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Iron for adults over 50

Iron for adults over 50
Iron for adults over 50 Many people fear iron excess. This fear may be one reason why, even in wealthy countries, iron is the most common nutrient deficiency. For example, 8-44% of seniors are anemic, and contrary to many assumptions, men in this group are most likely to be deficient. And it is true, that like most other nutrients, iron is not good for us in excess. However, it is also not good for us to be deficient. This is why I refer to iron as...

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The 7-11 for Getting the Most out of Iron (Everything Absorption)

The 7-11 for Getting the Most out of Iron (Everything Absorption)
  Today we separate the truth from the fiction when it comes to taking iron. You should come away clear about what you can do to improve your iron absorption. Why 7-11 (and not 411)? Because we will clear up 7 confusions and provide 11 solutions. When we find out we are low in iron, or someone that we care for is low in iron, we might start consulting Dr. Google, as one does. We might find interesting facts and theories, so let’s get cle...

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Iron & Men's Health

Iron & Men's Health
Iron is an essential mineral that supports everything from growth and development, cognitive health, cardiovascular health, energy and metabolism. It’s often referred to as the “Goldilocks mineral” because you don’t want too much and you don’t want too little – “just right” is what’s needed. Iron deficiency in men is not usually as common an issue as with women but a lot of times it flies under the radar as some men may not be as aware that th...

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Iron Needs During Pregnancy

Iron Needs During Pregnancy
Congratulations on your pregnancy! There are so many things you need now: maternity clothes, a car seat, diapers, new wallpaper for the nursery, a billion cute little onesies... Well, maybe some of those are wants and not needs. But there’s one thing you definitely need now more than ever, and it may not have crossed your mind while you’re all baby on the brain: iron! Why do you need more iron when pregnant? Pregnant women need a lot of iron. When...

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Let's Talk About Periods

Let's Talk About Periods
It wasn’t too long ago that mentioning the word “period” could clear a room in ten seconds flat. Luckily, we’ve come a long way in a few decades. And yet, there’s still stigma around menstruation. Which is kinda ridiculous, considering it’s a totally natural process that happens to half the population and is essential for the continuance of the human race. So let’s bust those tabooed doors open and talk about periods! Women have a lot of period...

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New Product Alert! Introducing Iron+™

New Product Alert! Introducing Iron+™
Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the world. Vegans, pregnant and nursing women and athletes may be especially prone to deficiency or sub-optimal iron status. Fatigue, pale skin, brittle hair and nails and difficulty concentrating are just some of the symptoms of iron deficiency. If you’ve ever experienced iron deficiency, you know it’s no joke and supplementing is often the only way to build up your iron levels qu...

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Back to School for Mom Too

Back to School for Mom Too
The Busy Energy of Fall & Back to School Ah, autumn. The evenings get shorter but filled with more activities and busy energy. Some people are tired of pumpkin spice, but true fall lovers are anticipating the sweaters and boots, layers and leggings. Or maybe the leaves, apple cider, and football. I like scarves, the selection of freshly harvested vegetables, and evenings enjoying tea and the sound of rain on the windows. With all the ne...

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Pregnancy & Iron's Importance in Every Stage

Pregnancy & Iron's Importance in Every Stage
You need one gram of iron to grow a baby. That’s the iron equivalent of 177 steaks! <1> When it comes to pre-pregnancy planning, our primary focus is usually making sure we’re getting enough folic acid to prevent complications… but it looks like we need to add iron to the list. Iron plays a very important role in pregnancy. A low-grade or undetected deficiency can interfere with a healthy pregnancy and may even affect future pregnanci...

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Taking Care of Yourself on Mother’s Day and Every Day

Taking Care of Yourself on Mother’s Day and Every Day
Let’s face it: moms usually put themselves last. They think about their needs after they’ve met their kids’, partners’, and co-workers’ needs. We get it. Some of us at Flora are moms, too, and we’ve done the same thing. But we’d like to introduce a radical idea. (Drumroll, please.) Moms, you are the star of your own life, and you deserve to prioritize your own wellness. That means self-care is an ongoing need, not just a bubble bath on Moth...

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Spring into Spring Break

Spring into Spring Break
If you’re like a lot of parents, the thought of spring break coming up fills you with a sort of dread. It’s not that you don’t love your kids—of course, you do!—but you also don’t want to be bombarded with “I’m bored! What should I do?” the entire week. Planning ahead is the answer. And since the weather doesn’t always cooperate in March and April, the smartest move is to plan indoor and outdoor activities to keep your kiddos busy. Conquer Cab...

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Form Matters When Choosing an Iron Supplement

Form Matters When Choosing an Iron Supplement
Being low in iron is no joke. It can leave you looking pale and feeling wiped out, weak, short of breath, lightheaded, and like you’re living inside a refrigerator. Women of baby-making age are extra susceptible to these woes since they lose blood every month, but anyone can become low in iron—that includes you, gentlemen! Other vulnerable groups include vegetarians, African-Americans, and Latinos, since their dietary intake of iron is typically l...

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Level Up! 5 Habits to Raise Your Iron and Energy Levels

Level Up! 5 Habits to Raise Your Iron and Energy Levels
In a previous post, I exposed four sneaky energy saboteurs. Today, I’ll help you get the upper hand on your iron and energy levels. Get enough protein. Including enough protein-rich food during the day serves many purposes. It helps keep blood sugar steady1 to avoid energy spikes and crashes. It helps to maintain muscle so we can get through the day more easily. It’s often found in nutrient-dense foods, which helps us feel more vital ove...

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