Iron is a mineral found in every cell in our body and especially in red blood cells. The function of red blood cells is to carry oxygen from our lungs to all organs and cells. Isn't iron having a big job? Have you ever wondered why it is important to monitor iron levels? I'll help you dive into the world of minerals and unravel a little for you. The more you understand your body and how it functions, the greater your chance of offering yourself a healthy life. Awareness leads to healing!

 

Iron is a mineral that is needed for the regular functioning of every human body. Iron deficiency leads to many different diseases and ailments. Iron can be obtained from many different foods, you just have to bring it to your menu. In addition, iron can also be obtained from food supplements.

 

As a food supplement, I recommend the 100% herbal version, which does not adversely affect digestion, does not cause bloating, constipation and another discomfort. This is done by iron supplements of animal origin, and those who have used them in the past may experience these inconveniences. La Tene sells 100% herbal iron food supplements in encapsulated form, and this capsule is also 100% herbal. Ideal for vegans and those whose blood levels have not improved from other iron supplements. You can find this product in our boutiques and web-store HERE.

 

Remember that iron needs vitamin C for absorption! This means increasing the amount of vitamin C-containing foods in addition to iron-rich foods. However, when taking an iron supplement, eat berries or take vitamin C as a food supplement. You can find the 100% herbal vitamin C food supplement in the La Tene selection HERE.

 

However, many iron supplements do not improve the amount of iron in the blood. There is a reason for this - these supplements are either synthetic or in a form that is difficult for humans to absorb. When an iron supplement is a plant product, the human body accepts it as food, meaning that the body understands that it must be broken down like everyday food. The body itself can be so smart as to transport the iron in this supplement directly into the bloodstream. However, in the case of synthetic food supplements, it may happen that the body does not understand its composition and does not use its vitamins. That's why I always recommend a varied herbal diet, or always choose a 100% herbal food supplement in case of some substance deficiency - so that your body can get strength from the supplement, not take it as an empty source with which it can't do anything. Remember that your body is designed to digest food, not to break down synthetic materials. All food supplements sold in La Tene are 100% herbal, you can find them HERE.

 

But why do we still need this iron?

 

You already know that iron is an oxygen carrier, iron is like a courier who delivers the ordered package. Your whole body needs oxygen and this body is waiting for your courier at any time. The better your body's oxygen supply, the better you will feel, so don't underestimate the need for iron.

 

But iron has other functions. For example, the role of iron is to create energy from nutrients, it makes you live. You eat a lot of different nutrients during the day, and if you have enough iron in your body, it will help you get the most out of that food. Food gives you energy, and when you have an iron deficiency in your body, you have a constant lack of energy and weakness, which is associated with iron deficiency. In addition to producing energy, it regulates the work of your nerve impulses.

 

How do I know if my iron level is low?

 

A blood test can help to answer this question the foremost. But there are certain symptoms that indicate iron deficiency.

 

* Lack of energy, weakness and constant fatigue

* You can't lift things and move

* Constant dizziness, especially when getting up or making sudden movements

* You have difficulty concentrating

* You constantly feel pain in your body

 

If you have any of these symptoms, this may be a sign of iron deficiency. Add iron-containing plants to your menu and make your menu iron-rich or consume iron supplements.

 

Why can iron levels get low?

 

Iron levels can become low for a variety of reasons. For example, the first reason is a poor diet with few iron-containing plants. If your diet is built on carbohydrates, protein, fat and salt (unfortunately, this is the diet of modern Nordic people), it is no wonder that there is an iron deficiency.

 

Menstruation causes a lack of iron in women's bodies because during a cycle a woman loses a lot of blood and with it iron. This is also the reason why women are the most likely to have an iron deficiency. I advise women to consciously eat iron-rich foods during the cycle or to add iron as a food supplement only on these days.. You can find the iron supplement in the La Tene selection HERE. Women could and should take special care to stimulate their bodies at that time. If you consume iron regularly during each cycle, the cycle may become milder, less painful and less uncomfortable.

 

Iron levels can also fall during pregnancy or breast-feeding, and many pregnant women need to take extra iron. The Cytoplan 100% herbal iron sold by La Tene is also suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

 

In addition, iron deficiency can also occur from a trauma that has resulted in blood loss or a more serious illness in the body that prevents the iron from being absorbed into the body.

 

On the plus side, eating iron-rich foods or taking iron as a food supplement helps restore iron levels, and excess iron is stored in the body for future reference. Iron is a mineral that does not attach to the body, so it is possible to make a cure to consciously restore iron levels. Many minerals and vitamins cannot attach to the body, such as Zinc and vitamin C, which must therefore be consumed regularly.

 

When to use?

 

Eat iron-rich foods regularly, as iron is a vital mineral. Consume iron as a food supplement if you are iron deficient or if you are a woman who wants to restore your iron resources during the cycle. Take the food supplement according to the prescription on the bottle, do not exceed the daily amount stated there! Iron must not be over consumed and therefore the instructions must be followed. 

 

However, iron overconsumption may not be caused by food supplements at all, but by excessive animal food. Did you know that people in Europe, North America and Australia have a bigger problem with over-consumption of iron than under-consumption? And also that there is more iron shortage in the rest of the world? This is due to the fact that huge amounts of meat are eaten in Europe, North America and Australia. However, iron overload is toxic and should be avoided. Symptoms of iron overdose include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or very similar to food poisoning.

 

THE BEST HERBAL SOURCES OF IRON:

 

* Pumpkin seeds

* Cashew nuts

* Potatoes

* Brussels sprouts

* Banana

* Bok Choy or Chinese kale

* Tomato

* Coconut

* Apricot

* Broccoli

* Parsley

* Pomegranate

* Lentils

* Grapefruit

* Spinach

* Chia seeds

* Cabbages

* Sprouts

* Grapes etc.

 

There are so many plant-based iron sources that a plant-based diet can provide you with the iron you need on a daily basis. Eat a lot of different plants and constantly change them on your menu, because a one-sided plant-based diet is not the healthiest choice either. Enrich your menu from time to time, explore different flavours and discover the variety of plants and the delicious world for yourself.

 

Take care of your health, understand the value of nutrients and their necessity!

 

Use of the advice, recommendations and information set out in this article is at your own risk. The information provided is not health advice, but Tene Laul's own experience, knowledge, personal opinion and recommendations. The use of the Cytoplan iron food supplement is the responsibility of each person. If necessary, consult a doctor before use.