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#1 Th1nn

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 12:41 PM

So I take multivitamins everyday that have iron in them,yet I still feel like I'll pass out from low iron, I've bought oatmeal that specifically has a lot of iron in it and I still didn't feel like it was enough because I still felt like passing out, can I take more than one multivitamin or is there other foods that would help?

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 12:48 PM

How much iron is in your multivitamin? You don't want to overdo it on the iron, as it can be harmful to you. If you're getting 100% of your iron intake from supplements, your feelings of faintness are not likely due to your iron intake and more likely your potassium or food intake overall. 

 

If you aren't getting enough iron, leafy green vegetables are good sources, or just do a google search on "good sources of iron" 


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 12:48 PM

Buy iron pills. The multivitamin alone likely has the amount you need in one day, but if your levels are that low you need to be raising them and the multivitamin might not be enough.

 

You'd only need the one iron supplement a day, and you wouldn't have to worry about trying to have a specific diet, but staying on a multivitamin along with the iron pill would be a good idea because you might have other deficiencies. After about one week being on it, you should start feeling better.

 

Also: after your iron levels are high enough, you can stop the iron supplements and stick with just the multivitamin.


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Posted 14 April 2017 - 08:40 AM

So I take multivitamins everyday that have iron in them,yet I still feel like I'll pass out from low iron, I've bought oatmeal that specifically has a lot of iron in it and I still didn't feel like it was enough because I still felt like passing out, can I take more than one multivitamin or is there other foods that would help?


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Posted 14 April 2017 - 11:50 AM

I suffer from anemia as well. I find it easiest to take separate iron supplements however there are a few things I have learnt  throughout the years.
If I take them on an empty stomach they make me feel terribly nauseous -this makes things difficult on fasting days.
Some tablets have molasses included in them which is to aid in 'keeping you regular' as iron has a habit of blocking up your bowel movements.
If I take iron at night I find that I battle to sleep.
Drinking lots of black tea prevents your body from absorbing the iron as efficiently.


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Posted 14 April 2017 - 11:54 AM

You can supplement your dietary iron by eating things like spinach/broccoli, red meats, certain beans etc. 

If you pull down your bottom lip or your bottom eyelid you can easily monitor your iron levels based on the colouring of the tissue there. It should ideally turn a fleshy pink (think raw chicken) but if it stays a pale peach you might need some more iron.

Hope this helps! 
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Posted 16 April 2017 - 07:36 PM

Can you get a blood test to make sure? I had an iron deficiency and I had to take iron supplements that contained 250% of the daily recommendation 3X per day for about three months for my iron levels to get back to normal. If you do end up having to take supplements I recommend taking it with foods high in vitamin C or drink it with a little bit of orange juice to increase absorption.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:14 AM

You should do a blood test at your doctor asap. It might not only be an iron deficiency but anemia.

This happened to me 2 years ago and I had to get weekly iron injections for 1 year because my iron levels were so low and the anemia caused by this so severe that iron pills and nutrition wouldn't help anymore.
Please go and see a doctor if you can, the longer you wait the harder it gets to fix the damage.

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 10:43 AM

I'm anemic and have to take iron pills 2 times a day to help get my iron levels back to normal then I've got to take a multivitamin to maintain my levels sheesh this is complicated but unless your anemic than the iron in your multivitamin should be enough for you




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