The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him. Daniel 9:9
Hope your weekend was great weekend and it is International women’s day with a theme to challenge. Thank you for stopping by and I pray you are inspired in your journey.
I choosetochallenge, that we become allay to each other men and woman for we are one and treat the earth like we treat ourselves. It is very good says the Almighty God.
I choose to challenge and be a good servant of God, taking care of the earth for it is good. Not only do I rule over the birds in the sky, fish in sea, and every living creature but I also want to help keep the waste to a minimum and help recycle and make it a better place for everyone that is under my control. So I choose to be a good leader and take care of the place I am in now. I can help change the world with little I do.
Well I’m not sure why you are here, never mind let’s get on with it. I tell you something I am a woman, I will like to believe so I like to talk and go around in circles before getting to the point. I bet that made you smile. If not then please smile a little you are handsome (beautiful) when you smile.
So many treasures around us but we looking at my vault full of treasures. I bet you didn’t even notice the door opening and we are inside. Oh wow, come look around with a smile I hope, see you do look beautiful (handsome). Well I think this treasure is worth opening. What do you think?
Don’t take life so seriously but do take God seriously, for He is I AM!
Now to the serious bit, this is information only and should not be used as advice. I struggled with different deficiency growing up and today we will talk about Iron (Fe). Not the Iron we use to iron our clothes with or Iron Man (I do like him) but the Iron in our body.
More about Iron:
Iron is a Micro Mineral, which also means trace minerals and are required in amounts less than 100 milligrams per day. Minerals are part of the hard and soft structures of the body’s tissues. They contribute to the building and regulatory body’s function. Iron is utilized in hemoglobin and it is a very important component of many enzymes, helping to keep the immune system healthy and the body to produce energy.
Hemoglobin or Hb is a protein found in the red blood cells that carries oxygen around the body and gives the blood the lovely red colour. It all varies from person to person, men have higher levels than women.
It is also stored in the body as ferritin.
Deficiency of Iron:
Iron deficiency can cause anaemia, and some groups are more vulnerable to iron deficiency.
This is either due to the lack of dietary intakes, high loss of iron from the body or due to poor absorption of dietary iron.
Groups with an increased iron need include:
Children: infants, toddlers, adolescents – increase demand by the body to meet rapid tissue development
and pregnant women, – demand for Iron and other vitamins is increased by the foetus and placenta needing their own supply of iron which can only be obtained from the mother.
people who drink lots of tea – increase in iron because tea contains tannins that make it difficult for the body to absorb iron from food,
the elderly – our ability to absorb iron declines with age
people on high fibre diets- fibres also impairs the ability to absorb iron from food
and menstruating women – because iron is lost during menstruating
Boosting Iron levels:
You can boost iron levels by trying to eat a well-balanced diet. Although Iron from non-meat sources is more difficult to absorb but not impossible, people following a well balanced vegetarian or vegan diet should get enough iron in their diet
Eating Vitamin C rich foods along with iron-rich foods will greatly enhance the absorption of Iron. Limit intake of tea/coffee as this impairs the absorption process.
Copper helps the body to utilise Iron
Dietary overload are rare in adults in the UK unless due to an inherited genetic disorder Haemochromatosis
Sources of Iron:
It is essential for vegetarians or vegans or any meat eater to eat a wide variety of foods to ensure an adequate intake of important nutrients.
Rich sources of Iron include red meat and Offal.
Good sources: Fish, lean meats like chicken as well as
wholemeal bread, whole grains, some nuts, pulses, green vegetables (e.g. broccoli, watercress, fortified breakfast cereal, seeds)
Dietary references are dependent on age and gender, refer to dietitian or GP for individual requirements. As a guideline the RNI for an adult (19-50 years): male need around 10mg and women 15 to 18 mg per day
©Hannah M Vandi. We cannot control what happens around us, but we can control our responses. Thank you for stopping by Pray you have a wonderful week 🙂 And I also pray that this verse refreshes you this week: 'However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. ' Acts 20:24 NIV