If you are experiencing weakness, fatigue, dizzy, frequently out of breath, faint, feeling confusion, depression, insomnia, poor concentration, decreased appetite, irregular heartbeat, or having memory loss, you should not just ignore or think it should be over as soon as you take aspirin. My suggestion is don't leave it till you really weak. You should go see your doctor to have your blood sampled as these symptoms are likely having anemic signs.
“Anemia, in which body tissues are deprived of oxygen, is caused by a reduction in th enumber of circulating red blood cells or by inadequate amounts of the essential protein hemoglobin. The severity can range from mild to life threatening. Anemia can occur if large amounts of blood are lost or if something interferes with the production of red blood cells or accelerates their destruction. Because hemoglobin is the main component of red blood cells and the carrier for oxygen molecules, anemia also occurs if the hemoglobin suppliy is insufficient or if the hemoglobin itself is dysfunctional.” [The Alternative Advisor: The Complete Guide to Natural Therapies & Alternative Treatments. Time-Life Books. Alexandria, Virginia. 1997]
Iron-rich food is taking a great role for a balanced diet. Meat as one of the iron-rich sources is believed to be absorbed quite easily by our body as meat contains of animal tissue which is similar to human's. Eating meat regulary in a moderate healthy diet will increase the iron-level for those who are suffering iron deficiency anemia. Iron deficiency is usually affected on women, especially those who are pregnant and those who are having heavy periods. This can also occur to us who have poor diets.
“Iron loss in women is estimated to range between one-half and two miligrams a day, two to four times the amount that is needed by the average man who requires only about a milligram a day total. Moreover, during pregnancy the iron requirements are even higher for a woman since during the last four months of pregnancy a great deal of iron must go into building the blood volume of the infant. During these months, up to seven and a half milligrams a day are required.” [Diet & Nutrition: A Holistic Approach. Rudolph Ballentine, M.D. The Himalayan International Institute, Honesdale, Pennsylvania. 1978.]
Based on my own experience, I had had two pregnancies and I had to deal a great deal with iron deficiency as my iron level was dropped since the beginning of the trimester of my pregnancies. I had to work hard to increase my iron level up to the normal range because I resented meat. My midwives and caregivers advised me to take meat as the best iron-rich food source. I did it and I had had my home births safe without any excessive bleeding afterwards.
About two months ago, I suffered from iron deficiency anemia again which was dropped to point 8 (the normal point is 20-100), as I had not consume meat regularly. I am learning from this that it is important to keep lean red meat on the menu in order to keep the diet balanced as well as to balance the iron with other vitamins, minerals and proteins. To eat meat regularly, I have to take vitamin C as well which I can easily squeeze from fresh oranges. It is said that vitamin C (and also copper) helps our body to absorb iron. Up to now, I am feeling much better after taking meat regularly.
I also had to avoid coffee, tea and chocolate for quite some time until my iron point increases to the safe point. Caffeine inhibits iron absorption, as does the tannin in black tea. Decaffeinated drinks are also not safe for anemic people as they contain of acids and we don't want to get more problems than we've already had, do we? Orange juice is much better as it helps to promote iron absorption.
I don't feel like to shy away from meat anymore. As long as I eat it in a moderate diet together with handful of greens, good deal of grains or legumes, and fruit, then I will be alright. Plenty of daily exercise will help to organize good metabolism.
I am just hoping that through Cook and Eat Meat event, we will be always aware of iron deficiency anemia and to keep it on the safe point, eating meat is one of solutions. I am very delighted to receive a good bunch of responses from fellow bloggers and multipliers on this event. Therefore, I am thanking you all for participating on this event and are all very much appreciated!
Here is the round-up for a one-off event: Cook and Eat Meat.
My dearest friend Barbara of Winos and Foodies cooks up a hot pot for her boys [including Bryan] to heat the Winter-heading-season weather. Surely, this dish will warm up all her family. Thank you for the beef, Barb!
The famous Tigerfish is a slow cooker as well! Today Tigerfish cooks up Slow Cooked Pork Ribs with Salted Soy. I was a bit surprised to see salted soy is used here as we often use it in Indonesian cuisine. Interesting dish!
My fellow Indonesian multiplier, Etie, who is also affected by iron deficiency anemia, is taking part on this event and cooks up Soto Padang (Padang Beef Soup with Spices and Herbs). Padang is a capital city of West Sumatra and is well-known with its spicy and delicious food. There's no place in Indonesia without Padang Restaurant/Warung nationwide. It's so popular.
Megan of What's Cooking in Canada is serving Steak Sandwiches which I think is great packed for lunch. I was interested in meat consciousness she was thinking about. It's a bit sad really to see how people treat their beef. I am pretty much happy with New Zealand beef, which are grazed in open paddocks and get a lot of sunlight, unlike those in some countries, cows, bulls, calves, sheep, or buffalos are crammed in one shed which they can hardly moved! But it does not mean we cannot eat meat. Organic beef might be a solution in some troubled countries.
There is a very simple dish like Green Asparagus with Bacon Sauce served with Savoury Crepes which is cooked up by the beautiful Mindy of Der Weg ist das Ziel can be a briliant idea. It's great for those who are busy but still are care of a good meal!
Another fellow multiplier Esti who loves Italian food but now cooks up her Mother-in-law recipe Ani's Shepherd Pie which is pretty much English, don't you think? I should try making shepherd pie with pumpkin like she does. That'll be interesting flavour going on in one shell! Yum!
Mbak Esti of Tulisan Esti had sent me this recipe but because the file could not be opened on my computer, I postponed it until she posted it on her blog. Here it is, Terik Daging! YAY!
Thanks once again, everyone. And keep up the good healthy lifestyle!