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With Doc­tor Arabella Onslow

Pick Me Up! - - YOUR HEALTH -

Heavy pe­ri­ods

QI’m keen to give blood, but a doc­tor said my iron was too low. I was ad­vised to eat red meat, but I’m veg­e­tar­ian. I also have heavy pe­ri­ods. What can I do to boost my iron lev­els? Katie, Sale

AYou can get lots of iron from pulses and dark­green veg. And eat food rich in vi­ta­min C, such as red and green pep­pers and broc­coli, which boost iron ab­sorp­tion. Plus have your heavy pe­ri­ods in­ves­ti­gated.

Den­tal woes

QMy daugh­ter’s den­tist wants to re­move some of her teeth and fit her with braces, but I’m wor­ried about the con­se­quences of that in the future. What is the best op­tion? Anushka, Peter­bor­ough

AThere is some ev­i­dence that tooth ex­trac­tion in child­hood pre­dis­poses you to neck pain as an adult, es­pe­cially if there’s trauma later. If this is sim­ply for aes­thet­ics, con­sider treat­ment with­out ex­trac­tion.

Arthri­tis diet

QI suf­fer with rheuma­toid arthri­tis and get ter­ri­ble joint in­flam­ma­tion. I’ve heard chang­ing my diet might help. What should I be eat­ing? Mara, Bed­ford

AChange to a Mediter­ranean diet, with colour­ful fruits and veg­eta­bles and plenty of fi­bre, but con­sider re­duc­ing ‘night­shade’ fam­ily mem­bers, such as pota­toes, pep­pers and aubergines.

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