How to Keep Your Iron Levels Up

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Iron is an essential nutrient that helps your body function. Iron is responsible for helping to keep your blood oxygenated and controls some of your body’s energy. Without adequate amounts of iron, you’ll feel tired, weak, and cold. For women in particular, iron levels can drop during our periods since we are losing blood, and therefore iron, during our menstrual cycles. If you have started feeling tired even though you’ve been getting a lot of sleep, you may have an iron deficiency.

The best way to reverse a lack of iron in the body is to eat foods that are fortified with iron. A lot of protein and plant sources are packed with tons of iron as well as other beneficial nutrients.

Try out any or all of these foods below:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Lentils
  • Kidney beans
  • Black beans
  • Dried fruit
  • Iron-fortified cereal
  • Eggs
  • Beef
  • Lamb

Quick Tip: Boiling vegetables reduces the amount of iron. So, to get the most iron benefits eat your greens raw.

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