iron

  1. Erase fatigue FOREVER with this 7-nutrient checklist

    If you’re feeling tired all the time, let me tell you… you’re NOT alone.  

    Chronic fatigue is practically an EPIDEMIC in America today.  

    I have patients literally falling asleep in my waiting room chairs.  

    And they shuffle to the exam room with all of the energy of a sloth on tranquilizers.  

    These folks are REALLY suffering – and here’s what I tell them.  

    Fatigue is a classic sign that your body is missing something that it needs.  

    Here are seven nutrients you should be tested for – and should add to your diet.  

    Correcting these nutritional deficiencies can be the secret to ERASING fatigue and giving you a burst of energy you never thought possible.  

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    Studies show most of us don’t get enough basic nutrients – and that can take a BIG toll on your energy levels.  

    Here are the main nutrients you may be deficient in when you are feeling tired:  

    • Iron: You need iron to make hemoglobin to carry oxygen throughout your body. Low iron leads to fatigue because you are not getting enough oxygen to make energy. If you are male or postmenopausal, you need to have your blood levels checked before you supplement.  
    • vitamins: Vitamins B12 and other B vitamins are necessary for basic energy production throughout the body. B vitamins feed mitochondria – the energy producing part of every cell. 
    • Magnesium and potassium: Low magnesium contributes to fatigue and it’s a very common deficiency. Magnesium and potassium both play roles in muscle function and energy production.  
    • Vitamin D: Low levels of vitamin D are strongly linked to fatigue. This lack of vitamin D is one of the reasons scientists think we feel more tired during winter. Our bodies produce vitamin D when sunshine hits our skin. You especially need vitamin D if you live in northern climates, don’t get out in the sun much, its winter, or if you have diseases that increase diarrhea.  
    • Omega-3: These essential fatty acids are vital for good mood and cognitive ability. Without these crucial fats, you feel tired and unmotivated.  
    • Protein: Good quality proteins are needed in the manufacture of many hormones, including brain neurotransmitters.  

    Some of these nutrients are easy enough to add to your diet through foods or supplements – and some require testing first.  

    But addressing these nutritional deficiencies is the first step to winning the battle against fatigue… for good.  

  2. Could THIS common supplement be causing your worry lines?

    When you hear health professionals talk about iron, it’s usually to warn against low levels. Too little iron in your blood can cause all sorts of problems for your body, most commonly anemia.

    But did you know that too MUCH iron can be just as big of a problem?

    Excess iron has been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s – two age-related diseases. And now, according to a recent study, too much iron may lead to premature aging.

    Luckily, there’s a way to even your iron out and make sure you’re getting just the right amount… and I’ll get to that in a moment.

    But first – a little more on the latest science.

    Researchers at the Buck Institute fed excessive amounts of iron to worms, expecting to see an increase in heavy-metal toxicity.

    But that’s not what they found.

    Toxicity levels remained normal. Instead, the worms just aged faster. Very fast, in fact – 6-day-old worms looked like 15-day-old worms (and considering the short lifespan of a worm, that’s a huge jump).

    Now, I know you’re not a worm. And we’ll need more studies to know whether the same will hold true in humans.

    But we already know that too much iron isn’t good for you.

    Like other heavy metals, iron tends to accumulate as you age. Once it’s in there, it’s hard for your body to get rid of the stuff.

    But how do you know whether you’re getting too much or too little… or how to stay in that Goldilocks “just right” range?

    Make sure you know your own levels. Most docs will include a quick blood test in health screenings.

    If you want a quick-and-dirty at-home test, check out your tongue in a mirror. If it’s a healthy pink or red, you’re probably fine.

    If it’s excessively pale, you may be low in iron and should get tested. (If it’s yellow or white, that’s plaque – but don’t worry about the plaque. Worry about the tongue underneath. Use a tongue scraper to remove plaque if you can’t tell the color of your tongue due to buildup.)

    If you’re low in iron, talk with your doc about taking iron supplements. Anemia – the lack of iron – is no good.

    If you’ve got enough iron in your system, you should be able to continue getting your fair share through your diet.

    Red meat is especially high in the kind of iron that your body can easily access. Leafy green vegetables like spinach are also high in iron – although it’s not as easily processed and absorbed.

    In many cases, iron supplements fall under the category of “too much of a good thing,” so you should err on the side of caution. Keep your intake low… and just enjoy a juicy steak with a good side of greens every now and then.

  3. Ask Dr. Rothfeld: Drug-free cures for low iron?

    When you're backed up AND you haven't got enough iron in your blood, it could be a sign of something else going on in your body. For long-term relief, treat their root causes -- but in the meantime, feel better with natural cures.
  4. Low-iron vegetarian diet could lead to deadly stroke

    Looks like the half-baked vegetarians have gotten themselves into another sticky situation. Their low-iron diet forces platelets to clump together and could cause fatal strokes.
  5. Veg-heavy diet leads to depression

    A diet rich in greens can leave you deficient in iron, boosting your risk of depression by 700 percent, according to one new study.
  6. The mineral that can end PMS

    The best way to beat PMS isn't a drug. It's with a diet rich in iron.
  7. Bill Clinton's deadly new outlook

    After a series of heart scares over the years, formerly tubby former president Bill Clinton now says he's pledging allegiance to a strict vegan diet. ... And if he manages to (mostly) stick to his newfound vegan faith, those cheating moments with seafood might be the only things that keep him alive -- because as I've told you before, this isn't a healthy lifestyle.

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