The simple change to your diet that will stop you feeling tired all the time – but you’ll need to stock up on lemons
- Lou Blair, who is a vegetarian, regularly takes iron supplements to stay healthy
- But after a routine blood test she was told she was suffering from anaemia
- While the usual method might be to eat more red meat, that wasn’t an option
- So the young women decided to squeeze lemon on all of her meals to solve it
One million Australians were diagnosed with an iron deficiency in 2016, with that number steadily rising each year.
And while lifestyle changes like vegetarianism and veganism up your chances of getting anaemia, science has found that meat-eaters are just as much at risk.
Australian woman Lou Blair was initially worried about iron deficiency when she stopped eating animal products, but by having daily supplements and increasing the amount of vegetables in her diet, she was convinced this was a recipe for success.
Lou Blair (left) was initially worried about iron when she turned away from animal products
But after getting a routine blood test because she ‘felt tired all the time’ the worst was confirmed: she had become severely iron deficient.
‘My iron count was 1.9 and the healthy range is between 28-30,’ she told Body and Soul.
‘My GP had already previously recommended a vitamin C and iron combination supplement, as vitamin C helps the body absorb iron, but that evidently wasn’t working for me.’
But after getting a routine blood test because she ‘felt tired all the time’ the worst was confirmed: she had still managed to become severely iron deficient
‘They all swore by this one simple trick; squeeze lemon juice on everything you eat, so you can absorb all of the iron that’s naturally in your diet,’ she explained
In a bid to figure out her other options, Miss Blair consulted the internet to see what other vegans and vegetarians were opting for.
What is anaemia?
Anaemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or haemoglobin.
Hemoglobin is a main part of red blood cells and binds oxygen. If you have too few or abnormal red blood cells, or your hemoglobin is abnormal or low, the cells in your body will not get enough oxygen.
Symptoms of anaemia – like fatigue – occur because organs aren’t getting what they need to function properly.
Source: Web MD
‘They all swore by this one simple trick; squeeze lemon juice on everything you eat, so you can absorb all of the iron that’s naturally in your diet,’ she explained.
It was so easy to do she went and bought a bunch of lemons and began carrying them around.
Four months later and Miss Blair returned to her GP for a second blood test, which this time read an astounding 33 – well above the healthy range.
For some people a supplement table will be enough to keep their iron stores at a reasonable level, but for Miss Blair she required that added mixture of vitamin C for absorption.
Ultimately any source of vitamin C or citrus food with your iron supplement will help amplify your results.