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Iron Absorption Question

My blood tests came back low in iron. I was surprised as I eat a good diet including lots of iron rich foods. My iron supplement (Spatone) info leaflet recommends leaving a 30-45 minute gap between taking the supplement and meals. It says carbonated drinks (phosphates) can interfere with iron absorption. I usually drink about 2 litres of carbonated water a day. Do I need to stop this completely? Could it be preventing me from absorbing iron from my diet? How much carbonated drink is too much carbonated drink in this context?
posted by bimbam on Aug 5, 2016 - 13 answers

Can anyone ID this flattish cast-iron frying pan?

I picked this up recently and unfortunately the bottom is too rusty to ID it. I can read "ERIE" on the bottom and nothing else. It measures 11" in diameter across the top and about 1.25" deep including the bottom. Any idea what it is? Also, the rust is pretty serious--how would I go about dealing with that? Is this still usable? Pics are here.
posted by Slinga on Jul 20, 2016 - 14 answers

Be my shopping coach: casserole edition (not in US)

So, I've wanted a Le Creuset-type casserole for a long time ... like 20 years. I've decided I'll finally get one for my birthday, But, DECISIONS. I want blue. My imaginary wonderful casserole I use all the time and cherish has always been blue or teal (why I mention this a bit later). I've come down to two, maybe three choices, which are: cheaper but highly rated, very highly rated but quite a bit more expensive, and very highly rated but much more expensive. (the last is a variation on the second) [more inside]
posted by taz on Jul 15, 2016 - 40 answers

Tell me about your iron infusions, please!

I have low ferritin. I just saw a hemotologist and he wants to try IV iron infusions. Yay! But also, eek? Reassure me with your anecdata! [more inside]
posted by bananacabana on May 10, 2016 - 13 answers

Tips for getting my ferritin up?

I’m a 31-year-old iron-deficient menstruating lady. My doctor would like my ferritin level to increase before my husband and I try to conceive. However, iron supplements make me feel awful (not just for digestive reasons). Details inside. [more inside]
posted by bananacabana on Feb 25, 2016 - 21 answers

Being productive and creative with brain fog

Hi everyone, I've found a few posts about brain fog, but more about being diagnosed, rather than coping with it. I am taking steps to cure it, but need to be functional till I sort it out. What can I try? [more inside]
posted by Dorothea_in_Rome on Nov 25, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me choose a new steam iron

I sew and do a lot of fabric crafting. I've had cheap plastic irons (that broke) and I've been using a 60's vintage heavy-weight metal Sunbeam from the thrift store, but after my last round of all day sewing and ironing, it seems that I have worn the sole plate down to whatever the base metal is and it's leaving marks on my fabric. Yes, I will try cleaning the sole plate, but perhaps it's time for an upgrade. Do you sew a lot and have a heavy-weight iron you can recommend?
posted by sarajane on Nov 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Odd cast iron pan

Any idea what this old cast iron pan was used for? It has eight shallow oval depressions in it, and I have no idea what would have been made in them. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Oct 17, 2015 - 12 answers

Dealing with anemia and angular cheilitis

I occasionally get a case of anemia-induced angular cheilitis, and now have a particularly unappealing occurrence. Any experience on helping it to go away faster? Also, any recommendations for good iron supplements that are cheaper than Floradix? [more inside]
posted by vanitas on Oct 7, 2015 - 13 answers

How to shut off the sun?

Hi. When I'm walking around, the sun is unpleasantly bright and hot, which makes me wonder: How much stuff, and what type of stuff, would we have to dump into the sun in order to stop fusion from happening? Or is there no such amount of anything? [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon on Jul 17, 2015 - 18 answers

Eat pills. Not too much. Mostly supplements.

What is the deal with recommended daily allowances? Does anyone really meet the goals without supplementation? [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Mar 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Enameled Cast Iron Teapot: Stovetop heating

Is it safe to heat water on the stove with an enameled cast iron teapot? [more inside]
posted by angelaas525 on May 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me figure out how to maximize my iron uptake

My ferritin is low. Low enough to destroy my concentration and stamina and make my hair fall out among other things. I'm doing tons of research and apparently there is a bunch of stuff that inhibits uptake and Im having a hard time NOT cultivating anxiety and obsessive thoughts about this. help. [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on May 5, 2014 - 20 answers

Can I install a HEAVY cast iron sink in a Bowling Alley Wood countertop?

I bought this lovely '60s cast iron enamel kitchen sink on craigslist (and a "hudee ring"), and am obtaining some repurposed bowling alley wood out of which to cut a countertop. But it suddenly occurs to me that the sink may be too damn heavy... it's probably like 50 lbs or something. Is this project doomed? And if there is anything I can do, do you think it worth the trouble? I like the sink a lot but it was only $10.
posted by qzar on Nov 7, 2013 - 12 answers

Iron-rich/protein-rich vegan freezable meals!

