Dr. Hilary’s Lifestyle Changes To Support Healthy Iron Levels
- Focus on iron-rich foods, including meat, fish, dark leafy greens, brown rice, beans, nuts, and seeds and iron-fortified cereals1.
- Avoid consuming foods that block iron absorption within two hours of an iron supplement or eating iron-rich foods. These include black tea, coffee, cocoa, and calcium-rich foods such as dairy, almonds, and broccoli9.
- Increase foods that boost iron absorption, including foods high in vitamin C and beta carotene7. These vitamins are found in yellow, orange and red fruits and vegetables, such as grapefruit, oranges, bell peppers, beets, carrots, squash, and tomatoes.
- Talk to your doctor if you are taking acid blocking medications (proton pump inhibitors, antacids), as they impair iron absorption1.
- Heal the gut lining to improve absorption of iron in the small intestine5.
- Ask for annual blood work to test your ferritin level and other iron markers when warranted. Aim for an optimal ferritin level of 70-100 ug/L.
Optimal iron levels are essential for our overall wellness. We rely on iron to deliver oxygen to every cell in the body so that we can produce energy. Low iron causes fatigue, a weakened immune system, headaches, difficulties with memory and concentration, hair loss, and muscle weakness1.
It is important to have our iron tested regularly so that we can adjust our diet and supplements to achieve and maintain healthy levels. Floradix Iron Tablets provide a synergistic combination of iron, B vitamins, vitamin C and nutrient-rich food extracts to enhance the absorption, digestion, and effects of iron in the body. Floradix Iron Tablets provide a well-rounded solution for optimizing iron levels to improve energy and overall health.