Friday, September 20, 2013

Great Sources of Iron

On Monday I had to go into the doctors for some lab work. On Tuesday I was told I was anemic. Apparently there are hundreds of types of anemia. I have to go back to get more blood work done in 2 weeks to see which type I have (and how best to treat it). There is a strong possibility that the type I have is due to a lack of iron (one of the drawbacks of eating a vegetarian diet for the past 8+ years). With that being said, I came across this article tonight on my Twitter feed and thought it would be GREAT INFO to pass along (even if you aren't anemic or have low iron, learning more about great, natural sources of iron can't hurt :) ).

9 Great Sources of Iron for Active Women

Iron isn't just a metal—it's a key nutrient for exercise performance. In fact, a new study from the American College of Sports Medicine found that many active women suffer from iron deficiency, which can cause muscle soreness and post-workout fatigue. When your muscles are tired, you can't push yourself as hard in workouts and that can derail your fitness goals. Not cool. The USDA recommends women consume 18 mg of iron a day, and with these iron-rich foods, you'll get your daily fix in no time.

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