Are you a vegetarian, vegan, or flexitarian? What’s a flexitarian, you ask? According to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary that officially listed the word in 2012, a flexitarian is “one whose normally meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish”, in other words, a semi-vegetarian! With an estimated 4% of Canadians living a vegetarian lifestyle, as many … Continue reading Vegetarian or Vegan Doesn’t Have to Mean Iron Deficiency…
We talk a lot about heme iron and non-heme iron and I know that it can get a little confusing at times. With all the iron supplements and iron-rich foods out there, it can be hard to keep track of what’s what and why some are better than others. So, let’s break it down and … Continue reading Iron 101: Heme Iron vs Non-Heme Iron
Well, it’s that time of year again… the holiday season is upon us! While this is one of my favourite times of the year, there are always a few people on my list that prove difficult to find the ideal gift for. Are you having trouble finding some last-minute items for those tricky people on … Continue reading Last Minute Stocking-Stuffer Ideas
So, you’re in need of an oral iron supplement and head to the pharmacy where you’re greeted by an overwhelming selection. How do you pick the right one without resorting to an impromptu game of eeny, meeny, miny, moe? Keeping in mind that every body is different (and a one-size-fits-all iron supplement does not exist), … Continue reading A Quick & Easy Guide to Choosing the Right Iron Supplement
You know what I love about this time of year? Everything! The cheery music, so many treats, and enjoying laughs with loved ones over delicious meals are all things that make this time of year special. In honor of this wonderful time of the year, today’s post is a little different. I wanted to share … Continue reading 12 Days of Iron-Rich Foods: A Twist on an Old Classic
Baby, it’s cold outside, but if you find yourself feeling cold even when it’s anything but, then this could be a sign of iron deficiency. Your body needs iron to help carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of your body and to help produce energy. Think of your body as a coal furnace … Continue reading Are You Always Cold?
Surprised to see a post about vitamin B12 on an iron deficiency blog? Don’t be! Vitamin B12 actually has quite a lot to do with your blood and iron levels and I’m going to explain just what the relationship is in plain English without all the medical jargon and mumbo jumbo you might find in … Continue reading Vitamin B12 Plays a Role in Iron Deficiency
We all remember that one kid growing up who would gross out the class by eating something that was never meant to be eaten, like dirt or sand at recess. You probably chalked it up to the kid being “weird” or “gross” and likely figured they were just doing it for attention, right? Well, what … Continue reading Unusual Cravings to Consume Ice, Dirt or Clay Could Point to Iron Deficiency Anemia
Each year, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) collects about 950,000 units of blood from approximately 600,000 donors. That’s a lot of blood, and a lot of lives that can be saved because of it! Did you know that a single donation can save up to 3 lives? While donating blood is an extremely generous act to … Continue reading Are You a Blood Donor? You May Need to Replenish Your Iron!