With Doctor Arabella Onslow
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.
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.
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.