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I just went for acupuncture for my migraines...the acupuncturist said the inside of my eyelids & mouth look very pale which means anemia.  Then I remembered that I was anemic with DS & got a lot of migraines when my iron was low.  Also explains why I get winded & my limbs feel so heavy sometimes.

 

I have Floradix & a chewable iron supplement.  I know all the food sources too, but I want to get my iron up quickly.  There seems to be so many types of iron though.  Any recommendations?


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I would start using my cast iron skillet to cook EVERYTHING! And if you put a little orange juice in before, it brings out the iron content even more. I did that with my last pregnancy, and also ate a type of iron fortified cereal(honey bunches of oats w/vanilla) every morning that had 90% of the daily recommended dose of iron. It helped thwart off my mild anemia.

Oh...and I ate a med/rare steak once a week! Good luck mama:)


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Alfalfa pills are supposed to help raise your levels, even more quickly than other ways of raising them. I had a crazy super heavy period before I got pregnant (had gotten my Mirena out a month or two before, which apparently can lead to heavy bleeding- I had to empty my Diva cup seriously every hour or two and it was full every time!), and I cooked everything on cast iron and took alfalfa pills, and it really helped.


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Floradix and red meat, beef stew, bone broth, steak, ground beef, whatever.


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I already do the cast iron skillet and liver, but my midwife thinks my exhaustion is due to anemia.  She recommened I start on Enzymatic Therapy Women's Iron (they are little black pills).  She said it is easily absorbed and it is a much higher dose then floradix.  She also said not to take with calcium.  They are available at most natural pharmacies (whole foods, pharmica, etc)

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I already do the cast iron skillet and liver, but my midwife thinks my exhaustion is due to anemia.  She recommened I start on Enzymatic Therapy Women's Iron (they are little black pills).  She said it is easily absorbed and it is a much higher dose then floradix.  She also said not to take with calcium.  They are available at most natural pharmacies (whole foods, pharmica, etc)



Yes, calcium and iron counteract each other's absorption. The alfalfa pills are inexpensive and really work! I went to the ER and was anemic, took alfalfa pills for a few days, and when I had the follow-up test done, my levels were normal.


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It's not particularly "natural," but my MW with #2 recommended that I take Vitron-C tablets for anemia.  It's not super expensive, has vitamin C added to it, and is generally available OTC, though you may need to try a couple of places before finding it.  It works extremely quickly for me; with my second baby, I felt remarkably better within a week.


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Thanks for all the suggestions.  I cannot use cast iron b/c I have a ceramic top stove.  I also cannot deal with the idea of eating filter organs like liver, even though I know they're high in iron.  I've read that combining heme (meat based) & non-heme (plant based) sources of iron is the best combo for absorption...along with the Vit C.

 

I can get Enzymatic Therapy supplements at my local health food store & I will look for Vitron-C (never heard of it).  I willing to take anything natural or not at this point b/c I am so exhausted. 


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Just wanted to add that I started the exzymatic therapy supplements and they make me kind of sick to my stomach.  I have been throwing up since I started taking them (for about 8-10 hrs after).  Not sure I am going to continue with them:(  Might just switch to floravital because I know my very sensitive stomach can handle them.  Just giving a heads up.  Wholefoods will take anything back with a receipt though, so I will give it another try before returning them.

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Thanks for asking this.  Is floradix available over the counter?  Thanks...


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Thanks for asking this.  Is floradix available over the counter?  Thanks...




 



Yes. You can find it at any health food type of store. If you live near a Whole Foods, they have it. You can sometimes find it slightly cheaper on Amazon, depending on shipping. Look for "Floradix Iron Plus Herbs." Their cal-mag supplement is great too.
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