Nutrition Training

Pumping Iron


A few years back, I noticed I felt super fatigued, drained, and just overly tired, for no particular reason.  After checking, I found out I was severely anaemic, low iron, and was given synthetic iron tablets, which gave me horrible side effects… After much deliberation, I decide to go down the natural route and ditch the pills once and for all.

Iron is the most common deficiency, and more common in women due to blood loss. I also have more of a tendency due to being on blood thinners. Many people are lacking iron and don’t realise it, or put it down to everything but. If you think you could be lacking in iron, bump your levels naturally, like I did. Within a month, I had no anaemia by increasing my iron in my diet – and have had great levels ever since (tested regularly)! I make sure I get lots of dark leafy greens in my diet – the best way usually by juicing/blending.

It can help massively with your fitness and energy levels, low iron can impair muscle function and limit work capacity. It can even make you more likely to start snacking on the wrong thing – when we lack in something, the body naturally tries to send signals to your brain gain it from food, sometimes, we don’t recognise exactly what, and instead reach for the junk food to satisfy ourselves and our cravings!

Try upping your intake of the following foods and see how you feel, all super rich in iron.


  • Spinach
  • Peanuts
  • Lentils
  • Peas
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sprouts
  • Coconut
  • Parsley
  • Avocado

If you are concerned about your own iron levels, visit your doctor and get a blood test.

 I am not a doctor, and doctors aren’t nutritionists…

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