What do iron deficiency and my “Lucky Iron Fish” have in common? Women are most at risk of low iron, but anyone who has a lot of blood loss or who does not eat enough foods with iron is at risk. So are people with inflammatory bowel disease, Celiac disease, and parasites (parasites thrive on iron) as well other those with other health issues. It is important to know the cause of iron deficiency anemia, just supplementing iron might not get to the root of the problem.
One of my favorite ways to increase iron levels is to cook in a cast iron pan or add a Lucy Iron Fish to a pot of soup, stew, or even a pitcher of water with lemon. If you live with someone who has optimal iron levels, be careful to not increase their iron levels too much, using the Lucky Iron Fish to add iron to your water can be a great solution.
Of course, another great way to increase iron is to regularly eat foods that are high iron including:
– liver, beef, lamb, turkey, eggs, ham, chicken, oysters, clams, shrimp, tuna, mackerel
Vegetable, Grain and Legume Sources
(pair with foods rich in vitamin C to increase absorption)
– spinach and other leafy greens, sweet potatoes, broccoli, green beans
– beans, lentils, tofu, peanut butter
– brown rice, instant oatmeal, enriched cereals and breads
– molasses, maple syrup
You can find the Lucky Iron Fish online. Thank you to Laura Reoch at September-Days Photography for the picture.