July 13, 2010 3:25 PM Subscribe
What are some ways I can fit more iron into my diet without resorting to iron supplements?
posted by rachaelfaith to Health & Fitness (33 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Following a long period of constant dizziness/nausea/weakness, I finally went for some blood work. My doctor told me my iron was low, as well as my Vitamin D and B12 levels.
He recommended 300 units of D, and to come in for a B12 shot if I felt particularly weak. My multivitamin (which I am very bad at taking daily and have now set an alarm to remind myself) seems to cover the D and B12. It also says it has 100% of my iron, but my doctor did recommend taking another iron supplement to boost things.
I hear that iron isn't the most gentle on the gastrointestinal side of things, and I'd like to avoid irritating my IBS. Thus, I'd like to increase my iron intake in terms of food instead.
I don't eat much meat, save for some chicken or turkey on occasion. I know that red meat is high in iron, but that's not an option for me. I also dislike salmon and most non-white-flesh fish. What can I eat that will give me lots of iron to ward off this crappy anemic feeling? I am trying to keep a low-calorie, low-fat diet as well, but for the sake of my health and sanity, I will deviate for yummy iron-rich foods. Thanks!