Has anybody been through a similar thing or have any advice? I feel like I've been bombarded with information and advice about vegetarian foods high in protein but nobody seems to speak of iron or vitamin b12.
I eat healthy but I must be doing something wrong.
Thanks in advance
Posted by V3ganFoodie at 01/19/16 11:38:06If you have concerns about your iron levels, I highly suggest seeing a doctor* to get your levels of iron, vitamin B12 and D tested. If you are not eating foods fortified in these vitamins, a supplement may be necessary.
In the meantime, it is scientifically proven that iron absorption increases remarkably with vitamin C (http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.php). The link here examines the difference between heme and non-heme iron and their sources. Now that you are moving away from meat and to all plants, you might not be absorbing as much iron as your body needs, whether your diet is lacking in iron-rich foods or due to lack of vitamin C for proper absorption.
Even if you do feel better after changing your eating habits to involve more iron-rich plants, still consider working with your doctor to identify potential nutritional deficiencies. VeganHealth.org is also a good resource for vegans/vegetarians.
*I am not a doctor or registered dietitian, which is why I suggest you going to see one :-).
I hope you feel better soon!