My sister just had a baby two weeks ago and is breastfeeding, and I'm taking over cooking dinner for her, her husband, and me while I'm visiting. I'm looking for quick-ish, iron-rich vegan meals I can make for them that I can also make extra of to freeze for when I'm not around. Also taking suggestions for brands and types of pre-cooked meat that are healthy, good, and commonly available. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Aug 7, 2013 - 12 answers

new soldering iron tip, or new iron

I have a Weller SP23 (23W) soldering iron which I've used for a couple of small through-hole kit projects. It's got a chisel tip which seems to have a ~4mm wide edge. I think I want a smaller chisel tip (maybe 2 mm) or maybe a new, versatile soldering iron. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jul 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Ironing out a suit issue

Just bought a nice suit, but when I brought it home my wife pointed out the lapels were slightly asymmetrical -- one is a bit narrower than the other. The lapels have a gentle roll to them, they aren't sharply creased. So: is it easy/adviseable to coax one of the lapels into laying differently with an iron or other method? If so, how (suit made of Italian wool)? Or best to simply return it?
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Jun 19, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me find a reliable clothes iron

I want a clothes iron that will work for more than six months. I don't have big demands. I just want it to produce steam when I need it, and to not vomit water all over my clothes. I've been through at least four irons in the past few years -- Sunbeam, Shark, Rowenta and others -- and they have all failed way too soon. I keep buying more expensive models, and they keep failing. Which is the clothes iron that is built to last?
posted by Balonious Assault on May 31, 2013 - 19 answers

How to start a fire

I have a cast iron wood stove at my house that sort of looks like this. I suck at getting a fire light in it reliably. Can you help figure out what flues and doors and vents to open and close and devise a process to always get a fire going? [more inside]
posted by neustile on Nov 7, 2012 - 17 answers

How do I get my blood back?

I gave double red-blood-cells at the blood bank two and a half weeks ago and I've been having trouble running ever since then. I'm no one's elite runner but I was easily able to keep a 9.5 to 10 minute pace going for three miles and now I can't do that for a mile. How do I recover as quickly as possible? [more inside]
posted by octothorpe on Sep 3, 2012 - 12 answers

High blood iron, contradicting blood results. How do I advocate for myself at my next appointments?

Went to the doctor for extreme fatigue, breathlessness, hair thinning, joint pain, and irritability. Blood results show high iron. How do I advocate for myself properly during my upcoming appointments? [more inside]
posted by Eolienne on Aug 29, 2012 - 19 answers

Can I use american fabric steamer in European electrical network (220-240V)?

I want to buy a fabric steamer to iron curtains, but not sure which model to choose (details inside) [more inside]
posted by usertm on Aug 11, 2012 - 1 answer

Which brands carry decent non iron slim fit dress shirts for Men (size -14.5 - 32/33)?

Which brands carry decent non iron slim fit dress shirts for Men (size -14.5 - 32/33)? I have almost bought every single one I like at Brooks Brothers. Their fit is good but I am looking to shop from another brand so that I have more choice. Also I would prefer to go with a brand that has a good online store (hate going to the mall). Please note it has to be non iron. I am okay with BB prices but wouldn't mind learning about more reasonable options - Thanks!
posted by r2d2 on Jul 4, 2012 - 25 answers

My robe is more wrinkled than I am

I just finished sewing a kimono-style bathrobe out of 100% woven cotton fabric. When it came out of the dryer, the belt, bottom hem, and front band were wrinkled enough that I had to iron them. Ironing a bathrobe is not what I signed up for! Short of taking the robe apart to put interfacing in to prevent wrinkles, is there anything I can do? In case it matters, I have a HE front-loading washer and the matching dryer; the robe was washed in warm water and dried on normal heat, then removed immediately. The fabric was washed once before being cut, and I was scrupulous about laying the pieces out on the grain.
posted by DrGail on Jun 25, 2012 - 5 answers

What does my dryer's rotary iron mode do?

What is this dryer mode? I have a Samsung dyer (DV4006) with various modes, two are "Iron" and "Rotary Iron". What is the difference? [more inside]
posted by tiamat on May 14, 2012 - 2 answers

heat production

Which one of these supplements is most likely to increase body temperature (within normal range): iron supplement (100 mg), flaxseed oil (2 tablespoons), or prolonged release melatonin (2 mg)?
posted by leigh1 on Apr 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me improve my ironing technique

Clothes lovers and metafilter others, help me find a better iron or come up with an alternative. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Apr 3, 2012 - 17 answers

How to quickly raise iron levels outside of being hospitalized.

In the U.S., what options exist for a nearly immediate increase in hemoglobin levels (or iron) outside of a blood transfusion in a hospital? [more inside]
posted by who squared on Nov 15, 2011 - 15 answers

Can you make a warped cast-iron skillet perfectly flat again?

