Back to Basics

Whether you are reading up on low iron for the first time, or just need a quick refresher on the basics, click here for great topline answers to your leading iron questions #backtobasics #iron Want more info on signs and symptoms? Click here: http://theironmaiden.ca/signs-symptoms/

World Blood Donor Day

Sunday, June 14th is World Blood Donor Day as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO). I’ve written in the past about my need for blood donation and the importance of post-donation iron supplementation for those who donate blood regularly. For those who donate blood, I am forever grateful for your help when I was [...]

Let’s Talk Kids…

Children are our future, and we want to give them the best possible shot to be all they can be. However, you’d be surprised to find out that a good number of our young people are actually iron deficient! Based on small recent studies, it’s estimated that almost 12-64% of them are iron deficient! Is [...]

Iron Articles Just for Mom

Throughout the month of May we are honouring women – mothers in particular. Moms do A LOT for their families, and it’s important that they take time for themselves once in a while and ensure that their health is in check too! Iron deficiency can affect one’s entire family, but women and children are among [...]

Iron Deficiency: 5 Things You Should Do

When it comes to iron deficiency – everything from diagnosis to treatment – there are a few things that you should definitely do. So, without further ado, let’s get to the 5 Dos that can help you take control of this all-too-common (yet preventable) health issue.   When it comes to iron deficiency: DO: Know [...]

Iron Deficiency Should Be Looked For During Regular Screening

Iron deficiency, which can cause a slew of health problems, is easily treated yet remains the most common nutritional deficiency in the world! Iron deficiency can affect people differently, with symptoms including anemia, weakness, headaches, irritability, shortness of breath, reduced exercise tolerance, lack of cognitive function, etc. A paper published in the Journal of Hematology [...]

Is Your Iron Intake Up to Par?

Your iron consumption may not be something you consciously think about every day like Vitamin C or calcium, but iron is an essential nutrient to your daily diet and to your overall health. So, are you getting enough?   Why You Need Ample Iron Iron is necessary to produce hemoglobin, a protein found in the [...]

In the News – Whole Grains

Whole grains have been given a bad rap in recent years because of the whole gluten-free craze. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware of some people’s needs to eat gluten-free and I’m happy to see this craze leading to a bunch of new options for people. The reason I refer to it as [...]

Why Is My Poop Dark?

It’s scary isn’t it: going to the bathroom, glancing down before you flush, and seeing that your poop is as dark as a thousand midnights? You’re not alone in your horror. I can’t even begin to count how many times I get asked whether dark stool is a common side effect of taking iron supplements. [...]

How Much Iron is Actually Absorbed?

People often ask me how much iron they actually absorb from the food they eat. Well, the truth is that there is no clear cut answer because every body is different. I can, however, provide some helpful information and benchmarks based on the Dietary References Intakes.   What Affects Iron Absorption? When we eat food containing [...]