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Lack Of Iron

Question: What illnesses or disease causes a lack of iron? ok so, i need to boost my immune system and i read i needed to take zinc and iron, and a friend of mine has iron pills and said i could have them, but wanted to know for what, i said i was sick and i needed iron, and he asks sick from what? I KNOW whats wrong with me, but i dont want him to know, and i dont like keeping it from him, so i thought id make up somethin, i know pretty wierd, but any ideas? my lack of iron is due to excessive blood loss, i recently had a medical termination and am not recovering as quickly because of my lifestyle, i cant stop those things or people will be suspiscious and they cant know about my procedure, confusing and stupid i suppose, but i need somethin else to say other than oh im anemic and need iron. he knows somethings up.

Answer: Having iron deficiency anemia may cause you to feel tired and often look pale. It's a common type of anemia — a condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells, which carry oxygen to tissues. Oxygenated blood gives your body energy and your skin a healthy color Iron-deficiency anemia is a common and easily treated condition that occurs when there is not enough iron in the body. It is the most common type of anemia. A lack of iron in the body can also come from bleeding, not eating enough foods that contain iron, or not absorbing enough iron from food that is eaten. A known or hidden source of bleeding within your body, could be such as Crohn's Disease; an ulcer, a bleeding tumor, a uterine fibroid, a colon polyp, colorectal cancer or gastrointestinal bleeding Iron deficiency anemia can develop when higher levels of iron are needed such as in pregnancy; young children or women of child-bearing age. The balance of the three minerals, copper, zinc, and iron, is critically important in preventing and correcting thyroid diseases. Each of these three minerals antagonizes and can deplete the other two. Many times the antagonistic and depletion effects are not due to competition in absorption, but because these minerals work together. We can think of these three minerals as corners of a triangle. Each one affects the other two. If any one of the three is ingested in large amounts it depletes the other two. Likewise if one of the three gets deficient, then the other two may not be utilized and therefore build up in the liver, hair, or other tissues In addition, iron overload would cause a condition known as hemochromatosis. Hemochromatosis is a disease of iron accumulation with resultant damage to the liver, pancreas, heart, and pituitary. Many hypos also seem anemic and it's possible that in hypothyroidism, anemia stems more often from iron deficiency than from copper deficiency. For example, if zinc gets too high in the body, copper and iron will get depleted with the result of anemia and (probably) hyperthyroidism. If two of the three minerals are high, then the third mineral will get very depleted. For example, high intake of both iron and copper could deplete zinc and cause hypothyroidism But you are on the right track. If you want to boost your immune system. You should take multiple vitamins and mineral supplements of iron, zinc and copper. You should also eat a well balanced diet rich in nutritional value. Eat a lot of green and leafy vegetables. Lots of fruits. Drink at leats 8 glassfuls of water. Plenty of rest and sleep at least 8hrs. And you should exercise regularly. In addition, Vit C would help. . Because iron can irritate your stomach, you may need to take the supplements with food. Your doctor may recommend that you take iron supplements with orange juice or with a vitamin C tablet. Vitamin C, in orange juice or tablet form, helps increase iron absorption. Iron almost always turns stools black, which is a harmless side effect. Prevention You can help prevent iron deficiency anemia by eating foods rich in iron, as part of a balanced diet. Eating plenty of iron-containing foods is particularly important for people who have higher iron requirements, such as children and menstruating or pregnant women. Foods rich in iron include red meat, seafood, poultry and eggs. Meat sources of iron are easily absorbed by your body. Plant-based foods also are good sources of iron, although they're less easily absorbed. Among the best are iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas. Beans and peas, dark green leafy vegetables — such as spinach — and raisins, nuts, and seeds also contain iron. You can enhance your body's absorption of iron by drinking citrus juice when you eat an iron-containing food. Vitamin C in citrus juices, like orange juice, helps your body better absorb dietary iron from animals and plants

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