Speaking of cast-iron skillets, I have two, and they worked brilliantly on a gas stove. But now that I have a flat-topped glass stove, they work less well because they're not perfectly flat. One is a bit convexly rounded on the outside, so some of it gets hotter than the rest; the other is concave on the outer bottom and sort of mounded on the inner bottom, so that oil pools around the edges, around the mound, if you can picture that. Both pans work great for baking stuff like cornbread, but not so good for steaks or such. So I've got two pans I love but now understand why I could buy them cheap at thrift shops. Question: Is there any way to make the bottoms of these pans perfectly flat again so they'll cook well?
posted by fivesavagepalms on Oct 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me identify my new cast iron skillet!

I just picked up a cast iron skillet from a thrift store and need help identifying the manufacturer/year, if possible. [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor on Oct 20, 2011 - 4 answers

More like D'oh!-lefin, amirite?

I did a Dumb Thing. Involving an iron. And some carpet. Please help! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Oct 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Can borderline iron deficiency still cause symptoms?

Can borderline iron deficiency still cause symptoms? [more inside]
posted by vanitas on Oct 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Quick-release window security bars

I'm trying to find window security bars that can be opened from the inside in the case of fire but can't seem to find a way to buy them. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Oct 8, 2011 - 5 answers

How would you make steel on Mars?

In the absence of an abundance of easily burnable carbon-based fuels, how would you refine iron ore into iron or steel, and what byproducts would be released? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Sep 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Pro-Tips for hand-washing clothes?

What are the your ProTips for hand-washing clothes? [more inside]
posted by facetious on Aug 20, 2011 - 16 answers

Cast iron - did I ruin a pot?

Cast iron pan question - did I ruin something at my host's house that I'm going to have to replace? [more inside]
posted by makethemost on Jul 24, 2011 - 35 answers

Ferrofluid Recipe?

I have oddles of iron oxide and I am not afraid to use it... so, I would like to do so and make ferrofluid. Problem is, all instructions I have been able to find in my search thus far have provided directions in which I am obtaining my magnetic particles from an alternate source. Can any of you Mefites help me come up with a recipe for ferrofluid success?
posted by caveat empress on Jun 6, 2011 - 3 answers

Help for iron deficiency anemia symptoms?

Iron deficiency anemia causing sustained exhaustion and fuzzyheadedness. How can I treat the symptoms? (Underlying cause is undiagnosable so far and only worsening.) [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Apr 21, 2011 - 17 answers

Did I burn out this cast-iron skillet?

Left my stove burner on LOW for more than 24 hours; my roommate's cast-iron skillet was on it. Explosion narrowly averted, but the cast-iron skillet now powerfully smells metallic when it's heated. [more inside]
posted by greggish on Dec 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Need a better method than ionic silver for purifying humidifier water

My humidifiers keep developing a brown muddle. How do I keep them clean? [more inside]
posted by Make Way for Ducklings! on Nov 3, 2010 - 9 answers

Perfectly fine or tragically misguided cookware question

How seriously should I worry about cooking acids in a cast iron pan? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 15, 2010 - 16 answers

Warning: may not cause constipation.

My iron supplement is giving me diarrhea. WTF and what do I do? (semi-grossness inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me decide between these garment steamers or tell me about another one that works better!

Which garment steamer should I get, this Rowenta, or this Haan? Or something else altogether? Is there any advantage of having a metal head vs plastic? This is mostly for button-down shirts and dresses. I don't own an iron.
posted by rmless on Oct 1, 2010 - 7 answers


What is the best and worst time of the month for women to donate blood? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Aug 5, 2010 - 10 answers

Mmm, iron-y!

What are some ways I can fit more iron into my diet without resorting to iron supplements? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Jul 13, 2010 - 33 answers

How do I iron my shirts?

Question re ironing shirts. [more inside]
posted by the_ancient_mariner on Jun 25, 2010 - 18 answers

how can i get molten iron to produce slightly musical sound?

I am trying to find ways that molten iron could produce sound, and hopefully musical sound. things could be added to the molten iron, or effected by the heat it produces does anyone have any idea's?
posted by frequently on Jun 25, 2010 - 13 answers

FerritinFilter: YAN my doc, but I'm supposed to have septoplasty & turbinate reduction on Monday, and my ferritin is back to the very low end of normal. Ok to go?

FerritinFilter: I know YAN my doctor, but I'm supposed to have a septoplasty & turbinate reduction on Monday, and my ferritin is back to the very low end of normal. Ok to go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2010 - 7 answers

What is it?

What is this? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on May 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Open Sesame?

The future Mrs. and I recently came into possession of a Hi-Steam SVP-24 Steam Iron, unfortunately I can't figure out how the blasted thing works. Any mefites have any experience? [more inside]
posted by nulledge on May 7, 2010 - 3 answers

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