Anemia / Iron deficiency
Most of my life I have been borderline anemic. I didn’t pay close attention to my health until I was in my mid twenties and at times I would take an iron supplement. In my thirties, I thought I was really on top of things when I took a supplement that had some co-factors to make the iron more absorbable. The supplements never seemed to make any difference in my iron levels. During school I attended a blood chemistry analysis workshop taught by Dr. Kharrazian. He stated that no other ailment or disorder could be addressed until you deal with the anemia. Iron is the building block to make energy on a cellular level. When people are low in iron, they are tired because they literally do not have energy. Most of what he was teaching at this weekend seminar was so genius and so over my head, but I strained my brain and finally learned for the first time the reason for anemia and how to rectify it. The answer? Digestion. I don’t know why I was surprised. I guess because it was a condition I had always suffered from, a condition I had seen multiple doctors about, a condition that I never seemed to overcome. The answer is so simple and, in a way, so complicated. It was sinking in that all things that can go wrong, if you will, do so when our guts need healing. To make matters worse, when we have digestive challenges that open up an opportunity for pathogens to thrive, we supply their favorite food, iron.
If you suffer from anemia, I recommend working with your health care provider to give your digestion a tune up so you can get the iron directly from the food you are eating rather than a supplement. If this is not the language your health care provider speaks, I highly recommend seeking a Nutritional Therapist (NTP). They are highly trained on how to get digestion on track. Check here to see if you can find a practitioner in your area.
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