Good grief! No one ever told me that taking my health seriously would be such a huge pain. It’s not that I completely ignored my health before. However, I have decided to take it a little more seriously and it seems to be one thing after another that I must address.
I had my blood work done last week. The last time I had it done I had a slightly low vitamin D level. Everything else was fine. I did a little checking on what foods would work to rectify that. After I selected one that I liked, I tweaked my food intake with a healthy omelet. This time, my vitamin D level was fine.
Now for the bad news. My iron level is a little low. Everything else was fine.
I get why a healthy vitamin D is important. I also understand why iron is important – iron is an important component of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body. If you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells.
The medical term for what I have is anemia. The normal hemoglobin range is generally defined as 13.5 to 17.5 grams (g) of hemoglobin per deciliter (dL) of blood for men and 12.0 to 15.5 g/dL for women. Mine was around 8. Back to my opening statement, “Good grief.”
I was given iron pills to take three times a day for the next 30 days in order to increase that to a normal level. Then, I have to be retested. I’m not liking those iron pills. Do you know you have to take them with orange juice? Apparently, it helps with absorption. I’m not a fan of orange juice. It’s too acidic.
FYI, be careful of what orange juice you buy. My friend recommended a specific type of orange juice because she likes its milder taste and its fewer in calories. While I’m at the store checking hers out and looking through the others, I notice that hers is less than 50 percent juice. It’s probably half water. Yet, it costs twice as much as the other stuff. If that be the case, buy the 100 percent juice and add 50 percent water. That’s what I decided to do.
I’m going to use the next four weeks to check on what foods will keep my iron level up without benefit of pills, and which one of those that I would be OK with adding to my daily intake. I can tell you right now, it will not be iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas. I’m not OK with any of those. Dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots, could be a possibility. I could see that as a healthy snack.
My health is an ongoing process that keeps right on going. At this point, it feels like the Energizer Bunny gone amok, amok, amok.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.