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I went in for my annual pap last week and was told I am mildly anemic. My OB says that the normal is between 12-16 and my hematocrit was 10. So I started on some ferous sulfate the other day.<br><br>
I forgot to ask him how long I will have to stay on it? Any ideas? and any ideas about natural foods that would help with increasing my iron other than liver?<br><br>
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red meats, spinach (and other dark leafy), spirulina, wheat germ, molasses. i like the latter two with yogurt. alfalfa capsules.<br><br>
i've been working on building my iron since hemorrhaging w/ dds birth 18 days ago.
 

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First, Forget the ferrous sulfate and get yourself some floradix, it's more bioavailable (taking the ferros sulfate is like eating iron ore...you don't GET much of it into your system...). Then, you're right, you should also be paying very close attention to eating iron rich foods, and to also be supplementing with vitamin C, and eating the iron rich foods combined with vitamin C rich foods, if you can (as taking vitamin C can increase the absorption of iron by as much as 30%). Sometimes, my source says, anemia can be caused by a B6 or B12 deficiency. But, as you just had your baby (right?), I'm assuming it's due to blood loss during birth and post partum, unless you're a strict vegetarian?<br><br>
So, where can you find iron in your foods? Eggs, fish, liver, meat, poultry (especially dark meat), green leafy vegetables, whole grains, and enriched breads and cereals. Other food sources include almonds, avacados, beets, blackstrap molasses, brewer's yeast, dates, kelp, kidney and lima beans, lentils, millet, peaches, pears, dried prunes, pumpkins, raisins, sesame seeds, soybeans, and watercress. Herbs that contain iron include alfalfa, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, chicory, dandelion, fennel seed, lemongrass, licorice, milk thistle seed, mullein, nettle, oak straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaf, rose hips, sasparilla, shepherd's purse, and yellow dock.<br><br>
Taking calcuim with meals can inhibit the absorption of iron from dietary sources. Take calcium supplements instead at bedtime or when you aren't eating foods containing iron.<br><br>
Hope that helps!
 

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I have always been a little low iron, but I bought a cast iron wok we use every day and now my iron is really stable. My kids' are, too.<br><br>
My advice is to get a cast iron egg skillet, wok, whatever, and use it several times a week.
 

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Ditto Courtenay, Floradix is the best. I take it with some vit c. It fixed me up so well while I was pg. I get migraines when my iron is low and I started having a whole bunch of headaches recently, a week of taking the floradix and not a single headache since. Like she said, don't take it with any dairy, or caffeine, inhibits absorption.<br><br>
chuck the ferrous sulfate. Constipation city and totally worthless.
 

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I almost always come out mildly anemic unless I'm really strctly watching my diet...right now I'm taking a suppliment because it was a little lower than usual after I gave birth.... but just watching what you eat works well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I don't think I'm saying anything other people have not said...but here is what has worked best for me: lots of dark leafy green veggies, cereals are good (best to eat them without milk), combine iron and vitiman c but not dairy (I just drink a lot of juice with iron rich foods/iron pill)...
 

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I used to take a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses and eat a spinach salad everyday. It worked great. I got lazy and now I take an iron pill every other day.<br><br>
I love the cast iron skillet idea...
 
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