Un­der­stand­ing the age­ing process

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

of iron for chil­dren un­der 14 years old. Iron-con­tain­ing foods in­clude beef, lamb, chicken, dates and eggs. When con­sum­ing these iron­con­tain­ing foods try to in­clude sources of vi­ta­min C along­side to help im­prove ab­sorp­tion, such as cit­rus fruit, leafy greens and broc­coli.

There are sev­eral foods that in­hibit iron ab­sorp­tion; these in­clude tea, cof­fee and cal­cium rich foods like milk, cheese and al­monds.

Se­condly it is im­por­tant to take note of any gut symp­toms that may in­di­cate a big­ger prob­lem, which may be re­duc­ing the ab­sorp­tion of iron. Things like bloat­ing, cramps and di­ar­rhoea or con­sti­pa­tion can all be signs of gut is­sues and should be in­ves­ti­gated by a health pro­fes­sional.

Of­ten sup­ple­men­ta­tion is needed to re­store de­pleted iron lev­els, how­ever this is best man­aged by a health pro­fes­sional as blood tests are needed to as­sess the de­gree of de­fi­ciency be­fore­hand.

Age­ing is most ob­vi­ous on the out­side, but like beauty it is more than skindeep.

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