With Mother’s Day coming up fast, today we are going to talk about what can help mom out. Most of us are spread rather thin with so much to do but so little time, although cliché, often times reality. However, many times that can merely be a feeling instead of reality. When you’re tired, it makes it that much harder to get done what you need to.
It’s probably a universal wish to have more energy and endurance. Many of us wake up to a fresh cup of coffee, tea, or rely on an “energy drink” to get through the afternoon. But there is a far better approach to energy than revving up your system with coffee or other stimulants. Today we’re going to look at some minerals that can fuel our system, specifically iron.
Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States. Over 7 million women and 700,000 young children in America are estimated to be iron deficient. Iron is a critical component of hemoglobin, the protein carried by red blood cells that delivers oxygen throughout the body for energy. Studies have shown that children, women and men require this essential mineral to create healthy red blood cells, build muscle tone, and keep energy levels going strong. The need for iron is so strong in women who are pregnant that they require almost twice the recommended amount of iron per day!
It is also important to recognize that iron can be inhibited by some of our foods – coffee, tea, wine, fiber, and calcium. Not to say that these are bad but it’s important to remember moderation and to think about supplementing iron to counter act this effect.
Research shows that mineral deficiencies tend to occur in groups. Even though the initial problem may be a lack of iron in a diet or supplement regimen, there are usually other missing minerals as well.
The body’s iron comes entirely from food and is derived from meat, fish, fruit, nuts and vegetables. However, not all iron that enters the body is absorbed – and medical experts agree that most of us don’t take in enough iron. Iron absorption rates can be improved by the consumption of vitamin C, found in fresh fruit and vegetables. This is why if you’re looking to supplement iron, make sure it is a food sourced iron that includes vitamin C to help you get the most “bang for your buck.”
Remember this article is for information only. Do not make any changes in your diet or lifestyle without first consulting with your preventive health care provider. We always pray for your prosperity and health, 3 John 2, blessings, Donna.