Iron Up


By Melissa Williams

If you’ve been diagnosed with low-iron, or if you’re feeling a bit sluggish, try changing your diet before turning to a supplement. (And talk to your doctor first!) Vegetarians no need to worry; there are plenty of ways to get iron in your diet. Women need 18 mg every day, men need 8… Here are a few tips on getting your iron:

  • Cook in a cast iron pan. This is your next go-to step. Cooking in a cast iron pan increases your iron content without changing anything about the actual food you’re eating. Plus its easy to clean, and food has a bit more flavor.
  • Green up. Add more greens to your diet with a green smoothie for breakfast. Maybe a wilted spinach salad for dinner. Make it a goal to get through 2 cups of greens a day!
  • Lean beef. Beef is rich in iron, but don’t go overboard.
  • Clams. Clams provide a hefty dose of iron. So enjoy!
  • Pumpkin and squash seeds contain iron – so enjoy the seasonal produce!

And here is a resource for top 10 iron-rich foods to get yourself ironed up!

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