|My Hemoglobin Levels|
I try to eat a varied healthy diet of lots of leafy greens, lentils, an apple a day, whole grains (50% carb diet) and 3 servings of red meat a week, in addition to liver and shellfish and organic tofu. I have six eggs a week (cholesterol is under 150). You know I'm a big fan of green juice! I don't drink, smoke, or do drugs or medications (except caffeine!), and never take NSAIDs. But, last fall I was not able to donate blood because my iron levels were on the border, so I waited almost 4 months. I started taking a slow-release 45mg iron supplement at bedtime for 60 days before my next donation and hemoglobin went up almost two points in January (3rd bar from right). Then I stopped taking the supplement because I thought the levels were sufficient, and my hemoglobin went down again to the lowest ever in February. I resumed supplementation and one month later I'm back up almost one point! It's a quick way to build iron.
|Dailymile Running Log|
|Dailymile All Activities (running, cycling, swimming, fitness)|
Ironing Out the Details
Hemoglobin and Function of Iron
Donors Deferred for Low Hemoglobin
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