Something's been on my mind lately.
No, not the things that rusts if you leave it outside (well- yes that, but not in those kind of quantities) or the appliance that smooths out the creases in your clothes.
I'm talking about the important mineral needed in our diet so that we can function well- vital for extremely important bodily functions like transporting oxygen in the blood!
Now, by default I fall into the list of having a high-risk for iron deficiency just because of my age and gender. I am a teenage girl. On top of that I also tick the box on that list by being a vegetarian. And just because I thought I needed to tick one more box to increase my risk- let's throw in a long distance runner!
As a girl aged between 14-18 years I'm expected to consume 15mg of iron each day. That's without taking into consideration my diet or exercise. Oy vey.
Apparently a healthy body absorbs 18% of the available iron in a typical Western diet (includes animal foods) on the other hand- about 10 percent form a vegetarian diet.
Seriously- maybe I shouldn't have looked into this so deeply. I definitely worried myself a bit.
Then I took a step back and looked at the big picture.
The signs for an iron deficiency include fatigue, brittle nails, swelling or soreness of the tongue, cracks in the side of the mouth or even unusual cravings for non-food items like ice, dirt, paint or starch.
So maybe I'm not deficient?
This doesn't mean I can stop working so hard though. It does take a bit of extra thought but I'm cooking delicious foods that I love to eat, so it doesn't really bother me. here's a look at some of the iron-rich foods I've been enjoying lately:
Pesto roast veggies with roasted tomatoes, peas and corn:
So whilst I don't feel like I'm low on iron and seem to be traveling pretty well, I'll keep shoving mass quantities of it down my throat in the hope that this will continue! Roasted broccoli for lunch anyone?
What about you?
Are you/ have you ever been low on iron/ anemic?
How do you prefer to get your iron?
Are dark leafy greens a must for you as well?
That's it from me today guys! I'd love to hear your thoughts on this and all the different opinions/ experiences out there. Have a great rest of your day! Bye! :D