Us modern folk tend to think of nutritional deficiencies as something that happens is less-rich, less-privileged countries but did you know that according to the WHO iron deficiency “is the only nutrient deficiency which is also significantly prevalent in Industrialized Countries”?? That’s us! Even living in the big city we are not safe from nutritional deficiencies. Iron deficiency is particularly common in women due to our monthly cycles.
I never really thought of this nutrient until I was 3-4 days into my cleanse and I noticed I was starting to feel weak and had less energy than normal; I was also craving meat. Being a health coach I’m attuned to the needs of my body and knew I was missing something. I looked under my lower eyelids and instead of them being pink with the little blood vessels, my coloring was a little on the pale side. I also was beginning to get under-eye circles. I remember being told as a young girl that I was slightly anemic and if it was true then it could be true now. So I started looking for ways to increase my iron intake while still keeping to my cleanse.
These are some wonderful iron-rich food sources I found to be helpful! These 4 are the excellent superfoods - nutritionally packed! Some of them you may not have heard of before..
Raw Cacao - the original chocolate! By adding this to your juices, nut milk or smoothies you will be getting 314% of the US RDA of iron per ounce. It is the highest plant-based source of iron at 7.3mg per 100g. There are also the added benefits of it having mood-enhancing capabilities, it has loads of antioxidants and other trace minerals; and it has more calcium than cow’s milk (160mg per 100g vs. 125mg per 100ml).
Maca - an adaptogen, it helps regulate your hormones, increasing energy levels, boosting your immune system and increasing oxygen in the blood. It is also an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients and is known to improve anemia, chronic fatigue and a host of other ailments.
Spirulina - a freshwater algae that is a complete source of protein (65-71% protein - the highest concentration of any food), rich in vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, E, K - kinda looks like an IP address no??), minerals, trace minerals, antioxidants, etc. It is a blood builder and contains as much iron as red meat, helping alleviate anemia, increasing hemoglobin and increasing red blood cell formation. It also boosts your immune system and with all its antioxidants, it protects your DNA from damage.
Chlorella - is another single-celled water algae that is extremely rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc. It is rich in chlorophyll which is one of the best food substances for rejuvenating blood and detoxifying your bowels and liver. It also boosts your immune system, has a high protein content (60% pure digestible protein), and causes growth in the healthy (and healing) gut bacteria in our stomachs promoting good digestion.
In order to increase the absorption of plant-based iron make sure to pair it with vitamin C rich foods, like camu-camu berry powder, oranges, grapefruits, berries, etc. I added Chlorella and Cacao to my cleanse, and occasionally Maca to give me the added boost I needed. Chlorella and Spirulina are excellent sources of protein and Chlorella is a potent detoxifiers.
Spirulina - 1-2 teaspoons is a good dose for adults; athletes can go for 2 tablespoons (~30g).
Chlorella - 1 teaspoon is a good start for adults.
Maca - 1 tablespoon is good to start off with.
Cacao - 1 tablespoon per quart works great for beverages.
Tropical Green Smoothie
1 large handful organic baby spinach (or kale)
1 cup pineapple, cubes (can be frozen)
1/2 cup organic strawberries, frozen
2 scoops Purium Power Shake
3 cups purified water (more/less can be used depending on how smooth/thick your preference)
1 tbsp organic raw maca powder
1 tbsp organic raw cacao powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp chlorella
Using a blender, blend until smooth and enjoy!
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