners with low ferritin will likely experience abnormal exhaustion, increased blood lactate, slow recovery, declining performances, heavy legs, muscular tightness, loss of motivation, and substantially increased risk of injury. Does any of this sound familiar? " Then he goes on to talk about overuse injuries.
hematocrit/ferritin levels why don't they match up? What is the difference between hemoglobin and hematocrit?
I am anxious to learn more about this.
Ferritin levels indicate your body's iron stores. Hematocrit and hemoglobin measure the iron levels in your blood. If your body can't get the iron it needs from your blood it dips into the stores, therefore lowering your ferritin. You can have adequate levels in your blood (from current intake) but still have low ferritin levels.HematocritHemoglobin
(easier than typing copies from my textbooks. I'm lazy, probably because I have low ferritin
Originally Posted by kerc
I believe what you mean is to help you absorb iron you need vitamin C.
Another hopeless red-meat eater here.
Yes. Vitamin C with your iron really boosts absorption. See the above mentioned liquid irons that contain the C through plant based sources.